Top Ten Tuesday: book and blogging resolutions

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Top Ten Tuesday is was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and – as of this week! – hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s all about books, lists and sharing the love we have of both with our bookish friends. This week, we’re talking about our goals for 2018.

I promised myself I’d set myself very few goals this year, (HA that just means I’ve got involved in projects that are actual honest-to-goodness challenges) but my first one is to stop typing 2017 and start typing 2018 first time every time. Ahem. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to crack time travel, but I’m not that keen to do 2017 over – so here’s to getting on board with 2018!

I’ve set a reading challenge of 75 books this year, which I’ll be tracking over on Goodreads and reporting on at the end of each month. This is roughly what I’ve read the last few years, but I won’t be stressing out if this year turns into fewer books for whatever reason.

Image of the Iron Throne with text GAME OF BOOKSInstead, I’m going to play Nikki the Bibliophibian’s Game of Books again. What’s that? Rather than obsessing about the number of books you read, in the Game of Books you score points based on how long a book has been sat on your shelf, how long it is(!) and how much you actually want to read it (because let’s be honest, we’ve all got a few that we’re less enthusiastic about). It’s a fun way to take the pressure off – and make those doorstops that you’ve been sat on for a few years a bit more appealing!

Graphic: Beat the Backlist 2018 Challenge - Dewey DragonsI’m also signed up for Beat the Backlist as another bit of fun – I’m a Dewey Dragon (honestly, it’s picked at random, but OF COURSE I AM). For this challenge, I’m aiming for 40 of my 75 books to be backlist (published in 2017 or earlier). BtB is pretty easygoing, so it doesn’t matter whether I already own them – but obviously part of the goal is to whittle down my TBR.

On to those actual challenges of the character-building variety…

That said, I’m also part of an entirely informal sort-of-awards panel (watch this space for more details) – which will involve reading a bunch of backlist books as I catch up on my gaps in the shortlists. This is good for BtB and brilliant for catching up on 2017 reads I missed, even if it’s bad for my TBR… but it means I’m getting to spend a lot of time discussing some excellent books with a group of awesome bloggers, so I’m as happy as a pig in mud. Or a bookdragon in a library.

My biggest challenge is one I can’t talk about yet, because it’s still in its infancy: working with two bloggers I love to put together a fantasy blogging event later this year. Watch this space – I dearly hope we can make it happen, but it’s a big ask!

That really should be more than enough to keep me out of trouble, but as well as the challenges I’ve got a few good old-fashioned resolutions:

:: to leave comments on other blogs more often rather than just reading them,

:: to revive my Bite-size Books reviews – I love novellas, and they’ve become much more common over the past couple of years. I’d like them to be a regular part of my schedule

:: to persevere with my Confessions of a Bad SF Fan. I’m setting no specific reading goals, but I do want to keep reading the classics of SF and fantasy alongside the modern works

:: last but not least to remember that all goals are aspirational, and rules are more like guidelines, anyway. In the end, I still want to be reading and blogging for pleasure! So I’ll take everything as it comes, and change my plans as I go if I want to.

What are your plans for for your reading – or blogging – this year?