It’s been a great year (bookish wise) and really overall. I have so much to be thankful for.
In relation to bookish things, I became a Literacy Associate at my personal public library after spending 15 years in education. It was (and still is) a bit scary to transition into another career, constantly learning new things, but has been fabulous! I went to BEA for the first time and have met so many wonderful, creative, inspiring and honest to goodness great people via this blog and hope to continue in 2015.
So, for the last Top Ten Tuesday this year, my goals/resolutions (in no particular order) for 2015 are:
- Request/Accept less. I went full throttle this year requesting books and accepting books from publishers and indie authors that I felt a bit overwhelmed in the end. There is nothing worse, when it comes to reading, than feeling pressured to read. Books clubs are one thing but after requesting and accepting on MY part, I felt I had to follow through. It doesn’t mean I won’t request any next year, though. 🙂 But maybe I’ll just wait until books are released and get more through my library. Besides I LOVE to quote passages in books and with ARCs, it’s frowned upon.
- Backlist Bliss. In November my reading ARCs slowed down considerably and I called it my “Backlist Bliss” time. I wanted to read some of those books that I added to my TBR pile all year. From that post, I read 8 out of the proposed 14 and 1 was a DNF. In 2015, I plan to tackle more. This also includes more classics that I’ve been wanting to read for a long time. One classic a month sounds doable.
- Support online booksellers other than Amazon. I used to be a huge Amazon book buyer. You can’t beat some of the prices and shopping from home (who doesn’t love book mail?!), but this year they disappointed me more than I can say. I don’t feel bad one bit for supporting other sources because I live in IL and Amazon and IL don’t see eye-to-eye for affiliate programs. No love loss there with the blog. I do shop at Half-Price Books and local bookstores but want to seek out other online sources. Please recommend your faves in the comments!
- Try more audio books. After listening to The Miniaturist, I fell in love with beautifully portrayed books via audio.
- Read more non-fiction. I plan to read Just Mercy in January so I hope that gets me back into the NF swing. I read only 6 this year and most of them were Memoirs.
- Participate in more blog memes and activities. Part of the reason I haven’t done more this year was because of ARCs I felt committed to. (See first goal). Participating in “social” memes is a great way to read a variety of books, meet new bookish friends and find those other blogs that I’ve yet to meet.
- Leave more comments on other blogs. This isn’t because I don’t read them. I do! It’s a time thing. And unless I have something worthwhile to contribute, I just feel silly sometimes.
- Read more short stories and middle-grade books. I’m a short story fan and got back into them this year. I hope to find more collections to treasure as well as seek out new authors in this genre. As far as the middle-grade genre, I need to up my knowledge at the library for reader’s advisory. Also it’s an age where many children have trouble finding that book that is not too babyish but not ready for some of the YA topics and themes.
- Get creative with the blog more. When I first started the blog, I was feeling things out. Books were always going to be the primary focus but in between posts and reviews I wanted to blather on about other life things: cooking, parenting, travel, music, movies, etc. and somehow tie them into literature-or not. I purposely didn’t erase those beginning posts because they brought me to this point. I’d like to add more editorial pieces.
- Continue to read more diverse books. I’m talking about a whole bunch of things here. A diversity in author, topic and culture is important to me. I will always have that list of “go-to” authors who are my faves but picking up a lesser known author or debut novel is such a thrill. I get so excited for them. I’ve read several books this year that dealt with topics such as: gender identification, disabilities, rape, abuse, racism, mental illness, feminism and bullying. Those books are so important to read, support and pass along to those who are willing to listen. And finally, culturally diverse. There is nothing more thrilling than to open a book and travel to another country, learn new customs and traditions and hear new voices that teach me so much.