Ten Bookish Resolutions

Top Ten Tuesday - That Artsy Reader Girl

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme/feature previously hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish and have now been moved over to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is bookish resolutions or goals. I wanted to participate because this is something I’ve been thinking about lately. Here are my book-related resolutions for 2018:

Keep blogging without pressure. I’ve been blogging since 2010 and not putting pressure on myself is something I’ve always been conscious of. In order to keep blogging fun, I need to blog without pressure. No pressure to write posts or review books if I don’t have the time or if I’d rather do something else, like read or rest.

Read more books from my TBR pile. I have so many books that I still haven’t read and I need to make more of a conscious effort to prioritize them, instead of buying new ones. This is actually easier said than done because I’m a mood reader and sometimes, I’m in the mood for new books.

Continue to actively participate in the romanceclass community. romanceclass is a community of readers and authors of indie pubbed Filipino romance in English. The community organizes several events to promote and market books, and to encourage more readers and authors to join the group. It’s been so much fun to have a sense of belonging in a local book community because I love books and I love interacting with people who love the same thing.

Don’t hesitate to DNF books. I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again, life is too short to read books we don’t like. But even so, I have a hard time DNF-ing books.

Read more speculative fiction. My two most favorite genres are romance and fantasy, but I noticed that last year I read a lot more of the former than the latter. I think it’s because romance is easier to get into than fantasy. But I really want to discover more books and new-to-me authors in fantasy.

Declutter by giving away and passing on some of my physical books. I feel bad when it’s been years and certain books are just sitting on my bookshelves without being read or reread. So I think it’s better to find new homes for them, where they could possibly make a new reader happy. An exception to this resolution would be signed and personalized editions, because of course, I want to keep those.

Buy ebook editions instead of physical copies. Again, this is related to decluttering but I’ve also noticed that I’m more likely to read a book in my TBR pile if I can read it on my Kindle. I find it more convenient to read on my Kindle nowadays because I can adjust the font size and style, and also adjust the Paperwhite’s light function.

Be more conscious about integrating the content I create on other social media platforms into my blog here on WordPress. I’m very active on both Twitter, Instagram, and Litsy (username: Chachic), because it’s easier to update apps on my phone than open up my laptop to blog. So there are some conversations that happen on those other sites that I don’t share here on the blog. I want to change that in the coming year, and try to update WordPress more. As an example, I’ve included some of my bookstagrams to make this blog post more fun. I should do more of that moving forward.

Do more guest posts and host more guest posts. This is something I used to do more of, write guest posts for other people’s blogs and host fellow readers or authors on my blog. It’s a nice way of interacting with the book blogosphere and something I want to do more of in 2018.

Try something new. It can be a new blog feature, or doing something different like recording a video review. I’m clueless about video editing though so maybe I can try it on Instagram live or maybe I can ask friends to join me on Google Hangouts to discuss a book. An example of doing something new: last year I took part in two podcasts with my friend Kat from Book Thingo (click here and here to check them out).

Those are my bookish resolutions and goals for 2018, I hope I’m able to stick to them! What about you, what are your resolutions for this year?

22 thoughts on “Ten Bookish Resolutions

  1. Loving your list!! I also have difficulty DNF’ing books. I feel like they put so much effort into it that I should at least finish it. I’ve learned sometimes I just have to though. It usually sends me into a reading slump if I don’t.

    TTT: Bookish Resolutions/Goals

  2. I’m slowing coming back to book blogging and some of my resolutions are similar to yours, like DNF at will and trying something new. If you can think of anything fun to do with a blogger from the other side of the world, please let me know!

    • Welcome back to book blogging! Some days, I feel like I’m barely holding on to my blog. So many of my blogging buddies that started out with me have quit. But I’ll miss it too much if I do. I think I’ll probably always be active on Twitter and Instagram, and I can just update my blog whenever I can.

      Thanks for the offer! I will let you know if I come up with anything.😊

  3. I think these are pretty achievable goals and I’m really hoping you read this every now and then to remind yourself. Also, I’m guilty about the second to the last one (I AM SO SORRY HUHU). I’ll try to make time for it, promise! And yes to trying new things! I support you on that.

    PS. Edit Book Thing to Book Thingo 🙂

    • Actually that’s a good idea! I really should keep coming back to this post to remind myself of these resolutions. Haha okay lang, bes. No pressure. Whenever you have time.

      Thanks for the heads up! I edited the typo.

  4. Great goals! And I like your inclusion of the bookstagrams (great word!). It’s interesting how different formats slightly change the way we receive and interact with information, and putting instagram or twitter posts in a blog highlights those differences.

    Hope you like The Girl in the Tower; I really did!

    • I think bookstagram has been adopted as the term for Instagram posts involving books. There’s such a huge bookstagram community and so many bookstagrammers have huge followings. Like you said, it’s a different format from a book blog and I want to be able to integrate these platforms more into my blog.

      I’ve finished The Girl in the Tower. I didn’t love it as much as I was expecting but I’m glad I gave it a try since I do want to read more fantasy.

    • I guess DNF-ing is probably just a habit that a lot of us need to learn to get into. Good luck with your own resolutions! Hope we can all stick with what we mentioned in our lists.😊

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  6. Great resolutions! I like your advice about not being afraid to DNF books. It’s so much better for blogging and reading practice to read books that you love.

    • It’s a reminder to myself too! I need to keep telling myself it’s okay to DNF books that I’m not enjoying. I think I keep holding out hope that it will get better, that’s why I don’t quit.

  7. I love your resolutions! Any time you want to talk about fantasy novel recs, please do not hesitate to give me a shout on the blog or twitter or email, cause I looooove reading fantasy. I just recently finished reading Fonda Lee’s book Jade City this year, which is a fabulous secondary world fantasy that will be my favorite book of January, I am 90% sure. So you could read that one! It’s so good!

    • Hey Jenny, thanks for dropping by to check out my resolutions! I actually have a lot of fantasy titles in my TBR pile, and maybe I should prioritize those first?😂 I just keep being distracted by shiny, new books. Will look up Jade City by Fonda Lee, thanks for the rec!

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