I feel like a lot of us were waiting for 2016 to end…and it has! I always enjoy the start of a new year, and the planning and looking ahead that comes with it. I’m making the same resolutions that I seem to make every year, which include:
1. Buy fewer books
I want to read more of the books I already own / e-ARCS / ARCs from my own shelves and get back to using the library more (especially for e-books).
It’s really easy to be excited about shiny new books but so often I’ll buy a new book and then put it on my shelf and…not read it for a very long time. There are some big 2017 releases that I’ve already pre-ordered, but I’m otherwise going to be trying to focus on reading things that I already have.
2. Continue/finish reading books in a series
I’m very bad at keeping up with books in a series. I don’t like to plan what I read. I can’t stick to a TBR. I guess I’m more of a mood reader and when I read a book in a series, even if I have the other books, no matter how much I enjoyed it, the mood reader in me wants to move on to something else. But I’m also a completionist and I don’t like the idea of several book series that I’ve started to read but have not finished, so I definitely want to make 2017 the year in which I catch up on my book series!
However, I want to be able to let go of the series that I have lost interest in. I don’t want to finish a series just to finish it if I don’t enjoy it. So I’m going to have to assess which series I genuinely enjoy and want to finish.
3. Read at least 100 books in 2017
This is always my initial number for my Goodreads goal each year. In past years where I’ve exceeded 100 books with a few months left in the year, I’ve increased the number, but I think 100 is a nice number to aim for.
4. Blog more frequently
I typically aim to have two reviews per week at a minimum, but I’d like to be able to increase that if I’m reading enough. I got a little lazy about review writing towards the end of the year, and would finish a book but then wait a long time to write my review, which is not helpful.
I also have other things to blog about that I want to get working on, like my Supernatural rewatch. I’ve got some posts on season three drafted but have been waiting to schedule them until I’ve finished watching the season, but I think I should just schedule them now instead of waiting.
5. Make time to read
I used to be very good about this, but this year I’ve been lazy about setting aside time to read. And it isn’t like I’ve been doing anything valuable with that time where I would like to be reading: I’ve mostly just been mindlessly looking at things online on my phone.
I guess this resolution comes out of wanting to be more intentional with how I’m spending my time and since reading is pretty much my favourite thing to do, I want to make it a bigger part of my daily life again.
6. Clear out my bookshelves
I’m usually good at getting books and ARCs off my shelves once I’ve read them, but the problem with having so many unread books on my shelves is that my shelves are too full! So I should go through and see if there are books that I can honestly say I will not read, and if that’s the case, donate them.
And of course once I’ve finished book, unless there are good reasons for keeping it (it’s a favourite, it’s signed, it’s part of a series that I enjoy, etc.), I should donate it as well.
7. Budget and track my spending habits
Liz at one-twenty-five has been blogging about her budgeting and shared her Excel budget spreadsheet, which I’ve downloaded and will be using throughout the year. I really want to increase my savings and decrease my spending on non-essentials!
Happy New Year everyone! What are your resolutions? Do you have bookish resolutions like me? Let me know!