Tuesday, 16 January 2018

TTT (21) - Bookish Goals for 2018

Once upon a time Top Ten Tuesday was hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Now, it's moved to the wonderful That Artsy Reader Girl. The rules can be found here. And this week's post here.

This week the topic is Bookish Resolutions for 2018.

I always make resolutions and I often fail them, as most of us do. But I just really like the clean slate a new year brings. This year, I decided to be kind to myself and just try my best. On days where I can't work, can't read, or can't go outside for a run, I'll be kind to myself and I won't feel bad about staying inside and watching Netflix. However, of course when it comes to books, I do have some resolutions.
  1. Read more books from Peter Boxall's 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. Because I tend to neglect literary novels and just dive into genre... and I want to at least balance that a bit. Last year I read 80% Sci-Fi and Fantasy. This year a few more Murakamis.
  2. At the same time: Read more Classics!
  3. Don't fall behind with book reviews.
  4. Blog at least three times a week.
  5. Donate the books I don't want to keep.
  6. Read two books a week and finish 104 in 2018.
  7. Only request ARCs I really want to read.
  8. Read what I really want to read and not force myself through books. This point might collide with my first resolution.
  9. Adding to the last one: allow myself to DNF books.
  10. Interact more! This community is amazing!
What are your resolutions? Let me know in the comments!

25 comments:

  1. I want to read more classics this year, too. I think I'm going to start with My Cousin Rachel. I donated a bunch of books last year and it felt good!

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    1. My Cousin Rachel and Rebecca are my favorites by Daphne Du Maurier, I hope you enjoy it.

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    2. I loved My Cousin Rachel, I hope you enjoy it too!

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  2. Allowing myself to DNF books last year and no longer feeling guilty for putting them down if I wasn't enjoying them - was one of the BEST DECISIONS!! It's fine to not like a book...what's the point in wasting any more time on it? Here is my TTT:

    https://laurencarrollreadsandwrites.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/2018-reading-goals.html

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  3. I'm a huge fan of DNF-- well, I'm a fan of the idea at least. I too find it difficult to actually put down a book, even if it is genuinely bad. This year I'm going to try and be better about that-- spending my time with books I actually want to read.

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    1. Yes, I feel really bad when I abandon books, I don't think I've ever abandoned more than about a handful.

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  4. Great goals, Olivia! I’m so with you on your #8. My mantra for this year is read what I want to read, when I want to read. I’m completely taking the pressure off myself (way fewer arcs, no reading challenges, no grabbing all the latest hyped books) and going back to reading for sheer enjoyment. That means reading off my shelves and reading whatever strikes my fancy. Hopefully we’ll both stick to our goals this year!

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    1. Those are great goals :) Thank you for stopping by.

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  5. Great goals! I definitely want to interact more as well and learn to DNF more :) Wishing you the best of luck with all of these!

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  6. Oh the goal of only requesting arcs you really want. It's a constant struggle for me. I do, however, DNF ALL the time. If a book isn't keeping my attention, I move on almost immediately.
    Natflix&Books

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  7. I love your goal about reading more classics. I used to read them all the time when I was in college but have gotten away from them over the years. There are many that I would love to re-read. Good luck with all of your goals this year :)

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  8. I read so many classics in school, I think I am burned out on them, but it seems they are not read as much any more. I know my daughter didn't read many of the books I read. Always a great goal. Reviews! I am all caught up right now, and I want to stay there. I have always DNFed. I don't think it beneficial for me or the book to push through something I am not enjoying. Good luck with all these goals!

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  9. These are all great. I agree about DNF'ing, I'm okay doing it I guess but there are times when I need to do it sooner and move on. :)

    Good luck with your goals!!

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  10. Classics are tough for me. Once in a great while I'll feel like reading one, but most of the time I'm just really not that interested. (This is probably because I only love them a very small percentage of the time.) There are several on my "To Read" list that I plan to get to eventually, but they don't usually take priority.

    I cannot quit books. I wish I could be okay with saying "DNF" and moving on, but I struggle with this so much! I hope you're successful in allowing yourself to do this when you need to.

    Good luck with your goals (and also with not being hard on yourself when you decide you just want to relax)! :-)

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    1. I get what you mean with the Classics, that happens to me too. Thank you for stopping by :)

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  11. I read true crime for many years and when I decided to change genres I did read many classics and enjoyed most of them, I want to get back into reading them. I will have to look into the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list. Best wishes meeting your 2018 goals.

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    1. Thank you and thank you for stopping by :) The 1001 book is a great resource to find the novels others consider to be great!

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  12. These are really great goals and I strongly relate to the conflict between wanting to read more classics, or any genre, and also not forcing myself to finish books that I am not enjoying. Finding that balance is tough!

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    1. That balance is really tough! Hope we'll be successful in 2018. Thank you for stopping by!

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  13. Hi! I need to let myself DNF books too! :)
    My TTT
    Leslie

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    1. The DNF seems to be difficult for a lot of people!

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