Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish resolutions
Welcome back to another Top Ten Tuesday!
I had so much fun challenging myself to create some bookish resolutions, particularly because I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions this year. I’m not sure why I didn’t… I’ve been quite busy, so I guess I just didn’t have time to think about it!
I’m hoping to achieve these ten goals in 2018:
- Catch up on the ARCs that publishers have sent me
In the past twelve months I’ve received quite a few ARCs that I just haven’t had time to read. I missed some of them because of work and some because of university, but now I’m taking some time off I’m hoping that I’ll be able to catch up on all of them. It feels awful, being sent an advanced book and not being able to review it in time, but I hope that the publishers will appreciate the fact that I’m putting in the effort to get back on track.
- Be more proactive in contacting publishers/authors
I’ve actually already started working towards this! In the past couple of weeks I’ve contacted various people regarding blog tours, ARCs and other opportunities, and I’ve got some very exciting things on the horizon. If I can continue being this active throughout the year I’ll be very proud of myself.
- Attend more bookish events (including YALC!)
Last year, I went to YALC on the Sunday. This year, I’m hoping to be able to attend all three days, because I had so much fun in that one day! I’m also planning to attend more bookish events, and at the moment I’ve booked tickets to one – V.E. Schwab talking about J.R.R. Tolkien in Oxford. Hopefully I’ll be able to add more to my calendar sooner rather than later.
- Unhaul another 100 books AT LEAST!
Over the past couple of months I’ve been slowly but surely weeding my shelves, but I still have far too many books. I’m hoping that 2018 will be the year that I can streamline my collection, getting rid of some of the titles that I have no interest in anymore rather than forcing myself to read books that don’t grab me.
- Finish the Harry Potter series
I’ve been promising to do this for years… Maybe I’ll finally do it.
- Start A Game of Thrones
Same as the above!
- Learn to DNF
I don’t have enough time to keep finishing books which make me groan and roll my eyes constantly. I’m secretly an optimist: I try to see the good in every book, and even if the first 200 pages have been DREADFUL I keep wondering whether things are going to get better before the end. They hardly ever do, so I need to learn to call it quits and put down books that I’m hating.
- Don’t buy a single book
This is less realistic, but because of the overcrowding issue I’m going to try to unhaul books AND not bring any more into my home. I’m still receiving books in my Owlcrate and Illumicrate subscription boxes, but I don’t want to buy any books other than those.
- Stop using the library
If this one didn’t make you gasp, I’ll be surprised. Don’t get me wrong, I am a HUGE supporter of libraries. I worked in one for over two years! But that’s the problem: because I worked in the library, I filled my card with books and read nothing but those. I have hundreds of books crowding my personal shelves which I never pick up because I’m too busy getting my library books read before their due dates – that’s a cycle I need to break.
- Reach 50% feedback on NetGalley
This is bottom of the list because I’m pretty sure it’s impossible. I’m currently on 25%, and to get to 50% I’d need to leave reviews for another 100 books. (Don’t judge me! I requested more books than I should have when I first started using NetGalley, thinking that I would get accepted for none of them… Haha, I was wrong and I got accepted for nearly everything that I requested. Whoops.) I’m going to get as close as possible, though.
Those are my bookish resolutions for 2018! What are you hoping to achieve this year?