Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope that your week is going well and that you are also doing well. I know, most of us are still shrugging off some of that holiday hangover. But with the new year also comes new opportunities for us to be better, opportunities for us to turn on a new leaf. The new year also means new opportunities for reading new books and for new reading adventures. It is also a fresh canvas of book blogging year wanting to be painted with new memories.
This week’s topic: Top 5 bookish resolutions for 2023
Ah. New years resolutions. These have become ubiquitous and have become a tradition at the start of every new year. As I have mentioned above, the new year ushers in new opportunities to better ourselves. Reading-wise, there is a lot that I want to change or, at least, improve. Setting reading resolutions and goals is also a part of my annual tradition although it has been a while since I published one. This will be a shorter version as I plan to share a more extensive list of my 2023 reading resolutions and goals. Without more ado, here are five of my 2023 bookish resolutions. Happy reading!
1. READ MORE AND BUY LESS!
I guess this resolution will always be a constant. I failed to achieve this in 2019 – the first time I shared my reading resolutions, and again in 2020 and 2021 despite the fact that the lockdown has reduced our mobility and logistics. And as if it was already a foregone conclusion, I again failed to buy less and read more in 2022. I simply fail every single time as there are quite a lot of good books out there wanting to be read. I used to set a limit for my quarterly purchase but I won’t be doing so this year. I’ll just have to hold the fort and trust in my constitution this time and just resist the temptation of buying even more books that are bound to collect dust in my (burgeoning) bookshelf anyway. Tsk!
2. LESS AMERICAN BOOKS, MORE GLOBAL BOOKS
To be clear, this is no prejudice against American writers and works of American literature. After all, they have provided me with some of my most memorable reading journeys. However, I have lately realized how my reading list has careened toward American literature. This was palpable last year when I spent nearly four months reading works of American literature as most books in my reading challenges belonged to this part of the literary world. I also noted that more than half of all the books I read were written by American writers. I am now planning to reduce the gap between American literature and other regional literature. A one-third to two-thirds ratio, or an even more drastic one-quarter to three-quarters ratio will help tip the scale.
3. READ AT LEAST THREE WORKS OF FILIPINO WRITERS
It was back in 2018 when I resolved to read more works of local writers. As such, I have conscientiously read at least one work of Filipino writers from 2018 to 2021. Unfortunately, in 2022, I failed to read even just one book so I am setting a hefty goal for myself this year. I would normally list two but for this year, I will go one book higher. I have so many books by Filipino writers I am looking forward to. I am just hoping I won’t fail this year and that I will get to carry this over in the coming years.
4. COMPLETE A BOOK REVIEW WITHIN A WEEK OF FINISHING A BOOK.
(This is a big if!) I can be a laggard in terms of writing a book review. This was also part of my 2019, 2020, and 2021 reading resolutions but I failed, horribly. At the end of 2022, I found myself with, again, a list of nearly fifty books pending review. This was despite the fact that I managed to publish 107 book reviews during the year, the most I had in a year. I also ended 2021 with almost the same number. My hands are still tied to completing these pending reviews. I hope I get to complete all of them before the second half of the year.
5. TAKE IT ALL IN STRIDES.
After years of reading, it is important to give me space and time and not be driven by the stresses of the various forces that are flowing in from all corners. To reiterate, reading is not about quantity but about quality. It is supposed to be a safe haven, an escape. Slow down if you must. Read at your own pace. What is important is that you appreciate the book in your hand. A gentle reminder to myself and to fellow readers who are hampered by various pressures: drink in the books one page at a time.