This week’s theme is “Bookish Resolutions and Goals,” which is perfect for what I have been meaning to share with you, readers of my posts!
As you may know, I’m a very ambitious person when it comes to reading. Every year I write down my bookish resolutions and do my best to complete all of them—although sometimes this doesn’t work and I end up dropping my goals halfway into the year. This year, however, I will do my best to do some changes—to stick to my resolutions, and to branch out those resolutions.
Without further ado, here are my ten bookish resolutions for the New Year (well, not that new anymore…)
1. Read forty books!
My first resolution is one I make every year—the Goodreads annual reading challenge.
Over the past four years I have pledged to read an average of fifty books per year, and managed to hit that goal in 2014, 2016, and 2017.
This year, however, I have pledged to read “only” forty books. I made this decision because I’m in my first year of university, and I’m also focusing on launching a freelance career in writing, editing, and proofreading; so I expect to have less free time than I did before.
You can follow me on this reading journey by adding me on Goodreads (link to my profile). I would love to read your reviews and see what you’re reading at the moment!
2. Review every book read!
This is something that I really want to work on this year — reviewing, if only by writing a few short sentences — every book I read on Goodreads.
I often find myself writing “Great book! Will review later,” and never getting around to do it. I want to break this cycle because I like looking back to the books I read and knowing what I felt right after finishing them.
This will all be done on Goodreads, which brings me to my next resolution.
3. Write a monthly wrap-up every month!
One of the things that made me join the book blogging community was the wish to write monthly wrap-ups, inspired by my favorite booktubers and bloggers. However, I have never written one of those!
This year I want to really get more into writing wrap-ups where I include a short synopsis and a mini review of the novel. This would be a good way to push me to write more for this blog, and would also be a great way to make sure I never forget my feelings about a certain book.
4. Read more Advanced Reader’s Copies (ARCs)!
One of the things I love about reading and writing for a book blog is how updated I am on bookish news. This community is always bringing to the spotlight books that haven’t come out yet, and as a book blogger I have the incredible opportunity to receive ARCs from publishers—for which I am very grateful!
This year I want to request, read, and review more of these ARCs. I have always had great experiences with ARCs, and I think that blogging about them is a great way to promote newly established writers and amazing works of literature.
5. Do more beta reading!
As I’ve mentioned, I’m trying to set myself up as a freelancer this year. In the beginning of this year I had the opportunity to read the final draft of an adult paranormal novel as part of a beta reading project, and I had so much fun! Being involved in the publishing process of the book was mind blowing, and I felt so good knowing that my observations resonated with—and were valued by—the author.
This year I want to keep building my freelance career, and one of the services I want to keep offering is beta reading. Maybe in a year or so I can write a blog post about my experience doing it—who knows?!
6. Branch out!
As most readers, I have some favorite literary genres and I tend to stick to them all throughout the year. This is both a good and a bad thing. On one hand, I always read books I know I’m likely to like; on the other hand, I don’t get to experience the entire book market available, and might even end up passing on a potential favorite just because the genre isn’t one I usually reach for.
With this resolution I’m hoping to read more literary fiction, more literary criticism, and more suspense and thriller novels. I rarely read books that fit into this category, but I want to change that.
7. Participate in a book club!
It is a universally acknowledged truth that bookworms will be tempted to join a book club at one point of their lives. What’s there not to love about book clubs?! You get to read books, talk to people who also read books, share your thoughts about the chosen book, and there’s the chance of drinking coffee or tea and to eat cookies! Yet, I have never been a part of one…
In 2018 I really want to join a book club. I don’t know of any book clubs in my city, but thankfully the internet is riddled with them! If you know of any interesting book clubs, preferentially here in the book blogging community, please let me know about them!
8. Participate in the BookTube-a-Thon!
Yes!!! I’m already counting the days for the next BookTube-a-Thon! I’ve already written about it here on my blog, and I will say it again: I absolutely love taking part in this marathon. It’s so much fun to pledge seven books, to try to find a book that fits every challenge, and to stay up several nights in a row just to finish that one last chapter. The community comes alive during this time too, and there’s a feeling—at least in my mind—of unity and friendship between the bloggers and vloggers. It’s like Christmas, but with a lot of good books and no stressful family reunions!
9. Interact more with the community!
This is very tied to the previous resolution, and it is to comment and interact more with fellow book bloggers. I love this community and I always find myself thinking, “what a lovely girl!” after reading a special and unique post—yet, I always forget to leave my thoughts on the blogger’s comment box!
I will try to be more engaged with other bloggers, leave my opinion of their posts, and just generally interact with them more. I always love it when I see a new comment or a new like on one of my posts, and I’d be very pleased if I could make someone else as happy by simply leaving a comment.
10. Write every week
To finish off my list, I’m pledging to do something a little out of line with my previous resolutions, and it is to write something every week.
I’ve never been good at disciplining myself to write regularly, and because what I write is never fiction or very creative stories, I tend to downplay it as ‘nothing much.’ However, I want that changed this year. Since I started writing for a student-dedicated magazine, I have once again found my love for writing—and I see, now more clearly than ever, that writing non-fiction pieces (news articles and opinion pieces) is what I’m into.
So with this resolution I hope to be able to write something every week, both for the magazine and for Bookish Rita.
These are my resolutions! Post a day late, but who cares!!! I would love to know what yours are. If you want to share, drop a line in the comment section 😊