Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy new year and all that

Goodness, it's 2015. That's come around rather quickly, hasn't it?

I didn't do very much to ring in the New Year - just beetled on with my annual LOTR re-watch and a new cross-stitch project, which is always my very own end of the old year/start of the new year ritual.

Of course, I start thinking about all of the things I could do in the new year, all of the possibilites ... it does feel like turning to a fresh page, doesn't it? There's nothing on there yet, but by the end of the year it will be packed with memories - photos and movie tickets, memorable quotes, lists of books and films and TV shows and Stuff that Spawn Says. Well, mine will be. Also, cats. Always cats.

The photo today is of my optimistic TBR bookcase. There are 85 books on it, and of course I won't get to them all this year, but I'm hoping to make a reasonable dent at least. I'm also going to try and not buy books if I can. Well - not NEW books anyway because they are so very expensive. Bargain, secondhand and withdrawn library books are fair game, however.

My goodreads goal for 2014 year was 75 books. I managed 62 - - which isn't a bad effort. I did fall behind but I'm not losing sleep over it. So I'm going to aim for 75 books again, with a hopeful tilt at reading more diversely.

Which means I'll be going in for the More Diverse Universe challenge later in the year, assuming it's all go again - I hope so. :-)

Other than that I'm not signing up for anything right now. That's part of the trouble with the new year - you feel all earnest and energised and like your cape/hair are blowing gently in the breeze but then you remember things like Real Life and distractions and you kind of go, wait, hang on, I have some VERY IMPORTANT nothing to do right now and .. uh, anyway.

Later on I'll likely sign up for Carl's OUAT and RIP because I always do that and then I forget I've done that and  fail anyway, but I love the IDEA of the challenges so much, so there's that.

And I'm in for another readalong with Trish's readalong gang, although I've consistently failed out of the last two but never mind. Also next up is Goblet of Fire, for Sheila's Harry Potter readalong. Goblet of Fire is my favourite of the Harry Potter books, so I'm looking forward to that.

I am going to try, if I can manage it, to make 2015 The Year of the Series. I'm terrible with series - I'll read one book and then not pick up the next one for months and years and wonder what on earth is going on. THIS year, all going to plan, I'm going to read Stephen King's The Wasteland and also Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. I'm also going to search for two series by writers of colour, to balance out the white dude-ness.

My plan, such as it is, is to read one series book, another book, second series book, another book .... you get the idea.

So for 2015, I'm hoping to read more widely and diversely, actually make my goodreads goal, FINISH at least, say, four? series, read more graphic novels and uh...

Oh. Non-reading. I want to finish two cross-stitch projects. One for myself that I've been working on on and off for about 10 years, and one for a friend, that I started this week.

And, I don't know, save a puppy from a burning building maybe

What do you want your 2015 to look like?


Aarti said...

The A More Diverse Universe challenge will definitely be happening again! I am glad you'll be participating. Unless, of course, you are saving a dog from a burning building :-)

Literary Feline said...

Ours was a quiet New Year's Eve too. We celebrated early and were asleep with midnight actually rolled around.

I love the idea of your optimistic TBR bookcase. I have a little bookcase in my bedroom that I call my immediate TBR pile. I'm not sure how immediate it actually is considering how often I deviate from the books on there . . . It's a good idea though, right?

I am forgoing challenges this year. At least that's where I stand now. Like you, I love the idea of challenges and I find signing up so hard to resist.

Like you, series reading is on my list of desires for the New Year. I'd like to catch up with at least three series I am involved in.

I would like to read more diversely this year as well. I think that's a good goal to have always, don't you?

Here's to a year of great books and a good year in general. Happy New Year, Maree!

Anonymous said...

I want my 2015 to have lots of new authors I'm excited about. I want 2015 to have DISCOVERIES in it -- I want that for my reading, and of course for my life as well. That's my hope. My plan is to keep reading diversely, and I also want to get all my TBR books in one place and read at least ten of them. (I'm aiming low because I don't trust myself much.)

Maree said...

Aarti: Excellent! I shall be there :D

Literary Feline: I think of my TBR bookcase as an exercise in optimism, mostly. The books shift around when I reorganise, but the optimism remains. :D Happy new year!

Jenny: I LOVE discoveries in reading, that's a great goal. Hey, aming low is better than not aiming at all! :D

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

Hopefully there's no puppy to save from the burning building! But it would be very noble. ;)

Hmmm--suggestions for a readalong? I don't have anything planned at the minute. I want to read Oliver Twist but have a feeling I'd be doing that one alone.

Hope you have a great new year Maree!

Maree said...

Trish: You too!!!