Top Ten Tuesday: 2018 Bookish Resolutions

Happy Tuesday!! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (now brought to us by That Artsy Reader Girl) asks us to share our bookish resolutions for 2018. Now that the new year is well underway and I’ve done some reflecting on 2017, I think it’s time to set some new goals. I don’t like to put an exorbitant amount of pressure on myself to meet unrealistically high expectations, so these are ten relatively simple goals that I’d like to keep in mind throughout the next year.

1. Read 24 books. I’ve made this my Reading Challenge goal on Goodreads for the past few years now and it’s worked out really well. This is a number that I can meet without any added stress, which is precisely what I need from a yearly goal.

2. Balance reading for classes, reading for fun, and blogging. I absolutely LOVE studying abroad at Oxford, but when term is in session I miss blogging and reading for fun so much! I’m hoping I can figure out a way to balance all of these things better during my last two terms there.

The main library at Mansfield College, Oxford.

3. Be more engaged with the blogging community. This goal is one that I wish I had done better at in 2017… so I’m carrying it over into 2018! As with the previous resolution, I’m hoping that I can find a way to make this work while balancing everything else I have to do.

4. Read more nonfiction. I’ve read some really great nonfiction books recently, which makes me feel motivated to read even more of them in the new year. Any recommendations would definitely be appreciated!

5. Read A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. Now, what would a Holly resolution list be without this novel inevitably included? I vow that someday I will read this book!

6. Continue writing discussion posts regularly. This is a resolution I accomplished in 2017, but I would really love to keep it up this year as well. Creating interesting, thought-provoking content that sparks engaging discussions is something that I want to always strive towards with this blog.

7.  Keep better track of the books I want to read. More often than not I forget to write a book title down when someone recommends it to me, leaving me without a list of books I want to read whenever I go into a bookstore or decide to order books online. Putting them on a list in my phone or something similar would be so helpful!

8. Be more creative with my bookstagram posts. I love taking photos and updating my bookstagram, but in the midst of writing pages and pages of essays it’s easy to revert back to posting the same kinds of photos every single time. This year I’d like to be more creative with my books, props, scenery, etc.

9. Be more open to talking about this blog IRL. I rarely ever mention my blog to people unless they bring it up first, and even when they do I’m pretty hesitant to talk about it (as I’ve discussed in this post from a while back). In 2018, I’d like to be more open about talking about my blog if people bring it up.

10. HAVE FUN!! As always– what’s reading without a little (or a lot!!) of fun?

Happy New Year, everyone!!

What are your resolutions for 2018? What do you think of mine? Any advice on how to accomplish them? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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45 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 2018 Bookish Resolutions

  1. Great resolutions! I especially like the last one. I know how tough it can get to allow yourself to read for pleasure when you’ve got so much school-related reading. But at the same time, I think I’d go crazy if I didn’t read for pleasure at least a little!

    I didn’t really have any bookish resolutions, so I made up my own topic this week. https://franlaniado.wordpress.com/2018/01/16/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-neo-victorian-novels/

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    1. Definitely! Lately I’ve found that listening to audio books while walking around Oxford in between lectures and tutorials helps me get a lot of extra pleasure reading in… hopefully I can continue doing it throughout the next two terms 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much! ❤ Also, thanks for the biography recommendation. I've never read anything about van Gogh specifically but he's always been a figure that's interested me from afar. 🙂

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  2. I am with you on all of your blogging resolutions for this year- except Game of Thrones- I just know I won’t get around to reading them all. I’ll just continue watching the TV show…although it isn’t on till 2019!!!

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  3. I relate to many points. The second in particular. My academy is something that requirs a lot of my time. Sotimes I don’t manage to blog because I’m too tired. Same thing with reading and writing.
    I want to read more non fiction too, but with a focuse on the ones tha are related to my writing esearch. Even if sometimes online article and tumblr stuff from real peopleare much more interesting and direct.
    I started to talk a lot more of my blog in real life and the experience was quite pleasant. People were quite happy or interested to hear about it, or didn’t say anything bad either. Which was great.

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  4. These all sound like great goals!

    I’ve started mentioning my blog to more people in real life too because I realized people tend to go “Oh, cool” and not actually read it or anything, which makes it less stressful for me. 😛

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  5. I still don’t get Bookstagram. I stand there thinking, “Okay, so I throw this book down and scatter stuff around it and it…looks artsy? Isn’t it supposed to look artsy? It just looks like I threw a book down and scattered stuff around it….”

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  6. Good luck on all of your goals this year. I too would like to engage myself more with the blogging community. However, I didn’t think to put it in my own resolutions post. I guess I’ll just have to make it on of those impromptu things.

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  7. Be more engaged with the blogging community is such a great resolution and one I need to add to my own 2018 goals list!

    And omggggg Holly! You haven’t read Game of Thrones yet? I really enjoy those books – the multiple POV’s is done really, really well. Have you ever seen the show? I’m also a big fan haha

    I’m also trying my hand at making my bookstagram account more creative. I think it’s working because I’ve been steadily getting more interaction and have even gotten a couple compliments here and there!

    Best of luck to achieving all these resolutions!

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