By: Melanie | January 7, 2016 | (68) Comments


It’s 2016! (Well… it has been for a whole week now but shhhhhhh let’s forget how delayed this post is.)

I’m one of those people who are super duper enthusiastic at the start of each year, have everything organised and planned and am already falling behind in homework and life in general the first week in. I’m one of those people who buy gazillions of planners and diaries at the start of the year and never touch a single one of them ever again. I’m one of those people who spend a whole day working out my goals and resolutions for the year and find myself struggling to complete any single one of them. ‘Tis a hard life, guys.

BUT. This year I am determined to actually see my goals through. And I guess one of the keys in helping me to accomplish this is by actually creating realistic ones. Looking back on my goals from my previous years, I’ve realised that half my goals were essentially just not practical. Hell, I said I’d dedicate more time into my blog in 2015, but that’s just not realistic because school was and is getting more intense.

So. Let us begin!

Mel’s 2016 Goals

Reading Resolutions

+ Read 105 books this year. In 2013 and 2014 I read over 200 books. But in 2015 it was a measly 79 books. This year is going to be even busier at school but I have a lot of books for required reading at school this year + the second half of last year I barely read (major book slump + school reasons) so I believe this will be achievable! The reason why I chose 105 and not a neat 100 book goal was because I thought that was a bit boring. ? I don’t know. I’m weird. ?

+ Read more widely. I love YA, I really do. But I feel like I’m missing out on so many other great books that aren’t of the YA spectrum and I can’t help but wanna jump on the bandwagon. So, I’m making a goal to read at least one book from the adult genre as well as at least one classic each month. In January, these will be The Hamilton Case by Michelle de Krester and The Theban Plays by Sophocles, which are actually for school!

+ Keep it fun, because that’s what reading is about. One of the reasons why I fell into a book slump in the last half of 2015 was because I started putting pressure on reading. I freaked out because I had a lot of ARCs (they were mostly unsolicited) to read and review, and didn’t have time to put my reading preferences first. What did actually want to read right then? This year I’m taking out that stress. I’m not going to be requesting any ARCs unless they’re ones I want with a mighty need, and I’ll be reviewing more backlist books! Expect a review of the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu soon, peeps.

Blogging Resolutions 

+ Comment on at least 10 blogs each day. I was TERRIBLE at commenting last year. I mostly did it in spurts – I commented on around 100-150 blogs one day, and then not leave another comment until months later. I think if I just do small amounts, but everyday, it will be so much better.

+ Reply to comments on YA Midnight Reads. Again, I was pretty sporadic with my commenting in terms of replies on the blog this year. I get email notifications when you guys comment on my blog so I read them the second they’re posted, but I don’t end up replying to them until a week, a month at worst, later which is kinda just awwwwkward. I have planned to reply to comments more frequently and faster!

+ Spend time on Sundays drafting and scheduling posts for the week. This will mean I won’t be up late on weeknights making posts for the next day, or taking time out of study to make posts. Since I’m on summer holidays over here in the Aus, I will take advantage of this and try to get a couple of weeks ahead before school rolls in.

+ Make more blogging friends! One can never have enough.

Life Resolutions 

+ Be in bed at 11:00pm latest on school nights, but aim for 10:30pm. Even if I haven’t finished my homework. (I used to sleep at 12-2am.) I have to be up at 6:10am for school, and I think I learned my lesson from falling asleep on the train on my way to school and missing my stop. *sweat drops*

+ No TV shows or blogging until I’ve finished my day’s work OR until 9:45pm. THIS IS THE YEAR I SHALL CONQUER MY SELF CONTROL … I hope. 

+ Go out for a run on Saturdays and Wednesdays. I used to be considered a rather sporty person – I did athletics on Saturday mornings, had Netball training on Tuesday nights and games on Sundays. But now that I’ve quit, I haven’t exactly been exercising. Hopefully, this will help me improve my lifestyle.

+ Eat healthier. Goodbye junk food, I’ll miss you but you are no good for me. noooooo come baaaaaack DAMMIT SHUT UP BRAIN. And by eating healthier I don’t just mean junk food; I’ve cut my sugar, cereals and red meats out of ze diet (but of course will still have on special occasions or when eating out, but that rare so it’s all good), replaced white flour with almond meal etc.

And those are my goals! What about you guys? What are your 2016 resolutions? Are you typically good at actually keeping them up over the year (unlike me)? Lemme know in ze comments! Here’s to a glorious 2016 filled with great moments + good books <33

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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68 Responses to Mel’s 2016 Resolutions (That Hopefully Will Last the Year)

  1. OKAY, but adult book recs: VICIOUS, A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC, everything Gillian Flynn, WORLD WAR Z, STATION ELEVEN.

