Dear 2017 Wendy,
I did some self reflection in 2016, and I thought of a few nice goals for you to keep in mind as your year passes by. I hope you really listen to me, because the best advice you’ll ever get comes from the past. Ready?
- First, and and most importantly, don’t beat yourself up if your 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge doesn’t even come close to matching 2016. You need to understand that my reading record for 2016 was a fluke. We haven’t read like that since we were a child, and I recognize that I was really just lucky. So, basically yay for me, now let’s not compare because it only makes one of us feel worse.
- Go back and read those books you’ve been wanting to read for so long but you keep on pushing them back. It’s too easy to keep a forward momentum, but sometimes it’s good to step back and pause. Don’t miss out on Adam Silvera for another year, pick up one of his books, both that you’ve been dying to read. Grab that copy of The Start of Me and You; we both know you’ve been longing for it. Don’t be afraid that you won’t like them, because 2016 Wendy thinks you will. She says, open the gates and Seize the Day!
- Bloggers love their ARC’s. Most of the time. I know there are some who stay away from them and to you I say -Smart thinking! It is a rabbit hole!- I personally love advance copies, or author requests. The problem lies in is how easy it is to get carried away. Wendy, for your 2017 goal, please remember to leave room for spontaneous reading. ARC’s are fun, but so is reading on a whim just because you want to. Reading too many books because they’re scheduled may slowly make Birdie Bookworm feel like a job. And you love Birdie Bookworm too much to let that happen.
- Take more recommendations from friends and family. Yeah sometimes your tastes are very different, and it doesn’t work out. But then think of all those times it did — *cough* Captive Prince. Imagine how many brilliant books are out there that you’re overlooking because you’re too stubborn to take a rec from someone you trust. I think you may be missing out on some really amazing reads.
- Finally, probably the biggest one, read the books you’ve already purchased. Look, I sat here all year long looking at the books we’ve bought that sit here collecting dust. So many of them are probably worth reading. I’d love to say your goal should be to not buy more, but we both know that’s impossible. Instead, please just try and fit in the books you already own. All books deserve to be loved, so love them.
Honestly, my vision for us in 2017 isn’t that we exceed our overall reading goal. My hope is that we surpass our own expectations in more productive ways. Here’s hoping 2017 isn’t about quantity, it’s about quality.