My 7 bookish resolutions for the last leg of the year

The chill is not there but if I try hard, I’m sure I can hear a faraway jingle of bells. Thus come my 7 “bookish resolutions” for the remaining months (gosh, where more-of-the-half-year-has-gone?):

My 7 bookish resolutions for the remaining year

1. Staying away from contemporary YA fantasy

I’m all for trash-reading once in a while. And what could be better than fantasy-trash? Now, I’m an adult-adult who loves reading YA fantasy quite unabashedly.

This is what introduced me to champion-authors of the genre like Leigh Bardugo and Katherine Arden this year.

All was going well until I lost my way in the world built up by Sarah J. Maas.

DNF “A Court of Mist and Fury” and vowed to stay off  “tropes” full of YA fantasy till next year.



  • LOTR which is sitting on my Kindle for awhile, pointing accusatory parchmentized fingers at me.
  • Nikolai Duology by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Winter of The Witch (#Winternight Trilogy #3) by Katherine Arden.


However, the last two are expected to hit shelves earlier in 2019, so there would be a breather.

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Review: Grisha Trilogy 

Review: The Bear and the Nightingale


2. More “Stand-Alone” books


Have you already got tired of the onslaught of series we have been catering to?

This might be the money-minting machine for publishers but I need not shell out hard-earned cash on any of them. Moreover, both the

i)  dead-end detectives and

ii) beaten-to-death “chosen ones” don’t do it for me, anymore.



Lethal White (#Cormoran Strike Series) by Robert Galbraith.



3. Dumping the domestic suspense genre awhile

Marriage in it’s sanest form can be daunting and depressing. Do we need to make it any more awful by reading the cheap replications of “Gone Girl”(without the brilliance of Gillian Flynn)?





4. Reading one classic a month (mostly the underrated ones)

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This is so important as I want to hone my writing skills. And what’s the better way to do it than reading classics?

But right now, I’m more intrigued to read the underrated ones that don’t hog the limelight of Jane Eyres or 1984s of the world.

So the classics I’ve lined up as of now are-

a) Sylvester by Georgette Heyer

b) My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

c) The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë


5. Buying only Ebooks


My tiny apartment will burst out if I buy more “real” books and the purse will run dry. My Kindle Paperwhite saved me on both accounts.

That means, my dowdy IG account won’t look “bookstagammer”– enough.

Exception (condition:whenever I’ll have the means):

Entire boxed-sets of-

✓Harry Potter (hardcover)



6. Not getting swayed by “reading challenges”

With the challenge of not going bonkers in day-to-day life, I’m not planning to cram the remaining months with more books and touch the golden 100-mark (as if that would make me suddenly all “lit” and “woke”). Nowadays, I prefer relish-reading instead of zooming through the pages.


7. Valuing my native language literature more

In order to keep up with the Joneses (since I decided to turn my generic blog into a book-blog), I’ve neglected the wonderful books published in mother tongue Bengali, for months.

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Now is the time to rectify that. And if you are non-native English book-worm, would you deny the charm of reading a book in your own language? Me neither.



What’re your “bookish goals” for the last leg of 2018? Let me know in the comments.

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69 thoughts on “My 7 bookish resolutions for the last leg of the year

  1. Beth says:

    It is always tough when you buy the first one of a great series and then have to wait for the next ones to come out! I have a houseful of books, so I only buy books for my Kindle now. I would make an exception for a really special book.

  2. thesmalladventurer says:

    Wow, these are some tricky resolutions that I’m not sure I could keep up with! I like the reading one classic a month one though. I’ve got a huge stack of classics that I need to make my way through, and I think it’s important to read the books that have affected the world so much!

  3. Stephanie says:

    These are all great resolutions! I don’t think I could ever give up my YA fantasy books. I’m a bit of an addict. But reading stand-alones and classics would definitely be a good idea for me!

  4. Nihar Pradhan says:

    Reading is what redefines the way we write. We need to keep revisiting our reading repository and reading habit. Quite an interesting challenge for defining the boundary of reading, the native language literature is a good one and it gives a completely different perspective on what we read. Generally we ignore or avoid reading those books.

