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Don’t mind the handwriting! 2015 is around the corner? Have you already set new bookish goals? (and am I early posting this post?!)

Looking back at my bookish goals I set up last year for this year, I can say that I sorta didn’t make it. From 260+ books to shaky 172; the difference is visibly noticeable. I did have a great start for the first six months and then this happened. Not that I regret it but it does make me realize what a failure I am with handling my time with my interest/hobbies. Blogging wise, my posts were sporadic and quite minimal as well. I didn’t try a classic book (again!) and I stopped attending bookish event (and by that I mean book signings…I dislike the system of book signings here!)

But you know what I did meet new friends! And I’m still enjoying blogging so I guess it’s not a complete letdown after all.

But let’s changed something here. I’m gonna be a bit more realistic here and set something that are easier to do for my pace. With my slump hovering like the giant elephant in the room, I guess baby step—tiny, very small step is what I need to reawaken the bookworm Mitchii that is now satisfyingly slumbering.

Read 52 books.

  • Like what? Yes, I’m serious! From this person who managed to exceed 100 books in the past four years, 52 should be a piece of cake, right? Here’s the deal: S-L-U-M-P. I’ll try to read 1 book a week and see if it improved.

Blog on topics that I want whenever I want!

  • Maintaining two blogs is not easy that’s for sure. But for Kyaa, it’s easy because I can be as random as I can and since it’s just an outlet (word vomit) for me, I don’t intend it to branch more than it is now. But for Aeropapers, I want it more creative: more than…reviews. 99% of my posts from the very beginning of the blog are reviews. Now, I think, I enjoy posting stuff that are book related, not only book reviews. Reviews are still relevant but blogging aside from it is way more fun for me.

Be more outgoing.

  • I’m a Saiko Yonebayashi (Tokyo Ghoul:re fans you know what I’m referring to *winks*). I hate going outdoors or anything that need to get my butt off of the chair. But I want to attend events that I find interesting. I think I declined/missed few invitations (like that HC blogger event…yep, I’m crazy). I need to step up my game.

Try never before genre/s!

  • You know what, after reading mature series (and by ‘mature’ not sexually explicit content more dark stories, very gritty and morally gray) like Tokyo Ghoul and Ajin, I’m craving for more series that I haven’t tried yet. I wasn’t a seinen fan, honestly was reluctant to even try, but lo and behold my favorite series right now is a seinen series. So probably why I’m attracted to books that feels new to me, like for instance, Of Things Gone Astray by Janina Matthewson (I have an ARC of this!) because it sounds different, kinda unique to me. I want to test the waters! It can be fruitful like what has happened to me with Tokyo Ghoul.

Meet new bookish/otaku friends!

  • Admittedly, I’m not the most outgoing person but I would like to be friends with you. Some people think I’m a snob because I hardly initiate conversation. But I warm up easily especially if we have something in common (books, animanga, perhaps?).

Enjoy blogging!

  • And of course! And always!

Have you already prepared your bookish goals for 2015? What are those? Do we share the same goals? Please share it with me, I love to hear it! <3

2014 / 12 / 18

20 Responses to Bookish Goals for 2015!

  1. Enjoy blogging is probably the most important thing on your list :) There is nothing wrong with setting a lower goal even if you’ve read more in the years before. Reading is not about being pressured into reading X amount, but about enjoyment. I hope you’ll get out of your slump next year.

  2. Oh man, you’re not the only one who didn’t reach their goal. I think I was aiming to read 150 books this 2014 (b/c during 2013 I read over 100) but then college and book slumps happened so yeah… I went downhill. But I’m itching to read right now and I think 2015 will be a great reading year since I’m now back into reading mode (well, after I finish my 2 finals tomorrow and Friday). I think it’s better to set a reasonable amount of books than to aim for like 1,000 books when you know you’re going to have no time reading. I also post a lot of reviews on my blog and I want to change that next year. Besides writing reviews, I also want to create a new feature. I still don’t know what, but I want to come up with something unique.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I’m glad that you want to read, once you have free time, I bet you’ll enjoy your much deserve break with your TBR.

      I really love blogging on other topics. It’s actually fun!

  3. Carsla says:

    A book a week? I’ll hold you to it! & Try to join you… but, I’ll start with a book a month… lol. Deal? (:

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  4. Faye M. says:

    It’s important to always start small when you feel like you’ve slowed down or got a slump. It’s one step at a time, right? I actually got a slump myself that lasted 2 months and I’m trying to get back on my feet. I look back into my posts before that horrible slump happened and I wallow how I seemed funnier then, how I had more ideas now, how I had this and that which I don’t have now… which is really petty. But like you, it’s important to just do it one step at a time. I’ll not rush; eventually, I’l lget there!

    Have a Merry Christmas, my dear! And may you have a wonderful 2015! x0x0

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Yeah, rushing won’t help us at all. Plus, it’s realistic to work on it little by little as opposed to thinking it’ll back the same way before. Thanks Faye! :D

  5. Shannelle C. says:

    Well, yes, our signings are terrible here but how am I ever going to meet you? :( If we can, let’s go to the Fully Booked one? For Michelle Hodkin? It’s not National Bookstore!

