This week, the Top Ten Tuesday post is about ten resolutions for 2015! As always, this is from The Broke and The Bookish.
1. Read more classics
I have so many of them… in fact, I’d say 45% of my shelves are made up of classics. I really need to get onto reading them, which brings me to my next point…
2. Stop being intimidated by books
I’m really bad. I get very intimidated by books that I think are beyond me, even though I know they aren’t and it’s all just in my head. I think high school English teachers have scared me into believing that I absolutely must know what is happening and see all the symbolism, and if I don’t, I am stupid. Because of that, I get really scared of books. Like actually panicky. Hence, why I’m STILL trying to make myself pluck up the courage to read Parade’s End. I’m totally terrified that I won’t understand it and I’ll be exposed as some kind of fraud, because I know it’s going to be a challenging read.
3. Try to read the books I own already
Yeah… it’s becoming an issue. A very pretty issue, but an issue all the same.
4. Don’t stress about not blogging enough
I’m going to be a busy bee this year, so I mustn’t let myself panic that I haven’t been updating enough. Hopefully I’ll be able to schedule posts and save myself some worry though!
5. Stop hanging onto books I have no interest in reading
I have books on my shelves that I bought when I was working as a bookseller, especially ones I got for free or bought really cheaply that I have zero interest in. I’ve got rid of some, but I really need to get rid of more and stop telling myself that “Maybe one day I’ll want to pick it up!”
6. Don’t impulse buy books!
Just because it seems like a good idea right now, it may not in the future. See Resolution 5.
7. Try to use the TBR Jar that I’ve made
Yup, I made a TBR Jar, but not one of a specific list, since I’m completely a mood reader and I know I won’t work with a set text. That’s just setting myself up for failure. I’ve made one with less specific goals, like “read a classic” or “re-read a favourite”, as that’s far more achievable.
8. Actually read all the books you’re supposed to for uni!!
Yes, Parade’s End. And I have a scary, scary list of other texts, including the entire bibliography of my favourite literary arch-nemesis, Virginia Woolf.
9. Read out of my comfort zone
I would like to broaden my reading, but hopefully that will come with trying to be less afraid of certain books and actually finishing everything I’m meant to for university.
10. Read The Silmarillion.
Because I do like a challenge.