    All the best with these resolutions! I have the opposite problem to you regarding comments! I reply to comments + comment back in one block every week, but I also sporadically drop comments everywhere. I kind of need to stop, haha, or else I’ll never finish my homework. Fab resolutions, Melanie!
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    • Melanie says:

      Eeee thanks for adult recs! I have Gillian Flynn’s books on my list and Schwabs – but I still need to buy them but they’re hella expensive gahhh. I’ve heard of World War Z and Station Eleven but never paid much attention so off to the TBR they go!

      Haha, yes that’s why I decided not to do anything blogging related until after I do my homework so I’m not tempted.

      Thanks, Alyssa! 🙂


    I, too, have become horrendous at commenting over the last year. I used to be so, so good at it, but what with life, it kind of took the back seat there for awhile. This year thought it’s something I’m going to focus more on.

    PS. Totally agree with Alyssa’s recommendations there. LOVED A Darker Shade of Magic. <3 <3 And I've only read one Gillian Flynn book — but it was BRILLIANT. (Gone Girl.)
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    • Melanie says:

      Happy New Year to you too, Kara!

      Yes, I used to go blog commenting EVERY DAY and could do about 50 of them. Then school decided to get serious .-.

      Well CLEARLY either Schwab or Flynn is going to be my adult book for February, then! Thanks for the extra book-push 😉

  3. Inas says:

    Oh. I’m so totally like you in the ” Go out for a run on Saturdays and Wednesdays.” part.
    I’ve started running earlier this year, but mostly on weekends.
    It’s hella hard! But, if you can’t run, just do some workouts! It’s easier and burns more calories! haha

    And for the “Make more blogging friends!” part,

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    • Melanie says:

      Haha, I shall consider work outs too! But I used to do cross country so I’m more used to running and enjoy it more 🙂


  4. Cassie says:

    Whoa, you are determined. There is no way I could do all that.
    I have to get up at 5:30am when I have uni because of 9am classes, but I still never get to bed before midnight…it’s a good thing I’m capable of being fully functional on less than 5 hours sleep.

    Good luck!
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    • Melanie says:

      Yes, I AM VERY DETERMINED. Gargh… 5:30??? THAT IS INSANE. I had to get up at 5:30 once and I basically was dead for the rest of the day and kept on rubbing my eyes. I am in awe of you people who can function with > 5 hours!

      Thanks, Cassie! I’ll need it. ^.^

  5. I’m exactly the same when it comes to planning and organizing, I did it the same last year. I blogged and read so many books the first few month and then it went downhill slightly, maybe a lot. When it comes to ARCs now I just think, I’ll read them in my own time. I don’t want to get stressed over it so much, otherwise it makes blogging no fun at all. Great resolutions!
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  6. Missie says:

    I really need to diversify my reading too! And I love making new bloggy friends!
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  7. These are all great blogging resolutions, Mel and some that coincide with Nereyda and mine as well. You should definitely allow blogging to be fun without any pressure since you’re already going through stress because of school and such. I think keeping a realistic reading goal and mixing it up will definitely help! Me reading YA, adult and NA really does help make reading fun for me.
    Good luck with these, Mel! 🙂
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  8. What a smart move to have realistic goals 🙂 Good luck!
    I am taking it very easy this year and my only resolution is to enjoy reading/blogging and not stress myself with deadlines or schedules.
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  9. LOL, that is one of my favourite Once Upon a Time gifs. I also need to go to bed earlier. It’s such a bad habit of mine. I sometimes don’t go to bed until 12:00 a.m. / 1:00 a.m. It’s so bad. Finding the time to comment can be difficult. It really does take up a lot of time, especially when you want to leave something meaningfuly. I would also like to read more adult books this year. I hardly read any last year. For some reason, though, I always have such a hard time finding ones I enjoy. Good luck with all your resolutions. YOU CAN DO IT :D.
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    • Melanie says:

      I love it a lot too! I’ve stopped watching OUAT but I wanna pick up from where I left off because my friends say it’s pretty fab at the moment!

      Hopefully this year we shall both get to bed earlier! It’s just so hard though… I’m always tempted to pick up another book or open up my laptop and watch something.

      Thanks, Sarah!

