Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review.
I’m not a huge fan of celebrating New Years and making resolutions. I like staying up and spending time with friends, but the idea of a new year as a fresh start just doesn’t resonate with me. Maybe I’m just cynical or something, but it’s just how I feel! I’m not knocking it if you put stock in it – believe me! I like the idea of setting goals in January because it gives you a concrete timeline of when to finish them. So with that in mind, here are some things I hope to do or maintain in 2016!
Check back tomorrow to see some reading challenge-related goals!
- Read less… and give myself time to focus on other hobbies /// Not a lot of people have “read less” as a goal for the upcoming year, but I do. I would love to read the same amount because I WANT to read, and because I feel a balance between my other hobbies and reading. I know that if I make the same goal as 2015 (which was 175 books, and I got to 180), I’ll feel the same pressure to read nonstop. I set my goal at 160 this year because it’s very reasonable but still somewhat challenging if I’m able to have other hobbies mixed in. (See under personal resolutions for more on this!)
- Stop messing around with books I’m not 100% interested in /// The lure of ARC tours and blog tours will always call to me, because sometimes I’m just weak. I generally hate the feeling that I HAVE to read a book by a certain time… so why do I keep doing it? I talked about how I enjoy the new-school blog tours that have been coming out, but I really need to make sure I’m committed to the book instead of just working for an ARC I wouldn’t otherwise get.
- Complete all my challenges and focus on my personal projects /// I signed up for lots of challenges as usual, and even made up my own casual challenge for 2016. As usual, I hope to complete them! I also introduced some other personal reading goals and projects, like The Nostalgia Project. I plan to revisit some old favorites and keep that project chugging along.
- Keep up with my general lack of book buying, use the library a lot, and read books on my effing shelves /// I’ve been sooo good about not buying books recently. It’s mostly because of shelf space, but it’s also because of things like the Secret Sister project. I just don’t feel the need to purchase books for a variety of reasons. (Post coming on this soon!) With this in mind, I definitely want to use the library even more. AND READ BOOKS FROM MY SHELVES.
- Focus on other hobbies instead of reading 24/7 /// My reading numbers went up and down throughout the year, but there was one month where I read 24 books. It was a bit much for me! That’s nearly a book a day. I spent a lot of time feeling like I HAD to read instead of genuinely wanting to do it. Blogging has always been fun for me and never really feels like a chore (neither does review-writing!), but the reading part can. I want to binge shows on Netflix and not feel bad about it. Or build a Lego set. I’d love to not feel guilty about watching Friends for the trillionth time in the morning before work instead of finishing my book.
- Get out more and see friends /// Chris and I have a tendency of hibernating, since living with your significant other/best friend can give you someone to hang out with automatically. You don’t even have to leave your apartment to see someone! I do enjoy seeing my friends and getting out more often, but I never do it anymore. I MUST BE SOCIAL.
- Listen to more music and less audiobooks /// I love audiobooks and genuinely enjoy listening to them every day. It’s great while I shower and get ready in the morning, as well as during my morning and evening commutes. It makes the time go by faster and enables me to read more books in general. Without audiobooks, I definitely wouldn’t have read 180 books last year! I definitely want to keep up with audiobooks, but maybe just two or so per month. I need to listen to music and/or podcasts again because I love them.
- Organize my folders on Dropbox to make blogging easier /// I have a crap-ton of folders in my Dropbox where I store graphics for posts, book cover images, and the documents where I edit graphics. It’s organized decently well, but I really need to make more folders and put them together to make my life easier.
- Keep up with my organizational and planning methods /// I’ve been revamping my organizational methods in the past few months and it’s working well so far! I want to keep up with that obviously and make sure it really works for me. Crini’s spreadsheet is literally my favorite organizational tool that I discovered last year, and her 2016 version is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.
- Post more discussions and original features… and less reviews /// I like writing reviews and think they’re an important part of my blog, so I won’t change that… but sometimes my Google calendar is so full of them that I don’t feel like I have time for anything else. I usually have 2-3 review posts per week on top of TTTs. I also have some regular features (Bulletins at the end of the month, Inside & Out twice a month, etc.) that eat up post dates. I’m thinking of doing more combined review posts – maybe one post with two or three books in it instead.