It seems this Top 5 Wednesday provides me with kind of a deadline to finally list my challenges :). I was bound to do it anyway, so here it goes. But since 5 is such a small number for a yearly challenge, so instead I’ll make five sets of them instead. Oh, and there will be statistics and graphics 😛
5. Bookish goals
Read more of the older books instead of all of the new stuff. New books are awesome, but I’m getting more and more behind with older books. I used to read many more stories published years ago and now… well here’s how my chart looks like for this year:
Read more books by the authors I liked. It seems I have a tendency to explore new books and authors instead of reading the series and single novels from the people I liked.
And since I’m talking about series – continue and/or finish some of the series, especially the ones that are already complete and that I own.
Format – read more paper books, mostly because I own way too many unread books, so I might as well say – read more of owned books :D.
Change bought to read ratio to positive. For now, I’m buying more books that reading (what I bought) and I want to change that.
Don’t be afraid to DNF, because some books are just not worthy (sorry, but you know it’s true) and there are plenty of better stories out there that I’d like to read.
And obviously, there’s the Goodreads challenge – starting with 104 and adding more on the way :). We’ll see how far I can get this.
4. Reviews and review copies
Once again I’d have to add the “request less” goal to my list because I still have a bit too many review copies to read and way too low NetGalley rating, so I’ll work on that again this year. I made some progress last year, so I hope I’ll get to this magical 80%. It kind of helped that I found no interesting books in December :D. See the nice chart bellow? I think I’ve got a problem :P.
Other than that I’d like to review at least 50% of books I’m reading. I won’t be counting BBC dramas because… well I’m too lazy and I have no idea how to review these :P. You’ll still see some of my short messages on BBC Thursday, but that’s pretty much it.
3. Health & knowledge
Since I still have a motivation (my friends) I’ll continue my path to lightness :P. I intend to loose few more kilograms this year, hopefully, more than last year.
As an addition to that, I should really start exercising, we’ll see if it will happen :/. I know it already sounds negative, but I’ve been trying to do this for years…
Oh, and since we’re at it… more homemade meals and fewer takeaways, or other food I can buy at work… mostly financial reasons here because let’s face it, it’s usually cheaper to make something than buy it. Usually, not always, but still.
And one more leftover goal – learn some Japanese! After a total failure from 2015, I should pick it up.
2. Non-bookish entertainment
Finish building those models I have. I’ve got 3 of them and two are already started: BSG Viper Mk2 and Mk7 and very pretty and challenging for me sailing ship Alexander von Humboldt. Just like these:
Play and finish as many of those PC games that I own for years and have never touched :P. Yeah, those bundles are treacherous.
Watch all of Doctor Who episodes that I haven’t seen yet. ALL of them.
And dust this poor camera of mine, because it lies forgotten and it doesn’t deserve that. I’m starting to miss making photos. I intend to make plenty of photos this year. It’s possible you won’t see any 😛 but I always preferred to photograph pretty flowers, bugs, and views rather than books, so it seems kind of off-topic for this blog. Plus I’m shy 😛
Visit a country I haven’t been to yet!
Comment more, because I haven’t done enough of that and you guys know it :/. Most of the time I simply don’t know what to write, but I’ll try.
Plan better – may it be through post scheduling or through planning what and when, but I should work on that a bit because it’s a total mess now. Maybe figure out a specific time of the day to write?
I know most of you probably figured out your goals and challenges for this year? Let me know what they are! And how did you do last year :D.