2015 has been and gone but there’s still time for one last brief wrap up before we look to the year ahead. So, throughout December I read 11 books in all (3 novels, 2 short story collections, 2 poetry collections, 2 graphic novels, an illustrated novelette and one of the Penguin Little Black Classics), my favourite being The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, a beautifully illustrated fairy tale retelling.
I’ve had the pleasure of reading some truly great books throughout this year and I’ve already posted my Top Reads of 2015, in case you missed it and fancy checking it out.
Altogether, I finished the year having read a total of 125 books. Being the first year I’ve ever monitored how much I actually read, I set my original target on Goodreads at 40 before doubling it to 80; so whichever way you look at it, I’ve well surpassed my own expectations, which is a nice feeling.
I’m already excited to see what 2016 has in store for me in terms of books. If my TBR is anything to go by, I’m in for a good time! With that in mind, though I’m not normally one for New Year’s resolutions per se, I did have a few bookish goals in mind and I thought that getting them down on paper (or a blog post) might be the motivation I need and the handy reminder throughout the year that will keep me on track to meet them. So, without further ado, here are my 2016 goals.
- Read 100 books in total – I managed 125 last year, so this should hopefully be doable yet realistic.
- Read more non-fiction – It’s currently a major hole in my reading and I’d like to address that.
- Read more classics – It’s another area I’m intrigued to explore more of. I’m thinking I’ll achieve this mostly through Penguin’s Little Black Classics series, which are much smaller, easily digestible little books, and children’s classics, which I enjoy collecting nice editions of anyway.
- Read diversely – This is something I always like to be conscious of in my reading, in terms of form, themes and authorship. I read a good mix of novels, short stories, poetry, indie books and graphic novels last year, which I want to continue, but I also want to make sure I read translated works, non-white/straight/male authors and a wide variety of genres.
There we have it; some simple but hopefully achievable targets to keep me busy in 2016. Happy reading!
Did you achieve your bookish goals for 2015? Do you have any for this year?