Happy Top 5 Tuesday, book friends!
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?