Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2015 Resolutions and Challenges

     A new year brings new optimistic plans for my reading and book buying year! One major goal for 2015 is to reduce the amount of books on my TBR and therefore limit the number of books I buy. Another goal is to stick and complete the challenges made for myself last year. I love planning, but sometimes the execution is harder to complete. Here is a list of my goals for 2015!

1. Reducing my TBR: I will read 5 books off my TBR before I can buy 1 book. Two of the five books can be from the library. This gives me more motivation to read what I already have. Also, a book that has 600 or more pages I will count it as 2 books because of the amount of time that it takes to read and the books I've had on my TBR the longest are large novels. I'm hoping this will give me more of a sense of accomplishment and get my family off my back for buying too many books! Then when I do get the chance to buy a book I will take more consideration about what I really want to read. I've planned small book hauls throughout the year that I will look forward to. 

2. A-Z Reading Challenge: I made a challenge for myself a year ago and never really stuck to it. I am stubborn and would like to finish what I started. This year I plan to finish my A-Z Challenge. I will try to go in alphabetical order, but if I don't have the books when I'm ready for them then tough luck. I will try to read the 2 books corresponding with the letter together and make it feel more like I am doing a challenge than just reading randomly. This is why it is so hard to commit to read-a-thons because I just end up reading what I need or feel like than thinking I am adhering to the structure of a read-a-thon so it defeats the purpose to me. I made my challenge 52 books with each letter having a book that has the title starting with the letter and an author's last name. Below I will list the books I chose and put an asterisk next to the ones I have read. I hope to have monthly updates on my progress and when I finish a letter. 

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #1 by Douglas Adams
The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Dune #1 by Frank Herbert
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Eragon (Inheritance #1) by Christopher Paolini
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green*

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clark
Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? By Mindy Kaling*
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Cohn & Levithan*

Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

The Night Circus by Eric Morgenstern
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

1984 by George Orwell
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Robopocalypse by Daniel Wilson
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
Tell the Wolves I’m home by Carol Rifka Brunt

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer #1 by Michelle Hodkin
The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

Death of a Red Heroin by Qiu Xiaolong
Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture by Douglas Coupland

The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

3. In 2014 I made the goal on Goodreads to read 30 books and surpassed that by reading 45. My goal for 2015 is to read 50 books. I'm a pretty slow reader and when I love a book I want to read it slowly to prolong the experience. However, I have gotten into graphic novels and audiobooks which don't take up as much time as a printed novel. With these I feel my goal of 50 books will be possible to complete!

4. Goals for reading monthly:
    + Read A-Z letter (2 at least)
    + Read 1-2 ARCs
    + Read at least 4 books a month

5. More goals for 2015:
    + Read 5 books with 500+ pages. I have quite a few books that I've had for awhile that I need to finally just read. These include: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett and World Without End, and House of Leaves. I would like to get these three books read this year specifically.
    + Read 5 classics this year. I love the Penguin English Classic editions and obtained editions by Melville House. The book collector in me wants to read and expand my classics collection. I will include modern classics as well like 1984.
    + Only request books I know I can finish within the month I receive them. I'm new to blogging and I'm already overwhelmed by the amount of ARCs I have, especially from NetGalley. First, I hope to get through all the ARCs I have now and then stick to this goal.
    + Dedicate more time to my blog. I love reading and I love helping publishers and writers, especially those who are lesser known. I really like the book/book blogging community and I hope to be more present in it this year. I had my first blog tour in December and enjoyed it immensely! I love being part of the process of getting books out to the public!

I'm so excited for this year! I know there is the super popular 50 Book Reading Challenge that a lot of people are doing, but getting through my TBR is my challenge for this year. I feel like I have enough diversity in the type of books I have that I won't need to resort to having a topic to stick to for the month. What are your reading goals for 2015?



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