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2016 Goals

A photograph of a pink and yellow flower

I was ready, when I set out this post, for a potential upset when I realised how much I hadn’t achieved. It turns out I had one goal (pardon my use of the same photograph) and I accomplished it – I read as much as I comfortably could. Granted, it was a simple goal and I accidently took advantage of it – that 56 books is my second lowest number since blogging – but looking back at that post makes me feel better. It is nicer to not see a list of goals you didn’t complete.

That said, I want a bit more to work towards this year. Just a bit. (I’m aware the fact I forgot to check my goals last year means I may forget these…)

As I mentioned in my year round-up, my male to female ratio was awful; I want to improve it. I’m not going to aim for 50/50 because that’ll restrict my ability to choose based on the book itself, but I’d like a bit more balance. My reading was pretty skewed towards American and English literature; I want to ‘remind’ myself of my youthful reading this year, put into practise the idea I had a while ago to go back to Asian literature. This may include a couple of re-reads and I might just get to that biography of Ci Xi I’ve had for a while now. I want to read another Dickens, another Némirovsky, the Isherwood Alice recommends, some Murakami.

I’ve some blogging goals too, namely to get back into commenting and back into responding to your comments on my posts, but I’d also like to get back into using Twitter on a day-to-day basis.

What are your goals for the year?



January 8, 2016, 10:39 pm

Good luck with your goals. My continually goals are to read a mixture of fiction and non-fiction, to make time for re-reading, and to continue to make progress through my Classics Club list; in March I will go into my last year of the club!

Karen – bookertalk

January 9, 2016, 12:09 am

Iim trying to keep things simple this year by aiming to complete one of my projects (reading all the booker prize winners_) rather than start anything new

Jenny @ Reading the End

January 10, 2016, 4:12 pm

I want to read more comics this year, so that’s one of my goals. I feel like I enjoy comics far more than is reflected in my reading and blog-reviewing! So I have a big line-up of comics for the upcoming months.


January 10, 2016, 7:19 pm

I like the sound of your goals, Charlie! Very manageable, there is nothing worse than setting a goal for yourself that ends up being a bit of a hassle.

Speaking of silly goals, mine is to try and complete 30 before 30 – I have seven months, shouldn’t be too impossible….

I definitely recommend Goodbye to Berlin, it’s a very easy book to get through as well.


January 12, 2016, 11:06 am

Jessica: Thanks :) I’m rooting for you in your last year there; your progress has been great to read about. I think my last year starts in October, I’ll be carrying it over for sure. I like that you’re making time for re-reading, too. It’s always interesting to see how your thoughts might have changed or stayed the same.

Karen: That’s a great goal to have, you know you have excellent books on the horizon!

Jenny: Excellent goal and a lot of fun to review, I’m sure!

Alice: Yes; I decided I’d prefer something relatively easy even if it’s not challenging – I think any regret’s easier that way. You better get to it then ;) I saw GTB in search results the other day, looks like it might include the single story, is that correct?



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