Reading was a key feature of my 2016 and I plan to continue with that this year. In fact, back in last January I shared this post of resolutions and thought it might be nice to make it a yearly thing.
Admittedly I didn't stick to the list religiously throughout the year (the Blogger Bookclub sadly disbanded, I have most of my 'Friend Recommends' books still to get through and I barely made a dent on my TBR) but in the early months it did help to shape my reading choices. I hope that this year I can commit myself fully and tick everything off this list.
Read 70 books | Last year I aimed to read 52 books and managed to get to 79 (not including children's books I read with Ella), so this year I've up the ante and hope to read 70 books. I actually had a Middlesex-induced reading slump of roughly two months in 2016, so having surpassed 70 books despite this means I'm confident I can smash this total.
Complete the 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge | I joined in with 2016's challenge a couple of months into the year and enjoyed reading lots of books I wouldn't otherwise have picked up. It did mean a bit of a rush towards the end of the year though, so I'm going to begin in earnest in January. I've realised that a few of the books I've yet to read already fulfill some of the challenges so I'm optimistic that I can get this one done.
Clear my TBR shelves | A quick count this morning tells me I've currently got 30ish books on my 'To Be Read' shelves. Which is better than last years 50-something, especially considering my book buying didn't slow down in 2016! With my overall goal set at 70, I'm looking forward to knuckling down and reading all 30.
Buy fewer books | I can be impulsive when it comes to book buying and while for the most part this works out ok, there have been a few duds in there which leave me really regretting wasting my money. In 2017 (once I've got through my TBR shelves) I want to go back to the library regularly and only shop for books in charity shops. There will be exceptions to this though, as I'm going to allow myself to buy coffee table books or specific editions which fit in with my collections.
Use my Kindle again | Nick treated me to a shiny new kindle for Christmas which I'm really going to make the effort to use regularly. I tend to favour physical books, but there are times when a Kindle is just so much more convenient (especially when reading in bed) and it should also help me to buy fewer books as I can download a sample before committing to making a purchase.
What are your reading resolutions?