Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish
1. Read 100 books
I set myself this same challenge every year because I like round numbers and so far it has been pretty easy for me to do. Things will be slightly busier this year since I’m studying for an A Level alongside working full time, but I’m hoping I’ll still be able to reach my goal. And hopefully I won’t get into any giant reading slumps like I did at the end of 2014!
2. Pass my driving test
I had driving lessons for a while when I was younger but I gave up on those because they were too expensive at the time. They’re still bloody expensive, at around £26 per hour in my area, but I figure if I don’t pick it up again soon then I’ll just keep putting it off. I really don’t like driving, but it’s handy to have a license. Especially when you’re travelling and need a car to get to places!
3. Start writing my novel (again)
I started something a few years back during NaNoWriMo but I didn’t get around to finishing it. I want to pick it back up again and start writing from scratch, as I’ve had many more ideas since then. I don’t think I’ll be able to finish it, but as long as I write semi-regularly I will be happy.
4. Pass my A Level
I’m currently self-studying for an A Level in Classical Civilisations, which is basically a fancy title for Ancient History. I’m really excited about this course, as it covers several topics relating to Ancient Rome, Greece, and Persia. I just hope I’ll be able to cover everything! It’s a bit difficult since I’m having to work directly off the specification from the exam board instead of having someone tell me what I need to know, but at the same time I’m loving the challenge and also the extra reading that I have to do for it.
5. Reduce my TBR pile
I’m doing this with the help of Crini’s special spreadsheet, which she was kind enough to share. Since starting this blog four years ago, my TBR pile has continued to escalate at a ridiculous rate. I’m currently on a book restriction, and plan on reading at least five of the books that I already own each month. By the end of the year, by TBR should be down by at least sixty books! Fingers crossed.
6. Keep the blog scheduled
At one point in my blogging journey, I had posts scheduled more than a month ahead. I was so proud of myself, and it was really relaxing because I didn’t have to worry about writing a post after work. But now it’s caught up with me and I’m either posting on the day, or only scheduling a few days ahead. I want to ideally get a few weeks ahead so that it takes some of the weight off my shoulders
7. Go to the gym regularly
I started this in 2014, and I want to carry on. My main goal is to go three times a week, although maybe I’ll up it if I find that I have the time. I’ve been really enjoying getting fitter, and I’ve noticed that while I’m not actually losing any weight (and I don’t need to) I am toning up.
8. Complete my 2015 reading challenges
I’m taking part in quite a few reading challenges this year, many of which are new to me. There is the standard Goodreads challenge, for which I have challenged myself to read 100 books (see #1), as well as Crini’s Around the World Challenge, and her TBR Reduction Extreme Challenge and Mel’s Fairytale Retelling Challenge. I’ve decided not to take part in any Classics challenges this year because I always fail those.
9. Continue practising and learning languages
I don’t know if you knew this already, but I love learning languages. I’ve dabbled in a few over the years, although the only ones I have really stuck with are Spanish (which I am moderately decent at) and German. I dropped French when I was younger because I thought it was boring and had too many accents (don’t hurt me), and I’ve had a look at Danish and Swedish but I haven’t picked those up properly (yet). At the moment, I am learning Dutch, as well as continuing to practise my Spanish so that I don’t lose it. I want to continue this throughout 2015, and hopefully also either visit my family in Spain or go by myself so I can practise speaking Spanish.
10. Read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in Dutch
By the end of 2015, I want my Dutch to be at a level where I can read one of my favourite books in the language. Perhaps with a dictionary to help out with some of the vocabulary. I think this is a pretty tough goal, but it’s giving me something to work towards.