It’s that time of year again. We start to think a little bit more about who we are, what we have accomplished in the past year and what we want to do and experience in the new year. I’m one of those people who doesn’t really believe in new year’s resolutions, but I have to admit I made a few this year, and as you might have guessed, a few of them are about reading. I wrote them down for you.
Make more time for reading
In November I wrote about how I wanted to put some effort in completing my Goodreads reading challenge. I can report back to you, that I have failed miserably – at the date of writing this, I am still 17 books behind schedule of reading 50 books in 2015. Everybody, even my guinea pigs, could have told me I was going fail, but I’m glad I tried, because you know, it taught me a few things about my reading habits. Reading, for me, gets pushed to the background of my life as soon as I get too busy or feel stressed out, but at the same time, reading makes me relax in a way nothing else can. My plan for 2016 is to specifically make time to read. Let’s turn of the TV, crawl into bed an hour before my regular bedtime, ignore my phone on my daily commute, and let the relaxing begin.
Yes, that’s correct – next to wanting to read more, I also want to read less in 2016. I’m talking about reading stuff I don’t enjoy reading. I don’t want to waste time on reading books that I actually wanted to quit a hundred pages ago. A lot of those books I read because I want to finish them before the movie comes out, or want to be able to have an opinion about, or have to read for book club (sorry!). I wrote about this before, but I think life is too short for reading crappy books.
De-clutter my bookcases
I don’t think I need to explain this one too elaborately. I have become much more critical about the books that come into the house, but most of the books I already own get to stay just because they used to be there for a few years. And, very plausible, 2016 will be the year in which we move to a bigger living space (yay!). I’m really not looking forward to moving a lot of stuff I don’t need or want, so I’m planning to donate or sell a large amount of my book collection 2016.
So, yeah, this is it. I think Reading and I have gone through a rough patch, mostly because I have been reading a lot of books I wish I haven’t and because I wasn’t able to complete my reading challenge. I think 2016 is going to be a better year: we are going to be happier, because we are going to spend more (efficiently spend) time together. And for those who are wondering: of course I’m going to set a new reading challenge for 2016, and I’m planning on completing it.