Well it’s that time of year again when everyone decides that they are going to change the way they have lived their lives for years and try to be better in one way or another. I know most resolutions fail but I still make them and give it a whirl, because I don’t see anything wrong with trying to be a better person, whether it lasts a few weeks, a few months, or succeeds and lasts the whole year. That’s still time spent putting effort into something we want to change in a positive way, whether it is permanent or not.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is ten bookish resolutions, and given the amount of books I have bought and added to my TBR in the last six months, it’s probably a good idea to give myself some direction! I have 12 resolutions because I like having lots to do, I like having goals and making lists. So here goes:
- Stick to my TBR list. Most of these resolutions are related to taming my insane impulse to buy all the books. If I stick to reading what I already have on my TBR rather than adding other books and reading them first, I’ll get to the ones that have been waiting on my shelves for years. Literally.
- Start trading in or giving away books that I will never read or will never read again. I started this one today! I need room on my shelves and in looking at them I realized that there were books with receipts still in them (the most recent being from 2010, so embarrassing), and I have no interest in reading those at all. Alternatively, I have books on my shelves that I know I won’t read again because they are at the bottom of the list after all the books I haven’t read yet and all the books that I enjoyed more. So, I have one box of about 30 books that is headed out of the house, and in the future I might start being even more strict with myself and eliminating more.
- Wait a month before buying a book that I am interested in reading. This one, again, is related to making me STOP BUYING ALL THE BOOKS. I have this thing I do (that is not limited to books) where I decide I want something and I have to have it right away. It’s very childish and consumerist and I realize that I do it and it’s a problem. Hence the resolution to knock it off. I think that it’s probably a good idea for me to wait a while before I buy a book because sometimes the hype makes me excited and then I wish I hadn’t bought the book (*coughMissPeregrinescough*). One of the reasons I have so many unread books on my shelves is because it seemed like a good read in the moment, but ultimately wasn’t interesting or important enough for me to actually get to.
- Stop buying an entire series before I know whether I like it or not. I don’t like reading one part of a series and then taking a break because I forget what’s going on (unless it’s something like Anne of Green Gables which I know backwards and forwards), so when I decide to start reading a series I tend to buy the entire series before I even know if I like the author or series itself. Which is kinda silly.
- Get my TBR under 200 books. I have two TBR lists on Goodreads based on how long I think it will take me to get to the books. In general the “to read” list is books I want to get to in the next 6 months, and the “TBR longlist” is books that might take closer to a year. Given that each of those lists is at least 100 books, that 6-month mark is pretty unrealistic, and making a third TBR list is silly, so I just need to get it under control.
- Read more classics. This includes a lot of the books that have been on my TBR for a really long time, such as War and Peace which is coming out in a few weeks as a miniseries starring Lily James, who I love.
- Read more graphic novels. This is a new thing I’ve started getting into this past year, and I like how it makes the tactile, physical act of reading even more enjoyable.
- Put myself on a book-buying budget. Because duh.
- Write more about what I read. I’ve found this past year that blogging about what I read has helped me remember a lot about what I’ve actually read. I hate that feeling of knowing “yeah, I loved that book!” and being unable to articulate why.
- Finish reading Harry Potter. Because duh. The special edition set was a Christmas gift from my husband and they are so pretty.
- Use the library more for fiction. I use my university and local libraries quite a bit for research purposes – my average was to have around 40-50 books checked out at a time, though right now I’m at about 20. I’d like to use the library more for books that I’m not sure if I will like, such as contemporary fiction or best-sellers. Using the library this past summer definitely saved me the pain of spending a lot of money on a book I disliked *coughWildalonecough*, so I should do it more often.
- Read more! Because, well, that’s never a bad thing.
So those were my bookish resolutions for 2016, and even though there are a lot of them I don’t think it will be too difficult. In theory. Numbers 1, 3, 5, and 8 might be difficult. Probably the hardest will be #8. I’ll check back in June and see where I’m at!