I was born with a reading list I will never finish – Maud Casey.
Goals are everywhere and I love joining in on aims, aspirations and hitting the next milestone. Something that I enjoy challenging myself with each and every year is reading and the amount of books I consume over the next fifty two weeks. I’ve started off well already, having read one book and being halfway through the second of the year. I’m looking for adventures between pages alongside epic love stories, tragedies and more as well as rereading some of my good old favourites in between.
COMPLETE 30 BOOKS (& MAKE NOTE OF THEM)
I tend to forget half of the books that I read over the course of a year. I couldn’t tell you how many I read in 2017. This year, I am running a completely different ball game. I was inspired by Hollie’s idea months back where she puts £5 in a jar after completing each and every book. As you already guessed it, there is a fiver in a jar on my bookshelf – and it really excites me, spurring me to read more. There is also a pen and piece of paper in there to record the title, author and date of completion so I’ll know exactly what I read – and when – at the end of the year.
READ A FEW CLASSICS
This must be on every reader’s list. I am terrible at reading classics. Some of them, I really dislike and find excruciatingly boring. I do enjoy Victorian Literature and love books such as Dracula and Frankenstein, and so I may have to reread those two first to ease myself into the era of classic reading. The Great Gatsby is on my shelf just waiting for me to open it up and devour it whole. Did I mention the amount of Peter Pan copies I now own? I should probably get through a couple of them too.
ATTEMPT EVERY UNREAD BOOK ON MY SHELF
There are more of these than I care to admit. I did donate a lot to charity which I knew I would never ever read (in hindsight, after spending quite a bit of money on them). Nevertheless, I kept some with the high hopes of immersing myself in some stories that I wouldn’t usually find myself being drawn to. It will certainly be a challenge; the bigger challenge will be not buying more books over the year.
It’s obvious what my favourite genre of books is: young adult. I love coming-of-age stories, the protagonist learning what matters most to him or her, usually through the notion of first love, family fall outs and new friendships. I know that – although the storylines are different – the morals and core themes are the same in each novel. This is why I want to read more adult fiction, more thrillers, more everything.
DON’T GO A WEEK WITHOUT READING
It is inevitable that life gets in the way. It will happen, I’m sure, over and over at various points throughout the year. However, I want to keep the reading blocks moving throughout in order to hit that goal – or maybe even exceed it – of thirty books at the end of the year!
What are your reading goals for 2018?
Love, Faye xo