    But don’t fret over your slump, all will work out in the end. Have a merry Christmas, Mitchii, and have a wonderful new year!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Maybe for meet-ups when I’m available. :3 It’s really starting to bother me but hopefully I’ll get to read it again. And thanks and Merry Christmas to you, too!

  6. Megan says:

    *pats* Don’t worry, Mitchii, I’m even bigger a failure when it comes to time management, I think. D: But hey, at least 2014 was still fairly good despite the book slump, right? Those are some good goals! This year was really embarrassing for me book-wise because I only managed to read 28 books. And my goal was only 50 books. :| But I’ve been making progress (even though I’ve been distracted with Fullmetal Alchemist — finished it today and it was FREAKING EPIC) recently!

    Lolol, if only I had life as easy as Saiko. I mean, she’s lazy but her life is pretty much taken care of by the CCG and she doesn’t need to worry about money at all!

    I definitely want to meet more otaku friends, too. I’ve got a few in real life, but I want more people I can cry with and laugh with and fangirl with over our favorite manga and anime! So yup, I guess we do share some similar goals. 2015年にがんばってください、 ミチいちゃん!^_^ (< Hope I got that right, LOL.)

    • Mitchii G. says:

      *hugs Meg, for she understands my pain* YAY! I still haven’t finished with FMA but i will soonish!

      I love Saiko, can I have her job?! #1 perks would be being around Haise 24/7!

      よし!!!!!がんばります!

  7. Valerie says:

    WOW YOU RUN BOTH AN ANIMANGA BLOG AND A BOOK BLOG? How do you manage that? For me, I have to go through phases between the two, but I can’t be addicted to both simultaneously.

    I think your goals are very realistic (boo book slumps). I’ve been reading around 1 book a week this year, and I”ve managed to hit 64 books! You could also start with short books too, if you think that will work.

    Anyways, I WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK. I hope 2015 works out for you!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      My other blog is easier to maintain, I turn off comments and I write on the spot. It’s really just an outlet for me.

      I think you’re right, maybe short stories will help me to finish the book. Thanks!

  8. christine says:

    I knew you ran Kyaa and I knew you ran Aeropapers, but it just kinda sunk in that you run two active blogs O_O *bows down to you* I can’t even really handle running one; how do you do it?

    And, oohhhh, you should try Bloody Monday (manga)! And maybe Diece? They’re both pretty dark and sort of in the TG vein, mood-wise. As of now I don’t really have any friends who read this sort of thing with me, which is pretty lonely ._.

    I hope your slump eases soon, and here’s to a great 2015! 今年もよろしくお願いします!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Lack of night life gives me more time, haha. :P

      Eeeeep, thanks for the rec, I will keep those in mind! Really? You’re like Onada but I’m also the same, but at least I have my sister to fangirl with (and you guys online as well!) こちらこそ よろしく!:D

  9. Kezia says:

    Mitchii, I also didn’t manage to read a lot of books this year and I even failed my GR challenge lol. (30 books behind schedule!!) I think we both know why, those titans just stole our interest and while it feels good to be back in the anime/manga world, I am sad that it affects my blogging and reading life.

    I think I’m gonna lower my goal for next year as well, considering how many good shows I’m anticipating and the possibility that I will have even more assignments than this year. Still figuring out the number but maybe 30 books a year is sufficient.

    Do come to bookish events next year! ^^ I think they might make you feel motivated to blog or read since you’ll be meeting a lot of bookworms there. Btw, I’m jealous that there’s that sort of thing in the Philippines!!

    I don’t think I’ve ever stumbled upon a book like Tokyo Ghoul (is there even one? haha, it seems like that series is in a league of its own) BUT I would say try Parasite by Mira Grant. That book can be a bit difficult to understand because of the medical terms (I felt like that book was even too smart for me O_O) but the plot is unpredictable and the twists are darkly shocking :)

    I just hope nest year will be a good year, both for reading and anime/manga. I shall not repeat this year’s mistake LOL. Cheers for 2015!!

    *P.S: Suzuya is still adorable in dark hair. GOSH I LOVE THAT BOY <3333 And Sasaki finally meets Touka. Tsukiyama's appearance might not be long after all ;D

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I think setting up a realistic number does help, instead of aiming a higher goal and ends up disappointed.

      There are tons of bookish activities maybe I will, if it interest me. And yes for a better, awesome-r 2015!

      (ASDFGHJKDLDGLGD;DS;SA;SADFDF! Suzuya and Touka,this is why we love TG:re, I’m freaking excited every chapter!)

  10. 52 books is like THE perfect goal! I set mine at 40 this year which is also lower that my goal last year. But like you, reading slumps!!! Gah, they suck so much. I need to be more outgoing this year as well! Wishing for both of us haha. :D Happy new year Mitchii!

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