Tiara’s 2016 Reading Resolutions
I don’t really make resolutions, but I thought I’d try my hand at a few reading resolutions. This was actually inspired by January 5th’s Top Ten Tuesday (Top Ten Bookish Resolutions We Have for 2016) at The Broke and the Bookish, but I didn’t get a chance to participate on that particular day, so this is my unofficial entry to that list of things I’d like to accomplish this reading year.
01. Interact more with my fellow book bloggers – I try to interact as much as I can around my schedule, but I want to pay more attention to the things you guys are writing about, even if it’s just to give a “fist bump like” on your post. I enjoy interactivity, and I want to discuss books more with fellow bibliophiles.
02. Stop making myself power through books I really, really dislike – I’m so stubborn it hurts. I hate to not finish a book no matter how much I hate it or am bored by it, so I powered through many reads unnecessarily just because I started the book. Sometimes, it’s fun to hate-read a book, but more often it’s just time wasted. I have to stop it.
03. On that note, stop feeling ashamed when I do DNF a book – DNF-ing a book feels like the bitter sting of defeat. A defeat I typically would not stand for. However, this year, I’m reminding myself that it may be a greater service to DNF a book I hate and can’t even hate-read (which can be as entertaining as a regular read) and talk about why I made the choice.
04. Stop being so hard on Young Adult Fantasy – I love 90% of YA genres except YA fantasy. This year, I’m going to try to go into some of my planned YA fantasy reads with a more open mind rather than one that’s ready to tear the book shreds from the opening lines. Internal pep talks about this will go as follows:
05. Read my own damn books (or mostly my own damn books) – I love ARCs, I do. I’m sure I will read quite a few this year, but I’m trying to focus more on whittling down my own massive TBR pile and stop collecting so many shiny new books. I’m like a damn magpie when it comes to books. (Yes, I am aware that is just a myth.)
06. Be more consistent with my review writing – I get fairly busy during certain times of the year, but there’s no reason I can’t churn out a review or two, especially if I stay ahead of my reading goals, which as of this writing I am.
07. Utilize the library to the best of my abilities – I love the library. Unfortunately, I haven’t gone to the library as often as I should, especially this past year. I will have to remedy this and visit my Fortress of Solitude.
08. Write more book-related topics – We write many reviews, but I’d like to break up our reviews with some other book-related topics or musings from time to time. Maybe once a month or so.
09. Read more with my kids – We’re big fans of Percy Jackson in this family which is when my kids, especially my son and I, bonded over such a magical story. We’re still working through PJ, but I want to start introducing other series into the mix that both my kids and myself can enjoy.
10. Keep up with my various challenges better – I’ve joined quite a few challenges this year, and I think keeping them updated will encourage me to keep reading more to keep beating my goals.
Let’s see how successful I am with all these goals. Happy reading! And if you made any reading resolutions, I’d love to hear them.