This week, Top Ten Tuesday has got a new home. Jana has taken over hosting duties of this awesome book community, and with it we have some new graphics and some new topics. Yay. I’ve written quite a lot about my bookish resolutions over the last few weeks, but I have some new ones that I haven’t talked about that I am hoping will help me save money for my trip to Disney later this year.
For all of you who don’t know what Top Ten Tuesday is, or don’t know how to get involved, click here. The lovely folks at Broke and Bookish teamed together to create this awesome weekly prompt, which is now hosted by the wonderful Jana @ The Artsy Reader Girl. Quite simply, you list the top ten of the topic prompt.
1. Read at least 52 books
I found this an attainable and enjoyable goal last year, so I am bringing it back. There is something the Goodreads Reading Challenge that makes this simpler, and it makes me keep reading, which is really important. I thought about upping it from last year, but I want this to be something I can achieve, and as I have been off reading recently I don’t want to make it too difficult or too high to reach.
2. Read 5 classics
I haven’t read enough classics in my life, and now as I have a much larger collection, access to audiobooks as well as paper books, and someone living with me who reads more classics, I think it’s high time I actually read some literature with a classical pedigree.
3. Read 3 Non-fiction
In 2017, the books I harped on most about and the ones I liked the best turned out to be non-fiction. I don’t read that much non-fiction usually, but I have purchased a lot more non-fiction books recently. Combine this with my recent liking for memoirs, I think I want to try and keep it up and make sure I continue to read this genre. I find non-fiction keeps my brain more active than fiction too which is a good side-effect.
4. Take part and actively engage in at least 5 readathons
2o17 was the year of the readathon in my world. I signed up to lots, and completed almost all of them. Not only did I take part, but I thoroughly enjoyed the world of the readathon too. I may have taken part, but I didn’t always engage well with other participants and the wider community so I want to take a more active part in at least 5 readathons during 2018. That means more twitter chats, more comments, more challenges, and more thought into my own posts.
5. Review every book I read
I really like to look back at what I do and try and remember how it made me feel at the time. Reviewing all of the books I read in 2017 really made me think about the things I was reading, what I liked and didn’t like, and how they stacked against each other. It was’t a resolution as much as something that happened, and I’d like to keep it and make if official in 2018.
6. Return of the 140 Character Review
As much as I love reviewing, I realistically know that the effort it took to maintain a review for every book I read last year was quite hard. So, to help myself, I am looking to bring back the 140 character review as a way of recording how different books made me feel, and encompassing anything I finish in an articulate and concise way.
7. Comment on more book blogs and posts
I really like it when I engage with others on twitter and on their blogs. I love it when people engage with the posts I have put an effort into creating. I know that commenting and appreciating other blogger’s work will help improve my own, and also widen my blogging network.
8. Netgalley and ARCs
I signed up for Net Galley last year but never really embraced the content or what it could mean for me. Now as I am back in the reading swing of things, and I have properly set myself up with the kindle app, I have looked into reading some new books. I like keeping up with new reads, and I like getting the opportunity to try books before they’re released into the wider world, so I need to look into it a little more.
9. Bookish Savings
I really need money for my trip to Disney at the end of the year, and have decided that reading is going to be the way to save some extra spending money. I’m going to do a 3-fold savings collection:
- Every time I read a book I am going to add £1 to my savings jar
- If it is a re-read, I am going to add an extra £1 to my savings jar.
- Every time I haul a book I am going to add £1 to my savings jar
- Every time I partake in a reading challenge/readathon I am going to add £1 to my savings jar
Seems pretty simple, right? I know that if I had done this last year I’d have made close to £300.
10. Read for enjoyment
The last bookish resolution I have this year is to throw off reading books for the sake of it, for a challenge or quota, and just enjoy everything that I am picking up and reading.
I have lots of life resolutions besides reading that can be read here. What are your bookish resolutions for 2018? What do you hope to achieve this year?