Happy holidays, everyone! We’re in that in-between time between Christmas and New Year’s that can sometimes feel a bit strange. The festivities are over, but it’s not quite time to go back to work or school yet (well, at least not for me). But have no fear- The Broke and the Bookish brings us another week of Top Ten Tuesday! This week the theme is Top Ten Goals for 2015. These can be bookish or otherwise, but I think I’m going to stay bookish for now.
- Read at least 24 books in 2015. This is the number I’ll be using for my Goodreads challenge, and it’s significantly less than in previous years (which have been 50 and even 100 books). I will most likely read a lot more than 24 books, but I want to take the pressure off myself to fly through them. There have been some longer books that I’ve wanted to read in the past, but I’ve decided not to because I thought they would make me deviate too much from my reading goal. Not this year! 2015 is going to be all about quality over quantity.
- Spend more time with each book. A lot of times I feel like I finish reading one book and immediately rush right to the next book without properly contemplating what actually happened in the first one. By slowing down and being more thoughtful, hopefully I’ll get a lot more out of the books that I’m reading.
- Read more books that I own. I recently went through my bookshelves and got rid of a lot of books that I don’t have an interest in reading anymore, but there are still quite a lot of books that I have yet to read. My goal this year is to get that number down significantly before I add to my collection in any way.
- Utilize libraries more. This might seem contradictory to the previous goal, because how can I be reading more books that I own if I’m borrowing them from the library? What I mean by this goal is that instead of buying more books, I want to borrow them from the library if possible when I don’t already own them.
- Take advantage of audio books. Recently I’ve discovered that reading in the car makes me sick, so I never get much reading done on road trips and long car rides. In situations like this, I plan to take advantage of audio books so I can still read without feeling nauseous.
- Implement my new rating system. I’m excited to announce that I’ve created a new rating system for myself! I’ve reevaluated what the 5 smileys I currently use mean to me, and I’ll be sharing that with you all in the near future. My aim with this new system is to create more clear distinctions in what my ratings mean and how I actually feel about the books I read. As always, however, thoughts and reviews are WAY more important to me than a simple, restrictive rating!
- Read more books in Spanish. I’ve been taking Spanish classes in school for the past five years now, and I’m at the point where I can read and understand basic books for children and sometimes more challenging books with the help of a Spanish-English dictionary. Hopefully I can become better at this with more practice!
- Write more thoughtful, specific book reviews. Too frequently I find myself using broad generalizations in my reviews. I’ll say, “The writing was beautiful!” or “The plot had so many twists and turns!” That’s great, but what about the writing made it beautiful? How did the author create the feeling of unexpectedness in the plot and what in particular made his or her method effective? I think I can add a lot more to my book reviews in the future.
- Challenge myself. By setting a lower reading goal for myself in 24, I plan to read more challenging books. This can mean longer books, books that challenge my personal ideas and values, books with writing that is more difficult to understand, etc.
- Have fun! This is by far the most important goal to me. I never want reading for pleasure to feel like a chore, so it’s always my personal goal to make sure that reading, above all else, stays wonderfully enjoyable.
Those are my bookish goals for 2015! I’ve only set one numerical goal- my Goodreads challenge- because I really want to emphasize quality over quantity in the new year. If I end up surpassing that goal early on, great! But if not, I’m absolutely fine with that.
I’m super excited for 2015! It’s a big year for me, with graduating high school in June and heading off to college in the fall. I’m hoping to make this year a fantastic one, both from a bookish perspective and otherwise!
What are your goals for 2015? Let me know in the comments section below!