This is Part 1 of a two-part series about my New Year’s resolutions for 2016. If you’ve written a post about your resolutions, leave a link in the comments!

My first set of resolutions concern reading, writing fiction, and blogging. I read a ton of books in 2015—seventy-seven to be exact—and this year, I’m planning on reading fewer.

Yes, fewer. I’m probably the only person who is actually planning to read fewer books this year. There are two reasons why: first, I want to have time for my writing. I have some pretty lofty goals for my writing this year (I’m not even sure I’ll manage to accomplish them!), so I might need some extra time to work on my books.

Second, I want to read longer books this year. I’m working on The Count of Monte Cristo right now and it’s going to take me a long time to get through it. I love it, but there’s no getting around the fact that it is very long. I also want to read more books in Russian this year. Not only do those tend to be long, too, but it takes me a lot longer to read in Russian than in English. (For more about my language-learning resolutions, check back here on Thursday!)

I have a lot I want to accomplish with my writing this year, too. I’ve mentioned that I finished a draft of my book. I’m still working on editing that and have started to outline the second book in the series. If all goes according to my plan, I want to finish two book drafts this year. There will be three books in this series and I’d love to have full-length drafts by the end of this year. Whether that will happen or not… well, we shall see.🙂

Finally, about blogging: I want to blog more often and more regularly this year. There were a lot of times last year that I thought about blogging but just was too lazy to post anything, and then I would go for days without posting. I’d like to change that this year and get on a regular schedule so I can post at least three times a week. I’m planning to continue my Wednesday Music series, too. I don’t know how many people actually read the posts or listen to the music I post, but I like doing something that hopefully exposes people to classical music.

On Thursday, I’ll talk about more resolutions I have concerning language learning and music!

10 thoughts on “2016 New Year’s Resolutions: Reading, Writing, Blogging

  1. Completely understandable that you have less time for reading when writing so much. Good luck with everything! It seems like you’ve got some exciting resolutions!

  2. Hi Natalie! My resolutions for this year are similar to your – read books and Russian. And oh, I want to work out more and travel a lot😀

  3. Yay! I actually love that you’re challenging yourself when it comes to your reading challenge. So many people assume that a reading challenge is designed to bump the number of books we read, but shouldn’t it also effect the quality of books we read? I’m in the process of reading ‘A Clash of Kings’ right now and it’s SO LONG! But I’m not worried about it. (I only pledged 30 books this year), and I’m okay with that because I know I’ll enjoy each book without having to rush through them.

    Though, I’m the opposite of you when it comes to blogging. I need to cut back. I really got involved in my first few months of creation, but with everything that’s going to happen in 2016 I really gotta take a step back. So, I’ve decided to cut back to my 4 post per week schedule. This will allow me more time for reading, and writing, and lifing. :p

    P.s. You can see my other resolutions here. ^.^ I look forward to your other resolutions!

    1. Melanie, I completely agree. Sometimes reading fewer books but at a slower pace is better because then you can actually enjoy them.

      I used to be like you with blogging, but that was years ago! I’ve been blogging since high school so after all these years, sometimes I can be decidedly unenthusiastic about writing posts. Add the whole demise of blogging thing that’s been happening—social media has unfortunately cannibalized the comment sections of many people’s blogs, I’ve found—and sometimes it can be hard motivating myself to post! Four posts a week sounds like a good idea to me. Good luck with everything going on this year! Also, I read your resolutions and like them!

      1. Thank you so much! I’m quite amazed how quickly some people read, but at the same time I can’t help but wonder just how much they actually get out of those books when they read so quickly. And books are meant to be enjoyed, not devoured. So, reading a little slower to enjoy the book is fine with me. ^.^
        I definitely got into the blogging game late, but I enjoy it. I just wish I had more time for it because it’s a great way to connect with people. Still, I think this will be my last blog series for a while. There is a LOT of work that goes into writing a blog series (especially with guest bloggers) and I’m not sure I can put in that much effort again so soon. So, back to my normal posts in January. ^.^ Thanks for your support!

  4. I hope you enjoy The Count of Monte Cristo. It’s one of my favorite books! The novel was originally serialized so it was designed to take a while to read.

    I think that challenging yourself to improve the quality of your reading challenge is a great idea. Last year I read several great biographies as well as a lot of science fiction. My challenge this year was inspired by a Christmas present of the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone. My goal is make a list of my favorite books and revisit them again to see if my perception has changed over time.

    1. Hi Susi, I’m glad to hear you like it. I’m about 20% of the way through it (thank you, Kindle, for convenient percentages, LOL) and I love it so far!

      Your reading challenge sounds cool! Both last year’s and this year’s. Are you on Goodreads? If we’re not friends already, feel free to add me. There should be a link to my profile in the sidebar of this blog.🙂

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