Hi, all! Before I get started I just wanted to share that I’ve decided to post 5 days a week, excluding Thursdays and Saturdays. That’ll be my new schedule (at least for 2019). I’m also planning to start working on customizing my layout and banners in the next couple of months so if you see some things changing, that is why (:
Okay, now let’s get to the post! On Wednesdays
we wear pink I post my “Top 5” which comes from a GoodReads group that creates topics for bloggers to write about. This weeks topic is “Top 5 Reading Resolutions for 2019”.
Reading Resolution #1
The first big goal I have for my reading in 2019 is to tackle some series. Since I’m not quite as into fantasy or dystopian stories as a lot of other readers, I tend to neglect book series. I don’t think I really realized that I was doing it until the end of last year when I started noticing people mentioning all the series they started, completed, were excited for, etc. and I noted how few of them I had read. I also think that series can feel very special to a reader because you get to stay in the world that the book has created for you a lot longer. I’m going to be checking out some that I’ve never read before but I think that I will also be rereading a few.
Reading Resolution #2
Learn to be OK with DNFs! This is a huge problem for me because I am the type of person who feels like I have to finish something once I start (
quite literally the only reason I’m still attending uni if we’re being completely honest) so I almost always push through a book even if I hate it. I think that in 2018 I had two books marked DNF but the thing is, there was so many more that I wanted to put down. The truth about reading is that there are so many books that the world has to offer us and wasting time on a story that doesn’t appeal to me seems extremely pointless. I know that is going to be a hard resolution for me, but I promise I’m going to work on it.
Reading Resolution #3
Less ARCs, more backlist! I just started book blogging in 2018 and you can imagine how excited I was when I learned about NetGalley or got my first email from an author or publisher asking if they could send me their book. Many of you know the exact feeling I’m referring to. It’s so exciting and it makes you feel like your opinion is valued. For this exact reason, I went hard on NetGalley in 2018. It might not seem that extreme to some, but I read and reviewed 34 books through NetGalley last year, and did (I think) 12 books from authors or publishers who sent me their book through different channels. That’s a total of about 46 books, and to be completely honest, I have almost triple that in my backlist pile just waiting to be read. I love the opportunity that NetGalley gives reviewers and readers, but I think I want to limit myself a bit more this year. I’m thinking of maxing my ARC list to 25 for 2019, so that maybe I can get my backlist pile under control.
Reading Resolution #4
Dabble outside of my comfort zone! This kind of ties in with some of my other resolutions, but I really want to start checking out books in genres or age groups that I might normally avoid. Now, this is not to say that I’m going to pick up something that doesn’t look like I’ll enjoy it whatsoever (because then I’ll just have a huge pile of DNF thanks to resolution #2). I think I’m just going to work on finding books that look interesting to me from other genres and maybe find a new interest in places I’d neglected.
Reading Resolution #5
Don’t stress myself out! I think that because I keep this blog and constantly want to have things to post, I sometimes push myself to read even when I’m not feeling it. Reading has always been an escape for me. I seek refuge in the stories when I’m having a hard time and I don’t want to lose that to books feeling like a chore because I’ve told myself to keep reading even when I’m not up to it anymore. Reading is supposed to be my hobby, but I think that sometimes it is easy to forget that when I’m trying to meet an authors deadline for a review or when I’m trying to make sure I have drafted posts ready.