A Bookish 2016

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January 4, 2016 by carlywont


Do you make bookish New Years resolutions? I usually do. Whether it’s to write more, read more, diversify my tastes, or, ahem, start posting more on my book blog, you can usually find at least one reading or writing related resolution in my annual list.

Before I publicly announce my reading goal for 2016, let’s recap my past.

I have a long history of keeping track of how many books I read in a single year. In second grade, my best friend and I had a yearlong race to see how many books we could read. I don’t remember at all how many we clocked in at (pretty sure I won, right Katie?) but I vividly remember cheating and writing down Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder twice and feeling like an out-of-control rebel.

I always keep a list of the books I’ve read that year in my journal as well. I pretty much never look back on these lists, but theoretically in the spare time I’ll maybe, hopefully, godpleasesayIwill one day eventually have, I could look at my list from 2006 and think, “Huh, Native Son. Three stars? How interesting, young Carly.

In 2014 I read 35 books and felt like a badass. That was a lot considering I had a brand new baby and was basically totally clueless about being a mother. (FYI, he’s not so brand new anymore, but I am still basically totally clueless about being a mother.) Then again, I had more time at that point than I will in the upcoming year since I now have a job and don’t have a newborn baby who sleeps about 15 hours a day.

Unlike in 2014, I didn’t have a particular reading goal in mind for 2015. But it turns out that I read 23 books this year. That’s actually more than I thought I had so I’m feeling pretty pleased with myself at the moment. (PS: My favorite book this year was probably Euphoria by Lily King.)

One of my friends from college recently posted a Facebrag about how he accomplished his 2015 bookish resolution: to read 56 books. Not only am I quite impressed, I’m quite jealous as well. Unfortunately, I just don’t see myself having the time to reach the levels of those elite readers who clock in at a book a week (holler Adam P.!) and I also just don’t think I’ll have the time to best my 2014 record of 35 books.

Also, I don’t want a big hotshot reading goal to distract me from my real bookish New Years resolution: to write more. I intend to finish a few short stories, a handful of poems, and get some real progress accomplished in my novel.

So, for now, I’m sticking with a very modest goal of 25 books for 2016. (In case you’re too lazy to do the math, that comes out to around eight Three Books in a Tub posts.)

Happy New Year, book nerds!

(PS: If you’re looking for a good bookish goal for 2016, check out Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge.)


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