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?):
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.
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)
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.
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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