My Bookish New Year Resolutions 2015

Resolutions 2015

Last year I set myself some Bookish New Year’s Resolutions, and I thought I’d do the same for 2015!

  • Try not to feel guilty when reading for pleasure. I had this during my Bachelors, and I have it again now that I’m studying once more. If I read a book purely for pleasure, I feel guilty that I’m using that reading time for something other than books relevant to my course. I can play video games or watch films without feeling guilty, but for some reason reading makes me feel bad!
  • Try to complete the DC vs. Marvel Challenge. In 2014, Michael, one of the moderators of my book group on Goodreads, hosted a really wonderful Avengers vs. X-Men Challenge, and for 2015 he is hosting another great reading challenge! I can’t wait to start that one and have already planned some books for it.
  • Stop requesting on Netgalley. For real this time. Yeah, I always say this. I thought being abroad and having most of my books on my Kindle, the large majority of which are from Netgalley, would do wonders for my review ratio. Nope. Instead, I’ve mostly read the books that I BOUGHT for my Kindle, whilst still requesting more from Netgalley. I’m still stuck at 55% or something…
  • Make a little more time for blogging and commenting. So this one might be more difficult, since right now I really have to be in the right mood for it, but I know I can do better.
  • Set my yearly goal at 50 books, but don’t be disappointed if I don’t achieve it. I’m studying for a Masters degree. I’m reading less than before – but we’ll see what happens.

And that’s it! I don’t want to set too many goals, especially since I have other things to concentrate on… like a thesis.

What are your reading resolutions for 2015?


13 thoughts on “My Bookish New Year Resolutions 2015”

  1. Less requesting/downloading from Edelweiss and Netgalley is also something I definitely need to apply this year. It was getting ridiculous last year and while I managed to stay on top of it, it required too much energy. HAPPY NEW YEAR πŸ˜€

    1. Yep, I honestly still have books from 2012, when I started blogging, to review. I think I should probably get to those first, don’t you agree? πŸ˜›

      Ja, gelukkig Nieuwjaar! πŸ˜€

  2. Hahah I totally understand the NG thing. I think it’s because we like looking at book covers and new books, but reading them?? ehhh. Though yeah you should probably start reading those. And yay more time for blogging! That’s always a good thing hahaha!

    Nice resolutions Rinn!

    1. Yes, it’s so exciting to browse the website and THINK about reading them all… but then I realise what I’ve brought upon myself. Oops.

  3. This is a great set of goals and it’s a manageable number of them too! I think trying to make time to comment and blog every day – even for a little, will be the main goal I’ll try to stick to this year. Good luck with your list, and with your masters!

    1. Thanks, I definitely didn’t want to pressure myself into too many! I’m not sure if I’ll manage every day, but at least a good commenting session once a week or something would be wonderful :/ I’ve gotten all of my posts for January written and scheduled, so I’m hoping that’ll take some of the pressure off, and allow me to get ahead with February, and maybe it’ll continue like that throughout the year!

      Thanks Charlene ❀

  4. NEVER feel guilty for reading for pleasure. I know in grad school the To-Do list is never ending and unyielding, but you need a break, you need moments of pure fictional bliss.

    1. Yeah, and I kind of feel bad for saying that some of my thesis stuff has been mind-numbingly dull, because obviously it’s a topic that I love – but the way some scholars write just makes me want to scream! Why use one word when you can use ten ridiculous ones, right?!

  5. It’s been so long, Rinn. Hi!! I hope you’re doing well :).

    Yes: I hope to not feel guilty when reading for pleasure either. It’s weird in that way, right? Reading will improve your mind but somehow video games and movies are so much easier to justify, maybe because we’re more conscious of the work and brain power involved in reading? I don’t know, but here’s to hoping we both can follow through with that goal!

    Yeah, Netgalley makes it so easy to request. Edelweiss used to bother me with having to write up those requests, but Netgalley is just the button… maybe you could sign out of netgalley and block the site for a month or something? I try really hard to avoid logging on there as much as possible because I too would request a lot if I was there.

    I’m trying to make more time for commenting too! I miss friends like you :). I hope we can talk more in this coming year and that you can accomplish all your goals! I’d love to know more about your thesis – o.o I’m so far behind on everyone’s lives.

    1. Christina! It certainly has, I hope you’re well too πŸ™‚

      I’ve actually felt better about it lately. But I’m doing an internship at the moment and don’t have lectures until February, so that might be why – but I’m also working on my thesis so it’s not like I don’t have anything to do in the meanwhile, so hopefully it’ll stay like this πŸ™‚

      I don’t sign in too often, and I’m definitely getting better at it. I already requested 3 books so far this year though, but they all came highly recommended. I’m more aware of my stupid backlog, haha…

      Yes, it’s been difficult keeping in touch with people! I’m bad enough on Facebook, which makes it easy, so it’s even more difficult with blogging friends 😦

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