Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Bookish Resolutions For 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is an event hosted by The Broke and the BookishI have made a few resolutions for 2016, but not all of them are related to this blog. But here are 10 bookish resolutions that are relevant:

1) Read More

I did not read as much as I would have liked last year. I set my Goodreads challenge to 50 books for 2016. I think this is a reasonable goal.

2) Review More French Works

Since I am a French graduate student, I naturally read a lot of French works. However, I tend not to review those books on this blog. I will try to cover more French literature in 2016.

3) Revive Literary Flashback

I planned on reviving Literary Flashback in 2015, but I failed. In truth, I didn’t really know what I wanted this series to be about. I now have a clearer idea of what I want to post on Saturdays. Literary Flashback is basically the miscellaneous space on my blog. Each week I will discuss essays and letters written by famous authors, themes from books I’ve recently read and reviewed, or book-related trivia. I want to keep it informative and fun.

4) Keep Up With My Reading Challenges

I want to read more books on my Classics Book and Newbery Medal lists.

5) Add More Resources to Medieval Corner 

I want to read and introduce people to more medieval texts (secular and religious). There are also some secondary sources I’ve come across on such topics as Church/State and the Crusades that I would like to discuss on this blog (ex. Sacred Violence by Jill N. Claster).

6) Read Don Quixote

This is the year! I will finish Don Quixote.

7) Make More Reflection Posts

I sometimes read books with themes that I want to discuss further on this blog. This year, I will write more reflection posts so that those who have already read the book can join in the conversation. I will of course warn readers of spoilers. Some of the books I read (like The Diary of a Country Priest) contain religious themes that may not be appropriate for this blog. I will write reflection posts on such books on my religious blog. I will, though, review The Diary of a Country Priest on this blog because, like Gilead, I think this book could be enjoyed by anyone interested in spirituality and discussions about the meaning of life.

8) Read More Modern Works

I have been blogging long enough to know what books have come out recently. I have a reasonable list of modern works that I would like to read in 2016. I will try to get to at least 3 of them.

9) Post More Poems

I love poetry. I will post more poems that I love.

10) Read a Recently Published Young Adult Book.

When I was a teenager I did not read YA. I’ve always had a phobia of books marketed toward young adults. This is mostly because I can’t stand romance. However, I’m also aware of how irrational this phobia (like any other) can be. In 2016, I will try to read at least 1 recently published YA book. Currently, I’m interested in reading The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Reviewers whom I respect have given excellent reviews to this trilogy. I look forward to reading them this year.

13 thoughts on “Top Ten Bookish Resolutions For 2016”

      1. You could start at the beginning of the Rougon Marquet series (the first book is called The Fortune of the Rougons) to get a good understanding of the two families. OR you could go for one of the later books which are gobsmackingly good – Germinal and L’Assommoir are outstanding

      2. Oh, I would just echo Booker Talk b/c I started w/ Germinal, which was amazing, raw, and emotional. Or you could begin at the start of the Rougon-Marquet series, as I am now doing. The first three I have already read, and they are not as heavy as Germinal, but it’s a story of a family – two families, and these are their lives. They are not all good people, and a lot of terrible things happen to them b/c of their bad choices. I guess I got hooked from Germinal, and now I just want to read all the way through the series. Zola is an amazing artist as a writer; that’s why I keep going. Anyway, that’s my opinion.

        Oh, also: if you like the Medieval works, I read the Arthurian Romances by Chretien deTroyes, and enjoyed it. But I couldn’t help wondering how it would have read in its original language of French. Oh course, I don’t read French, but I think it would have been lovely.

      3. My favorite Chretien de Troyes is Yvain. I am unable to read his works in the original Old French so I read them in Modern French. I must admit, however, that I’m not a huge fan of courtly love. I will be reading Nana by Zola this semester.

  1. As a fellow person who has never really been into YA for much the same reason, may I recommend Code Name Verity? I surprised myself by just how much I loved it–an incredible testament to friendship (and no romance to speak of).

    I would also love to read more about medieval works. It’s one of the things I most like about your blog–a whole area of literature that I would never have known anything about otherwise.

  2. Those are great resolutions. Good luck with finishing Don Quixote – I read it a few years ago and loved it. I’ll be interested to see what you think of your YA book. I used to read a lot of YA in my early teens but almost none since then.

  3. I love your resolutions. Many of them sound similar to mine, except for #10. I really tried to read recent YA books but got completely frustrated with them. Either the writing was terrible or the storyline was. I kind of gave up, but let me know if you find anything worthwhile. I’m willing to try again.

    I’d especially like to write more reflection posts. They make your blog a little more personal but I just don’t seem to have the time. With backlogged reviews it doesn’t leave much time for reflection but I’m going to still keep it in mind.

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