2016 Bookish Goals

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January 09, 2016
We’re one week into 2016 (already!) and in that time, I set up my bookish resolutions for this year… and also broke them. So now I’ve decided to publish them here so y’all can hold me accountable when this year ends and I inevitably fail to do any of the things I’m about to list.

Public shaming sometimes works!

I’m also calling them goals now instead of resolutions because it sounds more like something to strive for and achieve and less like a chore that has to be done, and sometimes you gotta Jedi mind trick your own brain for things to work out! Or at least that’s what I’m tricking myself to believe...


In 2016 I want to:

  1) Read more: Or I guess I want to read as much as I did last year. 2015 was a fluke because I found myself with a lot of free time, so I ended up reading more books than I had in a lifetime. I might not have that much free time this year, so the goal is to make some room for reading in whatever schedule I end up with. This won’t be too hard to accomplish because reading is the best!

  2) Make a dent on my TBR: I haven’t counted them, but I’m sure I have over 50 unread books crowding my bookshelf right now (I went a little bit crazy book shopping last year, oops!) and I need to stop ignoring those in favor of shinier, newer purchases! So, no more new books until I catch up to those already waiting.

  3) Stick to the 100 pages rule: This one’s kind of linked to the previous goal because my excitement for new books sometimes clouds my judgement and what might have sounded like an awesome book at first might not really interest me once I’m actually reading it, so I need to learn to let go and not feel guilty about it. If after 100 pages the book hasn’t managed to catch my interest, I should put it down (which is easier said than done!).

  4) Diversify!: This past year I mostly read fiction books, primarily written in English, and I basically stuck to genres I knew I loved. For 2016, I want to read books from around the world (especially from my country and the rest of Latin America), check out different genres and include more non-fiction and graphic novels. There’s so much to read out there, it’s kind of silly to stick to just one thing!

  5) Read more classics: I wasn’t made to read a lot of classics when I was in high school, so there’s a huuuge list of them I still haven’t read. At first, I wasn’t very interested in classics, but after spending December reading a few of them, I’ve come around and feel I should give others a try. Maybe I won’t dedicate a whole month to classics again, but picking one up every once in awhile should do the trick!

Okay, these next two aren’t exactly about reading, but they still count as bookish!

  6) Keep an active blog: I’ve been trying to post some new content at least once a week (usually on Tuesdays!) but since this is mainly a blog about book reviews and it takes me more than a week to read one book, that might not always be possible! So I might add a few new features, like the Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish or… something else. Any suggestions? I’d love to hear them!

  7) Go to the Texas Book Festival!: I’ve gone to music festivals and Comic Cons and now I want to check a book fest off the bucket list, and since the Texas Book Fest is so close to home, it’s the perfect opportunity! I know this one isn’t so much a goal as something I really hope I get to do, but now that it’s out there, I gotta work for it!

And that’s it! It’s a simple enough list, so let’s see how I do. If you made any bookish resolutions/goals, leave your lists in the comments, I’d love to check it out! 

P.S.: This blog will be back to its regular programming next week with a new book review.
5 comments on "2016 Bookish Goals"
  1. I congratulate you, Mariana. I totally forgot to make any resolutions for 2016. I mean, 2015 went by SO quickly that I didn't even have time to implement the resolutions I made back in January of that year. I DO like your 100 pages rule. I'm betting that most authors--the Stephen Kings, the Pattersons, et. al. excepted--think, "If I could just just write that first 5 page chapter better! Somehow! I know she'd continue on to the really really good stuff 100 pages in."

    So, what book is number one on your reading list for the beginning of this new year, I wonder?

    1. With the 100 pages rule, it's never about the writing for me as it is about the plot and characters! If after 100 pages (which covers more than a couple of chapters!) I haven't connected and/or find myself invested in the characters or where the plot is going, then what's the point to keep going?

      I have no problem putting up with writing that might annoy me if I'm at least 50% interested in the outcome of the book (otherwise I would have dropped books like Fates & Furies or Fahrenheit 451...)

      And my first read this year was Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. Now I'm reading The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins. What about you?

  2. Good for you! No need to beat yourself up. I've found that time expands so everything gets done as long as I don't worry :)
    I'm reading a biography about Adam Worth. He was the Napoleon of thieves! More than 100 years ago. Fascinating.

    1. Easier said than done! I always feel like I MUST finish every book I read, but this is the year of learning how not to worry so much!

      That sounds interesting! What's the name of it? I'd love to check it out.

    2. The Napoleon of Crime: The Life and Times of Adam Worth, Master Thief. By Ben Macintyre.


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