1. Read all the books I own until there is 80 or none [deadline: January 1, 2015]
This is the last year in my challenge to read all the books I own. Yep, this did not happen. My reading output did not match or exceed my reading input. I spent most of my time of being in school not reading books I owned.
2. Read more diverse
Last year my eyes opened to so many problems with my reading. I could not go back into ignorance because it was making me so angry. It is a matter of my reading happiness. I want to read books that are creative and not about the same old things. I want to read awesome books that include different race characters. I want so many things that I hope I can find this year.
My main problem in going as far as I could have gone with this goal is because of me not accepting a few things:
A. I do not have to stick to novels to get diversity.
B. Lack of focus
Not knowing what diverse books I want to read. Not knowing where any of these books were located. In combination to that…
This is going to be the theme of why I did not get a lot of my goals completed. School sucked the life out of all my plans. Not having the time to look for books like I usually do.
In positive news I did read more diversely than in the past. Most of the diverse books I read were comics. Comics breathed life into my reading this year.
3. Delve more into these genres: horror, adult fantasy, mystery, and just explore more genres
Among the many problems with my reading last year I know that I was focusing my reading on genres that were not for me. I need to read the genres that are consistently overlooked in my reading. The crazy thing is I feel that I kept going even though I kept repeatedly for years knowing that certain genres were not doing it for me. While I like ranting I do not want to spend this year ranting and wasting my time on books that are not for me.
Same reasons as diversity. I did get more into comics which are still awesome by the way.
4. I need to be on top of things
I need to be conscious of what I want as a reader. Last year, I spent a lot of time barking up the wrong tree and going around in circles. I need to be brutally honest and direct. I do not want to spend this year like I spent 2013.
I did way better with this but I need to do way more. I definitely know that I got caught in this.
5. Stop putting books on the hook or side.
Odds are you do not like x book now and will not like it in some magic future were that makes all its problems go away.
Still true. I think that I need to work on not giving so many chances to books I think will not be good.
6. DNF even more books
I finished a lot of books that did not deserve a finish. This year I need to embrace dnfing because it is my best friend.
I did. I just don’t have the time to convince myself a book is good. The biggest thing that has helped me is remembering the feeling of a good book. Ditto the things I said on resolution number 5.
7. Plan more while not losing mood reading
I need to be scoping out books and planning themes more. I think creating themes will be fun while serving the purpose of helping me choose what I need to read.
I just did not have the time to do this. I did not finish one I love girls in dresses book. I really did not read that many books I own this year.
8. Read more than one book this year from my favorite authors
Yes…I think I did this. I didn’t do it as much as I wanted though.
9. Don’t pressure myself to read!
I went through a period where I question if I did this. It was during a time when I did not know what to read and didn’t have the time to think as hard as I usually do. The college library is set up differently so I didn’t just explore and find random books. I was going through a lot of other things dealing with school. I just felt like I wanted to read if anything. I did not have time to do all my other hobbies so I felt like this is all I have. I just picked books that were question marks around if I would like them. I questioned myself if I was just getting books to fill space. Ugh, then I felt like I was in a reading slump which I probably was.
10. Support my other hobbies a lot more.
Yes! I did not really watch any Asian dramas or playing the sims. I came back into the Asian dramas not knowing any of the new shows that was airing.