Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and allows us to combine our love of books with our love of lists. (Hi, Jana!! Thanks for taking on TTT!!!) This week’s topic is: Our Top Ten Bookish Resolutions/Goals. I’m not much of a resolution girl so I’m going with my top ten bookish and blogging goals for 2018.
- Read 100 Books: My goal in 2017 was 130 books and that was a little bit of a stretch for me but I just wanted to see if I could do it. And I did! But this year I don’t want the same kind of pressure on myself. So I’m lowering my goal to 100, which is definitely attainable for me but also doesn’t let me slack off. I want to be able to enjoy the books I’m reading and not always thinking about how fast I can get through it and what I’ll be reading next.
- Read More Books I Own: This was a goal of mine last year and I’m actually really happy with how I did. So I’m making it a goal this year and can hopefully cross off another 20 or so books I’ve had on my shelves for while! This will help me feel less guilty for always having to look at them and know I haven’t read them and also hopefully help me clear out my shelves a little to make room for new books I want to buy.
- Step Out of My Comfort Zone More: I joined two reading challenges this year that will take me out of my reading comfort zone a little bit and I’m actually really excited for them. I joined a classics challenge and a non-fiction challenge. My goal is to read six classics and ten non-fiction, two categories of books I never read. And if at the end of the year I still hate both genres, at least I tried and can say that I’ve read some!
- Be More Discerning About the Review Books I Accept: Every. Year. I feel like I try to cut back on review books every year and it never works. Every conference I go to, I tell myself to take less books. And every time, I mess this up. It’s just so easy to get caught up in the excitement for the books that everyone is talking about. But I need to remember that every book I take is one I will have to read. So I need to start only requesting and taking books I really want to read. Unread ARCs on my shelf just make me feel guilty.
- Be More Present on Social Media: This is one that’s really hard for me. I know lots of people make great connections on SM and publishers are more likely to know you if you’re on SM a lot and commenting and interacting and screaming about books. And sometimes I’m sad that I’m not a bigger presence and that people don’t know me or pay more attention to me but then I remember that I’m not really putting myself out there much. I know I need to try harder and make those connections myself but it’s not something I’m naturally good at. In real life or on the internet. So I’m going to try. A little, at least, to be more present on SM and interact more. And maybe make some good connections!
- Comment on More Blogs: This goes along with number 5 because while I read a lot of blogs, I don’t comment very much. Even though I know how much comments on my blog mean to me, I still always get so nervous about what to say. Which I know is ridiculous but it can sometimes take forever for me to figure out what to say so I often times just give up. But this year, I really want to leave comments, just little notes like ‘Thanks for the great review’ or something else just to let people know that I’m reading what they’re saying and I’m glad they’ve shared their thoughts with me. And hopefully as I go it’ll get easier.
- Add My Reviews to Purchasing Sites: This is the one thing that authors say helps them the most so I really want to start doing this. I was really good for a little while but for whatever reason, just didn’t do this last year. I want to go back and upload my reviews and the reviews I post throughout this year to at least Amazon.
- Reread the Harry Potter Series: I’m not sure if we can get through the whole thing this year but we decided as a family to read this out loud with all of us. My daughter is the only one who still hasn’t read through the whole series so it’s a reread for all of us except her and I’m so excited to share it with her this year and also to experience again for myself. These books are fantastic and I love that it’s an experience we can all share as a family.
That’s all I can think of right now but I’m pretty happy with those!
What are some of your bookish goals or resolutions for the year?