Wait, is it 2014 already?!
First, I wanted to let you know that I’m currently writing my bachelor thesis which I have to hand in in February. This means that I won’t have much time for blogging. Still, I’ll try to give you a couple of posts although I don’t really see it happen right now. I’m sorry, but I will be back soon.
And in case you’re wondering, I’m still counting books. I just have too many. Nevertheless, I’ve got most of them by now so expect an update to the book census in the next couple of days.
New Year’s Resolutions
Goodreads Reading Challenge
In 2013, I wanted to read 12 books a month. Turns out I aimed much (much much) too high. Instead of 144, I managed only 92, one more than in 2012. Therefore, I pledge 100 books this year. It’s probably way to optimistic again since I have no idea what’s up next for me when finishing my bachelor degree. Still, there has to be a little challenge and 8 or 9 books a month should be manageable.
SuB-Abbau extrem [TBR-Pile-Reduction extreme]
Oh yes, I’m doing it again although I failed so very epically in 2013 by increasing my TBR pile by 108 books instead of reducing it by 24 as I planned to do. Still, it’s just too much fun not to participate! I pledge to reduce my TBR pile by 2 books a month and since my ginormeous pile is slowly but steadily getting to me, I’m actually planning on scaling down my hauls considerably. We’ll see how long I’m going to stick to this resolution …
A couple of my twitter/blogger girls, namely Bou, Crini, Rishu and Ric, decided to make up a little challenge after Bou complained about current commenting habits. Basically, we don’t do it often enough and there are too little fruitful discussions in the comment sections of our blogs. And how are we going to change that? By commenting the hell out of us on other blogs to get some routine, incite said discussions and hopefully establish more close ties with our blogger colleagues.
The New Reading Lists
In order to fulfil the first two challenges, I decided to create a new system for my reading lists. In the first half of 2013, my old lists worked pretty well for me but then I got lax and everything went a little crazy so I didn’t even bother to write posts about them. I really want to change things to how they were so here is my new system:
1 book for the Lieblingsbücher-Challenge [Favourites-Challenge]
The challenge runs until September and until then, this reread of one of my favourite books will be part of the list.
2 series sequels
I’m currently stuck in 81 series. 21 of them are on hold, which means that I don’t own the following sequel yet. Of the rest, I haven’t picked up the next instalment in 30 of the series in the last four years, while I’m more or less reading the other 30 series parallel. Sounds complicated, is complicated and since one cannot actively read 30 series parallel, I haven’t picked up the next book in quite a number of these series in the last year or two … or three. I planned to reduce the number of series I’m currently reading in 2013 but instead, I started 23 but finished only 6. Although 2 sequels is only a drop in the ocean, it’s better than nothing and I really have to keep going at them, especially since my goal is to finish 15 series this year.
1 book from my random reading list
I love playing with the random button on my calculator and used it to select 12 novels from my GR TBR shelf, which I probably wouldn’t read otherwise in 2014. It’s a colourful mixture of books that have been on my TBR pile for ages and others that I got just a couple of months ago.
2 books from my 2013 purchases
So many books I buy end up as TBR pile corpses – unread, unloved, and forgotten. I got 184 books in 2013 of which 146 ended on my TBR pile. That’s really bad. In order to prevent them from becoming lost souls of my TBR pile, I randomly selected 24 novels to choose two each month. Again, it’s next to nothing but at least I’m going to try.
2 or 3 books I just want to read
In order to reach my goal of reading 100 books this year, I have to read 8 books a month and an additional book in 4 of the 12 months. Since my list consists of 6 books already, the other 2 or 3 will be completely up to myself. Since I tend to read so many unplanned novels anyway, this gives me the opportunity to continue doing so without clashing with my reading list which happened so often in the second half of 2013.