2016 Reading Resolutions

tumblr_nyog0tACOz1qf0gx7o1_540Hello there my lovely bookish friends! Happy New Year to you all 🙂

As we are now beginning a new year I thought I would share my book related resolutions with you! I have made a video on my YouTube channel wherein I discuss my resolutions but thought I would share it here as well for those who prefer reading rather than watching!

So here we go:

Read 50 Books

So in 2015 I set my Goodreads reading challenge to 50 books and I managed to surpass that by reading 100 books! I am incredibly pleased to of reached such a number (I’ve never read that much in a year before!). I feel really positive and motivated to read at the moment which is great so this year I have set my challenge to 50 books again. To be honest I think I will always set it at 50 as I think that is a very achievable number for me and definitely a number that won’t lead me to feel pressured into reading. Are you doing a challenge this year, how many books do you hope to read?

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Read 12 Non-Fiction Books

I’ve never really been a massive reader of non-fiction but in the latter half of 2015 I made a conscious decision to try and start reading more. I had some great experiences with books such as; J.R.R. Tolkien A Biography by Humphrey Carpenter, Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig and The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer. They are all very different reads yet I managed to connect and find many aspects that I enjoyed. In light of that I have decided to read 12 non-fiction books in 2016 (I’m hoping I can manage one a month!). I have already made a number of purchases so my non-fiction ‘to read’ list is now a little larger. I will be filming a non-fiction TBR video for my channel in the coming weeks – so keep an eye out for that!

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Read 12 Classics

As with the above resolution I hope to read one classic a month in 2016. During 2015 I read a number of classics, some of my favourites would include; Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins and I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. I do love settling down with a great classic and I have a fantastic selection on my bookshelves to choose from – expect a classic TBR video on my YouTube channel soon!

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Track Progress in my Book Journal

Since joining Goodreads in 2013 I have loved logging everything to do with my reading life. I have attempted to keep up with physical book journals before but they always fall by the wayside but this year shall be different! I have bought myself a book journal from BusyB which I shall be recording all my read books in. Instead of feeling obligated to write out a review for each book I am instead going to make notes and doodles in the ‘comments’ section. I feel this may help me remember my reading experiences more and will encourage me to keep a physical log as well as my Goodreads.

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Finish Reading the Harry Potter Series

This is only a little one! I have read the Harry Potter Series many times before and decided to start re-reading it nearer the end of 2015. I am currently reading The Order of the Phoenix and shall continue on to the end in the coming months 🙂

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Finish Reading The Silmarillion

In my second year of University I decided to start reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion – I soon decided to put the novel to one side as I felt I wasn’t giving it my full attention and I needed to focus on my studies. Now that I have graduated and have no real responsibilities (academically speaking) I feel it is time to pick it back up! As a great lover of Tolkien I cannot wait to immerse myself fully in the world of Middle Earth and all the wonders it beholds! Bring it on!

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Continue Reading Graphic Novels

If you watch my YouTube channel you will know that before 2015 I had never read any graphics novels/comics. So over the course of the year I dabbled in various different graphic novels (I feel this is one of the main reasons I managed to read 100 books last year!) and I now want to focus on the ones that I enjoyed the most. In 2016 I plan on continuing with graphic novels such as: Saga, Rat Queens, Deadly Class  and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I’m really super excited for all of these – I just need to make the money so I can pay for them!!

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Aim for one YouTube Video a Week + one Blog Post

My final resolution is to continue on with my YouTube channel – I hope to make at least one video a week (I was pretty good at this in 2015). I also plan to revive my blog a bit more! I want to get a bit more hands-on and creative with my posts. Please do let me know if you have any recommendations or requests for what you would like to see on my YouTube channel or my blog!

 

So that is all for today folks. I hope you are all having a fantastic start to 2016! Happy reading, friends 🙂

Amy x

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8 thoughts on “2016 Reading Resolutions

  1. neverlannd93 says:

    Seeing as I didn’t complete the popsugar reading challenge last year, I’m just sticking to the Goodreads challenge to read 60 books (My target was 50 last year and I read 103!)

    And also, get all the books on my TBR read!

    • shoutame says:

      Wow well done! Exceeding your goal is such a satisfying thing 🙂

      Awh there’s no chance of me getting all my books on my TBR read but I don’t really mind that! Happy reading 🙂

  2. Ashleigh says:

    I did a similar post to this not long ago:) I’ve set my Goodreads challenge to 50 too, but since I’m already planning on reading some pretty hefty books this year, I hope I can complete it! I also want to keep reading graphic novels, I only discovered them in 2015 (like you) and want to build up my collection…if only they weren’t so expensive compared to normal books – especially since you read them so quickly.
    Loved reading this post, even though I already watched the YouTube version haha!

  3. Alexandra says:

    First, I must say that I am really happy that you enjoyed Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. It is one of my favourite classics and it always warms my heart when someone discovers and loves it as well ;). If you haven’t, you might want to give a go to North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, which can be described as “Jane Austen meets Charles Dickens”—and she was also a big fan of Charlotte Brontë.

    I would like to read more non-fiction too. Or rather I’d like to start reading non-fiction, full stop. I can’t wait for your non-fiction TBR video for some ideas :).

    Good luck with tracking your progress. I attempt that every year and never succeed. Thank God Goodreads exists!

    I wish you a very Happy New Year and I hope you’ll manage to achieve all these goals :). (More blog posts would be nice) (just sayin’).

    • shoutame says:

      Ahh yes Jane Eyre was simply wonderful! Funnily enough I was going to pick up North and South pretty soon 🙂

      I’m hoping my non-fiction haul/tbr video will be up next week! I do love goodreads, I’m hoping my book journal tracking succeeds this year!!

      I hope you have a very happy reading year!

    • shoutame says:

      Thank you 🙂 Last year I didn’t experience any reading slumps but in 2014 I had a patch of about 3 months where I didn’t feel like reading at all! I ended up re-reading my favourite books (usually Harry Potter) to get me back to reading again!

      I think if I hit a slump now I would definitely pick up some light reads like graphic novels and smaller books 🙂

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