This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl is our Bookish Resolutions. Which, I have to admit, is something new for me, as (a) I never normally make New Year’s resolutions, I mean, ever. And (b) bookish resolutions? Hmm … but here goes nothing. Maybe if I make a few bookish choices and, having a few goals for the year might be a good thing.
- READING GOALS: We are all guilty of setting these and then, usual, well, for me at least, failing! I did this a few years ago and then, for health reasons never achieved diddly squat. This year, however, while we’re still in lockdown, and endeavouring to do more than the dumpster fire that was 2020, I’m hereby declaring I will read: 50 BOOKS.
- TBR PILE: I already wrote a post about trying to make my way through my ever growing TBR, especially those forgotten books that keep getting put to the bottom of the pile, or worse, moved to a shelf somewhere, and forgotten completely. So, I’ve committed to read at least: 10 BOOKS.
- COMFORT-ZONE READS: I hereby do solemnly swear and affirm that I shall try and read at least a handful of books that fall outside my comfort zone—normally SFF and crime fiction—maybe something literary or, maybe, more contemporary, which for me, is easier to achieve. So: 5 BOOKS.
- READ NEW AUTHORS: This out of all my goals for the year might be the easiest, as I do love to discover new authors and, in all honesty, have several new authors on my Wish List to read this year. So, all in all, I’ll probably achieve this one. In the interest of keeping it within the realms of possibility, I’ll go for: 5 NEW AUTHORS.
- INTERNATIONAL READS: This one is another easy to do goal for the year, as this one can be achieved by choosing a book with either (a) an international setting, or (b) from an international author. See, we probably all read internationally without realising it. Authors from another country from the one we live in or were brought up in, or a book whose setting is elsewhere to the country we live in or were brought up in.
- BLOG HOPPING: Another easily achievable goal given I follow between 45-50 blogs and try every day to visit at least 2-3 or, at the very least, those who send through a notification. I would say I already visit between 25-30 blogs (and more) on a Tuesday because of TTT—all thanks to Jana for hosting this one meme that I do enjoy taking part in.
- MORE BOOK REVIEWS: I usually write my book reviews within at least 1-2 days after finishing a book mostly because everything is still fresh in my mind, and I don’t want to lose the momentum. So, for the most part, I have no problem writing reviews and, I think, do between 3-4 (and sometimes, more) every month. I’d like to try hit at least: 5 REVIEWS MONTHLY.
- NEW POSTS: As in, maybe more articles or interviews, or something more beyond the usual book reviews or, even memes. Interviews can be hard to organise, as authors are doing these with so many bloggers on a regular basis already. So what can I come up with? I have no idea, but watch out for maybe a few crime-related posts to come throughout the year. I may surprise you, hey, I may even surprise myself.
- MORE SHORT REVIEWS: Or, more to the point, mini-reviews. As we all know, sometimes even though we love a book we can find it hard to put everything into words, so maybe a more succinct review is called for, or we DNFed yet another book, but instead of writing a scathing review, I might write a brief (short) review/post on why I didn’t finish the book.
- NEGATIVE REVIEWS: This one is HUGE online, and I see it every week being discussed on twitter by various bloggers. Some saying there’s no place for a negative review, while others feel we need to write more. The problem here is calling any review “negative.” I am making a promise to myself to start including more reviews of books that I personally felt didn’t hit all the right notes, and just why! Not so much a negative review, more and honest (and, I hope) well balanced review.
And there you have it … ten goals to make for a more varied and interesting reading/blogging year, that will (hopefully) keep me motivated and on track for that 50-book (or more) total come the end of 2021, which, quite frankly, looks like it’s going to be as long as 2020 was.
So, dear reader, here’s to our books, reading more, and blogging more. And you, what goals (if any) have you set for the year?