Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019 New Years Bookish Resolutions

Welcome to 2019! Last year was a great year reading-wise for me in which I managed to get through 169 books which included an incredible 62 books published in 2018. 

Best Books I Read Published in 2018

Last year I posted my reading goals for 2018 which was a slight departure from my annual bookish resolutions posts but this year I decided to return to the theme. 

2019 Bookish Resolutions:

1. Read more from my TBR pile
For the second year running I signed up to the Mount TBR Challenge. This was a great way to reduce the ever expanding TBR and I made a conscious decision to actively read books from my 2018 list. Despite not getting through them all (out of the 36 I picked for the challenge) I'm keen to give this another shot as well as get that TBR down to a more realistic amount (currently the pile sits at over 200 books).

2. Don't be afraid to DNF more 
Whilst the majority of my reads from 2018 were enjoyable, there were a handful I should've DNF'd. Life's too short to waste on a dud book so I plan on being more ruthless this year. 

3. Don't be scared of the tomes
As of writing this blog post I'm reading the excellent Fire and Blood by George R.R. Martin; a massive 700+ tome which is well worth devoting hours to, however, over the years I've tended to shy away from these bigger books in favor of more slimmed down books. This year I'm planning on reading a bunch of tomes from my tbr. 

4. Read for the moment
Reminds me of that Eminem song, 'Sing for the Moment' but this is all about reading what interests me at any given time, rather than reading from a schedule or feeling like I should read book x because it's a review book or because everyone is talking about it. Keep calm, and read where the mood takes you. 

5. Oh, the horror! 
Paperbacks from Hell! by Grady Hendrix has a lot to answer for, having kick-started my latest bookish obsession; paperback horror, I plan to read more horror in 2019; a genre I've generally neglected despite generally enjoying a scare. 

6. Be more active on my blog
In my early days of blogging I'd post numerous book rants/reviews/watch-lists/regular weekly and monthly-themed posts, however, life just gets in the way sometimes and I found myself just posting reviews for the sake of posting reviews (Goodreads is my main platform for this). This year I'm going to get back into blogging and really enjoy the whole reading/writing scene which made me fall in love with books and book bloggers in the first place. 

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