Happy Tuesday! Today we kick off a new Top Ten Tuesday era by moving the linkup over to That Artsy Reader Girl! And a good way to begin is by setting some goals. Some bookish goals, to be precise.
I do set a reading goal for the Goodreads challenge every year but I don’t stress over it. It’s more of an easy way for me to keep up with all the books I’ve read at the end of the year when those whimper-inducing ‘faves lists’ are due. But that’s all I do as far as numbers are concerned, so this list is more idea-oriented than numbers-driven.
Without further delay … behold, my bookish resolutions for 2018.
1. Tackle my TBR pile/reading backlist
I really could just stop here because, while the other goals are not in any particular order, this is my numero uno goal for 2018. It’s so out of control, y’all. The books I committed to review and haven’t yet… The books I’ve heard about and haven’t made it past marking ‘want to read’ on Goodreads…. The books I’ve had on my radar for way too long… This year. They will be read. Or I’ll die trying 😉
2. Read the dang Lunar Chronicles, for the love.
I think this series has showed up on my bookish resolutions list for the last two years. There is just no excuse (except books and life) for not reading them yet. A creative, unique take on fairy tales that will stretch me a little (not a fan of scifi)? And those gorgeous covers!! This year. They will be read. Or I’ll die trying (does that sound familiar? I think I’ve read that somewhere… oh. wait.)
3. Read more of my ‘first choice’ books.
One of the pitfalls of book blogging is that you can become inundated with more review requests than you will ever read in one lifetime. And, because my ultimate goal is always to encourage authors and promote their books, I end up overbooking myself and then I don’t get to read the books I really want to read. Don’t get me wrong – I never read a book I don’t want to read but just like there are different layers of ‘favorites’ there are different levels of book-read-wanting. (I don’t know what to call that lol) I’m so woefully behind on several series, several authors, and my fave genre: mystery/suspense. So this year I want to make time to read the books that make my heart happy just by looking at the cover or the author or the book blurb.
4. Learn to say ‘no’.
This goes along with #3. The only way I’m going to make time to read the books I really want to read is to say no to some of the ‘I think I want to read that’ books that come across my radar. Or at least say ‘no for now’ (see? I’m waffling already lol). I hate turning authors & blog tours away but it just needs to be done sometimes. And Netgalley… you are a temptress. That is all.
5. Read more diverse voices.
If we only surround ourselves with people who look like us, sound like us and believe like us, we are missing out on some of life’s greatest blessings. In November, I had the opportunity to listen to Dr. Theon Hill speak about diversity in fiction. What he said has really stuck with me, especially this: “We engage diversity because God has already embraced it in eternity.” The problems with prejudice in my country will never truly be resolved on Capitol Hill; rather, the tide will turn when we learn to listen to each other’s hearts. And that won’t happen if we only surround ourselves with books by people who look like us, sound like us and believe like us with characters who also look like us, sound like us and believe like us.
6. Start a podcast.
Several people have asked me to do this but, until just a couple of weeks ago, I had no inspiration at all for what that would look like in reality. I can’t say much more right now, but keep an eye here and on my social media accounts for more info. I think it’s going to be really fun!
7. Try to figure out how to bookstagram.
Like a podcast, this will seriously stretch my creativity. I am just not artistically oriented at all. Like… not at all. What i envision in my head is not what ends up coming to be, so up til now I’ve just given up on trying to bookstagram pretty book pics. I would love to figure out a way to have my cake and eat it too – be able to do pretty book photos without stressing myself out. (And also … to have cake and eat it, if we’re being honest.) Umm…don’t hold your breath waiting for this to happen, though. It’s low on my priority list lol.
8. Get my reading room/library put together.
I’ve had plans to turn our home office into a reading room/library for over a year now. One problem is that our home office has mainly been used as a storage room for a couple of years… the other, related, problem is that our weekends get busy quickly and suddenly our well-intentioned plans to work on it fall by the wayside. But… I’m determined to do it soon. I can’t wait to get it all set up and show you pics!
9. Kondo my book collection.
Have you heard of Marie Kondo’s book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up? I haven’t read it yet but I’ve read several articles & blog posts from people who have put the book into practice. One of the things they all seem to reference is the concept of joy in relation to decluttering. Mainly, if something doesn’t bring you joy, donate it or throw it out. The stacks of books in my house (and my broken toe, thanks to a bin of books to read) tell me I really need to apply this to my books too. If I haven’t read it, obviously it stays. But of the books I did read… did they bring me joy? Do they bring me joy when I see them on my shelves (or in a ‘decorative’ stack on the floor lol). If not, I’m going to pass them along.
10. Live in the Word.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, one of England’s best-known preachers, is quoted as saying, “Visit many good books but live in the Bible.” More than anything else this year… even if I never get caught up on my backlist TBR pile… even if I still don’t get those Lunar Chronicles read… even if my office is a storage room forevermore… I want to saturate myself with God’s Word. Last year was a tough, tough year on my soul. It needs a renewal, the kind that only Jesus can provide. And the best way to start is to dive into the Bible and meditate on it throughout each day. I’m excited to see what He will teach me this year 🙂
What about you? Which bookish resolutions do we share?