Hello, 2017. I hope you will be good to us all.
When I was thinking about what I want to do for 2017 when it comes to blogging and reading and I came up with quite a few things.
I want my blog to have a new look, that would reflect who I am as a reader and as a person. I am hopeful to find or make my own graphics and a brand new logo. I am aiming to keep my layout since I love it.
With my reading slumps this past year, the review posts were spare. I am planning on changing that starting this week. I hope to at least post three to four reviews per month with reviews to be scheduled to post. I am planning on to write out more thoughtful reviews, along with trigger warnings and issues the books may have.
For past few months, I have been doing memes and tags. I enjoyed doing it but it isn’t the direction that I want my blog to go into. I will be still posting them, but I want to at least start doing more original posts. With memes and tags, I kept recommending same books over and over again. I am hopeful along with my reading goals, I would be able to recommend new books. One of the original posts that I am planning on is writing more diverse posts and highlighting the book and the author(s).
I read a lot more books in 2016, which was great, but it did not have the numbers that I was hoping to reach, thanks to the reading slumps that I was struggling with. I am hoping to read AND finish books this year. I have a bad habit where I start and not finish, even with the books that I am enjoying. I have three books that needed to be finished. I don’t like to not finish anything, even though I would not enjoy the book.
I am planning to still read YA but I want to read more Middle Grade and Adult books. Most of my books are YA and that needs to change. I am going to try my best to read more non-fiction books but these books never really grab my attention.
I am in an awesome challenge, Beat the Backlist. It will help me and encourage me to read books that I do have, rather than buying books and read them. I have a problem buying books. I want to at least try to reduce my unread books down to a reasonable amount by the end of the year.
One of my goals this year is to read more diverse books. Due to me being Deaf, I want to at least read more books that have Deaf and Hard of Hearing characters, preferably Own Voices. I want to recommend these books to my friends and their children. I want to read more diverse books by diverse authors and Own Voices authors.
Diverse Reading Challenges
I want to be involved in readathons that promote diverse books. In January alone, I am participating in two readathons, Dumbledore’s Army Readathon and DiverseAThon. I am also participating in Diversity Bingo 2017 (the post will be up on the 6th). I am hoping to fill every square on there.
For 2016, I wanted to read at least 25 books. I did not reach it and reduced my goal down to 15, which I reached beautifully. I read 19 books. For this year, I am hopeful to read at least 40 books. I have a huge respect for these people who are able to read 100-200 books a year. Maybe one day, I will be able to read at least 100 books in a year!