Top 5 Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions

Happy Top 5 Tuesday, book friends!

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Bionic Bookworm, now hosted by Meeghan Reads. If you’re interested in participating, check out their blog to get the details and the prompts for each week

This week’s prompt is “top 5 bookish resolutions.” I already did a post about my book goals for 2023 , but I was curious about the difference between a goal and a resolution. So I googled it. Apparently, a resolution is “a statement of what you want to change” whereas a goal is a specific thing you want to achieve. With that in mind, I’m looking at a few bookish habits I want to change this year.

Get Back to Morning Reading

Reading in the morning, rather than immediately checking email and scrolling social media, is a habit that always comes and goes for me. In the last few months as I’ve focused on being consistent with blogging, I’ve used the time before I get ready for work to write blog posts and engage on social media. That meant sacrificing my morning reading time. However, I want to get back in the habit of reading in the morning, as I believe it’s a better start to my day than jumping right in to the internet.

Read A Wider Variety of Genres

When I first got back to reading for pleasure after grad school, I read a lot of romance. I love contemporary romance, but I do think it’s a genre that can feel a bit repeptitive if it’s most of what you’re reading. I’d like to read a wider variety of genres this year and maybe even get back into fantasy, which I loved when I was younger.

Actually Use My Book Journal

I couldn’t resist buying another book journal even though using mine last year was a big fail. I want to be consistent and actually use it this year.

Stay More Current with NetGalley

Not only do I want to improve my NetGalley ratio, I want to do a better job of actually getting my reviews out around the book’s release date like you’re supposed to. One of the ways I can use my book journal is keeping track of new book releases that I need to prep reviews for.

Track Preorders to Avoid Doubles

Last year I accidentally pre-ordered the same books twice on more than one occassion. I gave away the extra copies or put them in our little free library, which was fine, but it’s also a bit of a silly way to spend money. I still want to preorder the books I’m excited for, but I need to track which ones I’ve already ordered so I don’t do it twice (or, as happened with Well Traveled, three times).

So there we have it–my bookish resolutions for the year! I spent a little time reading this morning, so I’d say I’m already on track. Do you set goals or resolutions for the new year? Or maybe both?


7 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions

  1. Tracking orders (if I ordered physical books) would be a definite for me. I always read in the morning because that’s when my eyes feel the best and it’s quiet. Good luck with your goals!

  2. These all look like great bookish resolutions. I am also going to try to read more of a variety of genres. I love morning reading, so always do that before doing anything else.

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