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January 30th: Freebie!
–Since January has an extra Wednesday, feel free to use this as a free day and talk about your top 5 anything! You can use old topics you missed or want to revisit or create something new.
I’m taking this opportunity to go back to the first topic of the year and talk about my reading resolutions for 2019. What I want to achieve hasn’t changed too much from last year, but I have learnt from what worked and what didn’t. My main theme for this years reading goals is that I’d like to feel more in control of my TBR. It feels somewhat overwhelming currently, so I’d like to shrink it a little over the year by adjusting my habits. Ideally, at the end of the year, I’ll have less guilt over many unread books, and just feel more organised and in control of things.
Read at least 75 books
This has worked really well for me in the past, so I’m doing it again this year. It’s just challenging enough that it encourages me to keep reading, without being too ambitious and feeling unattainable. In fact I like to see how much I can beat it by. It works out at 6.25 books per month, which will be so much easier now that I am an audible convert.
Work through reading and reviewing backlist Netgalley titles
Last year I fell way behind with my Netgalley books after a negative experience with an e-book led me into a reading slump, and left me unable to enjoy reading on my phone. I spend all day at work looking at screens, so often it’s the last think I want to be doing when I get home. I’ve decided to stop requesting books for the time being, and I’ve set up a section in my bullet journal to track the outstanding books.
(Confession, I’ve already broken this resolution a little bit by requesting Slayer when I saw it was on Netgalley. But, in my defence it is one of my most anticipated releases for 2019, and I read it immediately, maybe it’ll restore my love of reading on my phone.)
Work Through More books received in subscription boxes
Last year I stopped ordering as many subscription boxes when I realised that I was very rarely actually reading the books, and that a lot of the items included remain unused and packed away. I’m not totally sure why that is, as I typically only ordered boxes featuring a theme I was interested in, but that didn’t always inspire me to read the book immediately, and the more time that passed, the less motivated I felt. I’ve set up spreads in my bullet journal for both Fairyloot and Illumicrate showing all the unread books that I’ve received from them in the hope that it’ll motivate me to actually read some of them.
Reduce my Book Buying
I still need to be a little bit more selective with my book buying. I still have a bit of a problem with buying too many books, and while I did get better at reading the books I hauled in 2018, I still think I could do better. I need to be more aware of the temptation to impulsively buy books that are hyped or on a good deal, because those are the ones I’m least likely to actually read. The buy one get one half price table is a really bad influence on me, because I feel like it’s a waste if I don’t buy a second book, if I want one book on the deal.
Finally read those Back-list Titles
This is one of the goals I struggled with last year. When you’re constantly hearing about all these shiny new and upcoming releases, it’s easy to get side tracked. I’m trying to be more thoughtful in my reading choices, and more aware of the books I’ve owned for a while now. If I’m not reading them, is there a reason? One way or another, I’d like to shrink my back-list TBR into something less daunting.
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