Do you set New Year’s Resolutions for yourself? Do you follow them?
Over the years, I’ve tried to make resolutions for a variety of things – goals I’d like to achieve, some habits I’d like to develop, others I’d like to break – and it would never work.
I started bullet journaling in February of 2017 and it changed everything. In the beginning, I had filled my bujo up with all sorts of spreads and trackers, but one by one I discarded most of them as they proved futile each month. What was left showed me just how seriously I take books and reading. So now I use my bullet journal basically to keep track of all things bookish.
Last year I made some bookish resolutions and actually managed to tick off almost all of them. I know, I know, I was surprised too!
Here’s a peak at my Reading Resolutions for 2019:
- Bring down the TBR shelf
I’ve set my Goodreads Reading Challenge to 60 books this year.
- Read (finish) 7 series/trilogies/duologies
I.e. finishing any series on my shelves I’m in the middle of or haven’t even started yet.
- Read at least 5 new-to-me authors
I ended up reading almost 20 new authors last year and discovered several new favorites!
- Read at least 5 debut novels of 2017-19
There are so many debut authors getting published every month. I’d like to keep up while also catching up with the backlist books I own.
- Read at least 5 diverse books
Some of my favorite books of the last couple years were diverse reads like Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, The Song of Achilles and The Hate U Give.
- Reread The Lunar Chronicles or The Raven Cycle
It’s good to reread old favorites from time to time.
- Read at least 5 books that have been or are being adapted
Because I love watching shows and movies and it’s nice to see how well a book has been adapted. Last year, I watched and absolutely adored Love, Simon as well as To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before just as much as the books.
Pro Tip: I use Post-Its to list my resolutions so I can jot down the names of the books/authors that I read for that particular resolution under the Post-It. Looks neat and colorful this way.
I’m also participating in two reading challenges and one fun readalong this year to help bring down my TBR shelf.
- Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge 2019
- Devour Your TBR Challenge hosted by Destiny at Howling Libraries and Kathy at Books & Munches
- Cosmere Readalong by Elliot Brooks over on YouTube
I’ll talk more about these challenges in a later post. Have you set any yearly reading goals? Do you participate in reading challenges or readathons? Let me know in the comments below!
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