It’s that time of year again! The time where we all pretend to start afresh with a clean slate, our hopes as high as the level of intoxication we’re still at after a wild New Year’s Eve. JUST KIDDING. My evening consisted of my yearly scheduled existential crisis and crying while watching Brooklyn 99 because of how overtired I am. YAY FOR THE NEW YEAR!
But everyone knows that the start of a new year is the time to make goals and resolutions, because goals you make at any other time of the year don’t count, right? There’s no motivation quite like seeing the date clock over to 1/1/18 when the clock strikes 12 and knowing you have 12 long months to achieve your dreams. Even though time is a manmade concept and the idea of a calendar year is a commercial concept designed to place restrictions upon your life and your worth. WOW, 2018 ME IS A CYNICAL ONE. Watch out, internet.
While everyone is making Goodreads goals, thinking about what they want to achieve this year, and how they can make changes to their life (like eating healthier or exercising more, where they then revert to their original habits six days later… Past Me, I’m looking at you…), I thought I should crush your dreams and tell you all the reasons why your bookish goals are unreasonable!
Just kidding! Sort of.
Here are some examples of unreasonable goals:
Finish all the books on my TBR!
No, Susan. Just no. Take a look at your bookshelves and think about how many unread novels there are. And then take a look at your wishlist full of 2018 releases and tell me you’re going to read ALL the books you own, as well as all those shiny new releases. I admire your ability to dream big, but let me tell you just this once that you should give up. Or find the philosopher’s stone and become immortal — one or the other.
Limit myself to only buying one book after I read five others!
HAHAHAHA. Yep, good luck with that. Walking into a bookshop and not buying anything is something I will never understand. AND I WORK IN A BOOKSHOP. I honestly think I’d have to stop going into bookshops — and work, for that matter — if I wanted to have any chance at being successful at that read five-buy one thing. And also disconnect my internet, because online bookstores are just as tempting.
Not buy every edition of the books I love!
Well THIS IS JUST ASKING FOR FAILURE. We all do the same thing every year — pledge to spend less money on books, not add too many books to our TBRs, and read the ones we already have. But then a new edition of a book comes out and we do what we always do: 1) Check bank account. 2) Cry. 3) Buy the book anyway. 4) Regret everything. 5) Put the book on your shelf next to all the other pretties and realise that not eating for a week wasn’t really that bad after all and yes, of course you can afford the next illustrated Harry Potter edition as well. DON’T PRETEND I’M THE ONLY ONE WHO DOES THIS.
Borrow more books from the library!
This goal isn’t THAT hard to achieve, but it’s actually the reading of the library books that proves to be difficult for a lot of us. You’re asking me to commit to reading a book I selected in four weeks? Are you serious? Do you know that it takes me an average of eight years to read a book I bought? More often than not, those books will sit in a pile on your floor while you read More Important books, then the return date will come along and you’ll realise you never even attempted to read them. And don’t forget about the judgement when a librarian asks you if you liked the 27 books you’re trying to shove in the return slot! JUST… NO. Maybe try limiting the amount of books you borrow at once instead?
Turn into a literal book dragon and fly away from the dumpster fire this world has become!
First of all, I LIKE YOUR STYLE. I’m not even going to tell you that becoming a literal book dragon is an unreasonable goal for 2018. But are you really willing to leave this hellish Earth forever and never return, not even for your most anticipated releases of this year? And the year after? Becoming a dragon isn’t even the hard part — it’s leaving all your loved ones behind. And by loved ones, of course I mean books. You don’t need the loving touch of another human being when you’re literally a dragon.
But because I don’t REALLY want to be a downer on the second day of January, here’s a list of more reasonable 2018 goals for bookworms!
Read books you enjoy, and try not to worry about how many you end up finishing this year.
Try something from a genre you haven’t read much from before.
Recommend a book you love to someone.
Support #OwnVoices authors.
Aim to read more diversely.
Take the time to thank authors and tell them you appreciate their work.
What are some of your bookish goals for 2018? Did you make any resolutions last year that you couldn’t keep? Do you have similar unreasonable goals to me? What do you hope to achieve this year, reading-wise? I hope you’re having an amazing start to 2018!