2016 looks like it’s shaping up to be a fantastic/frightening/growing year. I can’t forecast or completely control everything, but I do have 100% say over what, how, and where I read. Here’s what I want to do:
1. Doodle in a book. Remember how I’ve fallen in love with poetry? Most collections feature one poem per page, leaving eons of blank emptiness. It is tempting, and I will fully indulge.
2. Read a graphic novel. I’ve had many friends suggest V for Vendetta, but I’m thinking some familiarity might do me good for my first foray. Pride and Prejudice, anyone?
3. Finish all the series. Maria V. Snyder. JRR Tolkien. Megan Shepherd. Great authors with books I adore. Why did I pause smack dab in the middle? It’s madness!
4. Bake all the food. I mean, this is just a general life goal, but I’m particularly interested in baking book-related goods. The Scorpio Race‘s November Cakes is first up.
5. Read at a monument. One of my favorite things about living in the DC area (did I tell you I’ve moved?) is that people watching opportunities abound. When the weather warms up, I’ll be trekking down to a monument, reading, people watching, and eating a packed lunch. Pretty much all of my favorite things at once.
6. Listen to an audiobook while knitting. I’ve got this neverending baby blanket, and the end is finally in sight. I’m hoping to take advantage of that free trial Audible is always raging on about and finish it off.
Bonus: Be intentional about what I read online. I’ve been noticing that 5 minutes after logging on to social media, I’m knee deep into 5 different Buzzfeed articles or something about a scientific “discovery” I had never heard of before clickbait. While it’s fun for a few minutes, it leaves less time for me to read up on what I’m specifically interested in, like books and travel. Back to the basics.