  10. Really great goals! I think goals are great to have and I love to use them as guidelines throughout the year. I love reading a variety of books but I want to branch out even more this year too. I agree commenting and replying back is so time-consuming. I love it but it is hard to fit it all in. And yeah eating healthier is always a goal for me 🙂 Good luck!
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  11. Wendy says:

    Great post, I love hearing about other people’s goals for the year, it’s so inspiring. ^_^ I’m completely with you on needing to read more outside of YA (one classic and one adult book per month is a great idea!) And going to bed earlier…yeah, I need to do that too.
    Otherwise, I’m aiming to read 50 books this year, participate in Camp NaNoWriMo in April or July, submit more writing to places, and get distracted less. That last one is easier said than done… xD

  12. Lekeisha says:

    I hope you achieve your goals this year. I have a few that I’m trying to stick to this year: Less ARCs, No posts on Sundays (no pun intended to Harry Potter or postal services across the world!), Visit more blogs than the ones I’ve been sticking with since before I started blogging 2 years ago.
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  13. Hannah says:

    Yay for the 6am club! It can be a pain sometimes. I also need to work on sleep and commenting as well as drinking more water and trying something new!

  14. Happy New Year Mel! 😀 Excellent resolutions. All these posts make me think I should make one too. Sigh. XD
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  15. Heidi says:

    I am seeing that most of us around the blogosphere are committing to reading more for ourselves and cutting back on ARCS. I think we all hit the slumps and struggled through the ARCs and burned out. I am much happier being able to read more of what I want to read. Go luck with all your goals.
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  16. Hannah says:

    Happy new year! I think you’ve chosen some great goals – and it’s always more achievable if you pick more realistic ones. I’m also planning to read more widely outside of the YA genre – broadening my horizons, so to speak. And yeah, blogging should be fun, not stressful – so you do what works for you!
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    • Melanie says:

      Happy New Year to you too, gorgeous! I think a lot of us are reading less ARCs because the stress and all is getting too much. Here’s to a fab 2016!

  17. These are such fantastic goals Mel! I am sensing that it’s about pace and enjoyment which is awesome. Hopefully you can find your reading and blogging groove again! Good luck!
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    • Melanie says:

      Thanks, Jeann! Yes, it’s a lot about pace – I feel like last year was me being far too lazy (watching TV before homework whoooops) and I was quite sporadic, which isn’t necessarily bad but I would like to see some more organisation this year because that way my mind will be at peace. ^.^

  18. I love all of your resolutions! I have a bunch of the same ones as well. I’m really trying to branch out content-wise when it comes to the books I read. And COMMENTING. YES, I forgot to put that in my post, but I really need to comment on other blogs more often! I feel bad that I’m not a frequent commenter!
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  19. Gabby says:

    You have set some great goals Mel! I am also hoping to read more for me and less reviews and ARCS, I dont want to let my passion for reading burn out. I Also really like your blogging goals, I really want to make more blogging friends and I try to comment a lot more.
    Happy New year!
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  20. Hilary says:

    I posted 2015 resolutions and…I failed at it miserably. I BELIEVE IN YOU MEL. You’re going to succeed at these resolutions!! Although that junk food resolution and sleeping at 11pm resolution would be difficult…MUST STAY OPTIMISTIC. I meant, TOTALLY achievable! Yes!
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    • Melanie says:

      Aw thanks, Hilary! Haha, yeah I am actually doing best at my junk food goal right now! But yes omfg 11pm is so hard but I really need it because I am so constantly sleep deprived ._.

  21. Wattle says:

    Good luck with your goals! I think they all sound perfectly reasonable and you should have (hopefully) little trouble reaching them all!
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  22. I totally support your resolution to request less ARCs and read books that you actually want. I’ve read a lot of backlist books last year and plan to continue this year. Please don’t stress about commenting and replying to comments on your blog! School needs your attention, and it’s understandable. Good luck with your resolutions!
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    • Melanie says:

      I’ve started to read a lot less ARCs and more backlist books and I am already feeling more enthused about reading again. I guess I just stressed myself way too much last year 😐

      Thanks, Ksenia! 🙂

  23. Good luck on your resolutions! And I am the opposite, I think I want to read more YA – I’m so hard on the genre, and really I should give more books a chance and also to strive to discover more YA that are not so well known because I’ve been burned by hype too many times. Seems like 2016 is a good year for me to start though, there are so many good books!

  24. Good luck with your goals!
    I want to try to widen my reading genre too, maybe more non-fiction and literary fiction. Oh the sleeping and eating healthier goal! I need to work on those too!
    Happy 2016 Mel!
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    • Melanie says:

      Thanks, Cyn! My mum really wants me to me to read more non-fiction but BLURGH that stuff goes in one ear and out the other for me.

      Happy New Year to you too, gorgeous!

