2017: The Year of Reading Religiously

I think it’s safe to say that 2016 was when I hoarded all the books. I’ve gotten a steady supply from publishers, bought all the books I wanted to buy, re-discovered Book Outlet with great fervour, and in the hopes of reading some pretty stale-dated books in my TBR, picked up duplicate copies of said books in audio form. I must say that I’ve considerably curbed my requests from Net Galley – so that’s progress. But the buying of physical copies still is an incurable addiction.

I don’t think I can remember a time when I bought so much books than I have in 2016. And that’s not good news if you consider the number of books I read this year. So I’m making a concerted effort to read more in the coming year. I will not be inundated by a certain number, though. I will keep my goal of 150 (which I’ve done for the last 4 years) but I will try my best not to fall into a rut.

Goals, Reminders, and Things To Do

  • If I’m not hooked by the 3rd chapter, I’ll move on.
  • I will try to keep a better handle on the books I receive for review (i.e. be aware of the publishing dates)
  • Be more honest with the publishers, publicists, and authors. If the book doesn’t interest me, I MUST graciously decline.
  • Stay the fuck away from bookstores. SERIOUSLY.
  • Un-haul some books by selling them. I would donate them, but I could use the cash.
  • I’m going to armed myself. If I have to go to the bookstore, I’ll read the reviews on Goodreads before I buy. This is like going to shop for clothes and never trying on any of the stuff before I buy it: a disastrous and a nasty habit of mine.
  • Read more prized literature. I know, I know. This is not that is something most people with whom they aspire, but I really think I’ve grown as a reader this year. And that’s not only because I’ve gotten tired of the usual books but 2016 is the year that I’ve become more engaged in/aware of socially relevant issues. I think it’s time.
  • BookTube is an evil vice I must quit. Ugh.
  • Read more non-fiction books.
  • I need to cross-post reviews more regularly. I’ve been pretty good with posting reviews on Goodreads, but I’m severely lacking in posting on Amazon and Chapters.

These are just some of the things I want to work on for 2017. I’ve done my share of imparting my New Year goals and aspirations, but considering how 2016 made a basket case out of me, I’m using that as the flint to set my 2017 on fire.

  • You know I put aside books so
    easily if they don’t grab me. I don’t know what happened, because I was one of readers
    who finish books no matter what.

    Stay the fuck away from
    bookstores? Lol. No, really I can relate.

  • Aw, lol, I love this post πŸ˜€ Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3 I love love love that you buy so many books. But aw, I hope you will be able to do all of this; and also hope that all the books you have bought will all be amazing πŸ™‚

  • Oh no! Sorry I haven’t been about sweetheart, been battling an illness but I’m so sorry to hear about your dad Joy, how is he doing? He must given you and the family such a scare. He’ll be in my thoughts and prayers for a smooth recovery.

    I absolutely love that, 2016 will be used as kindling to set our 2017’s on fire. We need this Joy. Throughout the illness, financial strain and the bullshit that’s been the shittiest year of ever, I’ll start cutting bitches at the first hint of crap.

    Take no prisoners Joy. WE ARE WOMAN! <3

  • Oh man, your book hauls are the best hahaha. Seriously reading books from your shelves can be so rewarding! Unfortunately I’m too busy chasing review copies and new releases it doesn’t happen much. Good luck with the goals Joy!

  • Karen

    Most of your 2017 reading goals were mine last year. I did really well about not requesting a lot of ARC’s, saying no, and not buying a lot of new books (except for the occasional Kindle binge lol).

    I did go to ALA and managed to sort all ARC’s by date and read/review on time until I hit September. Lots of stress and a sick dog made reading almost impossible for me. So my goal for 2017 is catch up on ALL those physical books that have been lying around from 2016 and earlier.

    Good luck to you!

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

  • I don’t even know what Chapters is so I guess I’m not cross-posting there. πŸ™‚ For Amazon, I have a shelf on Goodreads that I call “Needs Amazon Review”—that way I can keep track of which ones I haven’t done yet and I occasionally just go and do five or six (or more!) at a time.

  • Great goals!
    Quit books, aye, good one. I read way too many ok ones this year, I should have quit those

  • Great goals you have here. Bookstores are the worst, because you can’t just go and come out with nothing.

