So, this is I think my third attempt at starting a book blog, but I feel like I’m in a good place now as a reader and with my work and general life to actually commit to it so that’s exciting! In the past, I’ve focused mainly on book reviews and I tend to read so much that I end up getting behind and overwhelmed and give up. This time, I’m setting myself a broader goal of posting thoughts about books and reading that will sometimes include reviews but will not include reviewing every single book I read.
The tentative plan is to post twice a week, more than that if I have something I’m desperate to share, less if real life is hectic and gets in the way. But I read all the time so I’m determined to make 2019 the year I really enjoy blogging about it, even if it’s not always easy.
Anyway, it’s a new year so that means I need some new book-related resolutions. Here they are:
- Read 100 books: This is less than my 2018 goal of 125, but I definitely noticed a few times in 2018 that I read something because it was short or a quick read rather than because I genuinely wanted to read it, and I don’t want my reading goal to have an impact on my enjoyment of what I read. I’ve been raising my goal each year for the last few years but I think I finally hit my limit and it’s time to scale back! 100 is manageable but still exposes me to lots of wonderful stories.
- Add some more diversity to what I read: So this is something I’ve been thinking about a lot recently but then in the moment I actually pick up a book I forget about it. By diversity, I mean both in genre (keep meaning to read more poetry and non-fiction) and author. There are still far more best-selling books by men than women so I want to make a pointed effort to read wonderful female authors. And the same goes for authors from different cultures and backgrounds. Diversity makes art and creativity more interesting and I don’t want to limit my reading experience. That said, I’m not setting any actual numbers with this goal because I don’t want to turn it into an artificial, forced choice to read one book over another. This resolution is more something for me to be aware of over the year.
- Still be using this blog in 2020: I don’t want to be someone who gives up on things I care about! Sometimes life is busy and I’m well aware that this blog won’t always be my number one priority, but it is a priority and something that I care about creating. I’ve wanted a place to store my thoughts about books and reading for such a long time and I really want to make it work this year.
- Keep writing: This one’s a bit of a cheat because I’m currently enrolled in a creative writing course with University of Toronto so I’ll definitely get some writing done but, like the book blog, writing is something I love and have wanted to work on for a long time but it often ends up falling down on my list of priorities and not really happening in the way that I want it to. This year, I want to make sure I set aside at least a few hours a week to write and really concentrate on it and enjoy it.
So that’s it! I’m excited about these resolutions and the chance to really work on this blog. 2018 was a great reading year for me and I read so many wonderful books so I’m sure 2019 will be even better.
Looking forward to being part of this book-blogging community and to sharing some lovely reading with you.