Top 10 Tuesday — Bookish Resolutions

16 Jan

Um . . . resolutions are not my friends. Lofty goals often become epic fails a few months later. I think the success of resolutions is seated in realistic expectations and aspirations. So really the only bookish resolution with any hope of succeeding is read more books! Seriously, there are a few things I need to do to get my obsession hobby under control. But before I get to that, you need to check out Barnes and Nobles’s 20 New Year’s Resolutions for Book Nerds. Very funny!

To find out what other bloggers are vowing to do, head over to The Artsy Reader Girl.


Top 5 Bookish Resolutions

Read more books . . . for pleasure. I know that sounds kind of ridiculous, but since I read a lot of review books, I often spend my reading time with books I have to read. Don’t get me wrong, I love the blogging/reviewing life, but my eyes can be bigger than my reading time. And reading on a deadline can seriously affect my enjoyment of a book. So, I vow to limit the number of books I take on review. (This was also a goal last year. I was somewhat successful as compared to previous years, but I still overextended.)


Expand my reading horizons. I am a pretty eclectic reader, but my all-time favorite genre is mystery/suspense. I read a lot of that in 2017. I want to include more books from other genres, especially speculative fiction.

Work on the TBR pile. Books to the sky is a reality at my house. As is a Kindle library that may be insurmountable. I hope to read more books that have languished on the shelves far too long.

More time reading, less time on social media. I love, love, love to talk books, and I have found great sites to do just that. But social media, especially FB, takes me on too many time-consuming bunny trails. I’m not going to say I am giving up social media, but I am going to try to control the amount of time spent there so that I can have more reading time, while allowing more time interacting with actual people. 😉

Read the Bible. Of all the time I spend reading, the Bible often gets short shrift. I want to read more of what is truly important — those things God has to say to me. I lead a Faith And Fiction Bible study at my church. It combines Bible study with fiction inspired by stories from the Bible. My group had a great time digging into the Bible while exploring the creative accounts by Christian authors. I’d like that to be more of an emphasis this year — mining truths from fiction and God’s word.


Do you have any bookish resolutions?

11 Responses to “Top 10 Tuesday — Bookish Resolutions”

  1. Mary January 16, 2018 at 10:59 am #

    This is so good! I love to read but my to be read pile has gotten out of hand. I hope to take Faulkner’s advice to read!, read, read!!

    • rbclibrary January 16, 2018 at 5:21 pm #

      I find myself more easily distracted nowadays. TV does not lure me, but those temptresses Twitter and FB do. LOL.

  2. Carrie January 16, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

    Read more books for pleasure – yes! me too! 🙂

    • rbclibrary January 16, 2018 at 5:20 pm #

      Yes, yes, and yes! It is a wonderful thing when a review book is so excellent that I am thankful I chose it. I am reading Missing Isaac right now — fabulous!

      • Carrie January 16, 2018 at 5:41 pm #

        that is one I really want to make time for!

      • rbclibrary January 17, 2018 at 1:32 pm #

        You have got to. My book club chose it before I was presented the opportunity to review it. What a win-win for me! I told them last night that they are going to love it!

      • Carrie January 17, 2018 at 1:34 pm #


  3. Paula Shreckhise January 16, 2018 at 4:17 pm #

    Wow! Those echo mine completely! Especially being choosy on what I take on for influencer or reviews or challenges. There’s still the temptation of free ebooks! My kindle is pretty new but I’ve got tons there. And I still enter tons of contests as well. My hubby chants “ Get off the iPad!”Thanks for the post.

    • rbclibrary January 16, 2018 at 5:18 pm #

      Paula, I am struggling with a review book right now. It is a slow go, but luckily it does not have a deadline. I saw that many said they needed to embrace DNF (did not finish). I just can’t bring myself to do that . . . yet. LOL. I won’t finish a book if it is too vulgar or has obscenities, too much adult content, etc. But just because I am having a hard time getting into it? No. I keep going. This is why I need to be a bit more choosy.

  4. Susan January 16, 2018 at 6:10 pm #

    My scripture reading/studying often gets only a few minutes a day while I can spend HOURS reading novels. I’m pretty sure that’s totally backward from how it’s supposed to be. Oops! Thanks for the reminder to focus on what’s important 🙂

    Happy TTT!


    • rbclibrary January 17, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

      Susan, that’s how I am. That’s why I like leading Bible studies. It makes me dig into God’s word. My group had a very successful Fall with our Faith And Fiction study. It combines my love of Bible study and fiction reading. And because I am studying the scripture that inspired the book, it makes me divide fact from fiction.

      Thanks for stopping by. Hope you get a chance to spend more time in the Bible.

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