Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish and today we are talking about the New Year’s resolutions and goals, bookish or otherwise. This one was quite hard for me because I never really make New Year’s resolutions because I know I won’t dedicate myself enough to actually complete them fully. But I did manage to get 10 so here they are:
1. I want to complete all my challenges for 2015
If you haven’t seen see it yet, I have posted my ‘Reading Challenges for 2015‘ last week. This is something that I’m not sure if it’s going to go well or not because I’ve never took part in reading challenges before except the Goodreads one but that hardly counts because that was years ago and I completely forgot to log my read books and so I lost miserably. I am a very competitive person though so hopefully I can complete all of them.
2. I want to read all of my ‘must reads’ from my TBR pile
I have a few ‘must read’ lists that are basically filled with the popular YA novels that everyone is talking about. From series such as Daughter of Smoke and Bone to Shatter Me to Lux to The Mara Dyer series. I know it’s kind of bad to read books just because everyone else has read them but most if not all of the titles that I have down look like interesting stories so I want to give them a try and, hopefully, I’ll love them too.
3. I want to meet at least 5 authors at book events/signings
This one is out of my control but something I could still influence. I can only really meet authors when they are in my county because I’m not really able to travel to London where all the big authors always have signing events. Not to mention, a lot of my favourite authors had UK tours this year so who knows if they will come to the UK again in 2015. I will try though!
4. Only bring books home/reserve books if I have two or less waiting to be read already
This is targeting a struggle that I have of going into the reading room at my school/school library/local library and picking up every book I’ve ever heard a good thing about. This happened just before we broke up for the Christmas holidays where I took home five books while I already had six books at home. I am still not done with that pile. And that is why I need to change my book-hoarding habits.
5. Spend 30 minutes each day in the book community
It was only when I started writing this list that I realised how many of my fellow book bloggers I connect with so I’m hoping to do something about that. 30 minutes is really not that long but if I do it every day, that’s three and a half hours worth of just commenting on people’s Instagram, Twitter, blogs, etc., which I hope will mean I get to know some more people.
6. Participate in a read-a-thon
I am really picky about read-a-thons because I need to be in the mood and it needs to be a specific time period when I’m off school and I don’t mind spending the duration period under a blanket with a stack of books. I guess it’s also the fact that my reading pace is miles below average and so I would find it frustrating that other people are getting things read and I’m not (I know, I’m competitive like that). But I really want to get involved this year so maybe if there is one during the summer I will definitely get on that.
7. I want to gift at least five books this year
Birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, thank-you presents. I really love buying books in general but buying books for other people is what I find the most fun. Going that extra mile for shipping from the US because they have the prettiest cover, casually finding out if they prefer paperback or hardback and subtly asking what books they have read and enjoyed. I love the whole ordeal and although it can be expensive, I would like to gift at least five books next year.
8. I want to quit eating chocolate
This is on my list every single year but this time I feel motivated. I’m trying to consume all the Christmas chocolate before the new year so I can start right but I really don’t know how that’s going to turn out. It would be really nice to not be tempted to buy chocolate every other time I’m in a supermarket though…
9. I want to get a B in French
I am really, really bad at French at school and I am currently in my last year of taking it. I’m fine with other languages but the French language just does not want to work with my brain. I started off the academic year wanting an A but my hopes have slipped a little.
10. I would like to say up money
I’m not intending on saving up for anything in particular but I just really like the idea of having money on the side for when a good concert comes up or for a trip to London with my friends. I would also like the reassurance that I am able to not spend all I’ve got as soon as I get it.