Sort-of resolutions 2013

I am seeing in 2013 by posting my sort-of New Year’s Resolutions.  I am hoping that this is a good omen.  It was either this, or by doing uni work.  I am still hoping this is a good omen.  One of the resolutions will most likely involve uni work, so I still think this counts as starting as you mean to go on.  I had absolutely no plans, so volunteered to babysit for my little brother and sister, hence me sitting home alone watching Julie and Julia with my computer.  Fabulous, and hugely preferable to being immeasurably drunk in an overpriced club with people I barely know.

So … the sort-of resolutions.  I say sort of because I am seriously resolving to do these things, but I hate all the horrible connotations that go with New Year’s Resolutions.  The belief that they are always painful, overreaching ideas, generally unachievable, that stop you doing things you enjoy.  I want mine to be positive changes, that’ll make me feel better about myself.  So.  Here we go.

  1. Complete at least one reading challenge – most likely the Tea and Books Challenge.
  2. Sort of following on from 1., set up a bedtime reading habit.  I know, either middle aged or hideously childish, I’m not sure which.  But I want to read more and I enjoy it.  So there!
  3. Sort of following on from 2., start getting up earlier.  I am horrendous at this.  If I get less than 9 hours sleep per night for multiple nights, I become mildly useless.  So it logically follows that in order to get up earlier I must go to sleep earlier (also terrible at this).  From now on, bedtime reading and sleep at a reasonable hour.  At least four nights out of seven.  At least.  We’ll see how that goes.
  4. Keep up a sensible amount of uni work.  This semester is, I think, the first since I started high school that I have been happy with.  Of course, it’s not finished yet, I still have two essays and an exam to pass, but I feel like I’ve got enough work done and have been happily (relatively) destressed.  If i can manage another semester of this I might actually stand a chance of getting through Teach First without too many tears!

I think that’s about enough to be honest… wouldn’t want to overstretch myself now!  I am by no means averse to adding resolutions in the middle of the year – I’ve actually been working on most of these for a while already, but now is the perfect opportunity to really make myself get going with them every single day.  Let’s see how I go, and more may yet be added to the list.

So, for now, a very happy new year to you all, hoping that you all have a wonderful 2013!

Book Love: A Challenge

Heading into the new year, I’m definitely ready to take up some new challenges.  I know that some will definitely come my way whether I like it or not (especially with finishing my degree and starting a job), but on a slightly smaller scale I was thinking of joining the world of reading challenges.  I’ve never tried one before and now seems like a good time, especially with my ever-increasing to-read list!

I came across a challenge on The Book Garden that shouted out to me – it’s the Tea and Books Challenge, inspired by a C.S. Lewis quote: “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me”.  I couldn’t agree more 🙂

I’ve signed up for the first level, Chamomile Lover, which means I have to read two books of more than 650 pages next year.  I’ve had a quick look at my Goodreads list and I’m thinking of going with 11.22.63 by Stephen King and Skippy Dies by Paul Murray, both of which the internet tells me are the right length. Now just to make sure I can get hold of them!

I’ve never read anything by Stephen King, but I’ve seen a couple of reviews recommending this book for SK novices, so fingers crossed it’ll turn out well!  I have quite a few more books that would fit this challenge too, so I’ll see how it goes and maybe even upgrade to the next level – trying not to be too ambitious for now though…

As well as this new reading challenge I’ll be renewing my Goodreads challenge of reading 100 books in 2013 – I only managed 31 in 2012, so I at least have to improve on that!  I still think 100 books is manageable, even after my massive failure this year, because one of my sort-of resolutions will be to build up a proper bedtime reading habit (a bit sad, I know).  I’ve been trying for a while to do this instead of falling asleep watching Youtube videos/reading rubbish on my iPhone, and I’m determined that 2013 will be the year it happens.

Bring on the books!