Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week’s theme is changes in my reading life! My reading life has changed a LOT in 2019, and not for the better, sadly. Here are a few things that I’ve lost this year, and hope I can return to in 2020!
1. reading every single day
In my 2018 bullet journal, I kept a tracker where I filled in a square every day that I read for at least 30 minutes that day. Can you believe, by the end of 2018, I had filled all but maybe 10 squares? That means I read almost every single day in 2018. In 2019, however, if I had kept up with that same day tracker… I bet it would be half full at best.
2. staying on top of my ARC schedule
I used to pride myself on rarely letting ARCs go unreviewed past their release date, but this year, I think I can count on both hands how many ARCs (of full novels — not counting comics, etc.) I’ve reviewed before their release date. That’s… really not okay with me anymore. 🙁
3. successful buddy reads
If you’d asked me a year ago what I thought about the idea of “failing” a buddy read — as in, falling way behind schedule, to the point where my buddy read partner had finished and reviewed the book before I even started it! — I would’ve said, “Nah, that wouldn’t happen to me!” … yet here we are, and I don’t know if I’ve successfully completed a single buddy read this year (besides one this past week that I accidentally finished way before the schedule intended… but it’s better than falling way behind, right?).
4. reading more novels than other formats
Full transparency here, when I say I haven’t read as much as usual this year, everyone seems to think I’ve lost it, because at the time I’m typing this, my GR challenge is at a whopping 292 books read this year. I know, that sounds awesome, right? But, here’s the catch: you would not believe how many of those have been graphic novels, manga, comic collections, short stories, and children’s picture books. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with that AT ALL, but when I’m reading 10 library-loaned graphic novels for every 100 pages of an ARC novel I read, well, we have a problem.
5. series binges
I binge read SO MANY series in 2018! I read (and reread), off the top of my head, the whole Percy Jackson series, all of Throne of Glass minus KoA, the Shades of Magic trilogy, The Raven Cycle, the Captive Prince trilogy… the list goes on, seriously. Meanwhile, this year, I’ve read almost no series titles!
6. posting frequent reviews
When I migrated my site over to self-hosting a few months ago, I was going through old posts and realizing something that jarred me a little: in 2017 and 2018, I was posting multiple reviews per week, but in 2019, I’ve been averaging about 5 reviews per month — barely more than 1 a week (not counting mini reviews).
7. gushing about beloved books on social media
Seriously, I used to consider myself practically a queen of gushing about my faves on twitter and bookstagram — what happened to that blogger?! I miss how often I used to get DMs telling me I’d encouraged someone to pick up a book because I wouldn’t shut up about it. That’s a damn good feeling and I’d like to get it back.
8. a consistent bookstagram presence
This is easily one of the things I’ve missed most, but I’ve been an epic failure at keeping a routine schedule on IG this year! I post every day for a week or two and then don’t post anything for a month or longer. I constantly get DMs asking where I am and why I don’t post anymore, and trust me, I’m heartbroken over it, but it’s been so hard for me to get into the IG spirit this year. I’m really hoping I can find something that works for me in 2020, whether it’s a new theme, or going back to taking huge batches of pictures once a month, or whatever it might be.
That’s it — 8 reading habits I hope to pick back up in 2020! Obviously, I won’t be breaking my back to force any of these back into practice, because that won’t help… but I miss the “spark” I used to have and I want it back! Are there any reading habits you hope to develop or return to next year?
— destiny ♥