My reading goals of the year +Plan your reading for the year with me!

Hello readers! The last year was such a lesson, especially when it came to books. My life never felt so empty. Before that, my life was filled with stories of so many fictional and real characters, it was easy to distract myself from something that’s bothering me. Last year, for some stupid reason, I stopped reading.

I tried so much, but I just, couldn’t get myself to read. But now I feel, I need to get something to distract myself. So here are my reading goals for 2022, and feel free to grab a notepad, to plan out your year too!

How many books I’m wanting to read

I’m planning to read 30. I don’t want to set too many unrealistic goals for myself. I’m going to get myself to read 30, and slowly raise the bar high. I’m feeling, maybe I’ll raise till…60?

So, you could decide your number based on your capacity and of course, time. 30 books for me takes not much time, and I could easily incorporate that in my daily life, yours would depend on how hectic your schedule is.

What genres I want to read

Genres are very important. My book genres kinda define my vibe of the year. One year, I chose fantasy as my genre, I imagined being in Hogwarts. No, seriously.

This year, I want to read-

  • Young Adult- This genre is pretty broad, because there’s relatable teenage protagonists with relatable problems. This would include dystopian, romance, fantasy and everything else.
  • Dystopian- After reading hunger games, I’m pretty much convinced dystopian is my genre. I’m looking for more books like HG, maybe I’ll get lucky?
  • Crime- It’s kind of scary to think about crime, but I feel I have to try this out.
  • Action and adventure- Definitely my genre. I could read all day about protagonists going on life-defining trips filled with action. I definitely feel good about such books.
  • Mystery- Detective and thrillers are so interesting to read. Definitely on my list.

Top 10 TBR

For the unversed, tbr means to-be-read. Add that one in your glossary. Coming back to the list, a good tbr leads to reading good books. It gives a nice starting point. So my top 10 TBR are-

  • As good as dead- I was reading this one last year, but I left it in the middle of the process. I should start this one again, because the plotline is excellent.
  • A good girl’s guide to murder- I recently read a book review, this excited me SO MUCH.
  • Daisy jones and the six- After reading The Seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reid has officially become one of my favorite authors. Hence, this pick.

  • Turtles all the way down- I cannot say no to a book that has John Green’s name on it.
  • Fangirl- This is a book blogger recommendation! She told this was a book she’s read several times. That cannot stop me from reading.
  • It ends with us- One of my besties’s book rec. She has been fangirling over this.

  • Thirteen reasons why- I don’t know, the book cover interested me.
  • These violent delights- I heard it’s really good. Plus, the synopsis is AMAZING.

  • Our violent ends- It’s the sequel to the previous one, I have to read it.
  • The cruel prince- This book is called, been-on-my-tbr-for-long. I have to give it justice.

BONUS: Six of crows, because my friend wouldn’t stop begging me to read this.

When I plan to read

Everyday. I want to make this a habit. I would like to spend at least an hour reading. I know that going into 10th grade the coming year, I wouldn’t get as much time to read. But I’d like to be more productive and continue my reading habit.

As for you, on the other side of the computer, make your own call about how much time you should spend. Reading more shouldn’t mean placing everything else aside. Reading should be *in sync* with everything else.

I should do that first.


So that was…it. I know I haven’t posted that frequently in quite a while. My family and I tested positive for covid 19, so I wasn’t that active on wordpress. I missed out on comments and new posts. But since I’m better, I’m sure I’ll be regular now. Expect a post once a week, on Mondays! I’ll also reply to your comments sooner!

The QOTD-

What are your reading plans for 2022? How many books are you gonna read?

Let me know your answers!

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

A journey through words: Reading, writing and blogging.

I’ve got a few friends who’ve praised my IQ and called me smart. First off, I don’t know how to accept compliments, I deny that I’m smart. I just have good grasping skills, or I think, at least. But why did they even say that?

I told them I read my first book in Kindergarten. It was a copy of Aesop’s fables, that my mother had bought for me when I was four. I even recall someone asking, “Did you even know how to read?”. I said, “why not?”. I got interested in that book because of the pictorial illustrations at first. But pictures only half explained what my kindergartener brain was looking for. Words alone satisfied my craze.

The book seems a bit archaic- after 10 whole years.

And I haven’t stopped reading ever since.

My mother instilled this habit of reading in me. And then there is my father. My father is a coach who does not play. He doesn’t partake interest in reading, though I’ve relentlessly tried to get him to read any of those novels I got interested in. But he keeps reminding me to devote time to read, come what may. How ironic, isn’t it?

I was maybe 10, when I wrote my first piece of writing (At this point, I feel I’m writing an autobiography). It was a short story I’d written from a prompt given in English class. Never was I so satisfied with something I myself created.

I thought I should work on writing more. But, I hit a demotivating slump where I was “afraid” to write. So I gave up. I read even more for the next 2 years.

A glimpse of a few of my writings now

My vocabulary had increased, due to repetitive and vigorous reading. Books were somehow so telepathic, I felt so lost in that realm of endless adventures. I felt more confident in expressing myself. I began writing a diary. Over time, my words had become better than where they were before. But since I was more into reading back then, I kept on reading.

The real turning point was when the pandemic began. I suddenly felt so lonely. I had nowhere to go. From a very sociable person, I had gone to a confused state where I could not find oblivion. I needed to let all of these feelings that had accumulated all this while. I needed to write.

I wrote a blog post for the first time.

It was a post about being mentally happy and fit, something I myself needed. I wrote about mental health and self-love on my first blog. It concluded after publishing 10 posts on it. I fell into thought.

There wasn’t much more I could write about mental health. I was out of ideas, and I wasn’t fueled by passion anymore.

That’s it, if I don’t want to do it, I wouldn’t do it. I bid goodbye to the blog. Over a few months, I worked on a brand new blog, which is this one, where I would never run out of things anymore. Where creativity had no boundaries.

I swore to myself that I would try to improve with every piece of writing. Out of all the posts I’ve written for this blog, all of them aren’t my best. Some were good and some weren’t. But I’m who I am, with all my faults. Just like Kim Nam-Joon said. My faults and failures make me.

My past gives me lessons to learn from, my present gives me energy to move on and my future gives me something to look forward to. Words just tie them all up.

Words have been the most beautiful gifts given to this world. I’m grateful, that words have owned me. I don’t own them. I just act as a medium for words to flow, and the emotions just weave themselves.

Why I share this to you all is because, just as how I was so deeply impacted by words and became someone new, it can change you too. My best advice, read and express.

Who am I to give advice, you say? I’m a fourteen year old girl with aspirations of being someone different. Words help me absorb and reimagine every single moment I’ve ever had. My life till now gives me lot to learn. And my life feels like a life. I’ve got just enough experience to say this.


So here was a story I was excited to share since a real long time. I was so restless ever since I finished this draft and I couldn’t wait for the weekend to come and present this to everyone. Also because this is the 35th post I make on the blog and my first one after hitting a 100 follows on the blog.

Thank you!

But what exactly is wrong? Why all of a sudden such posts, essays and writings and what’s with all of the non humor? I just thought that the posts on this blog aren’t exactly what I would call “quality content”. So I’ve decided to put some more effort, throw in a few *fancy words*, and write more thoughtful posts. I understand that many readers won’t be too jumpy about this and there would be low stats for sure, but at the end of the day, it’s about quality.

What has been your journey with words? Let’s chat in the comments!

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

P.S.- My September month report is ready! Take a look at it!