So school has started and I can already tell I’m going to be pretty busy for the next few months. I’m currently reading Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski and it’s pretty good so far (really creepy actually 😱). But it’s taking me a while to read because I don’t have a lot of time. I’m supposed to be reading The Iliad right now (lol) and I have readings for my other classes as well. I also have to write a poem for my writing class and I’m stuck – it’s been a while since I’ve written creatively.
*Update: I did end up finish Nightfall and I’m thinking of attempting to write a short review. I ended up reading about half of The Iliad and it’s honestly so good! I highly recommend it (it’s a million times better than Shakespeare)! Also I kind of wrote a poem, but I’m not sure if it’s any good.*
Anyway, lets get on with my blogging goals for 2016.
- Write and publish one blogpost per week (at least).
I’m pretty new to blogging and I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to write every week. Since this blog isn’t only about books, there will probably be weeks where I’m just complaining about all the readings, tests, and assignments I have to do. I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to blog more during the summer, or when I’m procrastinating (like right now), but at the moment I want at least one blogpost up every week.
- Write at least 6 book reviews this year (once every two months). Again, this might change during the summer or if I end up reading a really good book. I’m not really sure how good I’ll be at writing reviews. I kind of write reviews on my Goodreads, but they’re pretty short and not that detailed.
- Comment on other blogs.
I’ve been doing pretty well so far. I love being able to communicate (and fangirl 😍) with people about things we both enjoy. My friends aren’t that into reading anymore because of school and I think I annoy them by talking about how much I love a certain book or character. Interacting with the bookish community, whether through blogs or BookTube, brings me back to my elementary school years when I read more and had friends who loved to read and talk about books. I guess this is an opportunity to make new friends who have similar interests as me. 😊
- This relates to the previous point: get to know other book bloggers and bookish people!
As I’m really new to this I’ve been trying to do my best to comment on blogs, follow blogs, and interact with other bloggers on social media. I’m not the best on social media, unfortunately. I refuse to get Tumblr because I know my productivity will fly right out the window. But Twitter and Instagram haven’t been too bad so far (*crosses fingers*).
Onto book goals for 2016:
- Read 50 books.
This was my goal last year and I decided to stick with it again this year. I’m not sure how crazy this semester and my final year of university will be. I also went through a pretty long reading slump during the summer and almost thought I wouldn’t be able to make it. I ended up reading two very short books before the end of the year. (Btw, does reading one of Sherlock’s mysteries count as one book? I’ve fallen in love with Arthur Conan Doyle’s writing and I love reading his stories while on the bus. But they’re really short and quick reads. I feel like I’m cheating in a way…)
- Finish the Lord of the Rings!
I started LOTR a while back and got through the first book and halfway through The Two Towers. And then I stopped. My reason is weird, so hear me out. I was at the part of the Battle of Helm’s Deep and I just couldn’t picture what was going on – like the different attack fronts and all of that. I tried looking back at the movies, but it still didn’t make sense, so I gave up.
Sad, I know. But I really want to finish the books this year.
- Read Rick Riordan.
I’m a fail at life. As a Classics Minor I should have read the Percy Jackson books a while ago, but I never got around to it. It’s funny because I gave the Sea of Monsters to a friend as a Christmas gift (not knowing it wasn’t the first book smh).
- Finish any unfinished series.
I’m sure I have a lot of unfinished series, but I decided to pick two this year: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyers and the Seven Realms series. I read Cinder last year and LOVED it! But I didn’t continue with the series because I wanted to buy all the books (I read Cinder on Overdrive). Now that Winter is out, I think I’ll buy all the books this summer and marathon through them. As for the Seven Realms, I read the first two books and half of the third. Then I’m not sure what happened. I started skipping through the pages and peeking ahead (I know, I’m terrible 😞). So in order to not ruin the books, I put them aside. But I really want to finally figure out what happened!
- Read more classics.
I bought Frankenstein and Jane Eyre in December, so I definitely want to get to those. I also want to try Tolstoy – specifically Anna Karenina (I really want to watch the movie, but I refuse to until I read the book), and also War and Peace (b/c Lily James is staring in the BBC series😍). I’d also like to read more Jane Austen. I’ve read Pride and Prejudice (😍❤️ Mr. Darcy) and Sense and Sensibility (which was okay, but a little slow at times), and now I really want to read Emma because I’ve heard so many good things. The problem with classics is that they take time and I need to read another book alongside it so I don’t get bored or burned out.
- Read more physical books.
I never thought the day would come that I would prefer ebooks to physical books. But the problem is that the only time I really get to read is when I’m on the bus to and from school. So reading on my phone is a lot easier than pulling out a book from by backpack. I also never used to buy books until recently, so now I have a small stack of physical books to read from (I’m lazy and I hate going to the library).
Other bookish goals:
- Work on Instagram account.
I see all these beautiful Bookstagram accounts and try to remind myself that I’ll eventually get there. It’s definitely a lot of work and I unfortunately don’t own a ton of books or even a proper bookshelf, let alone Funko pops (which I really want!). I guess I have to unleash the creative part of my brain that has remained dormant for so long.
- Attend BookCon.
Even though I just started out blogging, I kind of have the rare opportunity to attend. Chicago isn’t too far from Ontario and my dad will be working in the States from now on. I’m probably going to drag my sister along, so I’m not alone, but I think it will be a fun experience. If any of you are attending, comment down below. Maybe we’ll bump into each other 😊.
Okay, so this post is waaay too long. I need to stop. Hope you all have a good Thursday and weekend!