All The Books I Can Read

1 girl….2 many books!

Top 10 Tuesday 16th January

It’s Top 10 Tuesday time! This bookish meme was originally created by The Broke & the Bookish and is now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week our topic is:

Bookish Resolutions/Goals

  1. Don’t sweat the GR goal. I sometimes panic about the goodreads goal because it seems to judge you. You’re behind! A couple of times I’ve had to revise the goal down because it was stressing me out. I’ve actually had a really great start to my reading year but it’s school holidays here (summer) and there’s been late nights and lazy mornings sleeping in reading. But it won’t always be like that and I have to accept I’ll have ups and downs in the reading numbers.
  2. Mix review copies with purchases. Since January began I’ve been trying to alternate between review copies and books I’ve purchased myself. Not only does it help me actually read the books I buy instead of them sitting on my shelf, but it also helps break up the obligation I can sometimes feel about review copies and I find it helps maintain my enthusiasm for them when I’m not reading books with a certain pub date one after the other.
  3. Be picky. Don’t be afraid to say no. This is something I’ve been working on in terms of review copies. Sometimes I felt obliged to say yes, or to read something unsolicited if it turned up in my mailbox. They took the time to send it, least I can do is read it? Right? Well sometimes, yeah……but sometimes you have to prioritise. No one can read everything. So I’m saying no to books I don’t think will work for me and looking at NetGalley less. I’m making sure that I only pick things that I really want to read because after all, I want to have time for my own books too. And the easiest way to become overwhelmed is to have more books than you can possibly read.
  4. Be organised. This is a big thing for me. I keep a blogging planner, where I note down what I’m planning to post on the specific day. This helps for blog tours, where I sometimes accept a book months out from the publication and books that arrive well in advance. I can tell at a glance what I’m supposed to be posting this week and I also keep a record of books that arrive and what their publication dates are. The more organised I am, the easier it is to keep on top of the commitments I’ve made and that way I also know what I have going on and I don’t over commit and still leave time for books that I want to read that I don’t have review copies of.
  5. Try new things. Sometimes I tend to stay a little too firmly in my reading comfort zone. The bulk of my reading is probably contemporary fiction written by Australian women, which is awesome, I like that. But it’s nice to broaden the horizons and try something different – when I do, I almost always end up finding new fantastic things. I have to push myself to take that plunge a bit more, pick up books that are a bit outside of my box.
  6. Buy local. I try to do this. Not everything I want to read has an Australian release and sometimes the amount of books I want to read means I have to occasionally buy cheaper. But I do try to support my local bookshops as much as I financially can, for myself and my children. Which actually brings me to my next goal….
  7. Encourage my children to read. I have two boys, 6 and 9. Both are advanced readers – my 9yr old reads at a 13yo level at his last testing. He’s not what I’d call an avid reader though, he tends to read only when made even though he’s so advanced at it. I try to encourage them both to read every day and we provide a wide range of books, both purchased and via trips to our local library in order to sustain their interest. When he finds a book he enjoys, he flies through them – he’s currently on the 4th Harry Potter book. My 6yo is moving into lower level chapter books and is quite happy to sit and read quietly.
  8. Read but not review. Sometimes it’s just nice to read and not have to think about what you might say in a review, etc. Just reading a book knowing I’m not going to review it. I used to try and review everything I read and I probably kept that up for a couple years but it just made reviewing feel like too much of a chore so I started reading books and not reviewing them.
  9. Cull the shelves again. It took me a long time to be able to get to the stage where I thought I could cull books. But it was surprisingly cathartic and limited space means I just have to keep trimming the numbers otherwise books will completely take over my house. I go through and pull out books that I didn’t love or can’t ever see myself reading again and give them away. To be honest I still have way more books than I have shelf space for though!
  10. Take a break from challenges. I think I’ve signed up for one challenge or another every full year since I started blogging (2011) and some I pass, some I fail. This year though, I honestly just needed a break from challenges to just wing it. That’s what 2018 is – the year of winging it!