Saturday, 2 January 2016

Let's Talk About Books.

First of all, hello, hello, hi - happy new year! I hope the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016 have been kind to you. I haven't been around much for a couple of months, but it's time to plug back in. I've tried to spruce things up a little, made it look a little more homely around here, and I'm excited about it. Okay. Let's do this. Let's talk about books again.


Starting off with a few favourites from last year...

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara :: Broke me. Still not over it. Need to reread.
Lorali by Laura Dockrill :: Manages to be relatable AND about mermaids. At the same time. I know. Laura Dockrill is magic, there's no other explanation. 
The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley :: British, gothic, unnerving. That's all you need to know, surely?
It Shouldn't Have Been Beautiful by Lia Purpura :: Something drew me to this little poetry collection in The Strand in New York and it's perfect.
Ariel by Sylvia Plath :: Why has it taken me so long to read Plath? I'm thoroughly ashamed of myself.
Morning Breaks in the Elevator by Lemn Sissay :: Beautiful, beautiful poetry.

I could go on and on (more over on #reallygoodbooksireadin2015) because I read some cracking books last year, but I shall leave it there.

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Now, on to some reading goals for this year. This will be brief because, well, there aren't many...

One. My goodreads challenge is set to 10 books. Last year I set it at 100 books and seeing that number every week was too much pressure, so I stopped reading for a good chunk of the year in protest because that's just typical of me. So it's 10 this year to see whether it helps me read more. An experiment if you will. But even if I don't read more than last year, I at least want to read exactly what I want to, whenever I want to read it. And that's something I didn't really do fully last year, which is no fun at all.  

Two. Although I don't have a particular numerical goal, I do want to document the books I read here. Now whether that's a few words, a few sentences, or a few paragraphs I don't really mind. I just think it will be nice to have a series of posts I can look back on, see what I felt about a book in that moment, and see if my thoughts change or if I forget anything that I really liked/hated at the time.

I'm going to get started on that second one this weekend, starting with some of the books I read last year (those I can remember enough of to do justice, of course).

And so, let's get this reading year started. I finished Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith yesterday, which was a little disappointing but still readable. I'm not sure what my next read is going to be, perhaps M Train by Patti Smith?

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Have you set any reading goals for yourself this year? 
What are you currently reading?

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Jennie

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22 comments:

  1. I think your choice of setting a goal of 10 books is very good. Setting too much can result into as you have said unmotivation and you can feel way to much pressure. I didn't set any goals for books, but it would be nice to read at least 8 books for sure :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. It has definitely taken the pressure off! Happy new year, I hope it's a good one for you :)

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  2. I've set myself a goal of 52 books in 2016 (same as last year, though I didn't finish). Currently reading How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran, but despite being nearly half way through, I'm still uncertain whether I like it or not. I've got both A Little Life and Lorali waiting on the shelf, and I'm particularly looking forward to A Little Life since absolutely everyone at work is obsessed (bookshop). :)

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    1. I've never read anything by Caitlin Moran, but I have read lots of mixed reviews. I'll have to pick something up one day and see what I think. Don't forget the tissues when you pick up A Little Life!!

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  3. I managed 10 books last year so I'm certain you'll smash that target! I always love your book reviews, you always seem to sum them up really well. I really want to read M Train, I adored Just Kids x

    Josie | Sick Chick Chic

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    1. Thanks Josie! Patti Smith is pure talent! x

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  4. My 2015 reading goal was 30 books and that was even daunting for me and only scraped the half way mark but I've set the same for this year in hope that I might actually reach it. I also want to start annotating my books more. I don't know where you stand on the "shouldn't right in books" argument but I've been converted to adding little notes or underlining favourite quotes. Finally, I want to read more non-fiction which I've started straight away which is Gang Leader For A Day by Sudhir Ventkatesh; I study sociology so it will help me with that but I also I'm enjoying it so much.
    Happy New Year!
    Sarah x
    http://www.saraheliza.co.uk/

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    1. I'm all for annotations, I love when books become more personal to the person who read them, I think it adds to their story. Good luck with your reading goals, I'd like to read some more non-fiction too. Happy New Year, Sarah! x

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  5. It's lovely to see The Book Journal back in action Jennie, I've missed your posts! Looking forward to hearing all about the books you read in 2016 xx

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    1. Thank you, Erin! I've really missed it! xo

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  6. Great goals! I'm not setting any big numbers either as it takes the fun out of reading for me, but I'm going to try to read more diverse books—and actually get through my TBR list before buying any new ones!

    http://eggplantemoji.com

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    1. Good luck with your goals, especially the second - I never manage to read all of the books on my shelf before I'm tempted to buy a few new ones!

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  7. Last year I set my challenge to fifty and, though I more than completed it, I felt like I was reading just for numbers. I've gone for thirty this year which is probably more in tune than my natural reading pace and allows for bigger, thicker books!

    Megan x
    London Callings

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  8. You're simply my favorite blogger.
    I feel like our taste in books is so similar and I totally just ordered "Lorali" (Mermaids!) and "Ariel".
    I have been wanting to read something by Sylvia Plath for ages now and I always put it off.
    On tumblr, I always stumble upon quotes by her that really resonate with me, so now the time has come!
    Also, I bought "A Little Life" six months ago but then University started and ever since life has been quite overwhelming. So I'll wait until my exams are over because I have a feeling, this is not something I can squeeze in in between.

    Looking forward to your posts on here!

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    1. Oh gosh, that's so lovely to hear - thank you! I hope that you love Ariel, it's such an immersive experience and I'm still trying to figure out how sum up my thoughts.
      Thank you so much!

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  9. Whhhaaaat, I have to read that book about Mermaids! Nice pics, I've been wanting to read A Little Life but I kinda put off books that are too emotional even though they are always worth the feels. Love the new layout by the way!

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    1. Lorali is excellent, it's a good one! Thank you!

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  10. Every year I set the same two reading goals and never do them. Read less, (yes read less!) I read 305 books in 2015. Think I've got issues & keep my goodreads challenge updated, I never do. I've got an excel spreadsheet that I have all the books read listed since 2008. So this year there are no goals or resolutions book related or otherwise! Good luck with yours! xo

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  11. I think 10 is a nice number, I like to aim more for type than number. I read a lot of YA but I want to challenge myself to read around it this year. I mean, I'll still read YA, obvs, but I do want to try some non-fiction things and push myself out of my comfort zone too. :)

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