Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is ” Top Ten Resolutions We Have For 2015 (can be bookish, personal resolutions, “I resolve to finally read these 10 books, series I resolve to finish in 2015, etc.).” I’ve been thinking about this list for a while now. I was actually tempted to look at last year’s resolution list before making this one, but as I don’t want to feel unaccomplished if I didn’t get something done, I’m just going to leave that one in the past. So let’s just take this opportunity to look forward…
1. Stop Neglecting Bloglovin’
I’ve got a huge confession, I’m terrible when it comes to checking blogs I’m following on bloglovin. I can go a month without even visiting my feed. It’s awful, I know. I honestly find it easier to keep up with fellow WordPress bloggers and those I follow on Twitter. This year I’m going to make an effort to do better.
2. Goodbye Monthly Book Hauls
I’ve been thinking about this a lot and as much as I love sharing what books I purchase each month, I also want to stop buying so many books. So this year I won’t be posting a monthly book haul each month. I have a discussion post about this decision which I will be posting later this month.
3. Three Reading Challenges
Last year I only took part in one reading challenge aside from the Goodreads Challenge. This year I’ve signed up for three reading challenges: Finishing the Series Challenge, Read My Books Challenge, and the Debut Author Challenge. My goal is keep up with all three of them, you can read about these challenges here.
4. Blogging Planner
I bought myself a planner this year to keep track of everything blogging and bookish in my life. I like being organize and having a place to work out what I want to post and when, so I’m hoping to maintain this throughout the year.
5. DNF Books
Speaking of being organized, I don’t keep track of the books I DNF. This hasn’t been a huge problem for me, but every once in while it slips my mind why I didn’t finish a book. This year I’ll be keeping a notebook with books I DNF and record my reasons behind the decision.
6. Favorite Quotes
Another thing I haven’t been doing lately is keeping track of favorite quotes I read in books. Never is this more obvious than when we get one of those Top Ten Tuesday prompts asking us to list our favorite quotes. I immediately draw a blank. This year I’m going to make an effort to write down quotes/passages in books that stand out to me. I’ve already started, this is an excerpt from Catherynne M. Valente’s Deathless:
“The forest deepened, the birches filling with crows, the underbrush with red, pointed hedgehog eyes. Overhead, violet seeped out of the sky and black crept up until only the sharp, cutting stars sliced through the night.”
7. Blogging in Advance
I found myself doing a whole lot of blogging in advance during the month of December. I had so many posts to put together as the year came to a close, and I’m so glad I decided to work on most of them in advance. My routine lately has been working on blog posts on Sundays for the week, that way I’m not rushing to put them together when it comes time to post something. (If you’re curious, I’m putting this one together on a Sunday)
8. New-to-Me Authors
There are so many great authors out there that I have yet to read. This year I want to make an effort to seek out novels by these authors that have been on my TBR for years. I actually started this year with a book by an author I hadn’t read before, hopefully she won’t be the last one I’m trying out in 2016.
How I’ve neglected the classics! Although I didn’t join a reading challenge for classics, I really want to get to a few this year. I haven’t quite decided which ones I’ll be picking up, but expect a future blog post highlighting a few I want to get to this year.
10. Take the Pressure Off Myself
As much as I love blogging, it’s really easy to put too much pressure on yourself. Sometimes I find myself stressing to get a post done or a review, and blogging becomes a burden. I do not want this, I want to enjoy myself when it comes to blogging, so in 2016 I’m letting myself off the hook if I don’t have the time/don’t feel like writing a post or review. Ah, I feel lighter already.
What kind of blogging/bookish resolutions have you made for this new year? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.