Since the new year, a lot of people around me – friends and family – have had a good old sort out of their book collections. New year, new me and all that I presume. Anyway, it got me thinking about all the many books I owe which I have yet to read on my shelves and OH WOW when did that happen? There are quite a few books there – more than I had anticipated. The working number I have is 60-ish(?)
As I currently split my time between two places (my parents house and my house at uni) I have books all over the place and it is quite difficult to keep track of where exactly my unread books are. But alas a list has been made and I think I’m going to try to do something about it.
So I said I would try blogging more about games and here we are. I played epsiode 2 of Life is Strange 2 last night (and finished it at approximately 1am) and I have a lot of feelings and thoughts about it so far, so we’re going to have a little chat.
I am going to try to keep this as spoiler free as possible for the entire franchise so far which includes, Life is Strange, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit and Life is Strange 2 (episode 1 and 2). Of course, at this point – if anyone is reading this in the future – I have no clue how the rest of Life is Strange 2 is going to pan out, so I may sound completely clueless.
With all that disclaimer style stuff out of the way, let’s get rambling…
Considering I do love
wasting spending time playing video games, I really don’t talk about them on this blog, or Twitter, which baffles me slightly. I go through phases of spending a serious amount of time at my laptop playing a game and some months, I spend hardly any time gaming.So, I thought I’d write what is probably going to be a rambly post about video games and me.
I feel like this post is going to be very similar to my list of 2018 goals. Largely due to the fact that I am going to be referring to it as I write this one, but also because I think there are going to be some similarities in the lists with perhaps some more specifics.
As I did last year, I’m going to split these goals into book related and not book related goals. So, here we go.
- Read 60 books – As I write this, I have read 71 books in 2018 (with about a week to go until 2019) so I did smash through this goal last year. I don’t want to push myself to the point of reading being a chore so I don’t think I’ll increase that goal. It’s relatively ambitious, but not unrealistic for me. However, I don’t think I’m going to put it into Goodreads because last year I found it unnecessarily stressful. Let’s keep reading enjoyable!
- Read audiobooks/ebooks – I do love reading physical books but I do enjoy listening to audiobooks and I do own a kindle. I just want to expand the ways in which I consume books. In 2018, I finally found and understood the joy of audiobooks so I definitely want to listen to more. It may also allow me to read multiple books at once.
- Try to balance out uni reading and my own – Ever since starting my second year at uni, I’ve come to realise that there really aren’t enough hours in the day. I have so much I need/want to do, and often my own casual reading just doesn’t happen. I think I need to allocate my time wisely so I can fit in all the reading I want to get done.
- Read more Short Stories – As I have mentioned in recent blog posts, I am desperate to read more collections of short stories. So, I need to pick some collections up (please leave any recommendations in the comments) and get them read. I have a few on my little TBR but I need to actually buy them.
- Read with little knowledge – In 2018, I went into bookshops and picked up books without really knowing much about them and I want to do this more. I want to come across books which may pleasantly surprise me. I want to wander into bookshops and possibly find a new favourite.
- Travel (to) more (U.K. cities) – Something I’ve learnt to love in 2018 is trains. I quite enjoy the occasional train journey. I’ve also come to realise that there are so many amazing places I have either never visited, or haven’t visited since I was a child. I want to go and explore, especially places with a lot of history. I don’t know whether I’ll drag my friends/family along, or whether I’ll do some solo trips, but I do have a few places on my list. Part of me really doubts this will happen, but if it does I’ll be sure to write blog posts about my adventures.
- Keep expanding my love of history – From around July 2018, I have been throwing myself into rediscovering history mainly through books and documentaries. I want to keep doing this. I have plenty of unread non-fiction books on my shelves which remain unread, and I have my eye on a few more. I would also love to write some blog posts about things I read/watch which I find particularly interesting… I just need some time.
- Blog about gaming (just a little bit) – Coming at some point soon should be a post about video games and how they are kind of important to me. There are games and franchises I want to talk about more than just a passing mention in a blog post. I want to treat gaming like I do musical theatre on this blog. Just occasionally I’ll write a post about a game or discuss something because I just feel as though I have things to say. Don’t expect anything incredibly informed. I just want to talk about the things I love.
- Write more update posts – I thoroughly enjoy writing updates posts. Especially over the summer where I wrote posts at the end of each month with the things I got done. Obviously university will also play a large part in these posts. I think this will encourage me to get out and do stuff, or at least find things to write about.
I think this about wraps this post up. I’m interested to check in later in the year to see how I do with these. Please let me know your goals – I’m super interested to see what you’re planning for the following 12 months.