Overambitious Plans for 2017 and Beyond

December 31, 2016 Meta 12

Happy New Year’s Eve, my friends!

I don’t typically make resolutions at this time of year, but I do think it’s a convenient period for reevaluating what I’ve got going on here at this lil’ ol’ blog of mine.

Take a look at my Current Projects page, where I’ll be keeping track of of my progress towards some of these goals.


Wizard of Oz Read-Along

I’ll be reading L. Frank Baum’s 14-book Oz series starting in January. Want to join me? Sign up HERE.

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Wheel of Time Re-Read-Along

I will also be reading the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (+ Brandon Sanderson) over the next 15 months. You can join me on this epic journey, too.

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Foodies Read

This will be the 3rd year that I’ve signed up for this reading challenge. It’s being hosted again in 2017 by Heather at Based on a True Story. I’m going with the “Γ  la carte” option because I’m just not sure how many foodie books I’ll have time for this year, but I still want to participate and read other foodies’ reviews too.

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Back to the Classics Challenge

Several bloggers that I follow have done/are doing this challenge, and I thought it would be a nice tie-in with my Classics Club reading goals (below). If I stick to my reading plan, I should be able to accomplish at least 6 if not 9 of this year’s categories. This challenge is being hosted by Karen at Books & Chocolate.

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Classics Club Catch-Up

I signed up for the Classics Club back in 2014, but I’m not even halfway through my list yet. One of my goals for this year is to really buckle down and prioritize these books. You can see my full list here.

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Movie Musicals Challenge

Even though this challenge is only supposed to take up 1 year, I’m nowhere near finished with it — but I do think that these films are interesting and culturally important, so I’m going to go ahead and extend this into 2017.


Post at least 8 times per month

I’ve been posting kind of inconsistently since I started blogging here a little over 5 years ago. Sometimes I would try to follow a schedule for a month or two, but I would soon run out of ideas or blogging mojo and would start to slack off again.

For the past couple of months I’ve been brainstorming and planning and drafting posts with the intention of building up a “hope chest” of ready-made blog posts + creativity-sparking ideas. Fair warning — some of these blog posts will be a little more personal in nature rather than bookish.


Do a better job of noting where/from whom I heard about a book when adding it to my TBR

I haven’t been in the habit of tracking the details of recommendations — my usual method goes something like:

  1. See an interesting title (“Oh, shiny!”)
  2. Add it to my to-read list on Goodreads (“Gimme gimme!”)

So… yeah. I need to remember to give credit where credit is due, not least because this might help me figure out where I’m getting most of my TBR titles from.

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Develop a more diverse to-read list

One thing that quickly became obvious to me when I took a closer look at my Classics Club list earlier this year is that I need to work on consuming a more diverse reading diet. I’ve already started working on my next CC list (yes, even though I’m nowhere near finished with my first one — I just like making lists, OK, shut up) and I’m seeking out more books from women, non-white, non-English-language, and pre-19th century authors.


Work towards meeting those 30-by-30 goals

My deadline for my 30 by 30 project is coming up pretty soon (/gulp). Although it’s clear that I’ll never be able to manage some of the goals at this point, there are still a few things that I don’t want to leave undone. Wish me luck!

12 Responses to “Overambitious Plans for 2017 and Beyond”

  1. Jenni Elyse

    Good luck with your goals! I’ve only made one goal this year. It’s an ambitious one for me, so I feel like it’s all I should focus on, lol.

  2. Kate @ Nose in a book

    There’s nowt wrong with overambitious plans as long as you remember to congratulate yourself for every step you do achieve, not just the hitting of those end goals.

    The Movie Musicals Challenge looks fun. I love a good musical, or even a mediocre one! Have you seen Once, or Begin Again? They’re my favourite modern musicals. I’m looking forward to La La Land as well.

    Happy 2017!

    • Louise

      Ah, that’s a good way of looking at it. Also — nope, haven’t seen those musicals you mentioned yet, but I’m also really looking forward to seeing La La Land.

  3. Toady

    I don’t really make ‘resolutions’ either. but like you said, it is a good time to reevaluate. You have some great goals. I am looking forward to reading through the Oz books, and just picked up the first yesterday.
    It’s really terrific to keep track of who we received a book recommendation from. I am not always good about doing it myself, but when I have, it is a nice to be able to chat further about the book, and offer our thanks…or threaten to strangle someone for the recommendation. πŸ™‚
    I am participating in the Back to Classics, The Wizard of Oz and a couple of others that I haven’t thought entirely through, so therefore haven’t posted about them.
    Best of luck in 2017. I hope you have a great year of reading and are able to accomplish the goals which are the most important to you. I look forward to reading the Oz Series together.

  4. Jenna @ Falling Letters

    ‘Overambitious plans’, I love that title; I’m always dwindling down my goals because I don’t like not meeting them πŸ˜› I like that one of your goals is to keep track of where you heard about a book. I have a weirdly good memory for that sort of thing. I think it’s really interesting, especially when you read an amazing book and realize “I would never have read that book if that [small moment when book came on your radar] had never happened”, haha.

    • Louise

      Haha, well, I have the memory of a goldfish, so if I don’t write this kind of thing down it will be lost to the sands of time forever!

  5. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    I’m so happy you are continuing with the Musical Movie Challenge! I love to read your thoughts on the films. So many of your goals I should adopt – especially reading and blogging more. I wish you luck with all of the challenges this year!

  6. Aylee

    Great goals! I don’t think they’re overambitious. And you know, I would say you’re one of the most diversified reader I follow! So your goal to read even more diverse is quite admirable. Oh, and I really like your goal of keeping track of where you heard of each recommendation. I like to do that on Goodreads where I can with the “who recommended it to me” box.

    • Louise

      Oh, that makes me feel pleased! I just know that the majority of what I read is from straight white English-speaking dudes… and a lot of their stuff is great, obviously, but I also worry about missing out on some great reading if I don’t make an effort to look past the canon/popular/”default” stuff, ya know?

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