Monday, 26 December 2016

Reading goals for 2017

Much of the time, I have great ambitions to read loads on a myriad of topics that interest me (a few that come to mind are the Great Plague, North Korea and perfume - there's a jumble if ever I saw one), yet when it comes to selecting the next book to read, I am often stumped and end up reaching for the first thing that comes to mind. My Goodreads account and my many "TBR" shelves have helped me greatly in this respect, but I still wanted to create some goals for myself here in a more systematic manner - not unlike a list of New Year's resolutions - for what I'd like to read in the coming year. In turn, I'd love to hear about what you're hoping to read more of, be it different authors, genres, settings, topics, or simply whatever tickles your fancy.

I hate leaving tasks uncompleted, and I have a few series that I'd like to finish off in 2017. I'm keen to tackle the rest of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy novels by Douglas Adams, having read and enjoyed the first book this year. Although I quite enjoyed Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch a few years ago, I never got around to the rest in the series and I'd also like to remedy that. I'm also currently a few books into the Jeeves series by P.G. Wodehouse and I hope to get through quite a few more next year - although, given how many books there are, I doubt I'll get anywhere near finishing it for a little while.

I almost exclusively read novels and am sorely in need of more varied reading material. I am slowly but surely working my way through all of Shakespeare's sonnets, and hope to read some more poetry as well next year. It's hard to shed the mindset that poetry is solely for dissection and analysis - not pleasure - after studying it so much in school, so I must admit that it has been hard to integrate it into my reading routine. It's also just a different experience, and I never quite know if I'm doing it "right", but I'll keep trying. I'd also definitely like to read much more non-fiction - I'm a big fan of Bill Bryson and have read a number of his works, and I'm keen to try books on a wider variety of subjects. Who knows, perhaps 2017 will be the year I do finally make inroads into my DPR of Korea reading material...

My last goal is not so much related to what I read exactly, but more to do with how I read. Many of the people I follow on Goodreads or on Booktube are voracious readers, and I initially put considerable pressure on myself to try to keep up with the rate of their reading. However, in the new year I will be aiming more so for a consistent and regular reading routine - quality over quantity, if you will. I definitely want to read more, but some nights I may just want to go straight to bed, or do a bit of knitting or whatnot. I also find that I forget all the details of a book if I've zoomed through it too quickly, which sort of negates the whole point of reading it. I think the thirty minutes to an hour of reading per night, give or take, is a target I am comfortable with.

If you're interested in how well I'm sticking to my 2017 reading goals, please check out my Goodreads and do add me on there - I'm always up for having more people whose shelves I can snoop around.
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