Bookish New Year Resolutions, and other ramblings


I don’t do New Year resolutions for the same reason as most other people – I can’t keep them. They’re hard, and usually unrealistic, and I’m a bit crap at keeping promises to myself.

But this year I’ve kind of unintentionally set myself one with the help of goodreads. I’m doing the Reading Challenge, which isn’t at all daunting.

It’s just simply: How many books do you want to read this year? Okay, do it.

I’ve set myself 20. I’m not sure if that’s too many or too little, I’ve never really logged what I’ve read. I’d be really interested actually in seeing how many books I’ve read over my 22 years, so it’ll be a cool way to see how ridiculous I am, and also a good exercise in thinking about what I’ve read, and rating what I have and haven’t liked. Expect plenty of blog reviews, naturally.

I’m on my 4th book of the year so far. I’ve read Margaret Atwood’s new book The Heart Goes Last, David Mitchell’s Slade House and Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You. I’m now a couple of chapters into After You, the sequel. So I’d say that’s a pretty good and varied start!

I’ve also started listening to some GREAT fiction podcasts: The Bright Sessions and Alice isn’t Dead. These are brilliant because when I’m tired on the morning commute and my eyes still aren’t 100% awake, I can just plug in and zone out. It’s also introducing me to new genres of fiction that I wouldn’t have necessarily picked up in book form.

I’ve joined a book club which I’m very excited about, and one of my coolest Christmas gifts this year was being signed up to a ‘Tea and Vintage Book Club’ with Bookishly!

Some of the books on my ‘to read list’ this year so far are:

  • Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee
  • When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi
  • Nocturnal Animals, Austin Wright
  • The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell
  • The Bear and the Nightingale, Katherine Arden

Have you set any bookish resolutions? And what are you planning on reading this year? Know any good podcasts? Let me know in the comments, I’d love some recommendations!

And you can follow me on goodreads here if things like that tickle your fancy.