A New Year’s Resolution… Sort of. Ish.

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So… I’m not one for New Year resolutions as a rule because 1) I have the shortest attention span known to man and forget what I plan to do within minutes, even if written down (usually because I lose the book I wrote it in) and 2) because resolutions like this are absolutely pointless. The only way you will ever complete a task you set yourself, be it losing weight, saving money or giving up smoking is by having the motivation and the willpower to succeed. IMHO, never start a new thing on the 1st Jan. It is nearly always doomed to failure. Start on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th, and you may succeed, but only because you really want to, not because the clock struck 12:00 at the start of another year.

So why change that now? Well, this isn’t really one of those resolutions. It’s more of a commitment to myself. A way to keep my interest in this blog and reading fresh. My resolution or promise to myself is this:

  1. Every month I will take time out to read at least one of my own books from my personal TBR list rather than just books sent to me for review, for blog tours or requested from Net Galley.
  2. During 2017 I will attempt to read at least one classic or older title per quarter. By older I mean anything released last millenium which for a lot of the people using tinterweb these days is positively ancient but for me is still relatively new. This could be Dickens, old Stephen King titles, Hemingway. Anything as long as it precedes Y2K.
  3. I will be leaving my GoodReads challenge target at 85 books for 2017. I will likely exceed this (or have a very boring and mostly empty blog) but if I set the target too high it will be a chore not a pleasure. I do not want this to happen.
  4. I will be more organised and I will not forget to take my new glasses with me wherever I am so that I can still see to read ;-).

So. That’s it. Apart from getting back on my diet as I am now rapidly starting to resemble a heifer again. But that’s not a resolution it’s just something I want to do because I feel bloody awful. I lost 6.5 st, put one back on and god can I feel it now. Every last lb.

My year is already shaping up to be a good one with blog tours for Deep Down Dead, Rupture, Seal Skin, Evil Games, Little Girl Lost & Boundary. I also have a good number of books to get my teeth into in January including the following. Wish me luck…

 

So. Do you have any bookish resolutions for 2017? Do you set a reading challenge or go with the flow?

Happy reading all.

JL

14 thoughts on “A New Year’s Resolution… Sort of. Ish.

  1. My Poor TBR

    My thoughts exactly with point number 3. I never want the challenge to be more important than the pleasure I derive from reading.

    My challenge for 2017 is 77 books and I hope to read at least 5 biographies.

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  2. I am determined not to accept too many review requests even if it makes me feel bad. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks reading books from my own tbr and it’s been lovely! Still have written mini reviews but much less pressure. Happy New Year to you and good luck with your resolution.

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    1. Sounds like the best plan Joanne. I’m always worried about over committing due to my job and my biggest fear is letting someone down. I still maintain my blog is for me but I welcome anyone who wants to come along for the ride. I’m reading a ne book today just because I can. Happy New Year to you.

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    1. Lord. I’d need a year off sick to catch up with my list. Last check, 218 and counting and that’s without the ones I’ve hidden or just plain forgotten to write down lol. Look forward to seeing your resolutions 🙂

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