Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is to pick ten bookish resolutions or goals. I have quite a few bookish resolutions for 2018 (but not quite ten), so I had fun coming up with enough for the full list!
1. Request Less ARCs
Some months in 2017, I would have as many as 15 different ARCs for that specific month’s releases, with no means of reading them all and still juggling buddy reads, group BOTM picks, etc.
So far this year, I’ve requested 6 ARCs. It sounds like a lot, but they’re well spaced out (some don’t release until August), and they’re all hot titles that I would have pre-ordered, anyways. Which leads me to my second point…
2. No ARCs for Books I Don’t Really “Need”
In 2017, I accepted and requested titles on a whim, rather than really thinking about whether or not I wanted to read them. Because of that, I ended up with quite a few ARCs that I either didn’t enjoy, or lost any desire to read. In 2018, I’m determined to only add ARCs that I really want to read. If I’m on the fence about a book, I’ll make a note of the title and watch for reviews from bloggers I trust.
3. No More Strict TBRs
In 2017, I got so swept up in ARCs and buddy/group reads, I stopped mood reading. It took a few months for me to realize that the lack of it was making me suffer serious burn-out. To prove how much I love mood reading, I’ve read almost a dozen books and novellas this month, and I know that’s because I’m reading what I want to read instead of what I think I should read.
4. “Must Read” List & Beat the Backlist
While I’m not scheduling these (see previous resolution), I do have a list of 24 “must read” titles to tackle this year. All of these are 2017 releases or older, and none of these are due to “hype” – they’re all on the list because I’ve been putting them off too long, or loved ones recommended them to me.
5. DNF More Books
I know it might sound like a silly goal, but I’ve had a habit in the past of refusing to DNF books I hated, even if I knew they were causing me to go into a reading slump. This year, I want to start valuing my own reading time a little more, and not being so hesitant to DNF a book that I know I’m not enjoying. (Within reason, of course – I always try to give any book at least the first 30%.)
6. Buy Less Books
Speaking of knocking out that TBR, it goes hand-in-hand with my goal to purchase less books in 2018. Last year, I think – including ebooks – I accrued somewhere near 300 titles. While I certainly don’t want to wipe out my TBR, I’m willing to acknowledge that I will run out of room for shelves eventually. Plus, I need to funnel a little more cash into savings and a little less into BookOutlet’s pockets.
7. Review Books Faster
When I first started reviewing books, I had a rule to review books as soon as I finished them. That rule gradually loosened to reviewing it within a few days, and then two weeks, and then a month… and next thing you know, I’m typing up reviews for books I finished 3-4 months prior (which sucks).
8. Less Multi-
If you’ve ever glanced at my “currently-reading” shelf, there is a good chance that you saw 6-10 books on it at once. While I love reading multiple titles at the same time, if it’s more than 4-5, it takes me forever to finish anything, and then I start feeling slumpy. I’m cutting myself some slack in January because I have multiple buddy reads going at the same time, but my goal is to limit myself to 4 titles at a time (or less).
9. Read Pre-Orders ASAP
I have a terrible habit of pre-ordering books, and then letting them collect dust for months afterwards. The thing is, though, if I’m pre-ordering a book, it’s because I know I’m probably gonna love it – so, why wait? If I read the books sooner, not only could I buddy read it with friends, but I could post reviews while they’re still super relevant, and have people to share my feels with. Win-win-win!
10. Finish Some F%&#ing Series!
I am the world’s worst at finishing series. I just am. The Divergent trilogy totally wrecked my fondness for series finales. It’s no secret that I hated the ending of that series, and it has made me so nervous for finishing any series I love, because I’m worried I’ll be let down like that again. I’m determined, though – 2018 WILL be the year that I overcome my fears and finish some of these series I’ve started! (Plus, I’m really tired of getting spoiled for series finales…)