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Top 5 Wednesday: 2019 Reading Resolutions

What is Top 5 Wednesday?

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes on YouTube. Here is the link for the Goodreads group where you can find the list of topics and such.

This weeks topic is: Reading Resolutions

I've never done one of these before but I decided to give it a go this year and it happens to be the first Top 5 Wednesday topic of 2019! In typical Katie fashion it's late but hey what can you do when you've two exams and a 3000 word assignment to do...and Christmas and New Year. Oh and all of the birthdays in January. All of them! I don't make personal resolutions because I never stick to them but bookish ones I think I can manage.

 

Keep On Top Of University Reading

This past semester my University reading list was insane. Nearly three books a week, which isn't a lot until you consider the fact that more often than not two out of the three were from pre 19th Century, incredibly convoluted or featured a mind boggling dialect (I'm looking at you Clockwork Orange) which meant that I fell behind a little. Not by much, I did pretty well to keep up. However I'd like to try and do better in this next semester and beyond. Here you can see just a few of the books I have to read for just one module.... EEEEEK.

1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I have put the Lunar Chronicles on so many TBR's time and time again and I just haven't picked them up. 2019 I will. Mainly because I'm sick to death of having a virtual shame bell rung over my head every time I have to admit to a friend from work I haven't read them. I can't tell you why I haven't. I know I'll love them. I adore Fairytales and Sci-fi. It's two of my favourite things!

Read More Classics

Of the Classics I intended to read in 2018 I've read one. Just one. Jekyll and Hyde. I have however, through Uni read an awful lot more than I thought I ever would. But I want to tackle the TBR I made myself and read more besides! I get a lot of inspiration from Lucy Powrie on Youtube who is a veritable classics queen. Her reviews are brilliant and her recommendations even more so!

The Classics I did read last year were;

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. 

Alice's Adventure in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carrol. 

Utopia by Thomas More.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. 

Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy. 

Millennium Hall by Sarah Scott. 

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

Confessions of an English Opium Eater by Thomas de Quincey.

Started Expanding My Blog

2018 marked a change where I started to treat my blog not just as a way to justify the ridiculous amount of books I was bringing into my house but as a place to discuss everything that I loved. I started talking about places I'd been to eat, holidays and just generally branching out a little. With that came more of you. My readers, friends, fellow bookworms and foodies. I also started to take my other social media platforms more seriously. Particularly instagram, which if you don't follow me is always linked at the bottom of every post...not so subtle there. 2019 I want to continue this. To carry on posting about cafes I discovered, mini breaks and what you can do there. Perhaps film reviews, thought pieces, how to survive being 22. Honestly, I never related more to anything than seeing the post about at 22 you see friends getting engaged at Christmas and the other friends getting hoovers. For context this Christmas I got a Switch and have been merrily catching Pokemon to my hearts content.

Have you any suggestions for what else I could add to my little corner of the internet?

Keep On Top Of My Arcs

I don't want to posit a guess how many books I have to read at this point. I think if I did I'd throw up. I know it's that bad. I have five bookshelves all of different sizes and of course all are the Billy Bookcases from IKEA. I have a half Billy full of all my ARCS/Proofs that is in a different room to the rest of my collection. Awfully, I've read so few. They've arrived quicker than I've got to them but they're all ones that I'm looking forward to read. This year I want to try and get through the ARCS I have then I'm not playing catch up as much. Hopefully anyway!

What are your 2019 reading resolutions

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x

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