Don’t forget to blog
This year I’m pretty excited to be starting a Masters of Arts (Writing and Literature). However, I’ll be juggling this with my full time job as as journalist and trying to (hopefully) maintain some sense of a social life and fitness routine. We’ll see how that goes! I would like to try and publish at least one blog post a month or 12 in the year. When I was doing my undergrad, my blog was my happy place and I would hate to lose that in the midst of everything I’ve got planned this year.
Prioritise my bookshelves
This was one of my goals for 2016 and although I did buy plenty of new books, I think it worked fairly well. I read 27 books I owned last year, which included a mix of new acquisitions and books I’d had on my shelf for a while. I also gave a lot of books away, so I feel like things balanced out in the end. This year, I’d like to get through even more books I’ve had sitting unread on my shelf for far too long.
Read some classics (for real)
Will this be the year I finally come good with this resolution? I am working my way through Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, but 2016 has not been the year I’ve fallen in love with the books I should have read years ago. I really need to conquer my fear of intimidating classics.
Discover more journalism
Listening to one of my favourite podcasts, Chat 10 Looks 3, I’ve discovered some intriguing creative non-fiction and journalism or political books I’d really love to read. I’ve also just taken out subscriptions to The New Yorker and Kill Your Darlings, so I definitely want to spend time discovering more great long-form journalism and writing this year.
Delve deeper into feminism
I was really proud of how well I achieved my goal to read more feminist literature and non-fiction. I discovered some great books, but I don’t want to stop in 2017. Along with reading more non-fiction in general, I’ve got a stack of feminist reads waiting on my bookshelf which I can’t wait to get started on. If you’ve got recommendations, I’d love to hear them.