Saturday, 30 January 2016

Reading Plan for 2016

I shouldn't really make plans or have goals.  I can stick to them for about five minutes, and then decide that as they have been self-set it doesn't matter if I break them.  Take for example that this morning I was supposed to get to page 100 of the book I am currently reading.  I got to page 86 and decided it was close enough and that I could actually be playing Lego Dimensions instead - shhh, don't tell Matt!

However, I do have a vague reading plan for 2016 that I would quite like to stick to.  It's pretty basic, and will probably fizzle out by March, but my main aim is to alternate between reading fiction and non-fiction.  Don't get me wrong, I love getting lost in new fictional worlds, but I'd quite like to learn more about other people's experiences/gain a different perspective on a topic I am interested in.  I've managed to stick to this plan so far, with two fiction and two non-fiction books read already this month and I've already got a couple of more non-fiction reads lined up for the future.

My other goal is not to be intimidated by big books and finally read Stephen King's The Stand.  The whole point of finally caving and getting a proper Kindle was so that I could read that sucker without hurting my poor little t-rex arms.  Side note: I was also going to get  IT on the Kindle too, but I ended up purchasing an old copy from the Oxfam on Magdalen Street - so my arms will eventually have to do a little bit of exercise.  I finally purchased the Kindle copy before my flight on Christmas Eve and have been slowly making my way through, making it my bus and lunch book for work.  It perhaps wasn't the best idea to start reading in cold and flu season, but I'm enjoying it so far.

I've also set 50 books as my read goal for this year - it's pretty high considering I want to read a broader range of topics, yet I still think it's achievable, and it's not the end of the world if I end up decreasing the number later in the year.

2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge
Emma has read 4 books toward her goal of 50 books.

So, those are my plans/goals.  I think they are pretty fair - I wouldn't be able to stick to a plan with 10 points anymore; life and my general catatonic state in the evenings does not allow for it (this is another thing I want to change, but work is still kicking my ass.  I felt a bit better about everything this week - and trust me, things got a lot worse from when I wrote my last blog post - yet I'm not completely on board with everything that is happening).  A three-point plan is much more my style these days, and I'm hoping I'll be able to stick to it.

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