Happy New Year or Happy Hogmanay as we say here in Scotland! I hope that whatever you have planned for tonight that your celebrations are filled with madcap craziness, friends and family, and that you can actually still remember it all tomorrow morning. As part of my new year plans I have decided to participate in my very first blog hop, the New Year, New Authors, New Books blog hop, created by Ashley at Closed the Cover. Those of us taking part will be sharing our bookish resolutions with all you lovely people and hopefully you’ll share some of your bookish resolutions for 2014 with us as well.
Now, my bookish resolutions are usually just limited to things like Must Buy More Books and Read, Read, Read but that would make for a pretty short post so I’ve had to put a bit more thought into them this year. Have a look and see what you think…
1. Actually read the permanent residents on my wishlist
I don’t know about you but there are certain books that have been kicking around my wishlist since I first discovered the joys of having a wishlist. For one reason or another,maybe I’ve been too intimidated to tackle the book, or it’s too long, maybe it’s out of my comfort zone or I never really find myself in the mood for that particular genre, these books seem to continually get shoved further and further down the list by the shiny new books that I’m continually adding. In a typical case of ‘out of sight, out of mind’ I usually end up forgetting all about them and they just languish at the bottom, never to be read. Well, I am determined that in 2014, I will FINALLY get around to reading some, if not all, of these once forgotten books. This includes books like Fahrenheit 451, Petite Mort and Foreign Correspodence.
2. Get back to reading more widely
Overall in 2013 I wasn’t too bad at reading widely but towards the end of the year, which may have been a contributory factor in the dreaded reading slump I experienced, I found myself reading the same genres over and over. Namely – YA and supernatural. Now, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE these genres and have no intention to read fewer of these books but I would like to get back to adding more variety in alongside them. I’d like to read more books that are out my comfort zone or are written in styles that I don’t usually go for. I’ve always been a bit intimidated by books nominated for awards like The Man Booker Prize but I’d like to get over that and at least give books like A Tale for The Time Being a shot. Books like The Marlowe Papers that are written entirely in verse are books that I’d usually avoid like the plague but next year, I’d like to give them a try. It’s also pretty shocking the lack of classics that I read in 2013 so that has to be remedied as well.
3. Read some of the most talked about books
There were a few books that I heard a lot of people talking about this year, whether in the blogs, the media or in real life but for some reason I never got around to reading them. Books like The Cuckoo’s Calling, Legend and The Luminaries for example. With the last one on that list, it was the sheer scale of the book that made me keep putting it off but I don’t want things like that to keep me away from potentially good reads in 2014 so hopefully I’ll be able to get over the fear factor and try it someday. With the others, I just want to see what all the fuss was about!
4. Book housekeeping
The bags and bags and bags of books that are currently sitting under my kitchen table could probably fill an entire bookshop. They have been sitting there waiting for me to take them to the charity shop or sell them on ebay for more time than I’d care to admit and I SERIOUSLY need to do something with them next year. Given how much of a problem there is finding space for new books, I really need to be brutal and go through my bookshelves to find and remove books that I know I won’t read again or have actually not gotten around to reading at all, and add them to the pile for the charity shops. I have a strange and powerful resistance to getting rid of any books, whether I like them or not, but I MUST overcome this in 2014! I must!!!
5. Book blogging
Those of you who read my post on Anxieties of a New Blogger won’t be surprised to discover that in 2014 I’d really like to work on things like the amount of time I spend checking my blog stats, comparing my blog to other people’s and stressing about what to write. If I can get to the end of the year and have managed to convince myself that all I need to worry about is writing content that I want to write, enjoying interacting with other bloggers and just enjoying the ride, then I’ll count that as a very successful blogging year!
To celebrate the new year and my first blog hop, I am giving away an Amazon giftcard to one lucky reader! Unfortunately things like Rafflecopter don’t seem to work on a free WordPress blog so what I propose is that if you want to participate in the giveaway, leave a comment letting me know and saying what book you’d buy if you won. When the blog hop closes on the 2nd January I’ll make a list of all those who participated and randomly select a winner! Not terribly sophisticated I know, but what can I say, I’m old school.
Even if you’re not participating in the giveaway (which will be open internationally!) let me know what some of your bookish new year resolutions are!
If you haven’t already, check out the other blogs taking part in the hop by clicking on the link below!
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