Every year, on January 1st, I always see my friends, my family (but not my brother, he thinks its pointless), and pretty much everyone I know talk about their new year resolutions. I do, too. Each year, I’d come up with a list of goals I’d like to achieve, losing weight is at the very top, of course, but that never works out. And usually, I’d manage to tick off most of the things on that list. But this year, I decided to not make any resolutions. I’m just going to live my life as usual and see where it takes me.
What I am going to do instead is to stop or ‘ditch’ some things that didn’t work out for me in the past. I was watching videos on YouTube and I was inspired by Jackie Aina’s ‘Trends We’re Ditching in 2018‘ so I thought I’d do my own take but with book-related things. I do have a similar list of more personal/life-related ‘trends’ that I want to ditch, but I’m only going to talk about the bookish things here.
Okay, let’s get started!
I’ve participated in Goodread’s reading challenge every year since I’ve been on Goodreads, and I usually manage to complete them on time. Except for last year, of course, but let’s not get into that can of worms.
I just think that lately, this reading challenge was giving me pressure more than anything else, and I found that I ended up not looking forward to reading at all! So this year, I’m just going to take it easy. I won’t be counting how many books I can read in a month and instead just enjoy reading each and every one as I go.
Wait, what? Of course, I’m still going to finish reading books! But I’m not going to suffer through a book I don’t like simply because I don’t want to DNF it. I’ve always tried to finish what I start. How do you think I got through all 4 Twilight books? I always try to continue reading a book because I keep thinking that maybe it gets better, maybe the ending will make it worth it.
But this year, I won’t be afraid to DNF books! If I don’t like something, I’m going to stop reading and move on to something else. Maybe I’ll pick it up again in the future, maybe not, but if I don’t like it, I’ll stop reading it. Life’s too short to read books we don’t like, right?
3.Not Reviewing Books
Speaking of DNF-ing books, this year, I’m going to stop NOT reviewing books that I DNF or really, really don’t like. I mean, I DNF-ed it for a reason, right? So I might as well let you know why I did. And if I ever do get back to that book, I can always add to the review and/or change it. It probably would be more interesting to write than a normal review, anyway.
4.Keeping All My Books
I have several bookshelves in my apartment now (small ones, but still!), not to mention my bookshelf at my parents’ house. And a LOT of these books are unread. I’ve already stopped buying new books MONTHS ago, with the exception of Witchwood by Tahereh Mafi because I really, really could not resist, so I’ve made progress if I do say so myself. I’m working on reducing the number of books on my TBR, so until I can see a dent in the numbers, I probably wouldn’t be reading/buying any new books.
So if, after I read these books, I don’t see myself rereading them, I will be giving them to my friends, donating them to the library or maybe selling them off to a preloved bookstore. I don’t want them to sit on my shelves gathering layers of dust when there’s someone out there who could be enjoying them. A book I don’t like could be the book that changes someone’s life!! It’s my responsibility to make sure it gets into their hands!! Okay, I’m getting a little dramatic. Moving on.
Okay, this is more about my blog rather than reading, but I’m going to include it anyway. This year, I’m going to stop doing weekly features like Top 5 Wednesdays, et cetera et cetera. I haven’t done one of these in a loooong time, since January last year, actually.
I have nothing against these features. In fact, I think they’re great! Especially when you have a schedule for each day of the week and you want to be a part of this huge community. But I haven’t been inspired to do one of these posts for a while now. I feel like I use a lot of the same books for many lists and I only ever do one or two, if any, of the given topics in each month, anyway.
So this year, I won’t be posting any more of these. I’m going to focus on creating my own content. If I have something new to post, then great. If not, then that’s fine, too. I’d really rather not upload a post on any given day than posting something because I have to.
Well, that’s it for this post! What do you think? Are there any trends you’ll be ditching in 2018? Tell me in the comments! I’d love to hear what you think 😀