2015 Reading and So-Called Resolutions

So I’m not super big on new year’s resolutions.   I mean a friend at my job had a calendar of little known holidays and if I recall, last year, January 17 was National Give Up Your Resolution day.  It’s kind of all a big joke at this point.

That being said, I can’t pass up an opportunity to assess what  needs to be changed or improved upon in my life.  I kind of do that on a regular basis because I have come so far but still have so far to go.  So basically I feel like I’m going in the right direction and my resolutions are continuations of paths I’m currently on.  Hopefully I will be able to keep them.

They are
1. Go so hard in everything I do – family, work,and school
2. Save money
3. Embrace minimalism and continue to minimize. Every aspect of my life.
4. Get back to goal weight by maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle. (This one gets put off due to the importance of the first 3. I make sure my kids are healthy but my own health gets overlooked but that’s ok. I don’t always need food or sleep. And,well, exercise is a luxury I often can’t afford either financially or temporally.)

Last year I made a list of goals for the year. I am embarrassed to admit that one of them was to read 5 books that are unrelated to work or school. I know, 5 books that’s nothing, right?  Holding  my head very, VERY low, I submit to you the sad fact that don’t think I quite made it. Unless you count the fact that I read the Sorceror’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets with my 4 year old.  Man, I am a horrible human being.

I would love to make a reading goal for this year, but I decided against it.  (Then I got an e-mail from goodreads to make one and so I did anyway – 10 books. And reading Harry Potter with my 4 year old totally counts.)  I mean honestly, 2 kids, a full time job, 2 college classes (going back after a long time), and doing some tutoring on the side.  I don’t have much time left to curl up with a good book, unfortunately.

But there are so many amazing reading challenges out there.  I have not signed up for any of these, but am unofficially participating because they just sound like so much fun.  (Even Mark Zuckerberg made a reading resolution for 2015.)

I Love Library Books
There is the “I Love Library Books” challenge.  It is on the Book Dragon’s Lair page.  This challenge involves picking a number of library books you are going to read this year.  I think it’s such a great idea because I really do love the library and always say we should use it more.  We go to occasional events and check books out.  We now also rent DVDs because we currently do not have Netflix.  Maybe we will get it again, but I kind of like having to watch things that you have actually picked with some kind of intention, not just because it’s on or because it’s there.  But as far as utilizing the library, there is a family book club I want to join and I think I need to rent some books myself.  I actually checked out my first library book (graphic novel) today.  (Yes I’m actually a grown woman.)

Alphabet Soup
There is the 2015 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge on Escape with Dollycas Into A Good Book.  I think this is the cutest  idea!  You would have to read books with titles that begin with each letter of the alphabet.  There is an exception: Q, X, and Z don’t have to be the first letter of the title of the book.  They just have to be in the title.  I long for the day when there will be a widget on my sidebar with the alphabet written vertically and the satisfaction as I fill each line with a book title until it is completed…within a year.  At the rate I’m going, however, that may take forever.

Unless we can start counting textbooks.  I usually read them a couple times per class.

42 Challenge
There is the 42 Challenge 2015 which is pretty hard to turn down.  First off, as we all know, 42 is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything.  Second of all it is for sci-fi related items. Third of all, you can read, watch, or listen.  Um, so Doctor Who and The Walking Dead count? Well, this can be nothing but fun, fun, and more fun. But then you have to review them. Which we really do over and over aloud with our friends don’t we?  Can’t be that hard to scribble something….uh sure.

Flights of Fantasy
But currently we are reading and watching the Harry Potter books and movies. And so there is also the Flights of Fantasy Challenge.

Series Ender
And that could also cover a Series Ender Challenge.  (Plus more The Walking Dead graphic novels! More! More! More!)

TBR
There’s also a TBR Challenge.  I know you have them too, those books that have been sitting on the shelf. You’ve been meaning to read them, but it just never happened.  This challenge is about finally getting through them.  I should do it, but let’s be honest…

Rory Gilmore
Oh and just because it’s cute – Have you seen or heard of Gilmore Girls?  I haven’t watched many, but I saw a couple episodes a few years a go.  I think it’s cute.  I remember thinking that Rory was a good character because she was so smart.  (I like smart girls…I’ve made this quite clear to my daughter heehee)  According to this challenge, she was seen reading 339 books.  How many of them have you read?

Welp, in my “spare time” (I’ve heard of that somewhere before, is that a thing?), I’m going to work on trying to read more.  I love the idea of all of these.  So what are you doing?  Any of these?  One I don’t know about?  Or are there any books you want to read in the following year?  I definitely have a couple.

Talk books to me. ;)B

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