Obligatory Reading Goals Post!

So here we are, the third day of 2015, and it’s about time I posted something here.

I have been in a reading slump for weeks and weeks, but I was very happy when this baby broke through that:

Review coming soon!

As is customary at this time of year, I thought I would share my reading goals for 2015.

  • I have set my Goodreads challenge at 54 books.  For 2014 I had set my target at 72 books (6 books a month) but I know I go through reading slumps and sometimes read nothing for weeks … I only managed to read 53 books in 2014, so I thought I would aim for just one more and have set my target to 54 for 2015.
  • Read more diversely.  I thought I did read quite diversely but when I looked at my stats for 2014, the overwhelming majority of authors I read were from the UK or USA.  I would like to expand my reading horizons a little this year, and have set the following challenges for each month (I am allowing myself to combine challenges where possible):
    • read 1 classic
    • read 1 book by a male author
    • read 1 book by a female author
    • read 1 book by a non UK/USA author
    • read 1 book that has won or been nominated for a prize
    • read 1 book from my kindle
  • Complete the BookRiot Read Harder challenge. I am allowing myself to combine this challenge with those above!
  • Read more books than I buy!  I’m not entirely sure how many physical books I own as I’m not convinced my Goodreads account is up to date.  I intend to correct this over the next couple of days, and I will update this post with the (shameful!) number of unread books I own.  I intend to finish the year with less books on my shelves.  I don’t tend to hang on to books once I’ve read them, unless they are absolute 5 star keepers, so I will continue to pass read books on to friends if I think they will enjoy them, find somewhere to trade them in or give them to charity.  Ok, I’ve spent the day sorting all my books and updating Goodreads.  I am ashamed about these numbers, but here goes.  Don’t judge me!  I own 437 physical books that I have not read.  This is ridiculous.  Now, I know there is absolutely no point in even pretending that I will not buy any books this year – just not gonna happen.  But I would like to get this number down, so I’ll start by aiming to having 400 unread physical books by the end of the year.  I’m really not sure if this is achievable, but we will see.  I’m not good at maths, but I guess if I limit myself to buying one book for every 10 I read, that should help!  I also have 288 unread books on my Kindle.  These don’t bother me so much because I can’t see them, but I do most definitely need to read more from my Kindle, and so I have added in another challenge to read 1 Kindle book every month.  Here’s hoping!
  • Engage more in the book-twittersphere, instagram, youtube and blogging world.  Yes.
And that’s it 🙂
What are you reading resolutions for 2015? Leave me a comment and let me know!

2014 Goals/January TBR

In 2014, I hope to do more of the things I enjoy – namely cooking, reading, and messing about with arty things.  I hate that I get into slumps so regularly and would really like to keep something up for the whole year!

I will be attempting to take part in Journal 52, a year long art journalling workshop with weekly prompts (and it’s free!).  I may or may not record some videos for YouTube.

I will once again be attempting to keep up with Fatmumslim’s photo a day challenge.

I will be attempting to cook more recipes from the hundreds (well, dozens) of cookbooks I have instead of just random scrabbled together dinners.

(This is all sounding very similar to last year’s “resolutions”!)

I have set my Goodreads challenge to 72 books.  I read 42 this year, so this target may be a bit ambitious, but the last two months of 2013 have shown me what is possible! (I read 8 books in November and 10 in December, so 6 a month should be achievable …).  In order to get through books that have been sitting gathering dust on my shelf for ages, I have devised a system for choosing books each month.  I have 7 tbr jars (I know that’s one more than I plan to read a month but I couldn’t condense them any more than this!) each containing all the books I own split into (very loose) genres.  I have a jar for each of the following:

  • General (the biggest selection!)
  • Other Worldly (sci-fi, dystopian, paranormal, etc)
  • Classics/Big ‘Uns (those that might take a bit longer to get through!)
  • Young Adult (pilfered from my daughter’s bookshelf!)
  • Thriller/Mystery
  • Non-Fiction
  • New Books (anything I buy and want to read as soon as possible!)
Each month I will choose a book from each jar.  If I get through all those books, I can treat myself to choose another from the ‘new books’ jar.  Of course, we all know what will happen.  I won’t fancy any of the books chosen and will read other books entirely, or end up not reading anything!  In the case of the latter, if I find myself in a reading slump, I will force myself to pick up a Harry Potter book to re-read – that usually gets me back into the mood for reading!
So, here are the chosen books for January:
General: The Aunt Sally Team by Flick Merauld – I think I bought this one when I first got my Kindle (it might have been free, definitely not more than 99p).  Really not sure about reading this one, but I will give it a go!
Other Worldly:  Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert – quite looking forward to this one … I think I might have started it a while back, but will start again.
Classics/Big ‘Uns:  House Rules by Jodie Picoult – a hit and miss author for me, so hopefully I will get on with this one!
Young Adult:  Stitch by Samantha Durante – on my Kindle, a free or under 99p purchase.  I’ve heard good things about this one.

Thriller/Mystery:  The Grave Tattoo by Val McDermid – been on my shelf forever!
New Books:  The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman – this one sounds very interesting, but I’ve heard it is a slow read, so we shall see …
What will you be reading in January?