2016 Reading List

Hi Everyone!

I posted just before Christmas summarising the novels I had read in 2015. it was my 2015’s New Year’s Resolution to read 25 novels in the year to come; why? Because I love reading, and books, always have. But with the easy distraction of social media (i’m addicted to Instagram and Pinterest…) I can find myself wasting chunks of time that would otherwise have been spent getting into a good book.

Read all about my 25 novels of 2015, featuring some thoughts on my favourites and pretty paperback flatlays!

I tried reading in bed before going to sleep, on public transport on the way into and on the way home from work, and sometimes, if I was lucky enough to get one, on my lunch break.

With all these chunks of time, plus time at weekends, 25 novels wasn’t really hard to achieve, and there were often up to 5-7 days at a time when I didn’t read at all and had a bit of a break.

This year I think I might aim for 30!

Any self-respecting book lover can have way more books at any given point than they can read at once, and I am no exception. I have a backlog of novels on my kindle, mainly the free classics or the 20p each novels that Amazon occasionally feature. I also have a stack of paperbacks I buy with all the right intentions.

I’ve pinned the book titles that I have so far on my list for this year onto my 2016 Reading list board- do you have any recommendations? Have you read any of these novels already? I’m nowhere near 30 yet, and as you can see they’re a real mixed bag! Help me out by making some suggestions in the comments below!

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New Year’s Resolutions

Does anyone else not really bother with New Year’s Resolutions? Or do you make them in earnest, and never really keep them?

I decided that as the New Year coincided with a new promotion and new responsibilities, that my New Year’s Resolutions should be somehow tied in, to keep me motivated!

However, NYRs tend to be shoddy rhetoric-driven scraps of promises that we make to ourselves. Why do we let ourselves down so readily?

 

Create Good Habits

Many NYRs are never realised because they were never measurable in the first place!! At work we are set SMART objectives (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time bound) and this should also apply to objectives and goals that we set for ourselves.

Motivational writers often talk about forming good habits rather than trying to go hell for leather in the first few weeks and “failing”.

Set some goals that are easy to achieve (but not too easy!) then ramp things up a little, piece by piece. Before you know it, a new activity or behavior will feel like second nature, and become part of your routine.

If something isn’t working for you, that’s OK too. If you’re giving up on something, be sure to at least analyse the reasons why you are doing so, to try and at least take a lesson away from it all.

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I’ve written down some ideas I’ve had for mine this year!

Power dress

Look good, feel good. A universal truth. If you feel good, you are confident (but not arrogant) and confidence radiates outwards and can have a positive impact on everything you do.

With my new promotion I figured that I should dress to impress (and impress only myself, I’m not doing it for anyone else’s benefit, mind you).

So today, I did a little shopping in Zara….

(this one isn’t measurable, unless I commit to spending £100 a month on clothes at least. Something I can definitely manage!)

Hobbies not Weight Loss

My weight fluctuates by 1-2 Kgs throughout the year and it doesn’t tend to be a pressing issue for me. There are times when I wish I was a little thinner, trimmer and in general more healthy, but that’s a maelstrom of highly complex biochem and I ain’t going there.

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Instead, I want to find hobbies that I enjoy that just so happen to be exercise. Dancing, Yoga and squash are things I want to try out doing more often. If I can be active at least 3 times a week, that doesn’t disrupt my schedule too much and will most likely keep me healthy and happy.

Show my husband how wonderful I think he is

I have a great, supportive and kind husband who I just don’t shout about enough. I can be quick to temper at times, and he is the person in my life who least deserves it. I want to commit to taking him for lunch when he least expects it, leaving him notes, helping him with his routine if he is stressed or running behind. These things don’t all cost money, and only go to show that I value him, and want to help him because I love him more than anything else.

Read 25 novels

This is a repeat objective from last year, which I smashed by 3 extra books. I LOVE reading, and it is not a chore for me at all. However at times I can be distracted by social media, at bed times or on public transport, when that time could better be put to use by diving into a book.

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Does anyone else have any NYR inspiration?

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