Hurrah, it’s the new year! We made it to 2017, guys! And the new year means it’s time for some new bookish goals.
As I explained last year, I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. They tend to backfire. Goals, however, are always a good thing 🙂 And since reading/blogging is my hobby, I tend to think of these more as guidelines to keep myself reminded of what I want to read and do with my blog rather than goals to stress over, but goals sounds a lot simpler 😛
So anyway, here are my bookish goals for the new year!
My 2017 Bookish Goals
1. Read At Least 100 Books
I’ve once again set my number somewhat low so that I won’t get stressed out. But still, 100 is a good number, I think.
2. Expand My Repertoire of Supernatural/Paranormal Creature Reads
I had this same goal last year, and I did manage to add some new creatures to my list, but there are still so many uncommon supernatural/paranormal creatures to read about, like gargoyles, trolls, hellhounds, dryads, selkies, banshees, harpies, goblins, gnomes, wendigos, kitsune… I do have books for some of these, so we’ll see if I actually get to them!
3. Learn More about Supernatural Creature Lore and Origins
This was also a goal of mine last year, but one I completely failed at. It’s just, I read so much about supernatural creatures in novels that I think it’s be interesting to learn where they came from, what they’re believed to be like, etc.
4. Read More Retellings
This is another goal I had last year, but I didn’t do very well with it. I want some actual retellings, not just books that have a character from the original in them or something like that. But unique retellings with twists and whatnot. Or different genres. Or genderbent. Or LGBT. And I want to find retellings of less common stories. There are so many Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty and Alice in Wonderland retellings, for example, but not so many for Rapunzel or Greek mythology or the Pied Piper. You feel me?
5. Work on My Own Writing
I honestly don’t know if this will happen, especially now that I have wrist/arm problems and have to moderate my computer time. And I’m aware that I’m making excuses and that if I really wanted to, I would just force myself to sit down and write. But I admit it’s not my priority at the moment. However, I do plan to write some books eventually. I have some that are pretty well planned out already with just certain issues that are tripping me up, so maybe this year I’ll be able to get some writing in.
6. Finally Read Certain Books I’ve Been Wanting to Read
I think this one is self-explanatory, so here are some of the books on that list…
7. Do More Author Interviews/Guest Posts
I did my first author interview last year, and it was fun! I love getting to learn more about books/series directly from the authors, like information about the world, their favorite scenes or takes on characters, etc.
8. Finish Some Damn Series
I think this one is also self-explanatory lol. I’m, no joke, in the middle of over 40 series at this point. But some of them do have all the books out, and others I’m crossing my fingers will be completed this year. Of course I’ll end up adding more to the list during the year though, so this is really just an uphill battle.
9. Maybe Do Some Rereads
I already plan to reread Lexi Blake’s Thieves series since I’ve kind of turned that into an annual thing, but there are some other books and series that I think I’d like to reread too. I was looking for quotes from books the other day, and it just really got me itching to reread certain books/series that I’ve kind of forgotten but still remember enough to know I loved them. It’s just hard to give myself permission to reread when I’m always stressing about review copies.
10. Read the Older Review Copies I Have
To be fair, none of them are more than a year old since I only started accepting review copies last year, but I still feel kinda bad about the ones I received earlier in the year that kinda got neglected when I prioritized the newer ones.
11. Keep Blogging
This one seems kind of duh, but even in the year and a half that I’ve been blogging, I’ve seen quite a few bloggers, including some I really liked and connected with, fade away from the blogosphere. So I know that realistically it does happen and could happen to me one day if life gets in the way. But I don’t want it to happen, not yet at least, and that’s why it’s my goal to stick around for another year! And all of you’d better still be here in 2018 too!