Top Ten Bookish Resolutions For 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is an event hosted by The Broke and the BookishI have made a few resolutions for 2016, but not all of them are related to this blog. But here are 10 bookish resolutions that are relevant:

1) Read More

I did not read as much as I would have liked last year. I set my Goodreads challenge to 50 books for 2016. I think this is a reasonable goal.

2) Review More French Works

Since I am a French graduate student, I naturally read a lot of French works. However, I tend not to review those books on this blog. I will try to cover more French literature in 2016.

3) Revive Literary Flashback

I planned on reviving Literary Flashback in 2015, but I failed. In truth, I didn’t really know what I wanted this series to be about. I now have a clearer idea of what I want to post on Saturdays. Literary Flashback is basically the miscellaneous space on my blog. Each week I will discuss essays and letters written by famous authors, themes from books I’ve recently read and reviewed, or book-related trivia. I want to keep it informative and fun.

4) Keep Up With My Reading Challenges

I want to read more books on my Classics Book and Newbery Medal lists.

5) Add More Resources to Medieval Corner 

I want to read and introduce people to more medieval texts (secular and religious). There are also some secondary sources I’ve come across on such topics as Church/State and the Crusades that I would like to discuss on this blog (ex. Sacred Violence by Jill N. Claster).

6) Read Don Quixote

This is the year! I will finish Don Quixote.

7) Make More Reflection Posts

I sometimes read books with themes that I want to discuss further on this blog. This year, I will write more reflection posts so that those who have already read the book can join in the conversation. I will of course warn readers of spoilers. Some of the books I read (like The Diary of a Country Priest) contain religious themes that may not be appropriate for this blog. I will write reflection posts on such books on my religious blog. I will, though, review The Diary of a Country Priest on this blog because, like Gilead, I think this book could be enjoyed by anyone interested in spirituality and discussions about the meaning of life.

8) Read More Modern Works

I have been blogging long enough to know what books have come out recently. I have a reasonable list of modern works that I would like to read in 2016. I will try to get to at least 3 of them.

9) Post More Poems

I love poetry. I will post more poems that I love.

10) Read a Recently Published Young Adult Book.

When I was a teenager I did not read YA. I’ve always had a phobia of books marketed toward young adults. This is mostly because I can’t stand romance. However, I’m also aware of how irrational this phobia (like any other) can be. In 2016, I will try to read at least 1 recently published YA book. Currently, I’m interested in reading The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Reviewers whom I respect have given excellent reviews to this trilogy. I look forward to reading them this year.

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13 thoughts on “Top Ten Bookish Resolutions For 2016

      • You could start at the beginning of the Rougon Marquet series (the first book is called The Fortune of the Rougons) to get a good understanding of the two families. OR you could go for one of the later books which are gobsmackingly good – Germinal and L’Assommoir are outstanding

      • Oh, I would just echo Booker Talk b/c I started w/ Germinal, which was amazing, raw, and emotional. Or you could begin at the start of the Rougon-Marquet series, as I am now doing. The first three I have already read, and they are not as heavy as Germinal, but it’s a story of a family – two families, and these are their lives. They are not all good people, and a lot of terrible things happen to them b/c of their bad choices. I guess I got hooked from Germinal, and now I just want to read all the way through the series. Zola is an amazing artist as a writer; that’s why I keep going. Anyway, that’s my opinion.

        Oh, also: if you like the Medieval works, I read the Arthurian Romances by Chretien deTroyes, and enjoyed it. But I couldn’t help wondering how it would have read in its original language of French. Oh course, I don’t read French, but I think it would have been lovely.

      • My favorite Chretien de Troyes is Yvain. I am unable to read his works in the original Old French so I read them in Modern French. I must admit, however, that I’m not a huge fan of courtly love. I will be reading Nana by Zola this semester.

  1. As a fellow person who has never really been into YA for much the same reason, may I recommend Code Name Verity? I surprised myself by just how much I loved it–an incredible testament to friendship (and no romance to speak of).

    I would also love to read more about medieval works. It’s one of the things I most like about your blog–a whole area of literature that I would never have known anything about otherwise.

  2. Those are great resolutions. Good luck with finishing Don Quixote – I read it a few years ago and loved it. I’ll be interested to see what you think of your YA book. I used to read a lot of YA in my early teens but almost none since then.

  3. I love your resolutions. Many of them sound similar to mine, except for #10. I really tried to read recent YA books but got completely frustrated with them. Either the writing was terrible or the storyline was. I kind of gave up, but let me know if you find anything worthwhile. I’m willing to try again.

    I’d especially like to write more reflection posts. They make your blog a little more personal but I just don’t seem to have the time. With backlogged reviews it doesn’t leave much time for reflection but I’m going to still keep it in mind.

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