It occurs to me that everyone and his brother has already put up either a 2014 recap post or a post describing what they hope to accomplish in 2015. So in this post, I, like Janus, will attempt to give a glimpse into both the past year and the new one which stretches on before us.
First of all, I want to thank all of my readers, followers, and commenters for making my blog a success. You make me feel as though I’m not just talking to myself in a corner. Thank you.
In seven months of blogging, I’ve gotten far more views and likes than I expected to. Right here are my top 10 most popular posts in the last year:
- “ ” — My first “real” post!
- “C. S. Lewis the Poet” — Amazing how few people know that Lewis was a poet too!
- “Top Ten Tuesday: Places that Books Have Made Me Want to Visit” — My first and last “Top Ten Tuesdays” post.
Looking back over this list, I’ve learned two things: first, there are a lot of poetry fans on WordPress, and second, the posts that I barely spent any time on–the ones that I tossed out into the world without a second thought–are the ones that everyone reads. Maybe that will be my New Year’s resolution: to be less uptight with my writing.
I don’t like to set lists for reading because it makes it feel like homework. I know that as soon as I commit to read a book, I’m going to find it impossible to get on with. So while I don’t have any quotas that I plan to meet in the next year, I do have some reading-related things I’d like to accomplish this year.
I want to read outside of my comfort zone more.
2014 was the year I really started to branch out in my reading. It was the year when I, who formerly shunned modern novels, the gothic genre, and science fiction, read, “The Raven,” and a few works of . And guess what? I liked them all. This year, I hope to be a little less skittish in my reading and just take the plunge on a few works. Currently, I’m reading Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man and I just recently bought C. S. Lewis’s space travel novel Out of the Silent Planet, so I think 2015 will see an unprecedented amount of science fiction on my literary plate. Besides these, I might also try some more recent novels, and perhaps some non-Narnia fantasy as well.
I want to be able to read one book at a time without getting antsy.
Since starting this blog and reading other people’s blogs, I’ve gotten more book recommendations than I know what to do with. On the one hand, I like knowing that I won’t run out of reading material for quite some time, but on the other hand, I get impatient waiting to finish one book so that I can move on to the next. Oftentimes, I’ll be “reading” three or four books at a time and not getting as much enjoyment out of any of them as I might have gotten if I had taken these books one at a time. That’s why, in 2015, I hope to be a more patient reader.
I want to read more foreign novels.
Looking down the list of my favorite authors, I realized that they are all either American or British. Just for curiosity’s sake (and because I was prompted by some of those book recommendations I mentioned), I’d like to try more foreign authors, particularly those from Russia and France. The problem, though, with foreign novels is that whenever I read one, I can’t help but think that I’m missing out by not reading the works in their original languages. But since my French is not good enough and my Russian is nonexisitant, translations will have to do.
I hope you all have big, bookish plans for the new year! Thanks again for reading, sharing, and commenting!