2016 Bookish Resolutions!

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I’m not usually one for resolutions and if I do make them, they tend to be small and manageable. However, when I saw that this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic from The Broke and The Bookish was my Top Ten bookish resolutions, I thought I would take a look at what I’d like to achieve at 746 Books in 2016.

1. To read at least 60 books this year

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Last year I set my Goodreads Challenge at 52 and just managed it, so I’d like to push myself a little further this year and try and read 60 books. It’s not a great difference really, but would bring the 746 down to 586 which would be a nice feeling. I see people who have set goals to read 100, or even 150 books and I am envious of their ambition but there is no point in setting myself a challenge that I have no way of completing and 60 should be manageable for me.

2. To read 20 books by BAME authors

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When Naomi at The Writes of Women and Dan at Utterbiblio started Diverse December last month, I was shocked to discover how few books by BAME writers I read on a regular basis. It’s not that I don’t own a few, I do, I just don’t seem to choose them for my next read. So, during December I read Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu and loved them both. I’m delighted to see that Diverse December has grown and will now be a year long initiative – #ReadDiverse2016, so I plan to read at least one book a month by a BAME writer. I know that doesn’t seem a lot, but it’s a start.

3. To continue my book buying ban

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Obviously this had to be in my Top Ten, it’s the whole point of the blog! I’m still on course and still haven’t bought myself a book in the two years I’ve been doing this, although trips to the library have become more frequent as have Net Galley requests! Still, I’ll keep trying to hold my resolve. I’ve already started my birthday book list to present to my husband (Don deLillo’s new novel; Eileen by Otessa Moshfegh and American Housewife by Helen Ellis) but I’m hoping I can stay strong for another year! Andi over at Estella’s Revenge has started a 2016 no book buying challenge called #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks, so if you fancy limiting your book buying this year, why not join her?

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4. To redesign my blog

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I’ve been mulling over a redesign for a while now and this may be the year I finally try it out. I’m toying with a new logo and a new site theme, if I can manage to decide what I want. I may have to say goodbye to Lauren at some point, although I have grown quite fond of her at this point!

5. To take part in #Woolfalong

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The lovely Ali over at HeavenAli is hosting a year long celebration of the work of Virginia Woolf during 2016. Shamefully, I have never read any Woolf, but have To The Lighthouse and Mrs Dalloway in the 746 so I’m looking forward to taking part

6. To lose the guilt…

Sometimes I have to remind myself that my blog is my hobby, not my job. I often find myself feeling guilty for not keeping up to date with reading, reviewing or my Twitter feed. There is no point in worrying about something that should be a pleasure when I have enough other things to worry about! So, I will try and keep up with my WordPress Reader and all your lovely blogs, but if I miss a day or two it’s not the end of the world. And ultimately, if none of these resolutions are kept, then that’s not such a big disaster either.

7. To continue to explore Irish Literature and promote Reading Ireland Month

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The main reason I have been visiting the library more and requesting galleys is my renewed interest in Irish literature. It’s been a real revelation to me over the last two years how much I love the work that comes from this little island and how much there still is to read! Along with Niall at Raging Fluff, I’ll be hosting Reading Ireland Month again during March and this year I’m going to focus on Irish women writers. There are some great initiatives out there – #WakingtheFeminists, which came about as a response to the male centric programme of 1916 Centenary events produced by the Abbey Theatre and #WomenAloudNI which will celebrate women writers from Northern Ireland on 8 March. I do hope some of you can set aside a book by an Irish author in March and join in the craic.

8. To try and complete 20 Books of summer – 3 is the magic number!

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2016 will see my third attempt at my 20 Books of Summer challenge. During year one I read 16 and during year 2 I read 18, so I’m hoping that I can reach the magic 20 this summer. I will need to choose my books wisely…

9. To connect more through Instagram

I have become quite fond of Instagram in the last few months and plan to use it more to document my reading life. If you are on Instagram, why not follow me at CATHYB746. Be warned, you will also see dangerously cute photos of the twins and pictures of my dinner, but there is bookish stuff there as well!

10. And finally and most importantly, To have fun!

One thing I’ve learned from blogging is that I have no idea what might happen next. The bottom line is that I love reading, I love books and I love talking about them and you are all a great bunch of people to do that with. I don’t pay too much attention to my stats, I mainly just enjoy the conversations, so I plan to have more of them, have fun and be open to whatever comes my way!

So, there we have it. Ten bookish resolutions that I can look back on in a year and regret not having completed! If that is what happens, I will refer directly to No 6 again!

Do you have any bookish resolutions? Any resolutions at all? I’d love to hear them.

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  1. Great resolutions! I too like to make my resolutions small and manageable, because the bigger ones might make me too anxious and ready to give up already at the start. I had fun doing the 20 Books of Summer challenge last year, so I think I’ll join you with that one come summer. And this year I’ll be prepared for the Reading Ireland month – last year it kind of sneaked up on me 🙂

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  2. I hope to really focus my classics reading on those written by women. We’ll see if I can squeeze in some BAME writers as well. Other than that, I do agree that having fun is the most important thing. And who knows, maybe I’ll manage to join Instagram this year, too. 🙂

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  3. Congrats on your continued book buying ban! I’m not sure if manage it. I’m weaning myself off… very, very slowly!

