Bookish New Years Resolutions 2016

Bookish New Years Resolutions 2016


This year I am eschewing my yearly Reading Challenge ritual. I’ve come to dislike them and find them a bit easy. I always go for the same ones: HF, women authors and NF. Instead I am focusing on these Bookish New Years Resolutions, my GoodReads challenge (96 books) and Bitches Book Club participation.

  1. Read at least 96 books, novellas, short stories, manga and graphic novels.
  2. Read up to 5 translated works.
  3. Read a book based in or by an author from every continent.
  4. Read all the dragons. At least 5 books on magical creatures!
  5. Read at least 10 nonfiction works (max of 2 biographies/memoirs).
  6. Read 10 books from my physical TBR.
  7. Read at least 10 books from my Goodreads TBR.
  8. Read from at least 5 different fiction genres (my picks: Fantasy, World Literature, Historical Fiction, Classic, YA or Thriller/Mystery).
  9. Reread 2 book series.
  10. 10% of reads should be written by POC authors or with POC main characters.
  11. 10% of reads should be written by LGBTQIA authors or include LGBTQIA characters (that have more than 1 line and aren’t token characters).
  12. Read at least 1 book that explores neurodiversity and 1 that explores disabilities/being differently abled.
  13. Purchase 1 book per month maximum (I don’t have to but I’m trying to focus on purchasing books I’ll really like versus on a whim).



My overarching goal is just to have fun reading widely. It is definitely achievable and the only effort involved really is the finding (which isn’t as difficult as it first seems). But hopefully the finding of more diverse works will become much easier as publishers (and audiences) realise these other perspectives are equally as desirable and engrossing. These are the things I’m keeping in mind as I seek out books to read this year.

  1. Read at least 50 books
  2. Read at least 15 books from my TBR
  3. Read at least 50% women authors
  4. Read at least 35% authors of colour
  5. Read at least 25% translated works
  6. Read at least 15 non-fiction works
  7. Read at least 1 book from South America
  8. Read at least 3 books by or about someone with a difference (physical or mental)
  9. Read at least 3 books by or about someone who identifies as LGBTQ+
  10. Finish a series for the first time ever in my life!!! (What will it be? Harry Potter? Lord of the Rings? The Raven Cycle? A Series of Unfortunate Events??)
  11. Read at least 1 book over 500 pages???? (maybe?)

About Claire (BWB)

It's Claire (aka Quirky) from Bitches With Books, an online book blog that serves up a healthy dose of book reviews, lists + literary madness.
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9 Responses to Bookish New Years Resolutions 2016

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  2. Anya says:

    Claire: Dragons!!!! 😉 96 seems like such a particular number, why did you choose it?

    Nikki: Wait, you’ve NEVER finished a series, really???? I feel like it has to be Harry Potter just on principle 😉

    • Nicole says:

      Hahah I have no idea why! I only recently realised while filling out a tag :’)
      WELL actually I know why I never finished Harry Potter: (1) I kept getting spoiled and it’s SO hard for me to keep going after that… and (2) the movies were coming out faster than my exponentially decreasing enthusiasm for the books having been spoiled coupled with how slowly I read so I just watched all the films instead. I guess what I’m trying to say is, spoilers is why! *shakes fist at spoilers* I’ve actually already read the first 4 books, but just to get up to speed, I’m re-reading them with an aim to finishing the series (hopefully this year!). I’ve finished (audio)book 1 (so silly! haha) and I’ve got (audio)book 2 on hold from the library. LET’S DO THIS (to the soothing sound of Stephen Fry’s voice)! YEAH!

  3. Read all the dragon books! That is a nice one 😀

  4. moosha23 says:

    Whoa these goals are on fire! Claire – why so specific? 96 books in a year…have you got it planned out?

  5. Wendleberry says:

    You two are an inspiration to me to read more diversely. Please give me ask the recommendations!!

    • Nicole says:

      That’s super cool to hear!! 😀 I really haven’t read that much in the way of diversity of sexuality or difference/disability/mental illness yet, but I’ve heard about some books dealing with those things that sound really interesting! I’ll make sure to mention any good ones I come across.
      Some books from last year that I would recommend that were just great in their own right:
      Wonder by RJ Palacio (fiction; sweet middle-grade story about physical difference)
      Without You, There Is No Us by Suki Kim (non-fiction; about North Korea)
      Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (non-fiction; pop-psychology)
      A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (fiction; so sad and beautiful…women in Afghanistan)
      Out by Natsuo Kirino (fiction; crime thriller…a little gory in places)
      Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi (non-fiction; graphic novel..very fun like watching a gossipy conversation)
      South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami (fiction; literary fiction, romance?)
      Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (non-fiction; feminist/personal essays…important to remember, as she says more than once, she can only speak for herself)
      Bone Black by bell hooks (non-fiction; memoir poetically written)
      The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi (fiction; a different type of magic/paranormal)
      Come Close by Sappho (fiction; ancient poetry)

      Let me know if you read any and what you think (good or bad!)

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