Ohayo guys! We are now in 2016, and as such most of us have set themselves new goals for this new year. I myself am not a great fan of so-called “resolutions”, mostly because I never manage to follow them, but something I seem to be following each year without fail is my reading goal.
Last year, I initially put my goal to 100. Then moved it to 150 after realising that I have surpassed my goal in May already. Then moved it to 160. 170. 185. I ended up putting my goal to 200, and read 204 books last year. That’s a lot, even for me. But I know how I managed to read that lot. One word only; manga. This year was the first I actually tried out manga. And if I have read more than 100 volumes already, it means it was, indeed, a very good experience.
While some of them were manga adaptations of classics, it remains that I read quite a number of mangas! Attack on Titan, Noragami, The Seven Deadly Sins, Seraph of End, Fairy Tail, Magi: Sinbad no Bouken…
I have mostly been able to read all these books because I was in a “prolonged holiday”, and stayed home from mid-November, after the exams, to July, until i went to Uni. So yes, I had a looooot of free time and thus was able to do a lot of reading, and also concentrate more on my instagram and created this blog. This year is going to be different. Reason number one is, because of my courses. I’ll have exams to take part in at the end of the semester and thus won’t be able to read that much compared to last year. Which is why I lowered my goal to 100 books this year. (and I am already 1 book behind of schedule. Oh well 😉 )
Reason number two is, I have decided to focus more on my writing than my reading. I have decided this year to take part in NaNoWriMo and I am already outlining my story, as I have a lot of plot holes everywhere. I am not sure if I am going to turn into a Grimm retelling or it will be an original fantasy/sci-fi story. I’ll have to look into that. But yes, I am determined to improve my writing skills this year and thus I will read less.
Reason number three is, I will change my degree. I will not re-enrol to my current degree this year as I will move towards the translations studies. I am now determined to be a translator, specifically in the publication industry, as I am already bilingual and I know it will be better for me to work surrounded by books than in the legal field. So I am going to do a lot of translations during the holidays to practice a bit. Which brings me to reason number four, I am going to learn a third language, for translations reasons. I know I will need to learn a third language for my master degree so I am already preparing myself and will start spanish soon.
So you must ask yourself, “how will I be able to read 100 books?” I have decided to divide my challenge into 3 parts; the arcs, mangas, and actual books that I want to read. I have decided to read 50 volumes of manga this year, and maybe I’ll read more, I don’t know. As to the arcs, I have decided to read less of them and to focus on physical books rather than electronic ones. Which is why I will buy a little more books than last year.
Also, I majorly failed the PopSugar challenge last year, so I don’t know if I’ll be taking it again this year. Maybe just for the fun of doing it 😀
And that is it for my reading goals this year! What about you? What are your goals for 2016? And not just your reading ones 😉
I hope you’re having a great day! Or night, like me. Love you all!