Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Top Ten Tuesday - Goals for 2015

So here we are, back again for another Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!

Click here for this week's linkup!

This week's title is:

Top Ten Goals/Resolutions for 2015!

I'm super excited about this because I was going to do a similar list anyway, but now I get the chance to have a peek at other people's posts and chat about their goals, which is loads more fun! A lot of these are book/blogging-related, but there are a few personal ones slipped in there too! So anyway, let's get cracking with the list.

1. Read more diversely

This has been something that I've been focussing on a lot recently with my posts on the Reading Diversely challenge and the Travel the World in Books challenge, so I fully expect to continue with it in 2015. I might even set some specific goals for the year, or even a fully-fledged TBR, who knows!?

2. Buy fewer books

This one is a no-brainer for me as I have so many unread books on my shelves! I know there are loads of people who are worse than me for this, but I still don't like the idea of having so many books I haven't read, and won't even be able to read in the near future because there are so many of them... I might take a leaf out of Susie's book (over at Read Susie Read, on BookTube) and start a Read 5 Before I Buy challenge (or similar).

3. Have a cull!

This one leads on from the previous one - basically I want fewer unread books on my shelf. I don't want to feel pressure to slog through all the books I'm not enthusiastic about before being able to get to the ones I want! I want to be able to read the books I buy immediately rather than feeling bad about reading them before all the others on my TBR! I already had a small cull in the summer, but there are definitely more I can get rid of. I'll just have to be strict with myself.

4. Blog more regularly

I'm pretty sure the coming semester will be even busier than the last one, so I'm not sure how doable this is going to be, but I would love to post more regularly. I don't necessarily mean more often, but I just don't want to disappear for long periods of time (i.e. over a week!). We'll see how that goes shall we...?

5. Read the Bible more

Basically, what I'm discovering is that I'm terrible at doing things regularly! I always end up getting behind on it and thinking about giving up. But this one is really important, so I'm going to make much more of an effort this year to read the Bible more regularly and in more detail.

6. Stop with the comparisons!

This is a personal one rather than a bookish one, but I am so bad at comparing myself to others! I do it all the time and it's so unhelpful! 

7. Don't neglect uni work

Pretty sure this one speaks for itself, but this is definitely a priority for me this year. I graduate this summer, so this is the home stretch!

8. Get adventurous with my genres

This one's another bookish one. It's a pretty spur-of-the-moment type goal, but last night I had a mini Amazon-window-shopping binge and drooled over loads of sci-fi books (I only bought one though! Go me!). And this has inspired me to branch out a bit more and read a wider range of genres. I have pretty varied tastes anyway, so this isn't me forcing myself to read something I don't want to! I just think it's nice to be intentional about mixing it up once in a while ;)

9. Read more foreign-language books

This may seem similar to the first goal, but is actually more to do with reducing my unread books (and helping improve my languages along the way!). I have so many foreign-language books (mostly French and German) that I haven't read, and that really needs to change. Besides, nothing beats the feeling of having read a whole book in another language!

10. Forgive myself

Bit of a contrast with the previous couple of points (heavy alert!), but this one is also super important to me. I'm forever dwelling on all the things I've done or not done that I'm not happy about. This goes for seemingly unimportant things as well - I'm always beating myself up for not reading enough, etc. This is supposed to be fun! 2015 will be the year I stop with all that. (Well, I'll try anyway!)

Here's to a great 2015!!!

What are your goals for 2015? What do you think of mine? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Wuthering heights readalong (+ MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!)

So I know I've been more than a little absent on the blog these past few weeks, but I have an exciting post to share today (finally...)! But first and foremost, let me start by wishing you all an joyful Christmas! What could be better than celebrating God coming to earth and weakening himself so he could save us..!? NOTHING! That's what! :D

Anyhoo, now that we've got my excitement out of the way, let's get down to business! This will be a quickie post (it is Christmas eve after all... Who hasn't still got some wrapping to do!?), and it is one that I most definitely should have done earlier (you'll see why in a mo). I'll probably do another post with a bit more detail about what I've actually been doing with my life instead of blogging (hint: it involves a lot of not-fun-reading and essay-writing). But, for now, let's just get on with what we came here for!

As you may have guessed from the thoroughly uncryptic post title, I'm participating in a readalong of Wuthering Heights with Kirsty at The Literary Sisters and Susie at Girl With Her Head in a Book. This is the readalong for December (hence why I should have started earlier... oops!), but since it's the holidays and I have marginally less essay-writing/revision I should be doing, I decided I would still take part. I'll just be a little late with it (what's new, eh?).

I read this book for the first time about three years ago when I was staying in Whitby, Yorkshire (appropriate, I know!), and it has stuck with me ever since. In fact, I'm pretty sure I put it in my Top Ten Tuesday post about books I want to re-read. And now just seemed like the perfect opportunity, especially since I always associate this book with winter.

I'll be reading this copy on my Kindle that I downloaded for free (thank you Project Gutenberg!!!).

But to be honest I'd much rather have a beautiful edition like this:


So that's it! I'll update you with my progress and probably post a review/thought-splurge in early January :)

How about you? What are you reading at the moment? Are you taking part in any readalongs? Let me know in the comments!
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