It is nearly Christmas, and if it is nearly Christmas, then it is nearly New Year… 2015 will soon be upon us. It was in May of this year that I got back into reading properly, and since then I have had a very successful reading year. I set my Goodreads reading challenge at 40 books when I started on the site in June, and I have in fact read 140 books, poems and short stories, exceeding that target immensely (a testament to how much time I had on my hands and how little work I actually do… sorry to my Sixth Form…). I have decided to plan out some tasks for myself for 2015, so that I have a sense of accomplishment (or failure) this time next year.
The Goodreads Reading Challenge
As my challenge of 40 was way underestimated this year, I am going to aim for 120 next year; this equates to 10 books a month, which sounds quite doable for me. I am a little tentative about it, however, as my workload from last year to this year has increased substantially, and if I am going to need to study and work more, I do not want to get behind on my reading.
The ‘Finish That Series’ Challenge
I have already done a post about one challenge which I hope to complete next year: the ‘Finish That Series’ challenge. I am not going to explain it again, so I will put a link to my post here, but in essence, I want to aim to finish/get up-to-date with at least 7 (preferably 12+) series which I have not finished previously, completing either the gold or platinum badge for this challenge. Suggestions for some series I want to finish next year can be found within the post.
The 105 Challenge
In an attempt to diversify my reading, I am going to take part in the 105 challenge, of which the purpose is to read 1 book of 1 category, 2 books of another and so forth until 12, therefore adding up to 105 books read. I have made a post with my 12 categories, which I will link here. Books cannot count towards more than one category, or the total will not be 105!
I do not often compare the amount of reading I do from month-to-month, as the amount of work I have is so irregular, however I am going to set myself a target to finish at least 5 proper books (no short stories or poems etc.) within the course of each month. I would also like to read at least one book a month which has been on my TBR pile for a while (since before 2015 begins at least) so that I can get rid of some of those books which will otherwise languish on the shelf for ages; basically, I cannot just read brand new books all of the time, or my TBR will never shrink.
Individual Books Which I Want to Read
There are many books which I always say that I will read and never do. I am going to draw up a list of 20 books that I want to get read next year without fail:
- ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’ by Paul Torday
- ‘Sea of Shadows’ by Kelley Armstrong
- ‘Solitaire’ by Alice Oseman
- ‘A Tiny Bit Marvellous’ by Dawn French
- ‘The Casual Vacancy’ by J.K. Rowling
- ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- ‘The Sword of Shannara’ by Terry Brooks
- ‘The Three Musketeers’ by Alexandre Dumas
- ‘The Top Gear Years’ by Jeremy Clarkson
- ‘Sweetly’ by Jackson Pearce
- ‘Uglies’ by Scott Westerfeld
- ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ by Jodi Picoult
- ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ by Audrey Niffenegger
- ‘The Inside Track’ by Jake Humphrey
- ‘Angels and Demons’ by Dan Brown
- ‘Gone’ by Michael Grant
- ‘Paper Swans’ by Jessica Thompson
- ‘Northern Lights’ by Philip Pullman
- ‘Philomena’ by Martin Sixsmith
- ‘Channel Blue’ by Jay Martel
Another goal which I have set myself is to reread the entirety of ‘The Lord of the Rings’, as I am very much in a Tolkien mood, and it has been years since I read this trilogy. I also would like to read ‘The Silmarillion’ for the first time, and possibly reread ‘The Hobbit’, but as I last read this in September, that is not as pressing an issue.
This just about summarises all of the targets I will set myself for the next year. I will also be making up some rules as I go along, and I have some general targets, such as wanting to take part in more readathons, but this list comprises the most important goals I have for 2015.
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