Happy New Year, everyone! It’s time for some new reading goals and another attempt to tackle my mountainous TBR pile!
Almost two years ago I started a book jar challenge. I wrote the names of every book I own but haven’t read on pieces of paper and resolved to read whichever book I pulled out of the jar. It totally failed. I mean, I did make some progress but I read whatever I wanted whenever I wanted and the book jar has now been abandoned.
So it’s time for a NEW CHALLENGE. However I manage to do it, I want to conquer my TBR pile. It recently rocketed up to 125 books, which is definitely not a feasible yearly goal for me at this stage. But I want to make a significant dent.
For my 2016 Reading Challenge on Goodreads, I want to read 70 books. If I stick (mostly) to my TBR pile, that could take out over half of the books. This is being super optimistic right now because I’m going to get so distracted but LET’S PRETEND that I’m not going to keep buying books. Except for the fact that not 16 hours into the year I had already purchased a new book.
I know, I’m weak.
In conjunction with my Goodreads challenge, I’ll be taking inspriation from Popsugar’s Ultimate Reading Challenge for 2016. Now, my TBR pile doesn’t have one book for each of those categories so I’m not going to be too strict about it. If I get overwhelmed or if I fall into a reading slump, I’ll have a look at this list and see if one of the prompts can help me choose what to read next. Oh, gosh. I am absolutely not overwhelmed already. There are so many great books in my TBR pile that I’m looking forward to reading. I CAN DO THIS.
procrastinate help me on my quest, I reorganised my bookshelves. A lot of the books I own are in storage so this is mostly TBR, some books I read in 2015, and a few books I didn’t want to part with for an extended period.
Like my Harry Potter series. I obviously can’t put my babies in storage. That would be ridiculous.
Here lies the classics corner (one of them, anyway). I should probably return this mug to my sister at some point. Probably.
My love for Taylor Swift is common knowledge around the office so, as part of my Secret Santa present, I got a picture with my head pasted over Selena Gomez’s. People thought I was joking when I said that I loved it. I was not. This picture has pride of place on my shelves right now.
Over on the TBR side of my shelves, Bilbo is ready to stab me if I stray too far from my goals.
I’ve read the These Broken Stars and Shadows (the first in these two series) but I think I might need a bit of a refresher. If the first books are anything to go by, these will all be quick and enjoyable reads so I’m hoping to finish them off quite early in the year.
I finally have my print from Bookworm Boutique framed and exactly where it should be. LOOK HOW PRETTY!
Narnia, I’m coming for you very soon! That beast is seven books in one so I’m looking forward to knocking it out and feeling like a god.
There you have it! I have made GOALS and put them IN WRITING so (theoretically) I can be held accountable for my triumphs or failures. You can check out my progress throughout the year here on the blog (duh), as well as on Instagram and Goodreads. What goals have you made for 2016? Has anyone else already resorted to sitting on the floor, looking up at their TBR piles and hoping they can magically absorb the books by staring at them long enough?