Top Ten Tuesday: Reading resolutions for 2018

As of this week, the Top Ten Tuesday meme moves to a new host blog. Started originally by The Broke and the Bookish, Top Ten Tuesday will now be hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Same great concept, just a new host! Top Ten Tuesday focuses on a different top 10 theme each week — check out the host blog for a list of upcoming topics.

This week’s topic is Bookish Resolutions/Goals 

For me, my #1 resolution is to STOP MAKING RESOLUTIONS.

Ha.

But I kind of mean it. I don’t want to create yet another list of resolutions for myself that will fall by the wayside within a week or two. So instead, I’ll just write about the overall ideas I have about how I want to read in 2018.

My goal, this year and every year, is to read whatever I want, whenever I want! No commitments. No deadlines. No pressures.

 

I don’t participate in reading challenges or read-a-thons. I’ve tried in the past, but I find that tailoring my reading to meet pre-selected categories, genres, or themes makes me feel completely stifled. Where’s the fun in reading if I feel like I HAVE TO read something, rather than just wanting to?

 

Still, I do have some rather loose goals that I’m aiming toward this year. I do want to get to some of the series that I’ve had my eye on for a while. I hope to at least start my “priority series” — and then, if they grab me, make a good-sized dent in the rest.

 

I’ve managed to cut way back on the number of ARCs I request — but for those that I have, I feel a commitment to reading them and reviewing them on or about their release dates. It’s only polite!

 

I intend to do some more sorting and culling of the books on my shelves. I need to face the fact that I have certain books that I’m just never, ever in the mood to read… so why keep them? A few more donation binges are in order!

 

Speaking of books on my shelves… my bookshelves need a major overhaul. When I first set them up, they were roughly organized by genre, but over the years, my method of shelving has devolved into “hmmm, this book seems to fit this tiny space”. Not at all helpful when it comes to actually finding something later on. So, at some point, I need to pull everything off the shelves (gasp!) and start fresh, and hopefully come up with an organizational system that isn’t just about where things fit.

 

I plan to read a few more classics through the Serial Reader app, which I really love. It’s so much fun to make daily progress, especially when it’s a book that seems overwhelming on its own. Check out Serial Reader, if you haven’t already. Let me know what goodies you find! I’m thinking, for me, it’ll be a Dickens kind of year.

 

Well, that’s only seven, but that’s enough! Really, my mindset when it comes to reading in 2018 is…

 

 

What are your reading goals for 2018? If you wrote a TTT post this week, please share your link!

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19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Reading resolutions for 2018

    • Aww, thanks! I like the concept of being kinder to myself as a reader — I’ve definitely found that having reading commitments makes me tense… and then what’s the point? 🙂

  1. This is a list that I really relate to and have very similar thoughts on. I did almost a comic list of resolutions because I don’t want to make myself do things I don’t want – this is a hobby, it’s fun, it’s not work and I don’t want it to become a chore.
    Lynn 😀

    • Thanks, Jess! My shelves were so exciting when I first got them and set them up… but now they’re total chaos. 🙂 I just need a few rainy days to force me to stay indoors and deal with them!

    • Thanks! There’s actually something pretty satisfying about clearing space on my shelves (they’re so overcrowded!), and since I end up donating my used books, I get to feel like I did some good. 🙂

      • Where do you typically donate your books? I do a small culling as I read books that I own, whenever I rate a book less then 3 or DNF knowing I won’t pick it back up. I’ve been considering taking them to my local bookstore and exchanging for credit but they occasionally have too many books and can’t take more.

  2. I, too, like to read what I want and when I want – I have a couple commitments a month, but other than that, it’s reader’s choice! Your loose goals sound very realistic too. Happy 2018!

  3. Goals….plans…resolutions…whatever we call them, it is nice sometimes to give ourselves some guidance or reminders — so long as we don’t turn it into unneeded pressure! So I love your plans — pressure-free 🙂 Wushung you a great reading year in 2018!

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