Hi guys! I hope your week is going well, and not dragging! Mine hasn’t, for the most part, but there’s certainly a lot of end-of-the-semester homework that I could do without. XD
This is actually a pretty random post for me. All I could think of originally was best such-and-such of 2016 posts, but I’m the kind of person that waits until the very last minute to do those. (Because what if I read something amazing after the posts go up?) Then I was going to do this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt, new authors you discovered this year, but couldn’t think of more than three. So I sat scrolling through Twitter, and then this idea randomly popped into my head. I decided to take it and run, so here we are. 😉
Anyway, that was an unnecessarily long intro, so let’s get into the real post!
1. Read more LGBTQ+ books.
As you probably know, diversity in YA and books in general has been a huge topic lately. I tend to stay quiet in those debates; retweeting is about as far as I go, because others say it better than I do and I don’t want to be attacked. However, I’ve been trying to do a bit more and search for more diverse books. Part of this is reading books, no matter the genre, with LGBTQ+ characters and relationships. I’ve read a handful that feature main characters of various sexualities, but the only couples that come to mind right away are Magnus and Alec from The Mortal Instruments and Mnemba and Kara from Unicorn Tracks. (If you haven’t read UT you should!) Through the last bit of this year and the entirety of next, I want to change that.
2. Read more culturally diverse books.
Similar to #1, I want to read more books that feature different ethnicities and cultures. Whether it takes place in other countries (which would be great) or in the US, I want to read about characters that aren’t the same as me. I’m not going to get into this too much, but I’m a white teenage girl and I want to educate myself on the other types of people in the world. Eventually I’ll learn by traveling to other countries, but for now I want to learn through the books I read.
3. Read 80+ books.
This year my Goodreads goal was 100 books, and I’m happy to say I’ve completed it. But next year I don’t want to push myself to read so I can stay ahead of my goal, so I’m lowering it. I reached 80 books a couple of months ago, so I think it’ll be much easier to achieve, and less stressful. I also think it would be fun to see just how far over my goal I can get once I beat it. 😛
4. Delve into new genres.
I think I’ve read at least one YA book in every main genre, but in 2017 I want to delve further into those genres I only skirted around this year. To name a few, there’s historical fiction, mystery, and psychological thriller. I don’t think I’ll try horror because I do get scared easily, but there are books in the other genres I’ve heard great things about. Mainly, Between Shades of Gray and Salt to the Sea, both by Ruta Sepetys, but mysteries always intrigue me and after reading Mara Dyer I’ve been wanting more psychological thrillers. I might also look into the dystopians I haven’t picked up yet, because for some reason I just sort of stopped reading them. (Tainted being the sole exception.) That applies to magical realism as well, although I think I’ve only ever read one. Basically, I want to read ALL THE GENRES. 😉
5. Continue/finish series.
This is every bookworm’s problem, am I right? (Don’t deny it, you know it is.) We read the first book, think it’s amazing and want the second one immediately, and then immediately turns into seven months later. The first few that popped into my head are: Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes, #5 in the Falling Kingdoms series*, The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan, #2 in the Magnus Chase series, Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch, #2 in the Snow Like Ashes trilogy, The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead, #3 in the Bloodlines series, and The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski, #3 in The Winner’s Trilogy. My goal is to read TWK on my Kindle before the year is over, but the others will probably have to wait since I already have 8.5 books to read this month. >.<
* This book isn’t even out for a week, but I needed it in August when I hadn’t read the four existing books yet. Unfortunately I probably won’t get to it until January, since I want to read a lot of books this month already and neither of the libraries I go to will have it before then. Honestly, the phrase “So many books, so little time.” is one of the truest I’ve ever heard.
6. Read hyped books.
I think I did a pretty good job of that this year, if I do say so myself. However, there are still plenty of books I need to get to that people have been raving about. For example, A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab*, The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, Half Bad by Sally Green, More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, and Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne. (Well, that last one is more from hearing Ashleigh rave about it than it being popular, haha.)
* Please don’t hurt/hate me, I swear I’ll get to ADSOM in 2017. I know everyone and their unicorn loves it. I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet.
7. Read less popular books.
For some reason, I’m drawing a blank here, but I want to read books that aren’t talked about as much. I think I spent a lot of this year chasing down hyped books and jumping on their bandwagons. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, because I found a lot of new addictions, but I want to find those under-hyped books too. (Recommend me some YA books you think are underrated!) Like I said, I can’t think of any specific examples, but with most of the bigger series out of the way I’ll be looking for other books. 😉
8. Take advantage of e-books.
I have a Kindle and access to my library’s free e-book catalog, yet I’ve used it twice at most. That makes no sense to me. Free books that other people haven’t touched, and I haven’t taken advantage of that. (This is a story for another post/time, but I can’t stand really used library books. I don’t know why.) I already mentioned that I want to read the library’s e-book copy of The Winner’s Kiss before 2017 rolls around, but after that I have a feeling I’ll be requesting a LOT more. We should take advantage of the resources we have, right? 😛
9. Read as many books on my TBR as possible.
I have almost 130 books on my TBR, thanks to all the diverse recommendations I’ve seen lately, so I’m not going to try to read all of those in a year. If I had reading skills like Cait, I would, but I don’t, so I won’t. However, I will try to knock as many books off as possible, and not counteract the progress too much. 😉
10. Get to all the releases.
There are a handful of releases this year I haven’t gotten to, and many in 2017 I’m anticipating. So, to take care of this, I’m hoping to read a lot of them next year. A few recent releases I want to read and haven’t yet include The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan, Heartless by Marissa Meyer, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Bright Smoke Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge, and Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi. And some of next year’s releases I’m looking forward to are The Color Project by Sierra Abrams, Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza, I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo, and The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana. 🙂
And that wraps up this post!
What are some of your 2017 reading goals? Do we share any? If you had to pick one unreleased book as your most anticipated of next year, what would it be? I’d love to know! Tell me in the comments! 🙂
I’m off to watch Christmas movies and maybe read a bit more of The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig. 😉 I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❤
Until next time…