Another year, another “Top Ten Tuesday!” As most of my readers should know by now, I like to take part in this fun meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is all about our new year’s resolutions! I already shared how I fared when it came to last year’s goals, but now it’s time to start fresh!
Without further ado, here are my top ten goals for 2016!
1. Read 20 more books. On average I complete 20 books per year, so why fix something that’s not broken? This year will be a challenge only when it comes to narrowing down my reading list! I already know that I’ll be reading one book per month for my real-life book club, but I also have another 11 books (see photo above) waiting to be read at home! Which brings me to my next resolution…
2. Don’t buy any new books (for myself) until I’ve read everything I currently own. I added myself in parentheses, because I still need to read my book club’s selections, but even then I will try my best to get all my books from the library this year. If I want something special, then I will force myself to wait for the generosity of loved ones on my birthday and holidays. I’m embarrassed to admit that this will be much harder for me than it sounds!
3. Read 10 new authors. Every year I like to stretch my comfort zone, so I’m determined to not get into a reading rut. Making sure that at least half of my annual quota consists of authors whom I’ve never read before seems reasonable.I read ten new authors last year, but only out of luck since I never made it a priority. And since I received Fangirl and Eleanor & Park as gifts last year, I’m excited to finally add Rainbow Rowell to that list!
4. Reach 100,000 total blog views. Last year, I achieved over 22,000 views, bringing my total to 76,000 since I started blogging in July 2011. 2016 should be the year that I top six figures, and it’s all thanks to my wonderful readers! Virtual high fives all around!
5. Blog at least once per week. For this goal, it’s not necessarily the quantity I have difficulty reaching, considering that I published 74 blog posts last year. It’s about the consistency. Instead of starving in November, binging in December, and treading water the rest of the year, I owe it to my followers to give them regular content. I can’t guarantee posts on specific, scheduled days because life is too chaotic for that, but I can at least make a plan to blog weekly. Hold me to it!
6. Write 10,000 words of my novel per month. This resolution is actually more important to me than blogging, but because I write on my own, I don’t have hundreds of followers to keep me accountable. Hopefully, this goal will be the motivation I need to stick to a writing habit, but by all means, please randomly reach out to me asking me how the novel-writing is going, because I certainly need a kick in the pants!
7. Complete the first draft of the manuscript of my novel. Piggybacking on the previous resolution, if I write 10,000 words per month, I can feasibly consider the first draft of my novel finished in the first half of this year and begin the editing process. Even at the halfway point with 145 pages already written, I still have a long way to achieve this goal, but now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!
8. Visit 5 new bookstores. In May I will be traveling to Europe for the first time, and there’s nothing I love more than checking out local bookstores in new places. I’m spending one week in Greece, followed by another week in Italy, so I’m looking forward to taking in the literary sights! And if I don’t already accomplish this quota abroad, I have many more months to explore my own backyard.
9. Brush up on my Latin. A major reason why I’m traveling to Greece and Italy is to see all the ancient ruins that I studied as a classics minor in college. In my prime, I was translating about 1,000 lines of Latin per week, but five years later, I admit that my language skills are really rusty. It would be fantastic to read all the Roman graffiti around Italy’s capital and Pompeii, but I’ll have to whip out my old textbooks to make it happen.
10. Learn conversational Greek and Italian. As much as I love Latin, I realize that it’s not spoken much anymore, except perhaps within Vatican City. Thus, I would also like to learn enough modern Greek and Italian to cover the basics, like ordering at restaurants, navigating around town, and conversing with locals. Before I visited Tokyo three years ago, I took an online course which helped immensely and made my experience so much more rewarding. If you have used any online language-learning tools, please let me know!
So those are my top ten goals for 2016! If you’ve made any resolutions, post them in the comments! Let’s help each other reach new heights!