Top Ten 2016 Bookish and Bloggish Resolutions

Posted January 5, 2016 by Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog in Features, Top Ten Tuesday / 58 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.
This week’s topic is top ten resolutions. I chose to stick to the bookish and blogging variety.

Stop buying so many books. Becuase for real. I need to stop buying books because they are on sale. Those 1.99 books add up.

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Not to request as many ARCs. I get so click happy on NG and EW. I want to read all the books. But then I feel the pressure to read them. My ratio turns to shit. So I need to STOP.

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Read more backlist books from favorite authors. There are so many amazing authors I discovered last year and I really want to go back and read more of their older stuff. I need to stop being distracted with the bright and shiny.

Read more nonfiction. I already read lots of celebrity memoirs which is nonfiction. But I mean more than just memoirs. I am very open to suggestions on this one.

Keep better track on Goodreads. I want to actually use the shelves in a productive manner.

To care less about how many books I read in a week, month, year. I get quite obsessed with how many books I read. I think it has been even crazier since starting to blog. I just need to relax and enjoy what I am reading.

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Not get sucked into the hype monster of certain books. We all know what I mean. There is always THAT book that is crazy hyped. You must read it. If not, you may not be part of the discussion. It kills me but I want to give into that less.

To visit more blogs than just my favorites I tend to stick to. I really want to branch out more and discover new blogs. It is hard because I barely have enough time to visit all the ones I love already. I try so hard to comment and be active around the blogosphere already but I want to find more amazing blogs.

Write more discussion type posts. I feel like so many people say this and now I am one. I want to write and start more discussions. It is hard to come up with ideas but I want to try. They always tend to be my most popular posts.

Not to worry if I can’t have a post up 6 or 7 days a week. I get nutty about getting enough posts up in a week. It is super silly. It is also why I need to take a week or so off sometimes to just chill. This year I want to just post what I have and not try to make sure I have a full week’s worth of posts. It stresses me out too much.

What are some of your resolutions? Do we share any?

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

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58 responses to “Top Ten 2016 Bookish and Bloggish Resolutions

  1. I used to be super obsessive about having a certain amount of posts up. xD BUT I JUST CAN’T KEEP UP!! OMG!! Finding enough time to blog AND read AND write AND do other writey things is…hard. Gah. So yeah, I hear ya there. (Also book sales are the death of me. How can I pass up a $1 book?!? I mean, really. It needs adopting. XD)
    Good luck with all of these, Grace! YOU GOT THIS.
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  2. No to the hype monster, Grace! We can’t give in!
    For book buying ban, you can stick to not buying physical books for a few months but buy kindle books for less than $3.99. Of course, don’t go overboard on those either haha
    More me time, and less blog time, exactly. We have lives, especially you with your husband and kid(s).
    This is a great list hun. You can make it 🙂
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  3. I share a lot of these goals — make and use shelves on Goodreads, read more backlist of my favorite authors, write more discussion posts/book posts that aren’t just reviews, and read more non-fiction! Two good non-fiction books I read last year were “The Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory” by Caitlin Doughty. Some well-liked ones on my to-read list are anything by Mary Roach, “In the Kingdom of Ice,” by Hampton Sides, “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown and “One Summer” by Bill Bryson. All of Bill Bryson’s stuff is good — I really liked “A Walk in the Woods” — way better than the movie version.

  4. Down with the hype monster! Who cares, I have decided! If I’m not particularly interested in a book, they hype around it shouldn’t change my mind. I’ve fallen into that trap too many times (and typically end up not enjoying the book) so I decided enough was enough. I’m ignoring the hype. Same with ARC’s – I’m laying off. It’s not like I requested a ton to start with but even so, now it’s got to be something I’m super excited about. 2016 is all about reading exactly what I want to read. And discussion posts. Ugh. I fear them, Grace! I’ve been blogging for 10 months and have not done ONE! My goal is to do at least 3 this year. I don’t know why it scares me but it definitely does!
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  5. I LOVE your idea to read more backlist books from favorite authors! I think I’m going to try this as well! I also really love your idea to write more discussion posts. Idk why, but I always felt as if writing discussion posts would stop people from visitng my blog because it’s a book blog and they expect reviews, but I realize how silly that is and that people like variety! besides, everyone does reviews. my favorite things to read are book discussion related posts because they’re interesting and new! great TTT this week!
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  6. It’s funny, I joined COYER to clean out the ereader and I keep adding stuff. Hello! I’m with you on backlist too- I’ve found some amazing authors in the last year or so and would like to read more of their stuff.

    I agree with a lot of these actually.

    Help Me I’m Poor! LOL- love that pic!
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  7. These are all great goals. I really want to have more discussion posts too – or at least more “fun” and “different” types of posts instead of just the same old thing. I try not to worry so much about how many times I post a week, but I do want to keep it around four posts if I can. I have another blog too, and that’s usually about three days as week. I need to keep at that and maybe raise it to four.
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  8. Those are all good goals and I wish you luck with them! I know exactly what you mean about buying fewer books, especially the $1.99 ebooks. I’ve gone really overboard on those… Like you, I’m also trying to request fewer ARCS (I see that on a lot of lists today!) and read more backlist books of favorite authors (I didn’t put it that way, but when I talk about reading more of my TBR list, that’s a lot of what I mean.) As for relaxing about not posting everyday — yes. I think quality is more important than quantity, so I would rather post fewer times during the week but write good, thoughtful reviews and discussion posts.

  9. I LOVE this list! I am so with you on the Non-Fiction, also the hyped books, actually all of the points you mentioned. These are awesome goals. I try to add non-fiction to my reading lists, and honestly I have 2 from like Oct last year that I still haven’t finished. I have just been in a fiction frame of mind I guess. Good luck with all of your goals!
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  10. I have a lot of similar resolutions this year. I think not feeling pressure to post daily is a HUGE relief, since I used to be there before Becca came to join me. It was exhausting and extremely stressful, so definitely try to eliminate that stress from yourself and you’ll see such a huge difference. Good luck on your goals!! 🙂
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  11. LOL I think my resolution is to STOP taking time off blogging. I keep telling myself that I don’t want to push myself and make it un-fun, but at some point I need a push or I’m going to never get into a good groove. I wish I could post as much as you do! I am over those hyped books too. I had to re-evaluate what my purpose is…. and I decided I want to promote amazing lesser-known books, not the same thing everyone else is promoting. Happy 2016!!!
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  12. Great resolutions Grace! I have a few similar resolutions but reading previously released books is definitely my number one this year!!

  13. You’ve set some great goals, Grace. I am also working at buying fewer books, reading what I already own, and I love the idea of having a more relaxed approach about reading…we shouldn’t worry so much about our blogging friend who read 100 more books than us. 😉 And I also want to make more blogging friends. 😀 Good luck with your goals and Happy 2016!
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  14. When i joined Goodreads, it made me obsessed with how many books I read and every year I was setting my challenge figure higher than the year before. Now I don’t care, I don’t even look at the figures. And yes to reading backlists, that’s what I want to make time to do this year too. I don’t just want to always be reading new books. Like you I find it hard to visit more blogs too but I think it’s a great goal, we all know how much it means when someone new visits, comments or follows. So I need to try to do it more.
    Happy New Year Grace and good luck with your goals.
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