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 actually supposed to be Bookish Discoveries I Made In 2019 (these could be books, authors, blogs, websites, apps, products, etc.). I wasn’t really feeling that topic so I decided today would be a good day to talk about my reading and blogging goals instead. Those goals are driven by things that happened (or probably more accurately, didn’t happen) in 2019, so it’s not totally off topic, right?
Anyway, I don’t have a ton of goals because I honestly just want to have fun and enjoy my reading and the bookish community in 2020, but there are still a few things I’d really like to focus on in my bookish life.
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My Reading and Blogging Goals for 2020
1) My number one goal this year is to read more of the books I own. ARCs are great of course, but I have so many unread books piling up around me that I don’t really even have room for more at this point. Something’s got to give. To that end, the only challenge I’m taking part in aside from Goodreads is the Beat the Backlist Challenge. I’ve set a goal there of reading at least 50 books from my backlist so here’s hoping I put a serious dent in my unread shelves. (Of course so that I can make room for more unread books, lol).
2) I really want to only participate in blog tours where I have already requested a review book. As of right now, I have three more blog tours on my calendar for January and February but they are specifically for books I had already been approved for and I really want to stick with this so that I don’t accidentally over commit and create stress for myself.
3) Finish or at least make major progress in the following series:
- Throne of Glass
- An Ember in the Ashes
- The Nevernight Chronicle
- Arc of a Scythe
- Red Winter
- The Wrath and the Dawn
- The Folk of the Air
4) Aside from wrapping up those series, I actually really want to focus more on standalones this year.
5) I really want to focus more on my Bookstagram account. Right now I typically only post once, maybe twice a week so I’d like to bump that up to 2-3 times a week. I’d also like to focus more on actually interacting more with the bookstagram community. Sometimes I’m just so short for time that I just ‘like’ photos without commenting and I really want to make more time for commenting since I think it’s important.
6) Try books by at least five authors who have been on my TBR for years. My priorities are as follows:
- Martha Wells
- Becky Chambers
- Ilona Andrews
- Louise Penny
- TJ Klune
7) I’m not officially signing up for the Discussion challenge this year, but I would still like to aim for at least 12 discussion posts this year. I always feel bad because I love doing the discussion posts, but when I’m short on time, those are always the ones I kick to the curb since they take longer to do.
8) I really want to be more consistent when it comes to blog hopping. I’m still debating the best method to achieve this – devoting specific days to it vs. just trying to squeeze in a bit here and there as I have time, but I need to figure out a better system for myself. Right now I’m just consistently inconsistent.
9) Blogging ahead more is another big goal of mine. I doubt I’ll ever be one who has weeks and weeks’ worth of posts ready to go, but I’d love to at least get to a point where I get all of my posts for the upcoming week ready to go over the weekend. I get so stressed when I wait until the last minute to work on posts.
10) Finally, my overall reading goal for 2020 is to read at least 150 books. I managed to read 153 in 2019 and that was with 2 1/2 George R.R. Martin bricks thrown in the mix, so I’m hoping 150 will be doable this year, especially since I have now fully embraced audiobooks.