Recently for Top 5 Wednesday, our prompt was 5 reading resolutions. Those are my top priority goals for the year, but I have a few others (bookish and blogish) I wanted to talk about (to help motivate me 😛 )
I don’t really make resolutions, and I try to avoid the words “have to” when it comes to my life (bookish or otherwise) because that’s almost a guarantee that I will fail. It’s like when someone tells you to do something you were already planning to do, but their command instantly makes you not want to do it. Know what I mean?
Anyway, resolutions or goals or plans or hopes, whatever you want to call them, I have some.
If I set a yearly goal, I will procrastinate until the middle of December because, “Oh, I have plenty of time to do that!” That’s why I’m just focusing on the first half of the year, for now.So, at the end of June, I can look back at this and see what I’ve done, and plan for the rest of the year.
This is going to be long, but I tried to bold bits to make it more easily skimmed.
Update my blog
I’ve already started on this, but it’s still kind of a big project.
What I still need to do is update some of my pages, and work out an actual review format. I also want to create a posting schedule. I’m waiting a little while to do that one, though, because I want to see how things go and identify patterns in my posting.
I’m sure there’s more, but those are the most pressing things, for now.
Read my comics and graphic novels
This is a big one that I’ve been saying I’ll do for about two years now. (Maybe three, yikes.) I don’t actually have a large collection ( 😦 ), but I have a horrible habit of saving a trade until I think I can get the next volume. I want to stop doing that, because I might find that I don’t want to continue the series. Plus, these are all titles I’m really looking forward to reading, but I keep putting them off.
I’m going to say my goal is to read at least three by the end of June.
Quality over Quantity
This is why I don’t set my goodreads goal very high. A few years ago, I fell into the worst slump ever, and almost gave up on reading altogether. I finally identified the biggest problem: pressuring myself to read more, more more!
While reading a lot of books is great, and I’m sure a lot of us would like to read more than we already do, I was putting too much pressure on myself, and it was sucking all the fun out of reading. Now, I focus more on reading books I think I will really enjoy, and less on the number of books I read.
Post more reviews
I doubt I’ll ever write a review for every book I read (especially because I do tend to re-read books), but my goal is to post reviews for at least 50% of the books I read. I might review re-reads from time to time, comparing how I felt about a book the first time around vs during the re-read, but mostly this is about new-to-me books.
Stick with tracking my stats
This year, I’m using the Book Riot tracking spreadsheet for a more in-depth look at my reading life.
I’ve adjusted it a little to track a couple more things, and I’m pretty happy with it so far. (Thanks to husband for helping me out with the things I didn’t know how to do…I loathe making spreadsheets, but love using them).
This is my first year using a spreadsheet to track my reading, and I’m super excited. I love charts 😛
Oh! I’m also using the Beat the Backlist spreadsheet. I considered adding columns to the Book Riot one, but the BtB one is pretty simple, so I don’t mind using both. (It’s because of the boxes with check marks, and the Slytherin-green 😛 I love it.)
Re-organize my bookshelves
This…this is going to be A Project, yikes.
What I want to do is take ALL my books off their shelves, then dedicate a bookcase (or 3 ugh) to my TBR books.
Honestly, this project might not happen. But, it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, because I think it might help keep me motivated to get my TBR down, because I’ll be able to look at my books and see how many I still have to read (and how many I’ve already read).
Read at least one 500+ page book
I’ve already done this, by re-reading Goblet of Fire, but this is specifically for a book I’ve never read before. I have probably a dozen (maybe more, if I looked harder) chunky books I still haven’t read. Ideally, I would actually read at least two by the middle of the year, but…we’ll see.
Now that I’ve been working on this post for a few days (and am thoroughly sick of it haha), I’m starting to wonder why I bothered writing it 😛
The biggest reason is so I have an extra incentive to actually do the things. I have these goals in my bullet journal, but making them public gives me one more reason to actually (at least make an effort to) complete the goals.
Hopefully, when the middle of the year comes around and I do a mid-year post, I’ll be able to look back at this and say that I’ve accomplished what I’ve been wanting to do for a while. None of these goals are new for me, this is just the first time I’m taking steps toward–and planning how best to go about–accomplishing them.