Happy New Year everybody!
And Happy New Blog to me!
The last time I created a blog it was to help me document the struggle of auditioning for singing jobs; ironically the week after my first post I got a job and the blog sort of petered into nothingness.
But that won’t happen this time, because this time I’m talking about my one true love: books.
And so, with the new year being a time for fresh starts, I’ve decided to make some reading resolutions! At the end of the year, as long as my goldfish attention span hasn’t wandered off somewhere else, the plan is to come back to this post and see if I’ve managed to stick to my resolutions.
So, without further ado, here are my four New Year’s Reading Resolutions:
More Authors & Characters of Colour
In 2018, I devoured the Lara Jean series, read Crazy Rich Asians (although I missed the film – boo!) and impulse bought Emergency Contact for a train ride when I finished my planned book earlier than expected.
All of these novels were by writers of colour and featured at least one main character who wasn’t white. Apart from that, the only thing these books had in common was a romantic storyline and a modern day setting; it was refreshing to read about different cultures in different contexts and see how the authors created characters that represented them, breaking down stereotypes but sometimes embracing them on their own terms.
This is definitely a trend I want to continue in 2019, delving even further into the growing options of cultural writing. Expanding into different period setting, countries and genres is my aim, so any recommendations are greatly appreciated!
Get To The Unfortunate Conclusion
After watching season 2 of Netflix’s fab adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events, I decided that in 2018 I was going to reread the entire series for the first time since I was… ooh, about 9 years old.
They’re kids books! I thought. I’ll be through them by the time the final season drops on January 1st 2019! (You’re welcome for the plug, Netflix.)
I read five. Out of thirteen.
I also have no willpower, so you can bet I’ll be hankering down with a cup of tea to bingewatch the last instalment before the clock strikes midnight on the 2nd.
However, it’s always better late than never, so in 2019 I want to pick up those eight pesky remaining books with NPH’s singing running through my head and try figure out what exactly did happen in The End.
I’ll Be There For You
All of my friends (geddit?) are big readers so it’s inevitable that at some point one of them will rock up with THE BEST BOOK THEY’VE EVER READ!!!!!! and want to share the joy. Sometimes I’ll get round to reading it (and more often than not loving it too!) but a lot of the time it gets a dutiful click onto my goodreads tbr and then is lost within the sea of everything else that catches my eye.
This year I want to prioritise some of their favourites; at the very least it gives us yet another step of common ground to discuss and at the most we’ll be able to bask in that religious experience of THE BEST BOOK WE’VE EVER READ!!!!!! together.
Quality, Not Quantity
In 2018 I read over 100 books. In some, I found personal classics that will stay with me forever (a best books of 2018 post will be coming soon!), in others… not so much.
I was so desperate to hit my goodreads challenge that I stopped looking for things I wanted to read and just settled for things I could read. Now I’m not saying they were bad as I’m sure they were suited to someone’s taste – unfortunately just not mine.
The plan for 2019 is to go for a lower goal, but really make the most out of each reading experience, especially if I want to be reviewing and discussing as much as possible on here! Add to that the arcs I’m very lucky to have been granted already and the ones I hope to receive throughout the year and already the spots are filling up.
And there they are; hopefully not going to gather dust like my usual resolutions of ‘be better with money’, ‘eat healthier’ and ‘buy a diary and actually use it all year instead of losing it somewhere around march and living the rest of the year in a confused haze of what day it is and what am I supposed to be doing next week’.
Additionally, you may have noticed from this solitary blog post that I’m a little new to this; if anyone has any advice on posts and content then I am all ears. I do have some posts queued up already including more of an introduction to myself, my favourite books of 2018 and two arc reviews so keep your eyes out for those!
Finally, I am taking part in elgeewrites’ Comment 4 Comment Challenge so if you do feel like leaving a comment (books recs, introducing yourself, telling me to calm down because I wrote this post entirely fuelled by my Christmas chocolate haul) then not only will you make me super happy, but it’ll also give me the opportunity to head over to your blog and get to know you too!
Happy New Year – and may your 2019 be full of peace, happiness and most of all books.