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Back to this weeks topic. I am huge fan of goals and resolutions and all that jazz. They may not always happen, but they set the tone for a year done right and I support that. Whether it lasts all year long … we’ll see. But even if it only lasts for the rest of January, it benefitted me.
If there’s another thing I love – it’s lists! I have to admit to being a huge lover of lists. I have two years of bullet journals filled with lists! (and planning stuff, but also lots of lists.) What is so satisfying about writing things that you plan to do / need to remember down? Maybe it’s the procrastination part. Because while you’re writing things down that you need to do, you’re not really doing them! Huzzah!! Procrastination is my word of the year, isn’t it lovely looking?
- RESOLVE NOT TO LOSE BOOKMARKS ALL THE TIME – nope I still constantly do this haha
- USE BOOKMARKS MORE NOT JUST TOILET PAPER OR BOBBY PINS BECAUSE THEY’RE THERE – I did use bookmarks more this year! But I still used toilet paper and bobby pins a lot. I’m going to count this one as a win, anyway.
- ONLY PULL “ALL-NIGHTERS” ONCE EVERY TWO WEEKS, MINIMUM – I’m going to admit, I am a person who needs sleep. I am in bed, asleep, by 3am or I will sleep the entire next day to catch up and then I’m nocturnal for a week and it just doesn’t work out for me.
- BUY BOOKS YOU REALLY WANT TO READ NOT JUST BESTSELLERS YOU’LL JUST ABANDON – Did pretty well with this. Could still do better. Without this, I may not have discovered how amazing Six of Crows is, though, because I didn’t like Shadow and Bone. eh
- WILL NOT BASICALLY ASSAULT THOSE WITH QUESTIONS WHO ARE READING A FAVORITE OF MINE – This is still a work in progress. But since I don’t know a lot of readers in real life, it’s not hard. It’s just when I do randomly see something reading a great book … well… I must befriend.
- WILL READ 5 BOOKS FROM EACH GENRE AND TRACK THIS – I’m pretty sure this happened. But I did not track so I’m not 100% sure. I see the wisdom in tracking. Will fix for 2018
- I WILL NOT JUDGE THOSE WHO READ THE MOVIE BEFORE THE BOOK OR DIDN’T READ THE BOOK AT ALL – Grrr… I have to be completely honest, I may become one of those people *hides*. I hated the Maze Runner book, but the movie was good and the other movies look good too…
- I WILL STOP BEING LATE TO PLACES BECAUSE I WAS READING. I WILL BE THERE EARLY AND READ IN THE CAR – Success!!! When I was late, it was usually not because I was reading. But I was still late places, soooo … partial success??
- I WILL BUY A BOOKSHELF INSTEAD OF HAVING PRECARIOUS STACKS EVERYWHERE – this is a work in progress. My dad has been insisting for about six years now that he will build me a bookshelf, but since I’m going to college in a year-and-a-half, I don’t foresee this happening. Will buy one in 2018
- USE GOODREADS TO TRACK BOOKS AND FULFILL THE GOODREADS CHALLENGE – I did not track my books. I stopped around May and haven’t been on Goodreads since I went back on about two weeks ago??? Still am trying to get everything added, but I did fulfill the challenge. Now I just need to log the books so my Goodreads account reflects this.
1. Blog, Kat, Blog!
I’ll be the first to admit that this year wasn’t my best year for blogging. My junior year hit this fall and WHAM! No more time for books, let alone blogging. Everyone always told me that junior year would be my hardest, and despite what I just said, I don’t find that to be true. Academically, my sophomore year was definitely the hardest. Although technically, I was taking junior year classes as a sophomore, so maybe there’s more truth to that saying than I thought.
Anyway. I am an editor this year for our students newsmagazine and that’s what has been taking up all of my time. I run the website for our paper, and no I am not going to link it because internet anonymity and all that. But it has taken up my time in a way I never imagined, and unfortunately that’s not going to change. But I have to find time for blogging because it’s something that I really love doing.
2. No review pressure
My first two years of blogging I tried to review every single book I read. Let’s be honest, I just don’t have time for that anymore. My first two years I was in junior high, I believe, and had plenty of time for that, even if I did read about 5-6 books a week back then. Those were the glory days.
