Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a great time over the festive period whatever you were able to do to celebrate. This year, as well as the usual good intentions to eat more healthily and do more exercise, I decided to make a few reading resolutions. I’m much more likely to stick to them I’m sure!
Resolution number 1 –Read more poetry
I got this lovely book of Scottish poetry from a friend for my Christmas. My intention is to read the relevant poem for the date each morning. The book includes poems from Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson, George Mackay Brown, Sir Walter Scott, Liz Lochhead, Nan Shepherd, Kathleen Jamie, John Rice, Muriel Spark, Iain Crichton Smith, Julia Donaldson, Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay – even Mary Queen of Scots! There are poems about the seasons, the landscape, history and important dates in the Scottish calendar such as Burns Night and Hogmanay. I think this will be a great way for me to discover more Scottish poets as many of those included are new to me.
Resolution number 2 – read more from my own to-be-read pile
One of the great things about blogging is that I get offered the chance to read lots of lovely new books. It’s sometimes very hard to say no! But it does mean that books I have bought myself or been given as gifts sometimes sit on the to-be-read pile, whether at the side of the bed or on my Kindle, for quite some time. I want to try to read at least two books a month which are not ones I have committed to read for a review. I’ll still review them of course – that’s really important for authors – and hopefully I’ll make a dent in my personal tbr. This week, two of my reviews are from my own reading pile.
Resolution number 3 – don’t take on too many reading commitments!
See above! If I can just have some self-control when agreeing which books I will take on for review, then I might not find myself reading frantically to deadlines…
Resolution number 4 – complete my GoodReads challenge
This isn’t really a new resolution as I do a GoodReads reading challenge every year. I find it’s a good way to keep track of what I’m reading. This year I have set myself a target of 100 books, which is what I do every year. That averages out at around 2 books a week and is something I usually achieve quite easily. I don’t want to increase it though as I don’t want to put pressure on myself. Plus it’s always nice to feel you have achieved a goal isn’t it?
Have you made any reading resolutions? Do let me know if you have.