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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish resolutions

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish resolutions

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl.Β 

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Finish the Harry Potter series
    I’ve been promising to do this for years… Maybe I’ll finally do it.
  6. Start A Game of Thrones
    Same as the above!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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?

Alyce

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  • Great list! I really need to learn to DNF more books too. I really don’t know why I feel guilty over it. Best of luck with all your resolutions.
    My TTT

    • I always worry in case there’s a big twist at the end of the book which would make the entire book worthwhile, especially when it’s an over-hyped book that I’m really not enjoying. I can’t remember a single time that that has happened, though!

  • Good luck with your goals this year. I hope you are able to finish up Harry Potter. πŸ™‚ I love those books.

  • Bloggin’ ’bout Books

    When I first started book blogging, I used to be so envious of the awesome ARCs everyone but me seemed to be getting. Then I realized that I didn’t need to wait around for publishers to contact me, I could contact THEM! That changed everything. Now I’m on so many mailing lists that I receive way more books than I will ever be able to read/review. Proactivity is definitely the key.

    Happy TTT!

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

    • I definitely went overboard when I first started contacting publishers a few years ago, and I think that’s why I have such a backlog! I’m much better at saying no to things now and only accepting the books I really want to read – there’s no point in forcing myself to read something when they could contact someone else who might love it!

  • Jo Elliott

    Wow not buying any books? I have already failed on that one in 2018!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/16/top-ten-tuesday-142/

    • Somehow I’ve managed to get this far without buying any, but the temptation has been strong!

  • literaryfeline

    This is a great list of goals! I am with you on the ARC front. I need to weed my shelves as well. I hope you are able to finish the Harry Potter series! Good luck with all your goals, Alyce! Have a great week!

    • Thank you, and good luck with your goals too!

  • shootingstarsmag

    Good luck with all of your goals. I hope you can finish the Harry Potter series – I just love them. I’m also trying to read more of the books that I already own, and getting rid of others to free up space!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

    • I really enjoy the first three, and I’ve read them a few times each… I don’t know why I keep getting stuck on the Goblet of Fire, but something about the size of the book intimidates me!

  • Destiny @ Howling Libraries

    Great goals! I wish you all the best of luck on them all. πŸ™‚ Oh, I really like the one about reaching out to publishers more often – I need to learn to stop being so shy about that one!

    • Thank you! It’s something that I’m only just beginning to feel comfortable with, which is silly because I’ve waited until I’ve started a new blog and it looks like I don’t have much experience. Oh well!

  • Barb(Boxermommyreads)

    I can’t wait to see what great things you have on the horizon. I’m loving your blog. I think you can achieve all of these and good luck!

  • DNF-ing is so important! I struggled with it for a long time too, but over the last two years I have finally gotten more comfortable with it. I am also taking a library hiatus. I am a teacher so during the school year I try to focus on books I own, and then during the summer my daughter and I go to the library a couple times a week when we have a lot more time to devote to more books. Good luck with these goals, happy reading!

    • That’s a really nice way of using the library – not only is it a bonding experience for you and your daughter, but it means that there’s no pressure and it can just be enjoyable!

      • Oh yes, we love our libraries, and we go so often during the summer, and to multiple locations. I am so glad she is becoming a book dragon too (she is 4.5)

        • Eek, that’s so exciting! When you work in a library there’s nothing better than seeing little ones grow into ferocious readers <3

          • Oh yes, she is quite ferocious, she loves story time. I’ve been going to my favorite branch since I was pregnant with her, so it is basically like she has grown up at that library. All the librarians know her and used to help me corral her when she was a toddler and would take off from story time. They’ve known her by name since birth!

  • Cheryl Malandrinos

    Great list of goals. ARCs are the one thing I am usually good with. It’s the stray author who sends me a book or when one arrives I’m not expecting that gets tucked into a pile. I finally finished the HP series by listening to it in my truck on the way back and forth to work. NetGalley and I aren’t friends. I download stuff and I don’t read it. Bad me.

    Good luck with all your goals. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    • I’m also waging a battle of wills against NetGalley! If I knew I was definitely going to get accepted for titles I would request far less of them, but I request books that I think I have no chance of getting and often get accepted for all of them. It makes it very difficult to keep on top of things.

  • Leslie Hauser

    Hi! I hoard books from the library lol. I love these goals!
    My TTT
    Leslie

  • Bree

    I also requested way too many NetGalley books back in the day before they brought in the feedback ratios haha. Mine’s at 83% but I know it’ll never get any better because there are so many books from years ago that I just can’t be bothered with.

    • A friend recommended popping feedback in the ‘note to publisher’ section explaining that your reading tastes have changed and you’ll no longer be reading the book, so that might help you up your ratio! I’d feel far too guilty to do it myself, though, so I’m going to try to read some of the less appealing ones…

      • Bree

        Hmm that’s a good idea. I might try that for the books I know that I’ll just never read now. But there are some on there that I do really still want to get to, just…. one day. Too many books haha.

  • You’ve got some great goals, Alyce! I too need to read some of the ARCs I have (and yay for some fun things coming up for you and your blog), and I’d like to work on reading more books on my shelf too. Right now all of the books I sign up to review/request take up my time – usually, just as I get through my current publisher TBR, another round of books begins to find their way to me. And on the circle goes.

    I’m reorganize/unhaul my books once a year, and it’s a job that always feel so good to have done – plus, so far I haven’t regretted any of the books I’ve set aside in the “unhaul” pile. πŸ™‚

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland, Alyce.

    • Thank you! πŸ™‚ This is my problem, too – I’ll just get to a position where I’m reading my own books, and I’ll get contacted by publishers with great opportunities and the books I own are pushed to the back of my mind once again.

      It’s a good idea to unhaul books yearly! I’d always hoarded them and never gotten rid of any, and in the summer I snapped and got rid of five huge bags of books. It took such a weight off of my shoulders, because there was no way I was going to have time to read any of them!

  • I was with you on the don’t but a single book, yay!, but then no library!!! omgoodness, good luck to you. lol these really are awesome goals for the year!

    • Fingers crossed we’ll both be able to control our book buying habits! I’m proud of myself for making it through a month (well, almost… I’ve bought one book, but I meant to preorder it at the end of last year so it doesn’t really count – right?!)