Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions of 2015

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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.

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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.

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28 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions of 2015

  1. Oh goodness I know your pain about being a mood reader! I totally made a TBR jar (well, bag) but I didn’t actually use it this year! LOL. I, too, need to use it and get to the books that are currently sitting unread on my physical shelves!

    Good luck to you! 🙂

    • That’s why I made my jar without specific titles… I know that no matter how good my intentions are, if I’m not in the mood for a particular book, I won’t finish it! It’s a bit of an annoying quirk sometimes, isn’t it!
      Good luck with yours too!

    • I’m so glad I’m not alone! I think I will, I already give away books I’ve read but know I won’t read again and I donate books to the Red Cross, it’s just the parting that I find difficult.

  2. Oh yes I agree with reading more classics and not being intimidated by books. That is why I don’t read some of the classics on my shelf.

    • That’s pretty much my problem with Woolf! I’m hoping now that I understand modernism more that I’ll find her easier to swallow 🙂 thanks!

  3. #1 I’m so afraid of classics because most of the ones we read in high school were terrible, the ones I read for fun worked out for me but to be honest I always start classics thinking that I won’t like them.
    #5 should have been a goal that I thought of too. Whenever I only read books because I’ve already bought them I end up being thoroughly disappointed. Plus, I rarely DNF so I’ll most likely read it until the end.

    I wish you luck and a Happy New Year!

    My TTT: http://reading-is-dreaming-with-open-eyes.blogspot.hu/2014/12/top-ten-blogging-resolutions-for-2015.html

    • Awesome! Just saw your post saying you’re doing The Silmarillon this year, can’t wait! I actually put you in as my favourite blog for 2014 in my yearly wrap up 😉

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