  25. That’s a lot of goals, Melanie! I hope you’ll be able to keep up with them, because while there are many, they do seem more or less manageable on their own 😀 It’s really hard to juggle it all, and when you have to read for school, choosing what you read for you is even more important.
    I have trouble with commenting, not these days, when I’m off from both Uni and work, but once everything starts up again, I get a little overwhelmed sometimes. It’s OK, though – we all know how busy life away from the blog can be, right? 🙂
    My biggest resolution for this year is to cycle to work, it’s about 5 miles, (6.5 km) so it’s not very far – but it’s better than driving, and I do have to go back and forth four times per week. Hopefully, that will help me get back in shape enough that I can start really working out again. I can totally feel that I’m getting older, and that just won’t do 🙂
    Good luck on all your goals, and have a fantastic 2016!
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    • Melanie says:

      I love cycling! I’m sure it’ll be super beneficial to get all that fresh air and exercise! If only I could cycle to school… but that would take FOREVER considering how far away it is and it already takes 1.5 hours via public transport lmao. I hope we both succeed in our goals, Lexxie!

  26. I am horrible at resolutions. Horrible. But this year I too shall embark on the perilous journey of attempting to keep them. However, might I ask, what is netball? is this some mysterious sport I have never heard of? I must know now. Or is it a different name for a sport I already know? I am confused*flails* ALSO I LOVE YOUR BLOG DESIGN! Oh my Gods it is wonderful. How can ones blog be so perfect??
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    • Melanie says:

      Eeep hopefully we both kick ass! LMAO I’m not surprised you don’t know what Netball is. It’s an Aussie sport! It’s kinda like basketball but with more rules and restrictions on how you move with the ball. It’s a huge hit here!

      And thank you so much! *blushes* Mitchii @ Just Peach designed it. SHE IS SO AMAZING.

  27. Megan says:

    These sounds like good resolutions. I also want to comment on more blogs regularly (thanks for your comment on mine! See you are doing good on that one already!) as well and also get through my backlist of review books (then possible conquer my Netgalley backlist).

  28. Hehe, I have pretty much the same goals as you! I think the one I want to conquer the most is sleeping at an appropriate time. At the moment, I can’t really sleep before 2am… it’s so bad. I don’t think I have the self-control to sleep at 10:30, but I’ll aim for before midnight 😀
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    • Melanie says:

      Right? I think sleep is the hardest one to conquer, too because even if I go to bed early, I sometimes just can’t fall asleep and am wide awake lying there reliving all my most embarrassing moments lol

  29. These are great goals, Mel! I also want to try to be in bed earlier, exercise more and eat healthier! I’m doing well so far (I just need to reduce the amount of chocolate I eat haha!), but I’m exercising most days (I do Blogilates, which is super fun!) and I’m going to try to go to bed earlier from next week. Best of luck with your goals! <3
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  30. Annette says:

    I have so many of these of my NYR list too! I’m hoping the be in bed earlier one sticks… RE eating sensibly, I highly recommend MyFitnessPal for keeping track of your carb/fat/fibre/protein intake. ?

  31. Sadie says:

    “Eat healthier.”

    That’s certainly something I can probably never accomplish xD

  32. Aah… the Theban plays. That brings back memories.

    I don’t make resolutions because I can’t keep them. LOL… Well, I guess the Goodreads challenge is sort of a resolution, but I only resolved to read 12 books this year (because I hit a major reading slump at the end of last year and it’s still going… so I don’t know if I’ll even get through one book a month). Pathetic, eh? Oh, well. Maybe things will pick up later in the year and I’ll blow that challenge out of the water. I’m sure stranger things have happened.

  33. Kelly says:

    You’ve cut out red meat? But you’re a growing poppet, a girl cannot live on books alone. I’ve vowed to cut down on junk this year too. If I’m hungry at lunch, making a sandwich and not just grabbing a sugary snack to get me through the day. I can’t cut it out completely, or I’ll be rabid. I’m going to read a lot of older titles this year too, I rarely request much anyway, but feel as though unsolicited review copies have made me miss out on a lot of awesome releases. Whatever 2016 brings, no doubt you’ll do it with style Mel <3
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    • Melanie says:

      yeah i’m leaving the red meat for just rare/special occasions. can’t say i’m missing it though! loving my seafood and chicken ?

      same here kelly! the unsolicited copies definitely pulled me behind.

      thanks, kelly! your comments are always so fun to read <33

  34. I have a few of the same resolutions (though I didn’t do a post.) I want to read non-YA. I’d love to get caught up on comments (trying to work on that today). And keeping things fun is always a good resolution!
    Happy 2016 and good luck with these!
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