Top Ten Bookish Resolutions for 2016


Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s topic is resolutions for 2016.

  1. Serendipity. I need more unplanned, non-goal-oriented reading in my life. (I am fully aware of the irony of listing serendipity number one on a list of goals.) I resolve to go to the library without a list. I resolve to be lured by display tables in bookstores.

  2. Reading what my students recommend. I’m teaching two courses this semester (Children’s Lit and Adolescent Lit) where students recommend a lot of books to me. And usually I say oh yes, wonderful, thank you, I’ll definitely read that—and then I never do. I resolve to read some of those books recommended to me by my students.

  3. YA Book Club. This is going to be a thing this year. It really is. It fits with my teaching goals for Adolescent Literature, it fits with one of the course requirements for students (join or create a book club), AND it gives me ample opportunity to follow through on Resolution #2.

  4. Morning reading. I usually wake up earlier than everyone else, and that quiet morning time is simply delicious reading time. Sadly, however, I have a tendency to fritter away that precious time on social media. This year, I resolve to read for at least ten minutes every morning BEFORE checking email.

  5. One romance novel. My reading comfort zone is pretty big, but one genre that is most definitely outside that comfort zone is romance. Book Riot’s posts on romance had me intrigued, and so this year, I resolve to try one. I’m thinking Sarah Maclean, who gets very good reviews and even has her own romance column in the Washington Post.

  6. More poetry. I love poetry, so why do I never read it? Serendipity and numbers goals are really at odds, but I’d like to read twelve volumes of poetry this year.

  7. At least 100 books by diverse authors. 100 may sound like a lot, but most likely it will still be less than a quarter of my reading total for 2016, and that’s not good enough. But it’s a solid start. Akilah’s Diversity on the Shelf challenge should keep me focused.

  8. Books for grown-ups. I love children’s books, but I also love reading books that are just for me with no connection to work.

  9. More fantasy and speculative fiction. My two favorite novels of 2015 were Zen Cho’s Sorcerer to the Crown and Naomi Novak’s Uprooted. I think this means I need to read more fantasy.

  10. Some organization. My bookshelves are a mess. I can’t find what I’m looking for. Half the time I don’t even know what state the book is in! (I live in South Dakota; my office is in Nebraska.) If it weren’t for Amazon’s nifty “You bought this on X date” box that pops up when you click on a title you’ve purchased, I would have bought multiple copies of several books this year because I kept forgetting what I bought. Goodbye Stranger was lost somewhere in my house for several months. I still can’t find The Octopus Scientists. I don’t know what books my students have borrowed. I don’t know what books they’ve returned. So. I resolve to clean out and clean up the bookshelves and design some kind of organizing system.





10 responses to “Top Ten Bookish Resolutions for 2016”

  1. Akilah Avatar

    I love these! I tend not to read Romance novels though I often read novels that feature romance. I even avoid that section of the library/bookstore. I don’t know why.

    Serendipity and numbers CAN go together I’ve found–as long as I don’t list in advance what titles I plan to read. That is usually my downfall.

    I am also trying to cut down on my FB time. It is such a time suck!

    I may add your #2 to my list. I’m having my students write book, movie, and TV recommendations for creative writing. Maybe I’ll check some of their choices out.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Book Riot featured Bollywood Bride a few times too, so I might try that as well. I don’t think I’ve read a romance since I was 12 or 13. As a tween reader, I loved them–read hundreds a year. I’m intrigued by Eloisa James as well–I liked her travel memoir, Paris in Love, quite a bit. So maybe I’ll end up reading MORE THAN ONE romance novel this year. I’m loving the Self-Control app that allows me to block FB for up to 24 hours at a time. I’ve finished like 5 books already this week and I swear, it’s all because I’m reading in the morning and not on FB. I hadn’t realized just how many hours a week I was spending mindlessly scrolling on FB. SIGH.

  2. Ayunda Avatar

    I love book clubs! It’s so fun to discuss books you’re currently reading with people and dissect them and talk about every aspect of the book in detail. I love reading in the morning too, because I’m a morning person, but I prefer reading at night before I sleep, it makes me sleep easily. I didn’t make a TTT this week but here is my 2016 resolutions.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I miss having a book club! I love how discussing a book with other readers helps me discover and understand more. I also read at least a few pages before bed every night too, though I find I have to be careful not to read books that are too exciting!

  3. iloveheartlandx Avatar

    You have some lovely resolutions, hope you achieve them all!
    My TTT:

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thanks for stopping by! I enjoyed reading your goals as well.

  4. nickybanz Avatar

    “I am fully aware of the irony of listing serendipity number one on a list of goals.” This definitely had no laughing. A plan to not plan. I’m also worried about losing track of my own classroom library when I get there. Let me know how your new system works when you get there!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I’ll be honest: I don’t know where to begin with organizing! I think Brenda is going to yell at me when I tell her I’ve outgrown the latest bookshelf she found for my office and I’m not sure I have space for more!

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