I know that January is almost over and it is super late to be posting about New Years Resolutions, but is that going to stop me from doing this awesome New Years book-related tag? No no siree. It’s still January so it still counts (even if it is the last day of January.) Right?
Anyway, I saw JesseTheReader, one of my favourite BookTubers, do this tag on his channel, and decided that I wanted to have a go to see what some of my goals are for the year of 2017. If you want to watch his video (it’s great) you can click here or on the link at the bottom of this post. Now here is my attempt to answer some of these New Years Resolutions questions and set some new reading goals for myself! Let’s do this! 💪🏻
1. An author that you would like to read that you haven’t read before.
So this was a really hard one right off the bat! I am looking at my bookshelf as we speak and I cannot see and author whose work I want to pursue that I haven’t read before! Give me a minute to think on this one… Okay, my bookshelf let me down so I went over to my LibraryThing wishlist and found Ruta Sepetys. I’ve heard a lot of buzz about Ruta Sepetys and her talent for writing extremely moving and interesting historical fiction novels. I am a huge fan of historical fiction so I have a feeling I am going to really enjoy her books, as they deal with some major historical events that have sort of become lost as time has passed. I think I would like to pick up Salt to the Sea first, but Out of the Easy also appeals to me because I really enjoy reading stories set in or around New Orleans.
2. A book you’d like to read.
Okay, this one is a little easier because there are SO MANY books that I want to read. Naturally, I cannot narrow it down to just one, so some that are currently piquing my interest are The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall, Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairy Land in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente, and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.
3. A classic you would like to read.
All right, everyone brace yourselves. The answer to this question is a little sneak peek into a post I am planning about classics I would like to read this year and yes, I have read an embarrassing little amount of famous classics. The classic that I want to read most at the moment and that I would like to read in February is Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. Yes, yes, I know. I myself am shocked that I have not completed this one yet, especially because I love gothic fiction and Jane Eyre is one of my favourite books. I will finally conquer you this month Emily Brontë, mark my words!
4. A book you would like to reread.
Surprisingly enough, I have not read the illustrated Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! When I got it last year, I picked it up every now and then when I would get in the mood to read Harry Potter but didn’t really want to reread any of the books. Instead of sitting down and watching one of the movies, I would read a chapter from the illustrated edition. I think I’m on chapter five or something, but I would really like to keep going with it this year. And of course, every year isn’t complete without a good ol’ reread of Harry Potter ❤
5. A book you’ve had for ages and you want to read.
So I’m going to cheat for this one and pick a book that I read this month that fits this description. Hey, if these were actual resolutions made at the beginning of the year this would be totally valid. A book that I had forever that I finally got around to reading this year was The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal. This was a complete cover buy for me a few years ago because the book is absolutely stunning with it’s deep red pages and intricate illustrations. I’d say I enjoyed this book overall, but it did gross me out most of the time. I guess that’s what you get when you read a fairytale about syphilis.
6. A big book that you would like to read.
I recently finished Fall of Giants by Ken Follett in December of 2016 and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. It was one of my favourite books of the year, and luckily for me, it is the first in a trilogy. This year I’d like to read Winter of the World, Ken Follett’s second book in his Century Trilogy, and I am so excited to follow the future generations of the families I came to know and love from the first book. I’m looking forward to reading this trilogy in its entirety to see how Follett’s characters live through the biggest events of the twentieth century. This year I would also like to get around to reading at least one of the monstrous Stephen King books I own. I’m really hoping to read It or 11/22/63 sometime this year, maybe around Halloween!
7. An author that you’ve read in the past that you want to read more from this year.
Earlier this month I picked up The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie, which was the first Agatha Christie I had picked up in a couple of years. I absolutely loved it, as I had with her other novels that I read, and I really want to pick up more this year! I think I have two or three that I haven’t read yet, but I definitely want to acquire more of her books this year and delve into some of her fantastic mysteries. Maybe one day I’ll figure out who the culprit is before the last couple of pages 😛
8. A book you got for Christmas that you’d like to read
I have the best boyfriend in the whole world because, no matter what the occasion, he will always get me books. Christmas is always the big finale of a year of book-giving, and this year he likes to boast and say that he got me 97 books. I know right? Before your jaw hits the floor, 80 of those were in the boxed set of the Little Black Classics that Penguin released in 2015. That being said, I was so giddy to see my huge stack of seventeen books this Christmas. I know I’m extremely spoiled 😛 Anyway, although I am really excited to read all of the books he gave me, I wanted to pick one that I associate with him, and one he picked out for me himself without consulting my wishlist. That book is The Tetris Effect: The Game That Hypnotized The World by Dan Ackerman. My man is a huge retro game collector and Tetris is definitely one of my favourite games (as is the case with pretty much every human 😛 ) This nonfiction book seems like it will be an interesting look at the development of the world’s favourite (video) games, and how it swept the globe as one of the most popular video games of all time.
9. A series you want to read from start to finish.
I recently finished reading the first book in Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series and I absolutely loved it! I’m still in the mood to pick up the second book really soon, and I know that when the final book in the trilogy comes out in the fall, I will buy and devour it immediately. I love Rick Riordan’s writing so much, and I really think that this trilogy is not going to follow suit with most of my trilogies and go unfinished for years 😛 I cannot wait to continue!
10. A series you want to finish that you’ve already started.
Like pretty much every reader out there, I have A LOT of series that I have started and haven’t finished yet. I actually have a lot of uncompleted trilogies the I only need to read the last book to finish. Hopefully I can knock a few of these off my list this year, however the one I think I’m going to finish pretty soon is the Rebel Belle trilogy by Rachel Hawkins. I’m planning on picking up the final book, Lady Renegades in February. I’d also really like to continue with the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes, because I absolutely loved the first too books!
11. How many books to do you plan to read in the year 2017?
It’s on my bucket list to read 100 books in one year, and for some reason, I’ve decided that I want to aim for 2017 to be that year! I’ve set my Goodreads goal to 100 books, however I’m not going to put any pressure on myself. I just read whenever I want to read (which is pretty much all the time anyway.) I do like to improve upon previous years with every reading year and in 2016 I read 93 books. I’m very hopeful that I can accomplish this goal, and I’ve started 2017 in a very strong reading mood. So far I’ve read thirteen books and Goodreads says I am six books ahead of schedule, so I think I am off to a good start!
12. Do you have any other reading goals?
The only other bookish goals I have for this year are to be a little more committed to the “TBR Jar” I made last year, and to try to pick up more modern poetry. Each month I pull one of my unread books from my TBR jar and try to read that book, although last year I didn’t do a great job with it 😛 This year I really want to be more successful with this, and if I don’t want to read the book I want to get rid of it. I have also been really intrigued by modern poetry and would really like to pick up some of Lang Leav’s poetry collections, as well as get to some that I already own.
And there you have it! Those are some of my bookish resolutions for 2017 and I am so excited to embark upon a new year full of books and happiness 🙂 I wish you all the best for this new year and happy reading everyone!
To watch JesseTheReader’s New Years Resolutions tag, you can click here –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57DeNshxjtk
To watch the creator of the tag answer these questions, you can watch her video here –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PV9kI2UCSJo&feature=youtu.be