Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions for 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is weekly meme created by the lovely folks at The Broke and the Bookish. They created it because they're "particularly fond of lists" and since I also enjoy lists, I've decided to participate in this fun feature.

How's everyone's year going so far? Now that we're a week in, it's time to reflect on goals. This week's list features my top ten bookish goals. Some have to do with blogging, some with reading in general. What are your goals? Any tips to help me with mine?

Don't forget to check out their blog for a full list of everyone participating in this week's list!

1. Read more of what I want.
I'm not going to worry about what I "should" be reading and read whatever I want. I won't say yes to every review request or blog tour. I won't be bothered by any judgement on my reading tastes. I like chick lit (and I don't mind calling it that) and that's that! :)

2. Be more organized.
I have so many tours I'm involved in and review requests still outstanding. I'm terrible at keeping track of things so some things had suffered - particularly what I've been reading (or not reading) for the other blog I write for (Novel Escapes). I have a pretty calendar from Christmas that should help. And a book journal. And I think I might bust out an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of NetGalley requests and blog tours and books I have on my kobo.

3. Stop letting NetGalley books expire.
See #2. This happened way too often in 2012. So frustrating!

4. Give YA a shot.
I admit, I judge YA a bit. Just a bit. I know those books aren't just for teens. Really. I do. But I seem to skip over those books in lists and other blogger's reviews. Which is a bit ridiculous as there are SO many YA bloggers out there. Including a lot of those who usually take part in TTT. I also know this sort of contradicts #1. Sue me. :) Fellow bloggers...if I should read ONE YA book before the end of 2013, what should it be?

5. Read The Night Circus. 
I'm fairly certain this was a goal last year. This is the most elusive book ever. AND I OWN IT. Yeesh.

6. Be more interactive on other people's blogs - comment, share, retweet.
I want more love on my blog so I'm going to give more out.

7. Read more Canadian books.
This is another sort of judging type thing. Again, I know that Canadian books aren't bad. Truly. But I need to read some of the iconic Canadian novels. Not sure what those are yet but research will occur soon!

8. Read at least 100 books.
I read 105 last year (some were novellas and short stories but there were also a few huge ones - 500+ pages - in there too) and I'd really like to do the same this year.

9. Always make sure I'm enjoying blogging
The minute that I'm feeling overwhelmed or that I should be doing this or that I'm going to force myself to take a little break. Fun is the name of the game!

And the big one...

10. Get a job in publishing! 
My internship at Random House Canada starts next Tuesday. Here's hoping that they (or another house) want to hire me at the end of the twelve weeks!!!


  1. Enjoyment is such an important aspect of blogging, otherwise it can become so tedious. Great list. Good luck with the job!

  2. I too used to judge YA, but now I can't seem to get enough of it. I know you like Sarah Dessen, so I would suggest checking out Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally or Wanderlove by Kristen Hubbard. Both were really great realistic ya with a bit of romance thrown in.

    I'm trying to be more organized as well. I caved and bought myself a dayplanner so I could make the most of the day. So far it seems to be working okay, but then again it's only been a week.

    I hate when you realize a book has expired! Grr! That's seriously the worst.

  3. P.S. I'm so jealous of your internship! You should try to tell us as much as you can about it!

  4. Great list! I have some of the same feelings too. Like read what I want and catch up on review books (I have some that are really, really past due). I'm also not taking on too many reviews/blog tours this year. I deem it the YEAR OF CATCHING UP and READING WHAT YOU WANT! :) Happy reading and good luck with your goals.

  5. I know how you feel, my NetGalley books would always expire before I had a chance to read them last year too. I kind of just gave up on them after a while. lol

    Here's my TTT: www.best-of-ya.blogspot.com

  6. Wait, you don't read YA? WAAAHH! YA books are my life!! You should read more!

    My Goals for 2013
    Waiting on Wednesday

  7. Great Goals! Good luck with the internship - very exciting.


Thanks for stopping by Books Etc.!