Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! Today is all about those bookish resolutions.
Now, I do love me some resolutions, but after my huge 2017 reading and blogging slumps, my major goal for 2018 is to take it easy. To avoid another slump at all costs. This means I am not taking part in any reading challenges yet, and am setting my Goodreads goal lower as well. And it is noticeable in my resolutions below. Other than my Goodreads goal, I’m keeping all of this kind of vague and balancing them with resolutions to not worry about those resolutions. It kind of makes sense though, I promise!
1. Read 60 books total in 2018
In 2016 I set my goal at 60 books and easily surpassed it with about 12 books. In 2017 I set my goal a bit higher at 75 books and hardly got to 60 because of a major reading slump. And even if this was only a number, it demotivated me to have Goodreads remind me I was behind schedule. So in 2018 I’m taking it a bit easier and putting my goal back at 60. Still a nice goal to reach for, but less stressful.
2. Catch up with my backlist
Isn’t this always a major goal for most bookworms? I mean, I’d love to keep up with new releases, but what I’d love more is to get some of those older books of my list, the ones I’ve been talking about starting forever already. I’m thinking about pretty much all the books from last week’s Top Ten Tuesday, but rest assured there are more where those came from.
3. Pick up a book on a whim more often
I don’t do this enough. I tend to rely on other bloggers and reviewers so much when it comes to picking up a book to the point where I won’t even pick up a book at the store if the title doesn’t ring a bell from a review or blog post. And I could be missing out on a lot of hidden gems that way. So the goal is to just go with the flow and if a book sounds like something for me I’ll just pick it up without having checked Goodreads.
4. Read more diversely and #ownvoices
This is so important and I want to pay special mind to it this year. I want to read more diversely, but I mostly also want to pay more attention to supporting #ownvoices authors.
5. Get acquainted with graphic novels and mangas
I’ve been saying I want to do this for years now, though I’ve always been a bit worried about where to start. But fellow bloggers have already recommended quite a few nice graphic novels and mangas, and I just need to dive in. Any recommendations are of course still always welcome.
6. Follow my mood
And this goal goes kind of directly against the previous ones, and yet I feel like it’s the most important one: follow my mood. Meaning if the book I want to be reading does not fit any of the above categories, but I feel like reading it? I’ll just read it. Meaning if my backlist mostly consists of fantasy, but I want to be reading that new contemporary release? I will read that one. Meaning if I don’t want to be reading right now, but watch Netflix instead? I’ll watch Netflix. So mostly: no pushing myself.
7. Work a bit more in advance
I don’t think I’ll ever be one of those amazing bloggers who work months in advance (if you are one: I admire you greatly). I’ve been trying to for 2 years already and I can work about a week in advance, and that’s it. But I’m trying to work just a bit more in advance. If I can get to two weeks, I’m a happy camper (and hey, I’m actually writing this post during Christmas break so yay! Let’s see if I can keep it up thoughout the year though…)
8. Bloghop more often
For me, the heart of blogging is commenting and bloghopping. But lately, I feel like I have to scramble just to get replies back to the people who comment on my posts and hardly get to bloghop and comment myself. And I feel so guilty about that, because reading all your posts inspires and motivates me. So in 2018, I’ll try to be better about bloghopping regularly!
9. Don’t worry about the numbers
I tell myself this often, but it’s necessary to keep repeating it, because looking at those numbers is oh so tempting. But it’s also a surefire way tp get demotivated and burned out. I’m always gonna want more followers, more views, more likes, more comments, but I need to remember, that A) this is not a job but a hobby, B) I prefer to interact closely with a few followers than barely interact with a large following and C) I’m doing this for fun and numbers are too stressful and not what makes me happiest about blogging anyway.
10. Have fun
When it comes to reading AND blogging, this is the main rule for me for 2018. Reading and blogging is something I do for fun, and the moment it starts to feel like it isn’t bringing me joy, is the moment I need to take a step back and take a break, without guilt… This blog and sharing the love of books is what makes me happy and no matter what goals or resolutions I set for myself, what matters most is that it keeps on making me happy.