    I haven’t read Woolf, either, though do own a couple. I might join that read along 🙂

    I added you on Instagram! I look forward to seeing the cute, as well as the books!

    My TTT 🙂

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  4. These are great resolutions, Cathy! I have made up my ‘hopeful reading list’, but it’s not quite ready – maybe tomorrow. And, thanks for reminding me about Reading Ireland month! I resolve to read at least one Irish book (even though there are so many I want to read) during the actual Reading Ireland month this year – March. 🙂 I have to choose wisely. I’m thinking Maggie O’Farrell.

    My daughters are both on Instagram, but I just can’t muster up the energy to figure it out (or to take and post all those pictures). I can barely keep up with what I already have going. I think it would be fun, though… maybe I could get the girls to coach/assist me. 🙂

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  5. I’ve never understood why people get competitive over their books a year number. My only question is ‘do you read?’ Then we have something in common. 😉

    I don’t think I could avoid buying any books for a whole year, much less more! I can’t resist indie bookstores, Kickstarters, or storybundles.

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  6. Your list of resolutions is great!

    RE: #7 – I have a couple of books by Irish authors on my list this year, and I’m hoping to fit at least one in this March for the event.

    Have a great year in reading!

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  7. First of all Happy New Year – secondly what great resolutions some of which I could do with adhering to. I have been guilty of treating my blog and the associated reading/reviewing as a job (despite having one of those already) and I’m beginning to ease off the pressure a little but still have a long way to go. I’m looking forward to your 20 books of summer and the Irish Literature features – you’ve introduced me to quite a few – I have them somewhere in the TBR 😉

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  8. Nice list and good luck with them all. I can’t believe you’ve stuck to your book buying ban for so long! I just couldn’t do it!! Well done.
    I must admit that I actually really love your banner. Everytime I see it I think ‘you know how to whistle don’t you?’

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  9. Love this post Cathy… it spookily resembles my drafted book/blog resolutions very much: #woolfalong, #Read Diverse 2016, Reading Ireland and predominantly by doing #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks! I’m also dipping into my stash of Classics by Women and translated books for #WITMonth & a key focus will be novellas inc #NovellaNov

    Still faffing and decluttering I’m aiming to have a dedicated shelf for each … hopefully sorted by early Feb (Chinese NY😉)

    Until then I’m allowing myself a free for all month in January to read whatever takes my fancy… but yes my key aim is to appreciate & enjoy each book … focus on quality not quantity!

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  10. First and foremost — adorable picture! Kudos on sticking to your book buying ban. I’m glad to hear that you let yourself indulge at the library and NetGalley though, otherwise I might think you had superpowers! 🙂 Great list of goals! I’m really trying to focus more on the books I already own. We’ll see how it goes. Oh, and PS – I understand wanting to get a fresh look and change things up, but I have to say that I love your blog design. So clean and readable!

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  11. #10 by far is the best! It took me about a year and a half to relax and have fun and that’s when I really picked up the pace on reading and blogging about them and letting go of preconceived notions of what I felt I should be doing.

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  12. Good luck with all your resolutions, Cathy. I’m curious to see the new blog design. 🙂
    Not buying any new books…you must be brave, my blogging friend. I don’t know if I could resist. It’s a good thing you have a library you can borrow from.
    No. 6 is a good one as well.
    I don’t like the Goodreads Challenge – I think putting pressure on yourself to read x amount in x time becomes more a question of quantity over quality. I always like to look back on the year and say hey, I’ve read this many books, that’s great, no matter the number.

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  13. I love your fairly low-key approach to reading resolutions. I do love checking my reading stats for the year or how close I’ve gotten to my goals, but it’s really a qualitative thing for me. If I’ve found books I like to read and fit them into my life, that’s great. I hope to join in some of the challenges you’ve listed. Happy New Year!

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  14. All wonderful resolutions, Cathy, although a big ‘NO’ is coming out of my mouth right now regarding Lauren dissappearing. I often associate you with her! This also happened to me with a picture of young Zelda Fitzgerald, and when I changed it for my current logo Naomi from The Writes of Women told me the same thing I’m telling you. Anyway, we’ll love your new design, Lauren or not on it, I’m sure!

    Also, thank you for reminding us that this is a hobby, not a job, and that sometimes it feels great to let go of the blog a few days 🙂

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  15. If you did 52 last year, 60 is definitely doable. 🙂 And reading one book a month by a BAME writer is definitely a good start. I’ve been tryign to read more diversely too, especially within the crime fiction genre…I constantly have to remind myself about my blog not being my job either. It’s for fun…I’m stillunfinished on Instagram. Off to follow you, if I don’t already.

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  16. You have some good resolutions! Good luck with them. I’m going the normal gooreads reading challenge this year and the classics club challenge I have to pick up on. I’m also joining the Read your own damn books 🙂

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