Guys, GUYS! We made it to 2017. A whole year without any mistakes in it (yet).
I don’t know about you, but the last days of 2016 were a slog. I barely read, I was irritable, I couldn’t focus – I was just done.
But now it’s 2017 and I feel like I can move FORWARD.
I’ve thought a lot about how I want to do 2017 differently. One of the things I want to focus on more seriously is this little blog space. So in that spirit, I’m going to do something I’ve never done before: set blogging goals.
They always say that successful people are the ones who set goals. Last year, I set myself a major goal: watch all 154 episodes of Gilmore Girls before the revival season premiered. Well, I achieved that goal, so….
Here are the goals I have for this space:
- Re-read. In 2016, I re-read one book. ONE. Out of 157. I like re-reading old favourites and this year I’m going to make time to do just that. Normally I only ever re-read books from Jane Austen or the Brontes. In 2017, I’m going to give modern favourites another go as well.
- Elevate diversity. This past year was the first year that I made an effort to read books “diversely”, that is books by or about people of colour, and LGBTQ authors and characters. My reading year was the better for it. As an added incentive, Nazahet @ Read Diverse Books has set up a challenge this year, encouraging bloggers to do just that.
- Focus on books I have. I’m noticing that the books I own are starting to pile up again. Some of these have been around for a while and I’d like to get them read. It’s partly a space thing and the fact that I really hope this is the year that we move – anyone that’s ever moved tons of books knows what a job that is!
- Walk away. Learning to walk away from books I’m not enjoying is an ongoing learning experience for me. But right now? I am technically “reading” Drums of Autumn and haven’t read a page in months. I also started The Kitchen God’s Wife before Christmas and it’s just not capturing my imagination the way I hoped it would. This year I want to stop wasting time feeling guilty about not enjoying books, forcing myself to finish books that I don’t care about. I’m never going to read all the books and there are no medals for forcing it.
- Classic lit. I’ve always considered myself a classics reader. I have enjoyed them and re-read them and it’s been wonderful. But in 2016, I read three classic books. That works out to less than 3%. I want to read more Dickens, Trollope, Tolstoy, Gaskell, maybe even some Woolf!
I also want to try and up my participation in blogging events. Non-Fiction November was so much fun (definitely doing that again) but I want to engage more. I’m not a participator by nature so this is a stretch for me.
So there you have it. New year, new Paperback Princess.
What are some of your blogging/life goals for 2017?