The new year is almost upon us, and while some people set goals that are like, super hard and involve dieting and cutting back on booze (?!) and shizz, we here at FYA HQ seek challenges on a literary level, because we know ourselves too well.*
*In other words, these are the type of resolutions we'll actually keep.
Without further ado, we present our bookish ambitions for 2016. May it be a year of no papercuts!
I already try to read diverse books (and authors), and set a Goodreads challenge every year (100 books in 2016, let's do this!), so my new reading resolutions are:
1. Read 10 non-fiction books in 2016. I'm spoiled by amazing fictional storytelling, but I know there are writers who are skilled at making true stories come to life, too. I really need to find some.
2. Read outdoors more often! I live a mile from the beach and four blocks from Golden Gate Park, so I really need to take advantage of those sunny days (even though Karl the Fog can end them unexpectedly).
1. I will branch out and more read books from not-my-comfort-zone genres.
2. I will read at least one book a month in a bubble bath, because TREAT YO SELF.
1. I have one resolution that always stay the same: s-l-o-o-o-w-l-y make my way through FYA's annual Best Of lists, from 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. I have yet to complete ANY, so maybe that should be my specific goal for 2016.
2. Read more diversely, ALWAYS. I feel like I've gotten better at this over the past years, but there's always room for improvement -- esp. with reading more diverse authors. And reviewing more diverse content, too.
3. Read more international books. Or, international-to-the-U.S., because I don't read enough Canadian books, either. I'd also like to read more international historical non-fiction -- in particular, anything related to my roots. Because, right now, most of what little I know is from Wikipedia.
4. Read more backlist titles. (Obvs, Resolution #1 would help with this.) As a book blogger, I do have to keep up with new releases, but there are SO many good books already out there, too!
5. Listen to more audiobooks and podcasts. Which I used to do all the time, so I want to get back into this. But also because my new gym setup is seriously lacking in TV options, so I need something to entertain me during my workouts. (So if y'all have any recommendations, HOOK A SISTER UP.)
6. Basically, just read MORE.
Aside from my personal goals of gaining five pounds and spending less time with my family, I have these reading resolutions for 2016:
1. Read more books that are NOT YA. Due to my commitments as a librarian, YA author, and for FYA I find that just about all my pleasure reading is young adult books. This year I'm going to make the time to read some grown up books.
2. Finish writing a book with my daughter, Sophie. She's getting very excited about writing and I want to encourage this.
I always set a number goal for myself; in 2014, it was 100, in 2015, it was 101, and I think I'll continue the trend in 2016 and try for 102. (Full disclosure: What I read isn't always full novels–the totals include comic trades, graphic novels and short stories, too.) Along with that goal, I want to:
1. Read more diverse books. (And attempt to be more color blind when casting Book Reports.)
2. Read the occasional "adult" and more nonfiction books. I love YA (obvs), but feel like I might have missed some great reads in other genres. (I'd love recommendations if y'all have any!)
3. Read any FYABC books I might not have read. I only joined FYABC about three years ago, and I'd like to catch up on the great books I missed out on. (I've still never read Jellicoe Road or Code Name Verity. I know, right?!)
1. I get so caught up in reading YA for review that I rarely check out books recommended by the FYA team. I'd like to make time for those novels that receive glowing FYA reviews... particuarly with a high Swoonworthy Scale score.
2. Once a month, I resolve to take myself on a reading date (at a place that serves champers, obvs).
So, no pressure or anything, but what are your reading resolutions? Share your bookish goals in the comments!