Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 but starting today its new home is at That Artsy Reader Girl! It’s been quite a long time since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday, but I really wanted to join in again as soon as I had the time, and today was a great day to chose since TTT has moved to its new home! I’ll miss all the great ladies at TB&TB, but I’m so glad Jana decided to continue hosting the TTT fun!
This weeks theme is your bookish goals or resolutions for 2018. Normally, I don’t really make any sort of bookish goals or resolutions for the year except for setting my Goodreads Challenge, which I’ve exceeded every year since I’ve made it since 2012. While I enjoy meeting that challenge, this year I decided I wanted to set some more goals for myself since I’ve felt myself falling into a bit of a reading slump since the holidays and a maybe a few resolutions will help me meet my goals. Hopefully, I can meet my goals and keep my resolutions…they should be easier than trying to stay away from chocolate! Ha!
Meet My Goodreads Challenge
I’ve set my challenge to read 150 books, and I’m pretty sure that I can meet it since I read 178 books in 2017. But you never know!
Read 10 Non-Fiction Books
I really enjoy non-fiction, especially memoirs, self-help and healing books, and have several on my TBR, but I neglected non-fiction last year. I’m going to try and read one a month, so I better get started this month!
Complete the 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge
My good friend Danielle @Books, Vertigo, and Tea got me interested in doing a reading challenge this year since I’ve never done one (other than the Goodreads, which I wasn’t counting). It sounds like a lot of fun, so I’ve decided to do the Popsugar Reading Challenge that Danielle is doing along with several other bloggers (if you haven’t joined the Goodreads Group Suspenseful Clues and Thrilling Reviews hosted by Chelsea @ The Suspense Is Thrilling Me and Sam @ Clues and Reviews then you really should since they are not only participating in the Popsugar Reading Challenge along with other group members who want to but there are wonderful monthly book choices for group discussion and great group members! It’s a fun group!)
Anyway, my goal is to complete the challenge, including the advanced prompts, and I’ve already read 4 books so far and am currently reading 2 books toward it now. The prompts are really interesting and fun, so that makes this a great challenge! Luckily, I am able to work in books that I’m teaching this semester to fit some of the prompts since they’re highly diverse so that kinda kills two birds with one stone!
To Read More Diverse Books and Books Outside My Comfort Zone
This is one that I think the Popsugar Challenge will help me do since I have to read a book set on another planet, and I would never purposely pick a book with that setting since sci-fi is not my thing. Also, a cyberpunk book, which I would have never thought to read. I’d already planned on reading more cultural diverse books, and I’ve got a list of books by diverse authors that I’m teaching for my new Interpreting Lit class this semester that I’ve not even read all of them, so it will be a new learning experience for me too! I felt stuck in a reading rut, so I hope this will help. This will be interesting since I usually read the same couple of genres all the time…I’m really excited about this one!
To Finish or Catch-up With Several Ongoing Series
I love book series and getting attached to the characters, but right now I have about 6 ongoing series that I’m behind on. I’ve got all the books in the series, so there’s no excuse not to have read them except I’ve just let them lag. I need to either get caught up with them or decide whether it’s a series that I’m just over…
Keep My Netgalley and Edelweiss ARC’s Under Control
Right now my Netgalley ratio is at 94%, and I’ve never let it fall below 80%, but I don’t want to go crazy asking for books when I don’t have time to review an ARC by a certain timetable. With my health fluctuating from good to bad days, I don’t know if I even want to read some days much less write a book review, so I don’t want to feel obligated when I’m feeling unhealthy. That just makes the reading and reviewing feel like a chore and when that happens, I feel miserable. So I’m only going to request 1 or 2 a month and only from authors or books that I feel confident that I will love.
Read More from My Personal TBR
When I last counted, I had between my Kindle, hardback books, and paperback books a total of 178 unread books. That’s crazy, especially since I just bought more books last week! So I plan on reading as many of them as I can this year. This is were the Popsugar Reading Challenge will be very helpful! I went ahead and filled in what books I plan to read for all 50 prompts and out of the 50, I will be able to use 39 of the books that I own to fulfill the prompts. That will help clear my TBR, and I plan to read at least 31 more of the ones that I own to get 70 cleared off by the end of the year!
Read More New Authors
In 2017, I read books by over 40 new authors, which was a wonderful new experience! I’d been stuck in an author rut for quite a while. Out of those, I’d love to reread about 30 of those authors. This year, my goal is to read at least books by 20 new to me authors since that was such a great experience! I’ve already read 4 of those this year, so I’m off to a good start!!
Learn the Art of the DNF!!
Okay, this is a SERIOUS problem for me! I need a DNF intervention…HELP!! I just don’t know how to DNF. I will read a book I hate to the end in the hopes that it gets better in the last chapter. Maybe I’m in a fantasy that it will be fantastic right at the end, and to be fair I have had books do a 360 at 50% or after and become wonderful books! But I just don’t have time to read awful books, especially when there are way too many wonderful books for me to read!! I’m going to set a goal that if I’m not completely engaged in the book by 40% then I’m done. Life is too short, and I want to spend time doing things I enjoy!
Reread Some of My Favorites
I reread some of my favorite gothic novels last fall when working on my dissertation, and that reminded me of how much I loved those books! Most were classics and some weren’t, but it was a wonderful reminder of how much I love some books. There are several that I want to reread this year-some from childhood that I plan to buddy read with my 7 1/2 year old daughter and some that I will read on my own for pure enjoyment so I can remind myself why I love reading so much! My goal is to reread 12 books this year.
What are your bookish goals and resolutions? I’d love to hear about them!! I hope all of you are having a wonderful New Year so far and 2018 is your best year ever!!