Hello readers! In an attempt to provide more diverse postings, I have joined the Top Ten Tuesday posts that you see around the blog world. Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl – apparently her first week hosting, and my first week posting, so I think maybe it’s fate 😉
1. Just say no……
I think this might be a resolution of all book reviewers. I’ll admit it, I don’t want to say no. I mean, the opportunity to read a book that I might fall in love with and share with others? It seems like a sin to say no. BUT, I have some changes coming to the blog this year, and hopefully in life (related to books!), and I just won’t have as much time as I would like to read.
2. I need another book shelf. Or maybe five.
So , I donate a LOT of books to my local library. The ones I already have a copy of, or may not read a second time. I mean, if I kept all the books I read and review, um….. I wouldn’t have space for anything else in my house! But the books that I do keep? Well they are overflowing on the bookcase I already have. So this is the year I stop that! By getting another one of course 🙂
3. Read books my daughter has asked me to read and sooner!
My daughter shares my love of reading, but we read books that are as different as can be. She is always asking me to read the books that she has read, and every time I do, I have loved them. Case in point – The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. There are several books on her shelf right now that she wants me to read and darn it, I am going to read them. Maybe if I keep up with resolution #1, it’ll help in this area too.
4. Make bible reading a MUST for everyday.
Okay, maybe this should have been the first one, but these are in random order so it’s good. Life is busy, and I’ll admit that some days, if I am tired I will sleep just a few more minutes rather then get up and do my bible reading. Gasp, I know. I’m awful. But this year I strive not to do that! And Lord knows that if I don’t do my bible reading first thing in the morning, I will most likely not get it done.
5. Keep expanding my reading horizons
Okay, I’m not going crazy here, I am sticking to Christian Fiction – with one exception, I will always be a Nicholas Sparks fan. But I want to enter some of the other genres than my norm more frequently. Such as dystopian, young adult, western. You don’t see a whole lot of those here, and I would really like to be a well rounded reader. Maybe I’ll even throw in some non-fiction.
6. Make more notes!
So, in order to do this, I’ll have to have my cute little sticky notes and pen with me when I’m reading. That is the first battle. But I always see quotes to make memes out of, and if I forget to mark it, then forget it. It’s not happening. Or a scene will really get to me emotionally, and if I don’t mark it I can’t remember where it was, which makes it sometimes harder to reference in a review. So, I hope to do better at this.
7. Tackle that stack of books that I just want to read for enjoyment
You mean not every book that I have is a book I have received to review? Believe it or not, I still buy books, get books as gifts, and request tons more books then necessary from NetGalley. And there they sit. On my kindle app, or on my overpopulated bookshelf. I need to read them, or no more new books for me. (haha, yeah right, let’s be real here)
8. Lend books to friends more often
I’ll admit it, as much as I tell people to read certain books and share on social media about books that I have read, I am horrible when it comes to lending my own books out. I think it’s because I am scared that something will happen to them. But you know what? Books ARE replaceable, and if a friend reads a book I lent them and it touched their heart, isn’t it worth it even is something happens to the book? Yes, I’d like to think so.
9. Try to get AHEAD of the schedule
So, I go through spurts. Sometimes I have a book read weeks in advance of deadline, and sometimes I am finishing it the night before. I need to get ahead, and then I think it’ll be less overwhelming. Now, to do that I’ll need to take about a month off from work and just read everyday and all day, but that’s ok right?
10. Utilize the calendar better
Have you ever noticed that sometimes there will be like three posts on one day and zero posts the next day? Well it’s because I didn’t reference my calendar to see what dates I have open. And while sometimes this isn’t my fault, sometimes it is! So I need to do a better job of utilizing the best tool at my disposal – my calendar.
Well that’s it guys. You’ll have to let me now throughout the year how I’m doing with these. I have more, but not sure I can really get into those just yet (for example, I’ve always wanted to try vlogging, but am totally nervous so I haven’t made that leap yet). Maybe I’ll just save them for next year.
What about you? What are some of your bookish goals??