Happy New Year, everyone! Welcome to 2015.
It’s always hard to believe that another year has come and gone. I want to first thank everyone who takes that time to actually read my blog and even leave comments. I appreciate the support. I’m looking forward to sharing the new books I read and my thoughts on them with you.
In 2014, my goal was to simply start reading again. It may seem like an odd goal since I have been a reader most of my life and even took a publishing program in Toronto. I pretty much was living and breathing everything books. But sometimes too much of a good thing can be overwhelming. I started learning about the world of books, yet didn’t pick one up for simple amusement. I started to forget what it was like to just enjoy a book.
And that’s why I gave myself a reasonable goal to read 30 books in 2014. I wanted to love the process of picking out a book and reading about the journey the characters went on. I also wanted to challenge myself and see if I could accomplish a goal. And I did!
If you’re in a not-reading rut, here are a few tricks I’ve learned:
- Remind yourself it’s okay if you’re not in the mood to read. Sometimes you need time apart from your books to help you fall in love with them again.
- Baby steps. Give yourself small goals to help you reach your bigger goals. Personally, I decided to try to read at least 50 pages a day. If I was having a bad day, I would try to read at least one chapter, and on a good day, I’d read 100 pages or even finish the book. I used to be the kind of girl that would read four to five books on the go. As I’ve been getting back into a love with reading, I’m trying to only read one book at a time (I’ve only pushed it to two when I was pressed for time for blog tour commitments).
- Only read the books you’re truly excited to read. Drop the books you’re hating or having trouble getting through.
In 2014, I’m most proud of:
- Reaching my goal to read 30 books
- Launching my Youtube channel: Feisty Little Woman
- Winning the Goalie award for the Fall season of Futsal (indoor soccer)
- Being asked to be a part of blog tours from well-known publishers
- Securing a marketing job in the new year
- Making new friends via the blogging and gaming world
In 2015, my New Year’s Resolutions are:
- To read more. (My goal is to read 40 books this year).
- To add more diversity to my reading list. (I want to try to read more non-fiction, classics, and POC (people of colour) stories, especially with POC protagonists).
- Having only books I’ve completely read on my bookshelves and finally donate the ones I’ll never crack open.
- Having a TBR list that only consists of books I want to read. I will not waste my time with undesired reads. I will not force myself to read anything I dislike and remind myself that it is okay to classify a book as a DNF (Did Not Finish) or rate it 2 or below out of 5.
- To post on my blog at least once a week.
- To update my Youtube channel 3-4 times a month and may it remain as a fun side project.
That’s my summary of how 2014 went for me and what I hope to achieve in 2015.
As always, I would love to hear from you. Leave me a comment about your proudest moment in 2014 and what you hope to achieve in 2015.