Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!
This week’s TTT topic is Reading Goals I Still Want to Accomplish Before the End of the Year. I’m adding in blogging goals since I focused on both in my initial post about goals for 2023. I have to admit that most of my goals have been a huge fail this year. When Jetpack started trying to charge money to be able to auto-share across platforms – something that had been a free feature ever since I started my blog, I got discouraged. Then I got even more discouraged when good old Elon made it so you can’t use Jetpack to share to twitter, X, or whatever he’s calling it these days. On top of that, I’ve been having so many database corruption issues. I’m hoping those are resolved now that I stopped trying to fix it myself and paid my ISP to figure it out. In the meantime, I’ve been focusing more and more on my Bookstagram account. I still love my blog and the blogging community though so here’s where I stand on my 2023 goals and which ones I think are still doable.
Revisiting My Reading and Blogging Goals for 2023
1) My number one goal this year is a repeat goal from the past three years and that is to read more of the books I own. My goal for this was 70 and I’ve read 52 so not too bad.
2) This is also a repeat goal from 2022 and 2021. I really want to continue to only participate in blog tours where I have already requested a review book. I’ve only done a handful of blog tours this year and those were almost all for Berkley Romance, specifically some of my most anticipated reads of the year so I’m happy with my progress here.
3) This is also an ongoing goal since my struggle to finish series continues. I’ve not done very well on this one at all.
Series I Want to Finish or Get Caught Up On:
- Lifelike by Jay Kristoff (2 books left) – I did finish this series.
- The Aurora Cycle (2 books left) – Still have 1 book left as of this post.
- The Inheritance Games (2 books left) – I did finish this series.
- City of Brass (2 books left) – Haven’t touched this one.
- Crescent City (Re-read book 1, then read book 2) – I’m all caught up on this one.
- Bridgerton (5 books left) – I’ve only read one Bridgerton book this year but do hope to read more before the end of the year.
Series I Want to Start:
- The Consortium Rebellion – Fail
- Six Crimson Cranes – Read both books.
- The Celestial Kingdom – Fail
- The Great Library – Fail – I’m no longer interested in reading this one.
- The Invisible Library – Fail – I’m no longer interested in reading this one.
- The Bloodsworn Saga – Fail
4) This is also a repeat goal from the past two years. I really want to continue to grow my Bookstagram account. This is probably the goal I’ve done the best with all year, having reached 10K followers last week. If you have a bookstagram account and are not already following me, you can give me a follow at https://instagram.com/thebookishlibra
5) Re-reading more. This is also a repeat goal and one I failed at in 2022. And I’m failing again in 2023, lol. I re-read the first three on this list and haven’t touched the others.
- House of Earth and Blood
- Aurora Rising
- Ninth House
- The Handmaid’s Tale
- The Invisible Life of Addie Larue
- The Chronicles of Narnia (5 books) – I did manage to re-read the second book in the series in 2022.
- Pride and Prejudice
- Jane Eyre
6) I am aiming to keep my Netgalley percentage at 85% or above in 2023. I’m doing well with this goal too and am actually at 93%, although with 53 arcs waiting to be read and reviewed, I’m clearly failing the whole requesting less ARCs goal. I obviously just love new releases too much to ever succeed at that one, haha.
7) I say this every year, but in 2023, I want to read more Nonfiction. Another huge fail for me. I’ve not read any of these, although I do hope to at least read Michelle Obama’s new one before the end of the year.
- What Unites Us by Dan Rather
- The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama
- We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers Who Helped Win WWII by Liza Mundy
- D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win WWII by Sarah Rose
- Spare by Prince Harry
- Untamed by Glennon Doyle
- Where the Light Enters, Building a Family, Discovering Myself by Jill Biden
8) This is a forever goal, haha. In 2023, I really want to work on being better organized, particularly when it comes to blogging ahead. Nope, still a fail.
9) Revisit Shakespeare. Fail unless revisiting him through retellings counts, lol.
10) I am doing the Goodreads Challenge and have set my goal at 175 books. I’ve read 156 so far so I think I’ll exceed this goal pretty easily considering I still have 3 months to go.