Top 10 Tuesday — Bookish Goals

17 Jan

Happy Tuesday! Welcome to the blog where all good intentions are soon thrown out the window! LOL! Last year I had great goals to improve my reading experience. I can’t quite remember what they all were, but I am pretty sure I didn’t stick to very many. 😉 It’s January, so resolutions are all the rage — if they haven’t been abandoned yet. When thinking about this topic I resolved (see what I did there) to make goals that I know I can keep. The trick is if I actually will. Time will tell.

For more bloggers’ bookish goals, check out That Artsy Reader Girl.

Top Bookish Goals

Resolved — read books.

Okay, this one is very easy to achieve because I don’t intend to give up reading. I have one win.

Resolved — read outside my comfort zone.

I am a member of a book club that has been challenging me to read books that I would not naturally pick up on my own. Have I liked them all? No. But I’ve liked more than I haven’t. This year I hope to stretch my reading horizons even more.

Resolved — read more books that I already own.

This goal is a bit trickier. I have tons of books that I bought with the express purpose of reading, not to take up space or look pretty on the shelf. But still they sit neglected, some after years and years. I am going to write some in on my reading calendar (yes, I actually have one of those) and try to really read them.

Resolved — read more books from my NetGalley shelf.

Like my physical books, I have lots of unread NetGalley books. This is really embarrassing since publishers have approved me to read these books, and I feel like I have let them and the authors down. I certainly have let myself down. Again I will be deliberately adding them to my reading calendar.

Resolved — read what I want to read.

This one goes hand in hand with reading more from my actual shelves. I plan to read more on a whim than on a have-to basis. Yes, I will still be reviewing and accumulating more books — its a fatal flaw — but I want to have a little more flexibility and fun in my reading.

So there you go. I think 5 goals is plenty!

Here are a few of the books that will help me achieve my goals this year:

Blind Trust by Natalie Walters

Roots of Wood And Stone by Amanda Wen

Secrets in Old Savannah by Mary Ellis

Sunburst by Susan May Warren

To Love A Viking by Heather Day Gilbert and Jen Cudmore

Until I Found You by Victoria Bylin

15 Responses to “Top 10 Tuesday — Bookish Goals”

  1. Paula Shreckhise January 17, 2023 at 7:54 am #

    I feel your pain! I have way more books to read than I have time for. But my goals are to read those single books that I have on my shelves, to make room for the new review books that are always coming out. I make a monthly calendar just to manage those books for review. I need to read faster! Happy reading!

    • rbclibrary January 17, 2023 at 8:53 am #

      My husband moved to 3 days a week at work. I’ve had a bit of adjusting. I can’t seem to get books read with the increased time away from home and him around more. 😉

  2. Victoria BylinV January 17, 2023 at 8:26 am #

    The year I read several books outside of my comfort zone was enlightening. Glad I did it and try to read widely every year. I could probably read for three years with what’s on my Kindle and bookshelf. Maybe longer!

    • rbclibrary January 17, 2023 at 8:51 am #

      I’m not sure I have enough years left! Lol.

  3. Shellie January 17, 2023 at 9:02 am #

    Oh boy do I relate to trying to read books I already own! I have so many great ones just sitting in my Kindle or on my bookshelf and then I keep surfing for more. It’s nice to know I’m not alone 🙂 great list!

  4. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz January 17, 2023 at 9:02 am #

    Good luck in meeting your goals. I have especially liked reading outside my comfort zone. It is there that I have found some of my favorite reads.

  5. Lydiaschoch January 17, 2023 at 9:17 am #

    I love these goals. Good luck with them!

    My post:

  6. anovelglimpse January 17, 2023 at 11:04 am #

    I love that you have books already picked out to help you achieve these.

  7. Astilbe January 17, 2023 at 11:50 am #

    Reading outside of your comfort zone is a good idea. There’s something to be said for stretching your limits a little, I think.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  8. iloveheartlandx January 17, 2023 at 11:59 am #

    I’m definitely trying to read more of my owned books this year too!
    My TTT:

  9. Cindy Davis January 17, 2023 at 6:07 pm #

    Good luck with all your goals!

  10. Snapdragon January 17, 2023 at 8:20 pm #

    Good luck on your 2023 goals.

  11. Susan January 18, 2023 at 8:49 am #

    Yeah, I don’t know why I even bother making New Year’s resolutions. I never stick to them. I haven’t made any so far this year and, honestly, I probably won’t. Much less pressure on myself that way. Ha ha. Good luck with your resolutions! They sound very doable.

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!


  12. Hamlette (Rachel) January 19, 2023 at 8:57 pm #

    Good goals! One of mine is to read at least 12 “diverse” books, so ones where either the author or a main character is very different from myself, whether it’s a different ethnicity or race or culture or ability level. Kind like your “read outside your comfort zone,” but in a specific way, I guess.

    • rbclibrary January 20, 2023 at 9:07 am #


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