It’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday post! As always, I will leave all the #T5W information in the description box of my video. It’s the first Top 5 Wednesday of the year! That’s exciting, right? Please tell me I’m not the only one who is excited about 2017. May it be a great year for us all.
Today’s topic is 2017 goals. I was already planning on making a post about this, but this is the perfect time. I want to keep my list of reading goals small this year, because I want to have a relaxed reading year, without stressing out over everything. So here are 5 of my reading goals for 2017.
Shrink my TBR
I kind of want to eliminate most of it. But I feel like that’s not realistic. So I just want to have a smaller one, especially with my hard copies. I’m participating in the Beat the Backlist Challenge, and I’m hoping to read at least 45-50 of the books on my TBR for that. That would cut my hard-copy TBR in half!
Read more in Dutch
You may or may not know that I’m Belgian. The past few years however, I’ve read almost exclusively in English. I feel like there’s a lot to be said for reading a book in its original language. But I also want to support the authors from my country. So I think I’ll try to read in Dutch again. See where that takes me.
Read more translated works
I know I’ve just said that I want to read books in their original language. Yet at the same time, I want to support translators! I know, I’m making no sense. Maybe I’ll try some English books translated into Dutch. Or maybe I’ll look for some books that were written in languages I don’t speak, so the translations would be the only way for me to read them. That way I can also support some foreign authors!
Read From More Genres
You all know I adore fantasy. But I can get in a fantasy slump if I don’t read anything else. So in 2016, I picked up some mysteries and thrillers, some general fiction and some science fiction. I want to continue that trend in 2017. I especially want to read more crime books/mysteries, science fiction, classics and even non-fiction. I want to expand my reading.
Use My Library More Often
At the end of 2016, I re-discovered my local library. I’ve been going once a month, and lending out several books at a time. I feel like this is the best place to achieve my other goals too. I’ll buy less, read more translated works (as my library only has a small English section) and I’ll try out more genres as it’s fairly risk-free (the only thing I’ll lose if I don’t like it is time).