Musings: New Year’s Resolutions

Happy 2016! I’m still struggling to transition from “Two thousand sixteen” to “Twenty sixteen,” let alone the shift from ’15 to ’16, but in the meantime, here’s my reading-related resolutions:

Read 60 Books

The Goodreads Challenge was super helpful in jump-starting my reading. Before committing to 52 books and tracking them via Goodreads, I read maybe 5-6 books a year. 6 years of higher education had decimated my pleasure reading! Now that I’m reading regularly, I feel more like myself and hope to continue the pace–54 ended up being my final number, so 60 is the number I’m shooting for in 2016.

Complete Book Riot’s 2016 Read Harder Challenge

I attempted the 2015 challenge and made it through 15 or so of the goals. So here’s to trying out round 2, especially now that Book Riot has a handy chart!

Read books on my bookshelf

Like a lot of bookworms, I have a nasty habit of picking up books that sound interesting, cool, or in my case, fit in with the small genre/themed collections I’m building, bur don’t get to reading them right away. The Japanese apparently call this practice “tsundoku.” So I’d like to knock out a good chunk of books I’ve bought on my to-read list in 2016 too!

Make 5 new contributions to Sunsets and Neon Lights

I recently revised the scope of my annotated bibliography Sunsets and Neon Lights to authors local to Vegas, have lived in Vegas or the vicinity of it (otherwise, my options were endless!). During my most recent Vegas trip over Christmas, I visited The Writer’s Block where Lucia Berlin’s A Manual for Cleaning Women became mine and I had a chance to inquire about local authors. The guy gave me a few names (plus some I already knew of), but said there’s nothing like what I’m attempting out there. So here’s to contributing something that could potentially be useful! (Albeit for a niche crowd, but hey, I’ll take it.)

Finish The (Frikkin’) Windup Bird Chronicle

I started my first full-length Murakami in September and am still chugging away. It is an enjoyable and interesting book, but not one I can read for hours at a time. One of my friends recc’ed I try Sputnik Sweetheart next; however, I am determined to finish The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle before starting any more of Murakami’s books.

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