Monday, 4 January 2016

2016 | Bookish Goals

I don't tend to do New Years Resolutions as such, more goals - I don't know, I just find the thought of goal setting more achievable than resolutions. I've a funny old mind. Anyway, today I wanted to share a few of the things I hope to achieve in 2016.

 
| Stick to my book buying challenge of 4 books to be bought a month |
I've been toing and froing as to whether the books should be carried over each month if no books were bought, but I've ultimately decided not to. It'll be a use it or lose it policy.

| Read more new to me authors |
For a long time I used to only read tried and true authors, sticking within my reading comfort zone, but I've been working on reading more new to me authors for a year or so now and it has been working out quite well. I've discovered some new favourite authors by doing this, and hope to continue.

| Make better use of Goodreads |
I've never been that great at tracking my reading, but in the new year I hope to improve on that. I know it'll take a while to get in the habit of, but I hope to update Goodreads as and when I start and finish a book. I don't do a Goodreads reading challenge, and so I don't think to automatically update Goodreads like some others perhaps do.

| Participate in a read-a-thon |
This is kind of a scary one for me, but I'm going to bite the bullet this year and participate in a read-a-thon.

| Make note of more book quotes |
This is something I picked up recently, and I have no idea why I didn't start it sooner. Some of my favourite quotes come from books and this year I hope to write down quotes that particularly speak to me.

| Delve in to the world of second hand books |
This probably sounds a little crazy to some of you, but I don't own any second hand books. I don't know why, I have no prejudice against preloved things, I donate plenty of my own books to charity shops and such like, but have yet to make space for any on my own shelves. Also, other bloggers seem to find some really great deals when thrifting books. The trouble I have with this particular goal is a lack of independent / second hand bookshops locally. I have an idea up my sleeve for this one so we'll see how it pans out.
 
| End the year with no more than 15 books on my TBR |
If you haven't been able to tell already, I'm becoming much more conscious about my book buying and how many books I accumulate. I think we've all been there at one time or other where our collection is a little out of control. I think this is a doable goal, so long as I keep on top of my reading for the year, and stuck to my very first goal too!
 
| Start including children's books on my blog |
I don't know if all of you know, but I do have a toddler aged son and we read - A LOT! In the new year I hope to include more of the books we read together here on the blog. Don't worry though, it won't affect my current content or the days that I currently post, children's books will featured on an additional day.
 
| Continue participating and interacting within the book blogging community |
I'm quite an indecisive person, and along with that comes being flitty - I jump from one thing to another - but one thing I always return to is the book blogging community. I hope to remain present here for the year, and many more to come, because honestly I just love it here!
 
Happy New Year to you all - I'd love to know about your goals for the new year!
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  1. These are wonderful goals, Jade!! I own a lot of second hand books because the deals are too good to pass up. I often wait until a favorite book has been out awhile before buying it, and then buying a used copy that's in excellent condition. Then I don't feel as guilty about all my book purchases. ;)

    Readathons are SO fun!! I'm glad you're going to try one.

    I may be a bit addicted to Goodreads. I check it several times a day and add way too many books to my TBR.

    Good luck with your goals - I'm sure you'll do great!

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    1. Haha - I'd love to own more used books, the trouble with where I live now is there are very few used, and even independent book shops. I'm determined to pick up a few though because it makes a lot more sense money wise, plus I kind of like the fact that the book itself has a history.

      Goodreads is something I've always been pretty slow on - this year is the first time I've even added shelves of my own. Haha!

      Thank you, Brandie!

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  2. Read-a-thons are fun! I wasn't sure I would like them until I joined my first one. I don't join every Bout or Books or Dewey's or whatnot but the ones I have done have been great.

    I started keeping a small journal where I jot down book quotes a few months ago and I'm loving it. I wanted a way to have a something tangible from my reading experiences and it's been just perfect. I don't have a whole lot in it yet (because some books just don't have a lot of quote-worthy passages!) but I already love flipping back through it.

    And I am really looking forward to seeing children's books featured here :)

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    1. And thanks for the inspiration Jade! After reading this, I decided to add some bookish goals to my post for today :)

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    2. Read-a-thons seem like a lot of fun, and that's why I hope to join at least one this year - I feel like I'm missing out on all that fun! Dewey's is the one I'm thinking of participating in.

      I've now seen your book quote journal and it looks really nice - I'm sure you'll have it full with lots of wonderful quotes in time. Not just lots of quotes, but quotes that are meaningful and beautiful to you.

      I probably read more children's picture books these days than my own books; it only makes sense to start adding a few of those here.

      Ah, that's good - I enjoyed reading your goals and wish you luck with them!

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  3. I'm trying to use Goodreads more, too. I recommend Dewey's Readathon in March. Sometimes I cohost.

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    1. There's just so much bookish media to keep up with!

      Dewey's Read-a-thon is actually the one I was thinking of joining :-)

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  4. I love used bookstores and getting used books- it's like finding treasure LOL. The problem is good sued bookstores seem to be a bit scarce these days- around here anyway. We have a few... but seems like I used to see more. Anyway... happy Tuesday and nice list!

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    1. That's one of the issues with why I have yet to explore that area of books - we have next to no used bookstores around where I live but I'm making it my mission to find at least one. Haha!

      I hope you have a wonderful week!

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  5. These are wonderful goals! I'm jealous of your ability to end the year with only 15 books unread. That's not even a possibility for me! (Too many years of buying cheap secondhand books without a monthly limit to rein me in.) I love your butterfly planner. It's so pretty!

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    1. Haha - we shall see if I actually end the year with 15 books! I'm sure you'll make a good dent in your TBR this year, Julie.

      Thank you! I'm sucker for anything with a butterfly on!

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  6. I look forward to your children's book reviews. My kids and I read a lot, too, and I'd love to hear what you guys are reading.

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    1. Thanks - it's always interesting seeing what others are reading with their children.

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  7. These all sound like great goals! I love that you are going to include more children's books; I try to do a weekly or biweekly post of what I have been reading with my son and I am very interested in what other people are reading to their kids.

    Also, I saw that we are both "old school" and keep track of quotes in notebooks - I love to go back and flip through them all. :)

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    1. It's always interesting to see what others are reading with their children - you can never have enough book recommendations!

      It's the best way!

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  8. Participating to readathons is actually great, you should do it and make it low pressure the first time, you'll enjoy it more! Good luck with your resolutions! :)

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    1. I'm hoping to - I think I'll really enjoy it!

      Thank you!

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