Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is: Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015 — bookish, blogging or otherwise!
Listen, resolutions are great. In theory. I cannot think of a single one I have actually followed through with, though I bet there are one or two lurking about somewhere. Let’s hope that listing these doesn’t turn out to be one huge jinx.
- To attend BEA. This just has to happen, okay? I live 90 minutes from the damn thing, and I want to go. End of discussion.
- To stop buying books just because… books. I have been perusing my shelves, and while I have been better lately, earlier in the year I was literally buying any book that was relatively inexpensive. Full post on that coming on Friday!
- To schedule ahead. Look, I am not going to pretend that I am going to become Super Blogger overnight, but if I could at least get the week scheduled on weekends, that would be a huge win.
- Not to stay up past 4:00 am reading. I was going to say 2:00, I was. But I knew that was too lofty a goal, so I am going with 4:00. Makes more sense to be realistic.
- To interact with more bloggers, authors, and any other bookish type. Seriously, this has been the highlight of 2014 for me. I absolutely love getting to know people who share interests and are generally just fun people to talk to. I was so nervous even commenting on blogs until mid-2014, so this year I am hoping to branch out even more (and goal #1 should help with that too).
- To pare down my TBR. I have been going crazy adding books to my TBR, especially 2015 (and even 2016, and yes, a couple 2017) books that in some cases probably aren’t even done being written. And here I am, insisting I must read them! I don’t know if perhaps another folder would be the answer, or having a separate, more manageable TBR would be the key, but something has to give. I also need to admit that there are books I simply am never going to read. Not ever. I probably added it years ago, or at the suggestion of someone else, or because it was a Tuesday, but I probably won’t be reading it, so it simply has to go.
- That I will write reviews the same week (month?) that I finish a book. Not five months down the road, when all I have are a few scattered notes and a vague memory or two. Because what happens to that review? Oh, it never happens, and it is sent into the “Books I’ll Never Review” pile. Which is nice to have as a feature, but isn’t nice when I actually wanted to review the book.
- To write. I really want to see if I even am capable of writing, to be honest. But I won’t know that unless I try, so I really should get on that. Clearly, I am able to put words together into sentences, but to really write? I have no idea. I often think I am not creative enough, not tenacious enough, but that isn’t really true, I think I am just scared.
- To obtain a physical ARC from a publisher based on whatever criteria they use to decide worthiness. Long winded, no? If that was part of the algorithm, I’d be a shoo-in. What I mean is, I have won ARCs, I have borrowed them, but I have never received one simply because someone trusted me with reviewing it. Yes, the whole “getting books in the mail” thing is great, and sure, I get jealous of other bloggers, and I do, in fact, know that ARCs are not a reason to blog. But I really just want to be considered a good investment, honestly. It is more an issue of me feeling like I need to be doing something more than it is about the book. Although in some cases, maybe it just is the book. I don’t have time to psychoanalyze all my requests.
- To calm down. This is life as well as reading and blogging, but it applies. I get so anxious about literally everything. I had an actual, no exaggeration, full blown panic attack when my site went down for a day a few months ago. This isn’t normal behavior. All I kept thinking about was requests I’d made, and all these insane scenarios that were so farfetched, and truthfully, nonsensical. In my head, no one was ever going to come back to the blog because it was down that one time. Um, no. I am like that on a lesser scale with everyday stuff too: hoping whatever I have posted is interesting enough, hoping I did a review justice, etc. I blog for fun, as I think we all do, and the freak outs take the fun right the heck out of it. So I am trying to be a more rational human being in general, is the bottom line.
What are your resolutions this year? Or have you decided not to make any? Did I just jinx every single one of these?