Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted @ The Broke and the Bookish and it’s so much fun! There is no greater joy in the world than making lists (I lie, eating chocolate comes to mind). I highly recommend checking it out and even joining in yourself, counting to ten in a book related fashion is greatly theraputic, *nodding*.
This week’s theme is:
Top Ten Resolutions We Have For 2015
Ew, resolutions, right? WRONG. Bookish resolutions are great, I like to wave at them as fade into the distance come the end of the year. Ahem, *rolls out list*:
I will read the Inkworld trilogy by Cornelia Funke.
Why? Because I’ve read Inkheart (fabulous) and I read half of Inkspell (fabu-) and for no reason other than having the attention span of a pillow, I put it down. As Rafiki would say, IT IS TIME.
I will read Terrier by Tamora Pierce
Why? I’m pretty sure this is the oldest book on my shelf. I received this as a Christmas present probably 10 years ago (no I’m not kidding). I don’t have anything against the book or author, I’m just never picked it up. That WILL change this year.
I will read the first two books in the Monster Blood Tattoo Trilogy by D. M. Cornish.
Why? I’ve actually read Foundling and I think I enjoyed it . . . I don’t actually remember. I bought both books when I was on holiday and younger and thought I might enjoy reading large books (I was wrong). So I think a re-read is in order before I tackle the second one. I can do it. I can.
Achieve my official reading goal of 60 (and my non-0fficial-dont-judge-me-when-I-dont-make-it reading goal of 75) books.
I have slowly been improving my reading pace (you might’ve guessed from my handle, ‘oz book snail’, that fast reading is challenging for me) over the last few years and in 2015 I read 70 *gasps*. Don’t look too impressed now. I’ve got a busy year at university ahead of me but I’m sure I can do it I WILL read
75 60 books!
Get below 100 books on my TBR.
Maybe you’re someone who has self control, I am not. I have a lot of books to read and I recently recounted and took off some ‘family owned’ books that weren’t on my shelf, so there are fewer than I originally thought. So at the moment there are 150 unread books on my shelf, as long as I don’t buy an entire library I think this is totally achievable. But, you know.
Avoid book buying bans.
Yuck, even the word makes me shudder. In 2015 I placed myself of TWO book buying bans to try and curb the number of books I was buying (it worked!). But it just wasn’t fun. Half of the joy of reading is totally in the buying, so I’m going to be good this year, and prove to myself (who I can already see shaking my head at the end of the year) that I can do it. I don’t need no regulations.
Read at least one big classic and two small classics.
I do enjoy classics when I give myself the chance to read them. I re-read Frankenstein in 2015 as it’s one of my all time favourite classics (not that I’ve read that many, but shush). I’m sure I will find other gems, too. Over the years I’ve collected quite a few so I’m going to woman-up and read a big one (like, Vanity Fair, say) and a couple of smaller ones (Oliver Twist and Sense & Sensibility, maybe?).
Catch up on A Song of Ice and Fire
BECAUSE I FINALLY READ IT, PEOPLE! Well, the first one. I would like to watch the TV series but I feel disinclined to do so until I’ve read all the books (and have you seen those hunkers?). In any case, this goal is fairly vague and mostly a self-reminder to hurry up and reading more of them.
Catch up on ARCs (advance reader copies).
Um, well, my ‘arcs’ aren’t so in advance any more. I haven’t received any books from publishers so to speak but I have received a whole bunch of books from the Goodreads giveaways and I think I’m just the laziest person when I comes to reading them. I think I’m a little nervous about reading some of those books as some that I have read were very average. But no more excuses! And let’s not even mention the number of NetGalley e-books I own (I didn’t realise how easy it was to get approved, okay?).
Complete the Pop Sugar 2016 reading challenge.
You may have heard of this, it’s a 50 book reading challenge and each book needs to tick off a certain criteria. You can check out my spiel about it HERE or head over to the official website HERE. I did attempt this in 2015 but, um, yeah. Didn’t finished it, oops.
Tah dah! Another Tuesday, another list made. I really enjoyed making this list and would love to hear what your resolutions are. I feel like all of these are achievable and it’s about time I actually got around to some of these things. Here’s to 2016 and hoping that I remain motivated!
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Arrivederci tutti and happy reading!
~~ Kirstie ~~