Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, a fun way to get yourself thinking and sharing about books and bookish things.
January 7: Top ten goals/resolutions for 2014 (bookish/not/blend)
New year, new resolutions. While I have my same-old boring personal ones (exercise more, quit biting my nails, etc.) I’m not sure I ever thought about bookish resolutions before. Here are mine for 2014, in no order of importance:
1. Get back to reading one book at a time
… okay maybe I can do two. But in 2013 I found myself getting caught into having three, sometimes four books I was working on all at one and it became so cumbersome, I felt rushed to try to finish them all for some reason and it would diminish my enjoyment of any of them.
2. Not feeling pressured to read so many books SO FAST
I am not sure why, but I felt a lot of pressure to read quickly this past year, probably because 2013 was the first year I was really getting into blogging. I’m a busy person (we ALL are!) and things come up every day. I won’t always be able to find time to read each day, and I need to be okay with that and not so guilty. And sometimes, I just feel like watching TV after work!!
3. Read 50 books in 2014
In 2012 I set my goal to 30 and ended up reading 40; in 2013 I set it to 40, later upping it to 50, and then read 57 total. I think I should still set it for 50 in 2014, because despite how I did last year, 50 still seems like a reach for me.
4. Write and schedule blog posts ahead of time
I do feel good about how many posts I write in a week (usually 4–6), but I’d like to get ahead and start getting my posts planned and written at least the night before publishing them. Then I won’t feel that familiar pressure about being behind!
5. Catch up on my unread shelf
I bought a lot of new books in 2013… and probably haven’t even read half of them. And of course now I’m seeing several of them on a lot of end-of-year “best of” lists. D’oh! So a goal of mine is to get through a lot of these books I own that I know are great!
6. Read my ebooks
I have trouble resisting the $1.99 and $0.99 ebook sales. There are lot of great ones available, how do you say no?? So I have amassed a small collection on my mini-iPad, waiting. I read one, but it’s certainly an adjustment over paper books for me. I know that at least two of my library book group’s upcoming picks I have already on my iPad, so hopefully that will kick me into gear on this goal.
7. Do better on the 2014 TBR Pile and Eclectic Reader Challenges
In 2013 I signed up for both these challenges, and failed. Not miserably (6 of 12 on the TBR and 8 of 12 on the Eclectic Reader), and not for lack of reading… I just would look at those stacks and not feel like those books at that time. This year, though, I chose books that I have wanted to read and definitely STILL want to read, not just ones I’ve had forever and lost interest in. I’m not sure at this point I expect to complete both challenges, but at least I want to do better.
8. Buy less books
This one pretty much goes with #5 and #6 up there. Although I know there will be a ton of amazing 2014 books I’ll struggle resisting!
9. Read in more varied places
I usually just read at home on the couch, in bed, or during my lunch breaks at work (not much of that though lately…). This year I’d like to get out of the house more—like take a bike ride to a park and read on a blanket. I know I know… exciting stuff, eh? But truly, mixing it up is a good thing and can give your reading a bit of a refresh, I think.
10. Write the next Great American Novel
Do you have any bookish resolutions for 2014?