So… it’s 2017! We made it somehow (and without losing David Attenborough thank goodness!) I have high hopes for 2017, in terms of reading, blogging and generally it just not being the shit show that was “the year that must not be spoken of”. As tradition dictates, I’ve put together ten goals that I would love to achieve this year…
1. First things first, the all important reading challenge! I’ve kept it pretty low again this year (aiming to read 30 books minimum) as I’ve found it helps any challenge-related anxiety. Plus there’s nothing stopping you from increasing the challenge as you go along – in fact it’s really satisfying to keep surpassing your goal compared to the mad reading spree in December… you all know what I’m talking about. 😉
2. Related to the reading challenge, I’ve decided to incentivise my reading – not that I need it but for a good cause! I’ve pledged to put £1 in a jar for every book I finish with the idea being that I donate it to a reading-related charity at the end of the year. Reading is already such a pleasure for me that I’d love to be able to share my love of books with those less fortunate and this seems a perfect way to go about it.
3. This blog is a labour of love but I’m the first to admit that sometimes I can’t give it the attention it deserves. This year I want to become a better blogger by making sure I carry on posting regularly but also more specifically, diversify the number of memes I take part in and blog hop more so I can find more bloggers to fangirl about YA lit with – after all, bookish conversations are the best conversations.
4. I’ve met this loveliest people this year through a variety of mediums – my blog, on Twitter and Instagram, and finally bookish events! I’ve had amazing conversations from standing in book signing queues and over social media and every single one has put a huge smile on my face. I want to make sure I keep connecting with people over a shared love of books be they old or new friends. 🙂
5. One of my biggest book-related aims this year is to finally make it to YALC! For the last two years running I’ve been abroad that pesky last week of July but no more (at least not this year!) I’ve heard so many positive things about it that I feel like I’m sorely missing out. I’m actually considering going all three days as it’s my first YALC – any tips though, send them my way!
6. #6 is one of those things I’ve wanted to do for a long time but never seem to get around to doing – a giveaway! I’ve seen some brilliant giveaways hosted by other bloggers and Instagrammers and would like to do multiple giveaways this year so I can share books that I love, recommend or am looking forward to.
7. I’m pledging to be more active on social media this year especially Instagram because seriously bookstagram is my happy place! I only joined recently but everyone is so lovely and welcoming. I’m not creative in the slightest but I really love how imaginative you can be with bookish photos and I’m addicted to scrolling through my feed!
8. I’m part of a YA book club already but my job has me travelling quite a bit and my attendance can be sketchy at the best of times. I’ve joined another one recently, so this year one of my goals is to be a better book club member. I’ve met some wonderful people already, read books that I wouldn’t normally have picked up and had brilliant, in-depth discussions about YA lit and I want to put more effort towards it this year
9. In terms of tackling my TBR, this year I’m going to focus on the fantasy genre – from reading the cult classics of Graceling Realm and The Lumatere Chronicles series to the newer Shades of Magic and Queen of the Tearling series. There’ll be a blog post about these soon where my shameful neglect of this genre will be laid bare… I’m also keen to explore more diverse fiction – 2017 is looking to be the best year yet for this genre!
10. Finally, in December I received my first YA subscription box and was totally blown away by the quality! After much deliberation (I actually created a spreadsheet comparing prices, product etc. to compare!) I settled on Fairy Loot because the fantasy themed box meant it couldn’t possibly disappoint. Suffice to say it didn’t and I now want to try out some of the other sub boxes available.
So that’s all of my 2017 bookish and blogging resolutions – here’s to achieving at least a few of them!
Do you have any bookish/blogging resolutions? How’s your Goodreads Challenge looking? Any resolutions from last year that you’re giving another go? Let me know in the comments below!