This year is nearly halfway over, and a lot has changed for me in the first half of 2017. I finished grad school, got a new job, and turned twenty-eight. And, naturally, my reading habits have changed quite a bit. So I wanted to reevaluate the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year, and make some changes that work better for my life now.
Below is my 2017 reading list, the reading resolutions I set for myself, and my new goals for the rest of the year. There have been some successes, some fails, and some that I’m glad I tried, but just didn’t work for me. I’ve learned to let my reading tastes and habits evolve as I grow, and it was definitely time to reassess a few of the things on this list.
- The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. I still really want to read this soon. But, honestly, if it doesn’t happen, I might be okay with that, because it means a shorter wait for the third book.
- Emma by Jane Austen. I read this! And I didn’t like it.
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Eh, I’m not sure I’m going to get to it this year. It’s just long, and now that I have a full-time job, I’m gravitating more towards fun books than classics at the moment. If I don’t read it this year, I will definitely read it in 2018.
- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. I’ve actually read a few chapters of this, but got busy and put it on hold. Definitely want to finish it at some point this year. It might be a good fall book…
- Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. I might put this off for another year. It’s just not something I feel particularly drawn to at the moment. But I do want to read Murakami, because I haven’t read any of his work yet, and that’s a shame.
- Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. This book is so intimidating. But I GOT TICKETS TO SEE HAMILTON so now I have to do it. I actually just started the audiobook, and it is surprisingly good, so I think I will definitely finish this book soon(ish).
- Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy. This isn’t a super-high priority, but I am still going to try and read it this year.
- Will in the World by Stephen Greenblatt. I’m bumping this one onto next year’s list. It’s just not calling to me right now.
- The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher. Read it! And really enjoyed it!
- Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. It took me forever, but I read it! And I liked the movie better. (But it was still good.)
- Read more diversely. Honestly, I am not doing nearly as well with this as I want to. Definitely something I need to concentrate on during the second half of the year. I have read some amazing diverse books, I just want to read a lot more.
- Read (at least) one nonfiction book a month. I have officially met this goal for the last eighteen months, and I am so happy about it! It has broadened my reading, and I’ve gotten in the habit of reaching for nonfiction on my own. I rarely have to consciously choose one nonfiction book a month anymore, and regularly read more than one a month.
- Buy fewer books. I wouldn’t call this a success (I still buy way too many books), but I’m definitely doing better than last year! (Mostly because I was broke for a few months. We’ll see what happens now that I’m making decent money…)
- Don’t make reading stressful. I’m doing alright with this goal. There is still some self-imposed pressure, but I’m better at really reading what I want to, and not freaking out over arbitrary reading deadlines.
- Do more readathons. This is a fail, but I’m totally okay with it. After attempting a few readathons, I’ve decided that they just don’t really work for me.
- Read in public more often. I read at work during my lunch break almost every day. Does that count?
- Write every day. Fail, fail, so much fail. I’ve written embarrassingly little since getting my masters. But I have discovered that writing is oddly easier when it’s on my phone at work, so I’ve been trying to squeeze in bits here and there. And I think it will be easier to incorporate into my routine once I have my own place (which will hopefully be sometime this fall).
- Read some more classics. So far this year I’ve read three books that can be considered classics: Emma, A Room of One’s Own, and Slaugterhouse-Five (Vonnegut’s a modern classic, right?). And even if I don’t get to The Grapes of Wrath, there are plenty of short classics I can read this year instead. (I already have plans for some Shakespeare.)
- Catch up on ARCs and review copies. I’ve been doing pretty well with this, partly because I’ve learned to not request every single book that catches my eye. But there are a few backlist books I badly need to get to, and I want to go into 2018 with a fresh (reading) slate.
- Tackle Mount TBR. Most of what I’ve read this year has been 2017 releases or books I’ve purchased in the last six months. Which means my TBR pile has only grown since last year. And it’s pretty terrifying, to be honest. I need to work on reading more of the books that have been sitting on my shelves (or floor or desk or nightstand) for a while. Like, years.
- Find a new blogging schedule that works. Between blogging, reading, a full-time job, and what little social life I have, my schedule is pretty full. You might have noticed that my blog schedule has been a little bit in flux lately, because I’m still learning how to fit in everything I want to accomplish. Right now, that includes blogging from my phone at my desk at work since my work load isn’t very heavy and cutting down the number of times I post per week. It might take some time to find something that works for me, but since I’m planning on staying at this job for a while, I really want to work on it.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know what some of your goals for this year were/are, and if you’re on track to complete them. Do we have any reading goals in common?