    I do love your 3rd chapter rule, for me I like to read up to 80 pages or so and if I am not into it, then I set it aside. No use wasting time reading a book i won’t enjoy.

    Most of the time I ignore requests from authors to review their books, especially if its a book I have zero interest in or an author I have never heard of at all. and If I am on netgalley only request books that I would actually buy to read.

    Good luck with all of these this year!!

  • I love those goals, especially the 3rd chapter rule. I think I only had four DNF books, but I had a lot of 2 star reviews that just weren’t worth it. I may have to steal that one!

  • Good luck with all of your goals this year. I try to stay out of all stores myself – easier not to buy stuff that way. I do need to make a real effort to not grab to many review books. I tend to overestimate what I can really do and get myself in a bind. I am sure you will do great this year!

  • shootingstarsmag

    Best of luck with all of your reading goals this year! I made my Goodreads goal 100 like last year, even though I went over that. I don’t want to worry too much about the number and just read more of the books I own, etc. I am weeding out a lot of books too so I can free up space and just make things look nicer and not feel so overwhelmed.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  • I forget to post my reviews on Netgalley and Amazon all the time. I need to get better at remembering to do that! And I need to stop requesting books on Netgalley. And clicking on Amazon. It’s baaaad. Lol.

  • Jazmen

    I am right with you sister. I definitely acquired quite a few books but I haven’t read as many. I hope to use this year to actually read, now that life seems to be settling down for me. Good luck with all of your reading goals. AND, DNF those books girl. They are so not worth holding onto when they suck!

  • I read more widely out of my comfort zone last year, and I definitely plan to continue it for this year. And I need to get better at DNFing and not feeling guilty about it – getting there slowly but surely!

  • kindlemom1

    I’ve definitely been concentrating more on my TBR pile the last year and it has been so nice and I’ve read some amazing books because of it. I definitely plan on continuing that throughout this coming year as well. I’ve curbed my buying and requesting too and you know what? I’ve loved it! I’ve read less stinkers and felt less pressure. I’ve also said “no” to publishers if I don’t think the book will suite me and *gasp* it was okay, they weren’t mad and they did come back for other requests so hey, all in all, it wasn’t a bad thing. πŸ˜‰

  • “Stay the fuck away from bookstores”
    Hahaha! Is that going to be possible, Joy?
    Good luck with all your goals, Joy! You can do it! If you need anyone to yell at you when you buy books, I’m you girl.
    Happy New Year and have a lovely week ahead!

  • I need to stop going into bookstores and charity shops too. I’ve bought a ridiculous amount of books this year – I definitely need to go on a book-buying ban!

  • Lately I’ve been putting down books that do not hook me but I’m really hoping to get back to them just because I don’t want to leave a book unfinished. It just feels wrong. hahaha. Also non-fictions! I’ve been hoping to read them but I’ve been holding them off…

    Happy New Year and good luck with your goals, Joy! πŸ˜€

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    I am with you on your first three bullets….yes, yes, yes! I really curbed my book buying in 2016 and hope to continue that. I definitely want to only accept books for review that I am 100% interested in. It’s hard when they send you book unsolicited. I hope to either pass those on to others or host more giveaways. I love your goal of reading more non-fiction! I would love to do more of that in 2017. Happy New Year!

  • Ha. I’m a little like you. But I think your goals like if it doesn’t grip after chapter 3 is a great one. I find that I get in a depressive state when I don’t enjoy it and I have to read it if it’s a popular book or a publisher book. I’ve surprised myself I’ve actually requested very little books as I want get through the ones I currently have. Good luck and a happy new year! πŸ™‚

  • Totally empathise with your 1st and 3rd points! And I now have a strict rule that I cannot request a new NetGalley book until I have read and reviewed two. Too many books is overwhelming!

  • I wish you a happy new year my friend!

  • RO

    LOL! I’m like you, and pick up books, but don’t have the time to read them as I should, creating this very vicious cycle that I’ve got to get out of. I agree, reading more non-fiction keeps me up on current events and other things that I my miss on the news! I sure hope your New Year’s Day was amazing like you are, and I look forward to more fun posts in 2017, Joy! Hugs…