Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. This week’s prompt is Bookish Discoveries of 2019, but since I’m fairly new to the blogging world, I’m a bit overwhelmed with new bookish discoveries at the moment. 😉 I haven’t officially laid out my goals for 2020, so that’s what I decided to go with. It’ll be nice to follow-up with this list at the end of the year and see what goals I stuck to!
It’s all about ARCs!
One of my very top goals for 2020 is to get my ARC (Advance Reader Copies) situation under control. Ever since I started using Netgalley about three years ago, I’ve felt like ARCs are dominating my reading life. And I’m not satisfied with it anymore. I have so many wonderful existing books on my shelves, but have to ignore them because of the ARCs I’ve requested. While I love ARCs, and it’s such a privilege to get them, I’m learning to be more selective. I currently have 8 outstanding ARCs on Netgalley and 1 in print, and I’m happy I can finally say they are all ones I’m very excited about.
Clean up my TBR shelf!
I try to go through my ‘Want to Read’ shelf on Goodreads every year and delete any books I’m no longer interested in. I’ve been working on this the past few days. My ‘Want to Read’ shelf was at almost 1000 books! Which seems absolutely ridiculous. So I worked my way through it, and it currently stands at 856. Which doesn’t seem much better, but I like books, okay. 😉 The best outcome was that about twenty of those were physical books I was able to remove off my shelves. I’m still planning on physically going through my shelves because sometimes I need to actually touch the books to know whether or not I want to keep them.
Don’t be afraid to DNF!
I did manage to mark two books as DNF (Did Not Finish) in 2019, but I would love to be more proactive about this and only read books that I’m enjoying. It’s hard for me to let go of the guilt and move on.
Post at least 2 times a week!
I’m very new to the blogging world. I started this blog in September of 2019, but I’m determined not to do too much too fast, which is one of the top pieces of advice I’ve seen experienced bloggers give. So while I really want–and hope–to post more, I’m only going to set a goal of twice per week.
While I’m new to blogging, I’m not as new to Bookstagram. (<–Follow me and let me know in the comments so I can follow you back!) I’ve been posting for several years, but starting the blog has drastically reduced my Bookstagram posts, which I’m not happy about. I love and miss Bookstagram, but I haven’t figured out how to streamline blogging and Instagram to make them work together. I would love any tips from experienced bloggers on this issue!
I was surprised to discover I only reread four books last year. Four! I love to reread, and that low number disappointed me. I’m determined to reread more in 2020! Maybe even The Lunar Chronicles…
Complete 2020 Reading Challenges!
This will be my third year to participate in the Popsugar Reading Challenge! I’ve also set a reading goal of 80 books on Goodreads. For the last nine years I’ve managed to read anywhere from 75 to 106 books, so 80 should be manageable. I stopped setting my goal at 100 to allow me time to write in the month of November for Nanowrimo.
Create and Keep a Reading Planner!
I received the Owlcrate Reading Planner in December and I’m hoping to keep up with it. As I get older and read more and more books, I’m discovering that books don’t stick with me anymore. When I look back at books I’ve read, I’m surprised at how many books I remember very little about. It helps me remember them if I manually write out some notes about each book. I’m hoping it will also help keep my ARCs organized, as well as my blog posts. I’ll be interested to see how well I keep up with the planner by the end of the year.
Track Bookish and Blog Stats!
I recently came across an amazing spreadsheet created to track bookish and blog stats provided by Kal @ Reader Voracious and I couldn’t resist plugging in all my books for 2019. Here’s my 2019 Reading Stats and Survey post which I created using the spreadsheet. I’m planning on using the 2020 spreadsheet to track all my stats for this year.
Read books by Leigh Bardugo & Madeline Miller!
It wouldn’t be a bookish goal list without books, right?? I’ve been wanting to read Leigh Bardugo’s books for years. I own Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Six of Crows, so I have plenty to get me started. I also fully intended to read The Song of Achilles and Circe last year, and I own both of those as well. I want to know what all the hype is about, and 2020 is the year it will happen!
Do we share any goals? Do you have any words of advice for me?? Let me know in the comments!