Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is bookish New Year’s resolutions.
I know a lot of people dislike resolutions, but I’m a goal-oriented person, so they’re helpful for me. (If I can remember them. I usually forget them partway through the year.) Hopefully writing them down and forcing you to look at them will give me the incentive I need to accomplish something.
My 2018 Bookish Resolutions
2. Read more translations. Most of the authors I read are from the US or UK. I need to do research and find interesting books from non-English-speaking parts of the world. (I’d love recommendations, if you have any.)
3. Read Newbery winners. I’ve been saying for years that I want to read the Newbery winners I haven’t read yet. I’m actually going to put a dent in my massive Newbery TBR this year. The books are sitting on my shelf, waiting for me. I can’t ignore them forever.
4. Maybe read more Stephen King. I eventually want to read all of Stephen King’s work, but he started his publishing career over a decade before I was born, so I have lots of catching up to do. I’ve read about 40 of his books in my life. I’m scared to Google how many he’s written. I’m pretty sure it’s over 100. I’m way behind.
5. 0 by 19. I got my TBR pile down to 0 in November 2017, and then I bought a mountain of new books. I’m hoping to do that again this year. It was fun. I’m really excited to read everything on my shelf.
6. Figure out the deal with Christianity. Considering how excited I was about Christmas, you’d probably think I’m Christian, but I’m not. I just celebrate with them. As a non-Christian in the US, I feel like Christianity influences everything. It’s in our politics, traditions, art, history, everywhere. I want to learn more about what Christians believe. I read The Bible in college, but it was in an ancient literature context and not a religious context. So, does anyone have book recommendations for me? Are there editions of The Bible that include context and background info for curious noobs?
7. Add TL;DR to my reviews. TL;DR stands for “Too long; didn’t read.” If you’ve been on this blog before, you know that I write really long reviews. Most people probably don’t read the whole things. At the very end of each review, I’m going to attempt to sum up my thoughts about the book in 1-2 sentences. If you don’t want to read the review, you can scroll down to that.
8. Learn to use Instagram. I have a phone now! This is the first smartphone I’ve ever owned. Instagram seems like a thing that bookish people do. I posted some photos on my account, but they’re mostly of dogs and stupid Christmas decorations. Basically, I have no idea what I’m doing.
9. Maybe participate in a Twitter chat. I’ve seen the aftermath of Twitter chats, but I’m never online while they’re happening. I don’t even know how people know when they’re happening. They just appear like magic. I want to be included in the magic!
10. Figure out the deal with blog tours. I’ve seen other bloggers participating in blog tours, and I’ve seen people say they hate tours and never click on tour posts. I would love to do more to promote interesting books, but I’ve never been part of a blog tour and don’t know how to get involved. I assume there are tour companies I need to contact? *Scurries to Google.*
Do you have New Year’s resolutions?