At the beginning of the year, I try to set goals for myself, whether it be blogging goals, reading goals or lifestyle goals. However, the only goals that I usually end up keeping are my reading goals, those are just the easiest ones for me to keep for some reason. Although this year, I have done a somewhat okay of keeping my lifestyle goal of being more active, I started doing yoga. I don’t remember setting any blogging goals this year, in previous years I set them, but never kept them. In my opinion, it is important to set goals even if you don’t keep them, they still give you something to work for.
I was never really into classics, and there were some that I had to read for school. But this year I would like to read more of them, it is one of my goals for the year. Below is the list of classics that I am planning on reading this year, some of them are the Barnes and Noble Classics Editions.
Barnes and Noble Classics Editions:
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
The Illiad and the Odyssey by Homer
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Some of these books are intimidating, either because of their size or they way the are written. The largest book I’ve ever read is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, War and Peace is 1,156 pages. After I read The Argonautica, which was difficult for me to get through due to the way it was written, I saw that the Illiad and the Odyssey was written the same way and I’m intimidated to read it. It took me about a week to read the Argonautica, which is only 155 pages and the edition of The Illiad and the Odyssey I have is 731 pages, I’m curious to see how long it will take me read it.
These are my reading/bookish goals for 2016.
1.) Read at least 25 books. Last year I set my Goodreads goal at 15 books and read 33. So this year I set my Goodreads reading challenge goal at 25. If I read 33 books in 2015, why would I set my goal lower and not higher? Well, I feel like 25 is a well rounded goal for books read, and I’m not putting too much pressure on myself.
2.) Tackle the Illiad and the Odyssey. I read the Argonautica and it was not easy to read at all, even though it was only 155 pages it was still difficult to read because of the way it was written. It’s written in verse like a poem but doesn’t read like a poem. The Illiad and they Odyssey is 720 pages and is intimidating.
3.) Read more classics. I haven’t read too many classics and want to read more. I feel like the classics are important pieces of literature that need to be read. To Kill A Mockingbird, and Pride and Prejudice are some classics that I have in my bookcase that I need to read.
4.) Read the past two Fiction Pulitzer Prize Winners. I have yet to read The Goldfinch and All The Light We Cannot See, and I need to read them. And yes, I have them in my bookcase.
5.) Try not to buy too many more books in a series until I have read the first book. I have at least 4 first books in a series that I have yet to read. I need to read them before I buy the sequels, or I’ll just get the sequels from the library.
6.) Do more readathons and challenges. Readathons are a good way to tackle my TBR (To Be Read) list. I participated in a readathon last year, and it was something fun and different, so I definitely want to do more.