2014 was supposed to be the year of media for me. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely watched my fair share of television and movies and read a heap of books. I met all my goals (100+ new movies, 70+ books) however I still felt as though I hadn’t accomplished what I had set out to do. I felt as though December rolled around, and all the progress that I had made during the year was completely insignificant.
This feeling could have possibly been brought on by the massive reading slump that I found myself in after finishing The Maze Runner trilogy in September. Yes, I did manage to read 2/3 of A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords Part 1 and 80% of Part 2 by December, and I also read 20+ graphic novel/comic bind ups. But this still felt little. (Heck, I read a lot of Game of Thrones in a short amount of time – I should be jumping for joy!).
Forgetting books for a moment, this feeling may have also been brought on by the fact that I found a list of movies and television shows I wanted to watch in 2014. I read through the list multiple times, triple checking what I had and hadn’t watched. And honestly, I couldn’t mark much off.
Yes, I watched over 100 new-to-me movies (no repeats included) and yes I continued to watch enormous, ridiculous amounts of television. But did I manage to watch the movies I had most wanted to? Not really. Did I marathon shows that I’d been meaning to finish for years now? Parks and Rec? 30 Rock? Buffy the Vampire Slayer? No. I started them and never got around to finish them because there are so many damn shows. How have people seen everything????
I’ll be honest, I have seen my fair share of television. I somehow manage to marathon shows in incredibly short periods of time. But when I could have been finishing off Buffy the Vampire Slayer, what was I doing? Re-watching Gilmore Girls. Again. For the Sixth (or was it seventh?) time.
Let’s just say that I’m not the best at time management.
So 2015 I want to change things up a bit! My book goals are going to change drastically. I need to lower the number of unread books I own. At the moment its sitting at 100+ (I’m scared to count further, I really don’t think I need that number in my life at the moment). I want to re-read books that I consider favourites but haven’t read in 1, 2 or even 4 years (Ya-Ya Sisterhood, this is your comeback year!). I also want to be extremely strict about book buying.
My movie and television goals are pretty much the same as years gone past. As I haven’t been able to stick to them before, I really should think about changing them up. But they’re good goals? Why should I punish my goals because I’m too lazy to actually complete them? (How ironic, too lazy to watch 100 movies and marathon tv shows with 7+ seasons).
So without further ado, here are my 2015 goals. Mainly for my personal reference, also for whoever finds them even slightly interesting.
Buy less books. Ask yourself, do you really need this book? Do you want to read it now? Don’t buy a book because you’ve heard a few good reviews online. Do your research. Is there something you own that you’d prefer to read more at the moment? Read that instead. The other book can wait. If you start buying books excessively again, please make sure you do it when you get yourself a job. Don’t keep scamming money from mum and dad.
Lower your number of unread books. This goes hand in hand with the first goal. Stop buying and start reading what you’ve already bought, dummy.
Read 52 novels. One a week. That’s a breeze. Chose books you’re interested in. You’ll be fine.
Read more diversely. In genre, authors, subjects. Read something you’ve never thought about before. Do it.
Re-read your favourites. Get out your copy of The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and remember how you felt when you read it in 2011. Re-read The Book Thief and remember why you love reading. The Night Circus – need I say more?
Goodreads goal of 100. 52 novels. The rest can be anything. Non-fiction. Graphic novels. Encyclopedia’s (*cough* marvel) for all I care. Just read everything.
Stop spending. Only see what is necessary at the cinema, please. You can’t afford to see crappy comedies that are just as terrible on a small screen for $30. You really cannot afford that.
100. Watch 100 new movies. You did it once, you can do it again.
Re-watch. Don’t be afraid of re-watches just because you want to boost that number up to 100. If you want to re-watch Star Wars, re-watch bloody Star Wars.
Classics. Get on buzzfeed and read those lists of best 80s movies and 90s movies. You’re horrific when it comes to classics. Watch more. Enjoy them. You know it’ll be worth it.
Finish those series you never did. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Desperate Housewives, Revenge, The OC. The list is endless. You’re horrific at starting shows and then getting distracted by another.
Start those series you never did. Star Trek: The Original Series, 30 Rock, Parks and Rec, The Office, One Tree Hill, Sex and the City, Veronica Mars, 90210, Fringe, Chuck. This list is even worse than the others. Just start a few of them, okay? Finish a few more.