    • Jheelam says:

      Exactly. I’m very fond of British Literature and Japanese crime genre. But India has such diverse repository of regional writings, that it’s ignorance from our side (and lack of good translation effort) that we tend to avoid them.
      Thank you for dropping by. 🙂

    • Jheelam says:

      I’ve stopped making resolutions in any other aspect of life- except books. Atleast, these seem do-able. 😀 Thank you for your lovely comment.

    • Jheelam says:

      Couldn’t agree more. I don’t connect with the books by some phenomenal authors like V.S. Naipaul, Rushdie, James Joyce etc., and made peace with it.
      Thank you for dropping by. 🙂

  5. indian beauty secrets says:

    I don’t read these kind of books…I am always into marketing books…my goal is to stay away from books for a while… And implement

    • Jheelam says:

      I’m 30% into the book and it breaks my heart to say- I’m growing restless.

      Never imagined such a lucklustre presentation from J.K. Rowling, given I loved all the previous Strike books. 😦
      Only the simmering romance between the Strike & Robin now keeps me going.

  6. Preeti's Panorama says:

    Hello hello hello… It has been a while that I have met a reader who is a fan of Leigh Bardugo, Katherine Arden and Sarah j Mass. :)) Like you even I am waiting for WinterWitch next instalment
    FYI I have completed the ACOTAR series but couldn’t take it more when Mass brought spinoffs. However, I liked her Throne of Glass series more.
    And Don’t make that LOTR wait in the Kindle anymore 🙂
    Loved your resolution of relish reading. Overall a Great post. Loved it totally :DD

    • Jheelam says:

      Thank you so much Preeti. I’ve jumped in joy (virtually) after spotting a fellow Leigh Bardugo- &- Katherine Arden-lover as well. 😀
      People around me still scoff at the idea of someone at the wrong side of 30 reading YA fantasy .

      The world is weird, I tell you.

      And yes, would start chasing Mr. Tolkien from the next month for sure.

      I’m having a crush on your “comment” right now. Thank you for liking the post. 🙂

  7. crazygreenlady says:

    Storing books, yes, that is becoming difficult these days. 3 bookworms in the house and sooner or later we’ll drown in the flood of books. But, my reading has been limited these days(what with kids and reading blogs!). So, I shall make a resolution right here.

    3 books in 3 months. Think it is a sane and accomplishable goal.

    Namratha from #firstgreenstep

    • Jheelam says:

      Couldn’t agree more. Till I book a penthouse (in my dreams) and build a sprawling library, Kindle is my friend. 😀 Hope you succeed in your reading-goal. Thanks for the lovely comment.

  8. Priyanka Naik says:

    A cute list of very realistic goals. I share a couple of them, especially the not-getting-swayed-by-reading-challenges bit (as I believe then reading becomes more of a chore less of a joy)
    With only three months to go for 2019, have just decided to encompass all my reading goals in one…reading as much as i can! 🙂

    Also, I liked that you have included exceptions to each of these goals. Reading teaches us that—-to keep space for extraordinary happenings.

    • Jheelam says:

      Your comment me so happy. Always a pleasure to stumble upon a fellow bibliophile. Wishing you excelling in your reading (and writing) goals for the next 3 months. 🙂

  9. Kalpana says:

    I’m looking forward to your blog posts on books. I’m disheartened by how little time I have to read so I won’t push myself with bookish challenges but I am never without a book. Reading ‘Quiet’ now – by Susan Cain. It’s all about introverts.

    • Jheelam says:

      “Quiet” is on my TBR list for a long time. Loved Susan Cain’s Ted talk – “Power of Introverts”. Thank you Kalpana for dropping by. Finding time for reading is a great challenge to me. But as I’m kinda social hermit, it suits me. 😛

  10. Adi Sathe says:

    I second your choice of box sets to be owned.. i am equally desperate to have these box sets on my shelf. About ebooks, i am saving up for my kindl. Not that happy with kindle app for Android.

  11. Geethica says:

    I miss my fast reading habit. In fact, as I have started writing on a regular basis, my reding has been suffering. But it high time now I should make a discipline in life and get back to reading.

    • Jheelam says:

      I know, right? Blogging in itself is a huge time-eater (in a good sense) that one tends to neglect the pursuit of “reading”.

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