I’m honestly not big on resolutions, but when it comes to reading and blogging I’m more confident about them. It’s been tough adjusting to motherhood and more expectations at work, and my blogging and reading life suffered. But blogging and reading are two of my favorite hobbies, so I really want to make an effort to make more time for both in 2016.
I wish I could say that I can do it all as a working mother, but let’s be honest, it’s not easy. At all. I used to finish a book and have time to write a review right after if I wanted to. Now I find myself debating whether I should make time to read or blog. This school year I have just under 200 students because I took on an extra section and lost one of my planning periods. And Jack is toddling all over the place and becoming more fun by the day. So I’ve decided that if I want to hold myself accountable and write more reviews, then I may have to write shorter and/or non-traditional reviews (not that I always write lengthy reviews).
I don’t know how publishers will about me posting shorter reviews, so if I’m sent a book that I specifically requested than I’ll try my best to make sure that book receives a better than quick review. What about you, my blog readers? Would you still be okay with shorter or non-traditional reviews?
I also want to continue expanding my reading repertoire. I read more mystery in 2015 than I normally do, and I found some great historical fiction titles, but I still want to read more of those genres. When I was looking through my list of books read in 2015, I noticed that I didn’t read many LGBT novels or racially diverse novels. That needs to change in 2016. I know in 2014 and during other years I’ve read a good amount of LGBT novels, but I need to make a conscious effort to read more on a regular basis. If you’ve read some really good racially diverse books recently I’d love to hear about them so I can make sure to check them out. Here are a few I already know that I want to read:
My next resolution focuses on audiobooks. I listened to 29 audiobooks in 2015, which isn’t counting the many I abandoned because the audio wasn’t holding my attention (Brutal Youth, The Young Elites, and Because You’ll Never Meet Me are a few). I’m going to attempt to listen to at least 40 audiobooks this year. That means I need to be better about remembering to listen while I fold laundry, and I should start working out more (I REALLY should) because I usually listen then as well.
Also, is anyone else in the habit of starting trilogies or series and then not finishing them? I don’t know why, but this happens to me more than it should. For instance, I still haven’t read Champion by Marie Lu or read the last two books in the Unwind dystology. Yet I love both groups of books! I resolve to fix this in 2016.
So there you have it. It’s a tall order, but I think I can at least chip away at these resolutions this year. I hope some of you will hold me accountable along the way. Are any of you making reading/blogging resolutions in 2016?