1. Complete the Goodreads Challenge
Last year, I missed my Goodreads Challenge by one book. One. I pledged to read twelve books, one a month, but I only managed to read eleven. I can’t tell you how disappointing that was. It seems stupid, but I’m the kind of person that wants to reach every goal. No matter what.
This year, I’m determined to do better. I’ve set a slightly higher goal of 15 books for 2017. This probably seems like a low number for a book blogger. I’m pretty sure I’m “supposed to” read 15 books in a month if I ever want to make it as a book blogger, but I’m not going to put too much pressure on myself. I work full-time, I’m busy at the weekend, and I’d still like to enjoy reading at the end of the year, thank you very much.
Trust me, sometimes reading too much is detrimental to your reading experience. I remember being in university, where I had to read hundreds of pages every week. At the end of my four years, I was so sick of having to read – as opposed to reading because I wanted to – I had to take a break. A long one. I didn’t read any new books for over six months.
Slowly but surely, my love for reading came back and I’m determined to keep it.
So, 15 books it is.
2. Read more classic novels
Most people I know in real life say they read MG and YA fiction first (sci-fi, fantasy, contemporary, … anything, really) and then eventually moved on to adult fiction and classics.
Not so for me.
Of course, I read all the Harry Potter books as soon as they came out. But after that, I didn’t continue to read YA fiction. Or fantasy for that matter. I dove straight into the classics. Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Madame Bovary, … I read these before I was sixteen.
But then, as I’ve said, I had to take a break after university and I never really got back to it. Don’t get me wrong, I love contemporary YA fiction and it will always be my number one choice, but there are so many classics I haven’t read yet.
This year, I want to give the greats another go. Especially the Russians. Gogol, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy? I’m coming for you guys.
3. Read more widely
This ties in with my previous point. I enjoyed reading The Martian so much I want to branch out just a little. I’m going to try my hand at more sci-fi, but I also want to read more diverse books, and why not some non-fiction while I’m at it? The Princess Diarist is definitely on my list for this year
4. (Try to) read all the books I own first
This is a tough one. I keep buying new books while I’ve got loads of them sitting in my room, waiting to be read. I’m not expecting a miracle here. I know myself well enough to know I’ll be buying new books in any case, but I’d still like to try to read the ones I’ve got first.
5. Read the following list of books
Do you know those books you’re telling yourself you want to read but you never get to it? Yeah, me too. I’ve got a long list of books that I’ve been meaning to read but haven’t got to yet. These are five of the books on my list:
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
- A List of Cages by Robin Roe
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Aside from reading goals, I also have a few writing goals for 2017.
- finish editing my work-in-progress: I’m on Draft 9 and I’m determined to “finish” it this year.
- submit my WIP to literary agents: this being the reason why I want to finish. I’d really like to start submitting my story to literary agents this year. Being a published author is my biggest dream, so I’ll have to start trying at some point.
- start a new writing project: after 9 (or more) drafts of the same story, I want to move on to something new and exciting.
- participate in NaNoWriMo or Camp NaNoWriMo: these months are always great fun. I missed NaNoWriMo last November, but I’ll be participating again this year.
- be a consistent blogger: my blogging journey has just started, but I’m setting a clear goal for myself. I want to post at least once a week and be active in the blogging community.