At the start of 2017 I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions when it comes to health, excersise or my social life. Instead I had some bookish goals I wanted to complete by the end of the year. Now that the end of 2017 is nearing I was wondering if I perhaps accomplished (some of) my resolutions I made in January 2017? Let’s take a look …
My bookish New Year’s resolutions of 2017 were:
- Read more classics written by women
- Read at least one book in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series by George R.R. Martin
- Read a total of 90+ books
- Kick the ass of my TBR pile
- Be a bit more critical in my book reviews
I can say for sure that I have accomplished at least two of the five resolutions – I will have read at least 90 books before the end of the year. It was tight and I had to read at least 12 books in December if I wanted to complete my GR reading goal, but I DID IT! I will have a post on an overview of my year in books up on Sunday December 30th!
Besides that I have also become a bit more critical in my book reviews. During the year I have received a lot of review requests, but I haven’t accepted them all. Some books weren’t fit for me or I was too busy with uni work. I have also been a bit more critical in the grading of the books I have read. When I liked a book I didn’t just give it five stars because I liked it. Per book I thought “will I remember this story and do I want to reread it in the future?” If this was the case, I gave the book five stars. If not I just went with my feelings!
Because I was still a literature student in the first half of the year I have also read some classics written by women. Still, I’m not satisfied, because those were not books I chose myself. I’ve only read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and two Christies, that I think are classics written by women, in my spare time. Let’s hope I get to read more in 2018!
And well, let’s just ignore my TBR pile. I have read a lot of books on my TBR, but I have also bought and gotten a lot of new books that I still need to read … I think I started this year with the same amount (if not less) of books on my TBR as I will end it!
I have also read none of the books in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series by George R.R. Martin. BUT … I have finally finished watching the TV series and I can’t wait for the last season!
- A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
- Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
… and read only one – The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. Also: I think my top five of books to read in 2018 will be very different. Firstly, I won’t have any YA on my list. It’s just not a genre that’s high on my TBR and it was mainly the influence of bookstagram that made me buy these books. I think Wuthering Heights and A Storm of Swords will actually be high on my TBR of 2018, but I still have to think of a new top five for 2018!