Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. You can find the most current prompts here.
Resolutions are really hard to keep. I think it’s because, at least for me, I aim too high and make it too difficult right from the start. I made my Goodreads goal 100 books last year since I had failed it in 2016 and in 2017, I ended up surpassing it! Now that I know I can do it, though, that makes me want to aim high again. It’s some kind of catch-22. ^^;
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is about my bookish resolutions for the year. I’m not putting a ton of thought into them and hopefully that will keep me from reaching too high.
Read more of the books I get in subscription boxes.
FairyLoot and OwlCrate are the two book subscriptions boxes I get most often. However, I usually end up putting off reading the books I get in them. This may have to do with the fact that I keep the goodies and the book inside the box they come in, thereby hiding it from view or the fact that I have a storage problem and they can get lost under piles.
This year, I want to try to read all the books I get from these services as well as the back list ones I still have on a shelf.
Keep my currently-reading shelf to a minimum.
At the time of writing this list, I have seven books on my currently-reading shelf (Language of Thorns is one more spot down), but that’s only because I cleared out a lot that I was only a little bit into or couldn’t remember the content of. I have a bad habit of starting lots of books and reading them at the same time, making for a very cluttered list. I think my top number was in the thirties. In 2018, I want to try and focus on finishing a book before starting another (except in special circumstances).
If I like a book in a series, read the next one quicker.
If I read the first book in a series and the rest of the series (or at least the next book) is available, make it a priority. My memory is poor and leaving too much time between sequels can mean that I forget important characters or events. I’m trying to finish up Illuminae now, so Gemina will be high on the list of books to read early this year.
Read the books movies I like are based on.
There are a lot of classic stories I know from watching the films. I’d like to try and read more of the books themselves. For example: I’ve read three of the Narnia books, but I want to finish the series. Then there are Austen’s novels which, while I love the movies, I honestly cannot remember finishing one of her books. Oops.
Read more back list titles.
I hoard books. It’s a side effect of being a bit older and of collecting books most of my life. They do tend to pile up and, with around 3000 books (I’m estimating but it’s probably wrong), I have a lot of back list titles I need to read. I want to read more of them this year instead of ignoring them for the shiny new titles.
Keep my NetGalley requests down/up my percentage.
I request far too many books and, while my percentage is hovering around 80%, I know it could be better. I want to read my list down, get reviews out on time, and get that percentage to at LEAST 90% by the end of 2018.
Read more manga/light novels.
I went to AnimeNext for ten years straight and because they moved to Atlantic City recently, I’ve been unable to go. That was the place where I learned about the newest manga trends, saw amazing cosplay, and made friends interested in anime and manga. While I could do a lot of that online, there was something about the atmosphere and the fun that I miss. I want to recapture some of that feeling again by reading more manga. I think I stopped for the most part last year because I was mourning a bit. Hopefully I can move past that now.
Read more books that take place outside of the U.S.
I’m not sure what my percentages were for books I read set outside the U.S. in 2017, but I don’t think it was very high. Most of them seemed to take place here and while that’s fine, I want to broaden my reading and read books set elsewhere.
Read more audiobooks.
My job allows me to listen to audiobooks while working so this one shouldn’t be too hard. Similar to reading my back list, I have a lot of audiobooks that I have ready to go in my library. I think The Princess Diarist is the one I’ll read first because Carrie Fisher narrates her own book and it sounds really candid, like we’re chatting and I’m not listening to a recording.
Don’t stress about monthly TBRs or reading challenges.
Trying to cram in time to make the challenges rather than reading because I wanted to makes for a miserable experience. This year, I will try my hardest not to make too much work for myself when joining in challenges. I won’t strain myself, whether that means taking a breaking when needed or going to bed rather than staying up way too late.