Once again, a year has gone by way too fast. Overall, 2016 kind of sucked so it couldn’t be over fast enough, but when it comes to reading I feel like I could use some extra months. Yes, I completed my Goodreads challenge of 70 book and even surpassed it by reading 80 books! But when it comes to reading books that have been on my TBR list for way too long I have failed in an epic way … So, here are some of my bookish New Year’s resolutions for 2017!
1. Read more classics written by women
Although I study Literature and get to read a lot of classics, I have the feeling that I could up my game a bit when it comes to reading classics written by women. I notice that most of the classic works I get to read for uni are written by men (I know, the past was a different time from the time we live in now, but there ARE some quite amazing books written by women that I haven’t read yet)
2. Read at least one more book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series
This year I finally started reading the ASOIAF series by George R. R. Martin. I thought, after quitting watching the series, “I’m ‘just’ going to read the books then”. Well that tiny word ‘just’ is the problem here. Every book counts more than 700 pages, so that scared me a little I guess. And besides that, I’ve lent my little brother the second book in the series somewhere in the Summer break and I haven’t seen it since …
3. Read a total of 90+ books
Okay, this one is a bit tricky since I’m reading my 80th book at the moment and tomorrow is the last day of this year. So, reading 90 books next year will be somewhat of a challenge for me, especially since I’m in my last year as a Literature student. That means that June will be the last month where I’m getting to read books as homework. Nevertheless, I’m really motivated and this is a good way of avoiding Netflix and especially avoiding just staring into the void aka. my iPhone.
4. Kick the ass of the TBR books on my shelves
If I’m not mistaken I have about 100+ books on my shelves that I still have to read. Yes, it’s that bad. I already began with a BBB (Book Buying Ban) for a couple of months and tackling some of the books that I really needed to read!
5. Be a bit more critcal in my book reviews
Since I don’t want to hurt anyone with my reviews, I became a little too nice in rating the books I read. Last week I was flipping through my reading journal and noticed a book that I rated with 5 stars, but I actually couldn’t remember a thing of it! So, now I have agreed on not rating books with more than 4 stars, unless it’s really an amazing book and I know that it’ll change my life for the better!