It’s top five time, and this week it’s bookish resolutions. I’m not a big resolution guy but since my only one so far is to master a delicious pork recipe, I thought maybe I should give it some thought, and when I did, I came up with these five…
1. Continue more series
Since 2015, I have completed or stayed up to date with the following tradpub series:
Dominions of the Fallen by Aliette de Bodard
The Wounded Kingdoms by RJ Barker
Codex Alera by Jim Butcher
That’s it. That’s the total. For various reasons I’ve not really bothered with series and while I’ve had a whale of a time doing so, it’s possible I could also have a whale of a time hitting up more series. So let’s give it a go. I don’t know which ones yet but the good news is I have plenty of unfinished series to pick from.
2. More translated fiction
I like to know as much about fantasy as possible. In Guy RItchie’s nearly words, I’d like to have all twenty skinny fingers and toes in every surreal, thrilling, and dreamlike pie in fantasyland. Know where some tasty dreamy pies are that I’ve yet to look at? Outside of the Anglosphere. I’ve read some translated stuff. Wuxia is cool. Aleksandr Ziljak’s work was fun to read. But there’s so much more out there to get a look at, from what’s coming out of the Russian language market to works from Spanish to French comics and Japanese manga and, yes, more Wuxia. Always more Wuxia.
3. Kindle Sample Everything
Continuing this, I want to have at least a peek at all of the fun stuff coming out. Best way to do this? Kindle samples. Lots and lots of kindle samples. I’ve been reading some, but what if I read all of them?
4. Giveth no fucks about my TBR list
So I see a lot of people bemoan the size of their TBR list.
Well, I will do no such thing.
The way I see it, if you are interested in books and don’t have super niche interests, there will always be more books you want to look at than you can read, and the amount is probably only ever going to increase. Well, you can bemoan that and get worried, or you can embrace it and cheer the neverending list of potentially awesome books, meaning the likelihood of finding actual awesome in it goes up. The more books on the list, the better it is. So I’ll be looking to watch it grow.
5. Change these resolutions whenever convenient
Last year I set no reading goal until halfway through November I realised I could have a 200 book year, so I set a 200 book target. This gave me all the satisfaction of hitting a target when I did so, with none of the year long stress.
And that’s what it should be about. So many readers and bloggers seem stressed about it and in the nicest way I don’t want to share that with the community. Yes, achieving goals and having things to look forwards to are great when they work, and I’m a fan. But the moment they stop working for me? I’ll be saying adios. And the moment something seems to be working? New resolution.
So that’s my resolution. Make my reading goals amount to “I win”.
What’s yours, if any?