Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions for 2021


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Resolutions/Hopes for 2021.

I’m not a big fan of making resolutions. I’ve been around enough years to know that most don’t stick. But I’m not opposed to setting a few goals, so…

Here are some low-key bookish goals for 2021:

Read whatever I feel like. Okay, I say this every year… and every year it’s worth repeating. It’s easy to get caught up in ARCs and reading schedules, and that’s fine — but I know what makes me happiest is to read whatever I want, whenever I want. And reading is for happiness, right?

Resist the urge to over-request. I’m looking at you, NetGalley request button! I love NetGalley, and I so appreciate how wonderful it is to have access to all these amazing early review copies! But I need to keep better perspective, and not allow myself to overwhelm my to-read plans with nothing but ARCs.

Organize my bookshelves — again! — and donate the never-gonna-read books and the read-’em-but-don’t-need-to-keep-’em books to the library (once their donation center reopens).

Stick to my series reading plans for 2021! Subject to change, of course, but I do want to get to the books and series that I set as my priorities.

Updated to add: After this post was already up and published, I realized I forgot one goal! So, my late addition is… Tackle one or two of the heftier non-fiction books on my shelves (mostly a variety of history books) by reading them in small bites, just a few chapters per week. Slow and steady, so I get to enjoy them without feeling like I’m missing out on reading fiction too.

And a couple of blogging goals too:

Update my Book Blog Meme Directory page. It’s been a while since I’ve gone through and checked all the links, made sure all the listed memes are still current, etc. It’s clean-up time!

Go through old posts to make sure that images and links still work. This is a big, tedious job, but if I do it in little bites over the course of the year, it should be okay.

What are your bookish, non-bookish, or blogging resolutions for this year? Whatever you’re resolving or hoping for, I’m wishing you all a happy and healthy year. It can only get better, right?

31 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions for 2021

  1. The fear of over-requesting is the #1 reason why I haven’t signed up for Netgalley. I know my fingers would want to request far more than my brain could actually read in a reasonable amount of time. LOL.

    My post.

  2. Oh wow, I feel so called out. xD That second goal, though. Yup, I need to work on that one, also. It’s sooo easy to hit request on all the good books coming out. It’s right there. In a bright color. Calling your name in a “come hither” tone. Gahhh!

    Oh gosh, going through old posts sounds like a fabulous idea and one that I definitely should do and don’t want to. xD But now that you’ve said it, I can’t unsee it, and now it’s in my brain! Good luck with your 2021 goals!

    Here’s my TTT post.

  3. I’m keeping things low key as well. Ugh NetGalley! Every year I try to figure out a way to request less books but I can never do it. Good luck with your goals!

    • It’s hard! I hold onto books for years and years, and there are some that I love so much that I’ll never part with them — but there are others that I really don’t need occupying space on my shelves anymore! It’s either donate or get more bookshelves, but I’d have nowhere to put them!

  4. Good luck with your reading goals! It’s amazing how hard it is sometimes to just read what you want to. Last year I stopped doing quarterly TBR lists and I keep reminding myself to read what I want instead of what I feel I should.

  5. I’ve been sending a lot of my books to the goodwill because I have way too many. Once I put them in a box I try not to look at them again so I don’t get second thoughts. :/

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