3. Buy a damn bookshelf
I have way too many books to not have a proper bookshelf. I stole this tall, wicker bakers rack of moms from the guest bedroom a few years ago, and it’s served me well. But the wicker is destroying the bottom of my books and it’s completely stuffed full. I can’t fit another single book onto it. Believe me, Christmas came this year and I was slightly panicking at where I was going to put my new books. It’s too much stress. I WILL have a new bookshelf this year, if I have anything to say about it! (Which I do.)
4. Use Goodreads!
OMG … I stopped using Goodreads May of last year (it was unintentional… I just kind of forgot?) and when I logged back in about two weeks ago, it was a mess. I’ve since gone in and completely re-done my TBR and shelves, organized it and added all the books I could remember that I read last year. I know I met my goal, I just have to make Goodreads reflect that. And since I’ve had the same account since sixth grade, my TBR and shelves no longer reflected my interests. So I went from about 4,000 on my TBR to a couple hundred and will slowly build it back up this year to reflect my actual interests. But Goodreads is an amazing resource for a book dragon like me, and I can’t forget it! Plus, I missed the community. It did me a world of good when I was in Elementary School, looking for like-minded people and I can’t forget that.
5. Track books
Like I said, I didn’t track my books for over eight months last year and it was a mess!!! Come the end of the year and I can’t make up my Best Of the Year, Worst of the Year or general bookish awards post because I didn’t have a comprehensive list of everything I read!! I definitely know that my favorites were Eliza and Her Monsters, Strange the Dreamer and Six of Crows, but by the time I got most of it all sorted out it was too late :( Will not let it get that bad again. Ever.
6. Read book subscription books
I don’t have a month-to-month Owlcrate subscription – yeah guys I’m broke – but I’ve gotten couple-month subscriptions for Christmas and birthdays, and I haven’t read very many of the books from those boxes yet! Eliza and Her Monsters was one of my favorite books last year, and it came from an Owlcrate. Clearly, I’m not giving that business enough credit and need to get reading those other books that were sent!
7. Be more active on social media
Bookstagram is one of my most favorite places to be ever! It’s so pretty and makes very green-eyed, yes, but the sense of community is unmatched. Even on Goodreads you have bullies, but I haven’t seen anything but beauty and kindness on Bookstagram. There are negative comments towards books, of course, you can’t like every book you read, but there’s bonding through those comments and usually the bookstagrammer isn’t stupid enough to tag the author in those posts. Twitter is just not my thing, but I very much regret that I don’t have much time for Bookstagram.
8. Buy books I really want rather than abandoning the bestsellers
Rather than buying what everyone else is buying – which I really don’t do a lot – I need to remember to buy books that I am genuinely interested in. I don’t really do this a lot, but it does happen subconsciously. It’s hard to separate when I see a book so often, eventually I buy it and it arrives and I shove it to the back of my shelf and pick up an old favorite. Just need to remember to take a minute and decide whether I really will read it. Of course, I also like to buy books based on their covers or what I’ve heard (and not read the blurb) so it’s a work in progress, I suppose.
9. Be more diverse in genre and topics
This will be my third year participating in the Romance Roundabout Reading Challenge hosted by Under the Covers Book Blog, and that keeps me pretty well-rounded. But I still want to make sure I’m not just sticking myself in contemporary romance, high fantasy and Psy-Changeling books. Because those are easy ruts to get stuck in.
10. Make time for what I love
I talked about this in my first goal, but this is a little different from that goal and because it’s so important I wanted to make sure they were separate. I have been ridiculously busy this year, and that’s not going to change. Indeed, I will be even busier next year. But I have to remember to make time for what I love, and what I love is reading and blogging. I won’t be the kind of blogger (at least during the school year) who can blog a couple days a week and be present every day on Bookstagram. But making time in my busy schedule for reading and blogging is paramount. Maybe I don’t need to watch six episodes of Shameless (so good! 10/10 recommend!!!) on my off day. Maybe watch two and then book stuff. Because I’m definitely happier with books in my life than I was without.
Wish me luck! I hope I can stick to some of these goals and resolutions year-round… we’ll see :) What are some of your 2018 Bookish Resolutions and Goals? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!