Top Ten Resolutions We Have For 2016


Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is our top 10 resolutions we have for 2016 (be it bookish, personal resolutions, “I resolve to finally read these 10 books, series I resolve to finish in 2016, etc.)

Cocktail Phoenix

  • Stop pushing back the books I really want to read in favor of books fitting challenges
  • Not buy new books until most of the recently bought ones have been read
  • Read more classics (Have the same goal? Check out our Classics Challenge)


  • Read 12 classics this year.
  • Read 12 non-fiction books this year.
  • Put down books I don’t enjoy. (Seriously, it’s okay!)
  • Walk more (audiobooks!)
  • Pick a few areas to learn and study for self-improvement (still deciding which, though studying those classics may be one way to go about it)
  • Write more (hello blogging world!)


  • Self-Education Through Reading:
    Create a Unit of Study of different topics which will each last one quarter of the year. Topic ideas still under development, but some might include:

    • History Unit (read history from different eras. Set up a unit study, based on either chronological order or certain areas of the world)
    • Women’s Studies (feminism, women through history, wives of political big shots, women in the work force, revolutionaries, etc)
    • Microhistories, a Crash Course in Many Topics (Perhaps choose a Microhistory Listopia from GR and set a goal to read a couple of books from that list per month in a one-quarter period)
    • Language – Etymology, Greek & Latin, fluency, colloquialisms, catchphrases, cliches, importance of baby talk to infants, linguistics, negative effects of lack of communication, positive effects of communication, whatever else fits, etc.
    • Music History 1 – History of American Music, from the earliest time I can find information on, to the 1970s. (This could lead into a future course of History of European music, up to the British waves in the 70s and 80s). Read musician and song writer biographies, books about songs and their meanings, music with meaning (songs of the chain gangs, slaves, chants, cadence, etc)
      **Utilize MIT’s Open Courseware as a tool and reference**
  • Finish/Get up to date on at least 3 outstanding series. Doesn’t matter which one, just focus on getting caught up with at least 3.
  • Less challenges that require a lot of work to update. In a similar vein, no more than 2 team challenges per quarter, unless some of them are low maintenance and filled with wiggle room or set at a leisurely pace.

Book Tiger

  • Finish at least 2 series that I started in 2015 (curse you,
  • Read 200 books (eeeek!)
  • Write 3000 words per week


  • Don’t sweat the small stuff – I mean seriously who will care if I read 80 books in a year instead of pushing myself to read 160
  • Continue to put books down if I am not enjoying them – the author is not going to come over and shake my hand if I finish their book despite not liking it.
  • Cut down by 3/4 the number of ARC’s I accept. It puts too much pressure on me to get things done in a time frame
  • Read more children’s books even if they aren’t eligible for many challenges, research for my 3 young grandchildren 😉
  • Remember that reading is a joy not a task – it is ok to read a book that is not going to teach you a life lesson but make you laugh


  • Read more manga/graphic novels. That was a goal for 2016, but unfortunately, they weren’t eligible for most of my challenges and fell by the wayside. This year I am planning to get back on track.
  • Finish more series, in particular, I am aiming to have my Tamora Pierce Read Through complete this year.

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