Week of Booklr 2017 Goals

I have made a decision.

It hasn’t been an easy decision to make. In fact it makes me feel a little sick inside to do it.

I’ve been working through the Boxall’s List of 1001 Books to Read Before You Die for a long time now. I’m 118 books into it. And I feel like I’ve benefited from reading those books. Some of them. Others have been boring or over my head or just horrible.

There’s still a lot of books on that list I want to read–the list is a fantastic starting point for classic literature. But I no longer think it’s the end-all-be-all list. There are so many repeated authors, and the list isn’t very diverse. And 1001 books a LOT of books. When my TBR currently sits at 3652…removing most of those 1001 books will allow me to focus on others that I would prefer to read. Not that I will EVER get through all 3652 books on that list–and it is ever growing.

But at least I can get rid of some of the authors that I don’t agree with that I have hung on to ONLY because they were on the Boxall list and my OCD told me I HAD to read them. Because if they are on a list I have to, right? NO. I DON’T. I CAN SAY NO. I have that power. So I am removing the Boxall challenge from this blog. I’m removing the Boxall challenge from my Goodreads and my TBR spreadsheet. And I’m purging any of those books and authors that I don’t feel meet my reading standards (which means going through every tiny little strip of paper in my TBR jar/bag and saying yay or nay).

I’m going to be reading as many diverse authors as I can moving forward. I still have a lot of classic literature I want to read–but I need to shake things up.

Here’s to reverse resolutions, and to new ones too.

2 thoughts on “Week of Booklr 2017 Goals

  1. Good for you! Now, I strongly encourage you to remember that life is too short to read bad books. If you find a book isn’t speaking to you, feel free to put it down! Like you said, there are far too many books on your list to get through the entire list as it will keep growing.
    That said– GOOD LUCK! 118 books in is nothing to scoff at. Keep at it! 🙂

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