Happy New Year, everyone! I’m wishing you all an even more awesome and healthy year for 2016! (Also, did anyone else get a WordPress Annual Report? I got mine, and it’s so cool! I also love the My Year in Books feature on Goodreads. And here is a photo of my #2015Best9 for my bookstagram. Just so many awesome reports; it makes things so easy.)
Today I wanted to share with you guys my goals for 2016! And what better way to do this than a tag post? I was tagged by the original creator of this tag, Trisha at The Bookgasm. Thanks so much, Trisha! (I hope your hiatus from the blogosphere has been relaxing and nice.)
Since this is going to be one of those text heavy posts… let’s jump right in, shall we?
- Same as last year, I’ve decided to keep my 30 books reading goal. I often say that I’m a slow reader… but, honestly, I don’t think that’s case. Rather than having a slow pace, I just don’t read as much as other bookworms or book bloggers. With school, work, extracurriculars, and personal life obligations I don’t leave a lot of time designated for reading. So my goal for 2016 is to maintain my objective of reading 30 books.
- I want to try reading more literary fiction and nonfiction this year. Or venture out and read more books for an older audience (non-YA books).
- I NEED, need to remedy this darn book buying obsession. Instead of banning the purchase of books or limiting myself to a number of buys each month (I’ve tried both and failed), I just want to try to buy less books compared to this year overall.
- I’d like to start using my ereader more! Seriously, I think I’ve only read like 10 books off my ereader. This is going to have to change now that my electronic library has 100+ books in it.
- Find a balance between reading the ARCs that must be reviewed and books I purchased myself (non-ARCs). I’m the type where I just must tackle the ARC queue no matter of what mood I’m in. In the last couple of months of 2015, I began to receive unsolicited copies from publishers. However, on top of titles I request and am approved of, it’s just too many books to handle for a reader like myself (I don’t devour books that fast). By all means, I’m not complaining. I’m rather grateful actually. But the list has gotten overwhelming to the point where I’ve stopped requesting books and feel like I only read ARCs and not books I want to read or am in the mood for (A Little Life, The Winner’s Curse, Six of Crows, Soundless, etc). So I want to try to find this equilibrium so I don’t experience blogger burnout.
Book Blogging Resolutions
- I recently released a post that stated this blog has become award/tag free. I’ll still be posting some tags and awards that I was nominated and tagged in 2015 though, but I really hope to post more book reviews and discussion posts this year.
- When Xingsings started I didn’t think I’d have a particular focus for this blog (hence my phonetically funny handle), and I kind of sort of became a book blog naturally. However, I think I want to try to post some non bookish posts in the future, such as Asian drama, film, and anime reviews. Or really anything that inspires me, I don’t know. 😛
- I usually take each school term step by step and try not to fret about each class. It’s not good to build stress, you know? Nevertheless, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this will be a smooth last semester (of undergraduate studies).
- Of the courses I’m taking I’m the most afraid of speech. The hard sciences is fine. Essays? Those aren’t bad. But I have terrible, awful stage fright and get really nervous speaking in front of a large crowd. I’ll be okay if I don’t get an A in the class; just please don’t let me pass out!
- I begin pharmacy school in fall of 2016, I also wish for my first semester in professional school to go smoothly.
- I’m really hoping to continue shadowing and getting more exposure in the field of pharmacy to allow me to explore the different career paths. Hopefully summer of 2016, I’ll be able to find a good program at the hospital near my home.
- Well, as most of you guys know by now I’m vegetarian. But since August of 2015 I also stopped eating eggs (baked goods with eggs is okay though) because of the unethical practices in the industry that produce them. (I blame it on my vegan Anatomy and Physiology 2 professor…) Honestly, I’ve always kind of ate healthy so I just want to maintain that diet this year.
- I was much more fit and exercised almost daily when I was in high school. I’ve let that go since I started college…. and I really have regret it. I want to go back to working out daily (minus Sundays though) not to lose weight or anything but to become a healthier me (internally).
- This is going to be super random… but I’d like to explore more types of tea. I already drink a lot of tea since I’m not much a coffee person (and if you’re a reader you have to like either/or right?) but it was only 2015 did I really start drinking some more exotic brews.
- I really need to keep up with using my calendar religiously, and sticking to a schedule and routine everyday. I began doing that when school started in 2015 and it really has made me more productive, I think!
Spreading the new year cheer with these folks –
- Aentee at Read at Midnight
- Analee at Book Snacks
- Ashley at Dreamingthroughliterature
- Carolyn at A Hundred Thousand Stories
- Cassandra at Read All About It
- Chooi at Read, Think, Ponder
- Cristina at My Tiny Obsessions
- Erika at Erika in Bookventureland
- Jenna at Reading with Jenna
- Joey at Thoughts and Afterthoughts
- Kelly at Dancing through the Pages
- Marie at Drizzle and Hurricane Books
- Poulami at Daydreaming Books
- Raven at Dreamy Addictions
- Shotobhisha at Confessions of a Bibliophile
- Thuong at I Read Therefore I Am
- Trey at Trey Schnarr Books
- Wesaun at Oreo & Books
And so those are my 2016 goals. All of them aren’t that ambitious so hopefully they won’t fall through. What are your plans or resolutions for the new year? Let me know in the comments! And have a wonderful January 1st (please stay safe)!