12/31/13

Bookish Resolutions for 2014

I used Grammarly for proofreading this post because it leaves more time for reading!

Happy New Year Everyone!  I wrote a post last week about looking back at my bookish resolutions for 2013, and now it's time to make some new resolutions for 2014!  It's hard to believe that the year is over already...and what a year it was!

1. Read.
I know this sounds like a dumb resolution, but let me explain.  I'm doing something crazy this year ... I'm NOT setting a Goodreads reading challenge!  Last year, even though I set my goal much lower than usual, I didn't read much at all for the first three months or so in the year.  This meant that, every time I looked at Goodreads, that little box would remind me just how far behind I'd fallen.  And you know what?  I don't need that in my life this year.  So, instead, I'm just going to read.

2. Read more books that I already own.
I failed in the most epic of ways at this resolution last year.  SO, I'm going to work harder at this next year.  Just like the resolution above, I'm not setting myself a goal to reach, but I'm just going to be better at picking books off the shelf rather than borrowing from the library.  I currently only have three books on hold at the library, so hopefully this will be more manageable!

3. Read some more "big kid" books.
This is another resolution from last year, which I achieved, but I'd still like to work on this next year.  I still read more YA than adult fiction (and it may always be this way), but I read some really great adult titles last year and I'd love to delve more into some great books.  Plus, I think that by not worrying about how many books I'm reading, I won't be too concerned if a book takes me longer to finish...some of these adult titles are really long!

4. Conquer my series TBR.
Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat and I are co-hosting this awesome challenge: the Sequel & Prequel Challenge.  You can read all about (and sign up!) here.  Basically, we were talking on Twitter about how ridiculous our TBR piles were for unfinished series and the idea was born!  Jessi hosted the Prequel challenge last year, which encouraged participants to read beyond just the first book in the series, but we expanded on it and added a points system ... so the more series books that you read, the more points you earn, with BIG POINTS for finishing the whole series.

5. Be more selective with review titles.
A few months ago, I posted a discussion post about saying no.  This was the serendipitous moment that I realized that I don't need to finish each and every review title that I request.  Nor do I need to go crazy requesting titles.  I was recently white listed for Harper Teen and, although I now have access to all of their titles, I almost had to physically restrain myself from downloading ALL OF THEM.  I need to remember that, although the ladies on Epic Reads are excited about all of their upcoming titles, not all of them will necessarily be my cup of tea.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and reading my resolutions.  If you've posted some bookish resolutions, or have any suggestions for me on how to meet my goals, please leave me a comment and I'll stop by and visit. And Happy New Year to everyone -- hope you read many, many wonderful books this year! xoxo

4 comments:

  1. I need to work on #2! I buy a ton of books and never read them! However, I need to get my Netgalley pile under control first, so I guess I'll need to borrow your #5 also! :P

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  2. I agree with saying no to review titles. I only say yes to the ones I'm generally interested in so that I still have time to read the books I want to read.

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  3. Happy new year and love your list, good luck with it :)

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  4. I think these are great resolutions. I'm also going to try to be pickier and read books from my own shelves and not try to always read the new releases for review. It makes our blogs so different if we are reading what we want, ya know? Can't wait to see how this progresses for you!

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