Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we make LISTS of our top ten books based on that week’s prompt… and then we stalk other people’s answers to add a million books to our TBR. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here.
I was planning on including a post like this within the next day or two about my goals for 2015, so this is perfect! As everyone knows, I started blogging in July of 2014, so this coming year will be my first full year of blogging. I’ve signed up for a number of challenges, since it’s the first time I can participate in the year-long stuff, and plan on doing a lot of stuff in the coming year. Thanks everyone for your support in getting me started!
- Write more original discussion posts: These seem to get a lot of traffic on the blog and I love reading other people’s opinions. I need to start drafting a post the minute an idea pops into my head, because otherwise I forget all of my ideas when the time comes.
- Write more top 10 lists and recommendation lists: These are supposed to be a main feature on my blog but I rarely post them. The problem is that I didn’t really have a lot of books to base these lists on. I would find myself repeating the same ones over and over again. With the hefty reading goals I have for 2014, I think it’ll be a little easier to choose a variety of books in these lists.
- Find a reading/blogging organizational method that works and doesn’t pressure me: I developed a system that uses my Google calendar to plan posts. I was really enjoying that method but decided to make it even crazier and make an Excel spreadsheet that showed what to read and when, when the review should be posted, and all of my past reviews and ratings from each month. This added WAY too much pressure in December and it made me not want to read. I’ve decided to eliminate most of that. I want to read what I want whenever I want, so keeping to a reading schedule like that really just doesn’t work for me.
- Participate in memes and monthly wrap-ups whenever I want: I have a tendency of overdoing it when it comes to memes, link-ups, and other things like that. If I don’t want to participate in something for the week, I won’t.
- Interact more with other bloggers: I am normally VERY good about replying to comments on my own blog, but I’m not as good at commenting on other blogs. I also always have issues with Google-based blogs, because the comment system doesn’t ever work for me. Go figure that most bloggers that comment on MY blog use Google and I can never successfully comment back! Regardless, I want to be better about commenting on other people’s blogs, instead of just commenting back on my blog.
- Complete my Goodreads Challenge (again), except this time with many more books: You all know the story by now. I set my Goodreads challenge at 20 books last year before I even considered starting a blog. Clearly I blew that out of the water with the 92 books I ended up reading, nearly all of them between July and now. I’ve been hemming and hawing about my goal for next year because I don’t want it to be too easy or too hard. That being said, I usually can read about 2 books per week and 1 audiobook per week, which would put me at 156 books. I think I’ll be setting the bar at 175!
- DNF more books: I know this may sound awful, but this is something I really struggle with. I hate not finishing books… especially if I spent money on it! There are too many books out there to waste my time on crappy ones and I really need to start, um, stopping them. Life’s too short!
- Only request review books that I’ve been desperate for: I have a tendency of browsing review book websites, reading the synopsis, and picking the books based on that. I need to limit myself to only requesting or trying to read review books that I found elsewhere and am dying to read. Even if a book sounds appealing while browsing, I’m never in the mood to read it when the time comes. I started this blog for me to keep track of books I read and connect with other readers; having ARCs doesn’t need to be a priority.
- Utilize the library like nobody’s business: I spend a lot of money on books that just sit on my shelves. I go out and buy a book on its release date because I’m so eager to own it… and then it remains there for months or years just collecting dust. I’ve determined that I really need to use the library for as many books as humanly possible. If I love the book and want a copy for my collection, I can always buy it later. Now that I’m okay with rereading books, I don’t have any issue with buying a book I’ve already read.
- Expand my horizons and follow my mood reading tendencies: By a long shot, I read mostly contemporary books this year. I’ve always loved fantasy books and I really want to get back into them for 2015. There are SO many fantasy series on my radar that I want to just crank through this coming year. Beyond fantasy, I want to be more open to books of all types. I get genre burnout a lot, so I hope that reading a variety of kinds of books whenever I’m in the mood for them will remedy that issue. If I read too many contemporaries in a row, I want to puke at the next sight of romance in a book. I need to follow my moods and read what I want!