I’m back! It’s been several months since I last participated in a Top 5 Wednesday, and now that it’s a new year, it’s time for a “new me” – or at least a “me” that takes part in the occasional Top 5 Wednesday post.
So, time for the usual introduction:
Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly blogging prompt, created by Lainey at Gingerreadslainey, and now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. The topics are mostly related to books, but some of the questions are open to be answered using TV, films, graphic novels, or any other entertainment medium. If you want to find out more about the prompt and see the upcoming topics, then check out the Goodreads group here.
The first Top 5 Wednesday of the year is “reading resolutions”, and is all about coming up with five reading-related goals for the new year. This is going to be an easy post for me, since I’ve already incorporated two reading goals into my new year’s resolutions (which I will be publishing soon), so I’ll only have to create a couple more.
1. Read 50 books
This year, I’m once again aiming to read 50 books. I surpassed this goal in 2017 by hitting 64 books, but now that I have a full-time job, I’m conscious of how much of a challenge this is going to be to keep up. I’d love to read 65 books this year, but I’m perfectly happy if I read as many as 50.
2. Read more non-fiction
I’ve never been able to read as much non-fiction as fiction, but this year, I’m hoping to boost my non-fiction reading levels slightly. This ties in with one of my general new year’s goals of learning more about history and politics. I’m aiming to read ten non-fiction books this year, to beat last year’s eight.
3. Don’t be tempted by cheap books you don’t need
So, here’s the problem: I live near a lot of charity shops. While this is great in the sense that it means I have access to a lot of cheap reads, it makes it very tempting to buy any book that sounds remotely interesting, and then leave these books, un-read, on my shelf forever. Instead, I’m going to be more selective about which books I buy, and try to stick to books that are already on my TBR.
4. Get up-to-date with ongoing series
I have several series that I’m working my way through at the moment. These include Patrick Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicle, Ben Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant books, and Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher series. This year, I’m hoping to catch up with these series.
5. Read more science fiction
I often cite myself as a “sci-fi and fantasy” fan. But then I realise that I haven’t actually read that much science fiction. I’ve been reading a great science fiction series over the last year and a half (The Expanse series by James S. A. Corey), but if I’m going to call myself a sci-fi fan, I’ll need to read a lot more.
Let me know your reading resolutions in the comments below! And if you have any sci-fi or non-fiction recommendations, feel free to send them my way.
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