Reduce pressure, revisit old favourites
I’ve always pushed myself to read more every year with the dreaded Goodreads challenge. I hate the way my goal just sits in the back of my mind all year, but I’ve taken part in the challenge every year since I joined the site. I find wanting to reach a goal pushes me to read new-to-me books and this year, I’ve been lamenting the fact I never re-read anything. So this year, I’m planning to boycott the challenge with the intention of re-reading more of my old favourites. I’m also hoping it will help me just read for myself and not read just to reach that goal.
Discover more classics
I know it takes me a long time to finish a classic, so often I put off reading them in favour of smaller novels (so I can reach the darn challenge goal). Before last year, I had only read Pride and Prejudice in high school. I’ve always been intimidated by classics, but reading The Great Gatsby and Wuthering Heights last year inspired me to discover more (especially the ones I already have in my bookshelf).
Focus on feminism
I’ve always considered myself a feminist, but until last year I didn’t feel particularly passionate about it. That’s something I want to change in 2016. I’m hoping to read more non-fiction feminist books, like Clementine Ford’s upcoming Fight Like a Girl. I’d also like to read more fiction, particularly YA, with feminist themes. One that’s high on my wish list, and blurbed by Clementine Ford, is Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar.
Explore mental health
I’d love to read more books, particularly YA, which explore mental health issues. I’m particularly keen to read books with discuss anxiety and already have Holly Bourne’s Am I Normal Yet high on my TBR list.
Make my bookshelves a priority
As I’ve discussed before, blogging has seen my book collection boom. This year, I’d love to focus more on reading my own books, rather than buying new copies or even visiting the library. Some of my books have been on my shelves for years, so I’ll be prioritising those books over buying new ones.
As well as continuing to post fairly regularly, I would love to stay connected with other bloggers through blog comments and social media. Last year, I met so many lovely bloggers and authors through #ukyachat and #loveozya, something I’d like to build on this year.