Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I thought this would be a fun way to share a condensed version of potential rambles and thoughts that I have.
This Week’s Theme:
Top Ten Reso-goal-utions For 2015
Looking Back to 2014:
The previous years’ reso-goal-utions were focused on: expanding the library, get into ARC reviews, start/finish older series, connect with other bloggers, and be more selfless. I think the overall effort was pretty fair. I definitely surprised myself with the number of books I’ve read despite the number of reading slumps (well…only because gaming will always take precedence). It was a good initial year to book blogging.
Looking Forward to 2015:
As it concerns reading:
Tackle Goodreads First Reads Books
…I’ve won several books from this program in 2014 (this trigger happiness in entering these giveaways is way worse than Netgalley), and I’ve shamefully only read two of them fully. Though I have started a few of number of them several times…I’ve always been sidetracked. I’m such a fail. So now I have moved them to my nightstand in hope that I will be slightly encouraged.
Read More CanLit
I mentioned this last week but I’d love to delve into more Canadian Literature. I’ve lived here all my life and I still feel like there’s many parts of this diverse country that I haven’t discovered yet for myself (I’m speaking fictionally of course). I’ll gladly take book recommendations for this if you kind readers know of any (that isn’t the popular names like Atwood or Munro).
Be More Critical
I still feel like there’s more work to be done to fine-tune how I engage reads. Sure, I already talk TOO MUCH nonsense in my reviews but I think there’s room to grow in my analysis. There’s a pretty notable discrepancy in when I first started reviewing to where I am now in assigning metric ratings or making comments—that is to say that I was a lot kinder initially. I need to find some common consistency.
As it concerns blogging:
It’s been about a year since I started this random adventure and while I’ve sort-of-not-really found a voice in a small niche community, I still think I have a ways to go. The stretch goal is to be self-hosted—anything else there-in, I have no idea what will come of it. I’m just going to keep chugging along and grow this voice in the blogosphere until I think it’s ready to take the next step. (I already have a different domain name/tagline I’m hoping to use—which I hope won’t get taken anytime soon—once all the cards fall into place.)
Aside from weekly memes (or just naming Top Ten’s), I am simply just terrible at this whole scheduling thing. I think this was the driving reason behind why it’d be nice to have another individual on board to shoot out content.
I am terrible at: commenting and using social media for books specifically. (But geez if it’s something regarding television, I will gladly go on a tweet or DM-frenzy).
Get on Them Features
I have so many half-baked ideas whether it be discussions or monthly projects that I just don’t know how to take the next step to creating.
As it concerns writing:
Unless I’m hit with a boulder of inspiration, I only have sporadic writing sessions when something comes to mind. So I don’t think it’ll be done within the next year but I’d hope to one day share some of the randomness that goes on in my head—I promise you it’s not ramble-y as this blog.
As it concerns the bookish life:
Stay involved with book events in the coming year. The Toronto International Book Fair was pretty fun. I’d like to get involved somehow if it does come back again. Maybe even attend a book-club in the area—the possibilities are limitless really—all I need is the gusto and zero-procrastination to follow through.
So I have the basic idea for a future bookish tattoo and though I only wanted to get a sleeve at most, the scale of it might require a larger surface (back/chest). The dilemma is real. Gotta keep thinking the design I want on it versus freehanding.
I thought about having a “Change/Coin Jar for Books”, where you only use the loose change to buy your books (put that card away). I’m pretty frugal regarding book buying habits so this doesn’t really work for me—but it might for you if you’re interested in giving it a try so you can tackle your TBRs or think borrowing-first.
Hit me up with what’s your biggest reso-goal-ution in the coming year and/or link up to your list!