TTT: Bookish Resolutions
5 January 2016 18 Comments
Welcome to 2016! I haven’t really made any sort of resolutions this year. I have general goals and ways i want to live my life, but i have those all the time, forever evolving. I guess the same applies to the following list of bookish resolutions; they’ll count for as long or as short as i care to make them count. For now, these are my aims for me, my blog and my reading life…
Interact more. Read and like and comment on other blogs more. This also includes using twitter, tumblr and other social media more. I’m rubbish at finding the time and often feel quite intimidated by the prospect, but… maybe little and often to start? Like or comment or reply to something once a day.
Read more. Sounds easy, but it means doing some other things less. Which I have already started, in an attempt to prioritise my time and hobbies. So far (as in, a few days into 2016) it is working.
To aid the above: Read at least one page a day. Even if I don’t have time or don’t feel in the mood to read: I should read at least one page. I read more days than i don’t, but some times one day of not reading turns into two, and the next thing i know i haven’t picked up my book in a week. I hate those weeks. I can see this encouraging me to read more, because honestly, who can stop at just one page? If I do stop, it means I do have other important things to do, but at least I got that one page read.
Use my twitter and tumblr accounts more, generally. For saving and sharing quotes, passages, thoughts, asking questions. Connecting with people. Anything and everything.
Write in books more. To underline passages, make brief notes, etc. Books are precious, not for their physical form, but for the concepts they hold. I want to connect more with those, by focusing more on the words and less on the book.
Organise my bookshelves. This may involve putting more shelves up, but utilising what I have more efficiently takes priority. This may or may not involve reducing the amount of books I own (but likely not, let’s be real).
Buy fewer books. I’ve already bought three this year which, at the time of writing this, is one book per day in 2016, so this might not go so well. Okay, read more books than I buy, that sounds reasonable; overall I would be decreasing my TBR pile.
Attempt to combine reading with other hobbies. I like taking photos; I could take more photos of bookish things. I like making timelapses and videoes; I could try to incorporate my love of books into film. I like writing short stories; I could write short stories inspired by books I read.
Use my nook more. I have a couple of awesome-sounding book bundles I paid real money for, it would be nice to actually read some of them! I need to remember an e-reader’s positive aspects… whatever they are. I had planned a paper vs e- vs audio book post, maybe I should get around to writing that. Using my nook could be research; I do love research!
Have fun with my reading. That’s got to be the ultimate goal, right? I can make lists and resolutions and have all the best intentions in the world, but reading has to be enjoyable, not a chore.