Hi all! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, my Christmas break is finally over and I’m back at Uni, it’s been nice to see my friends again, but I’m not sure if I’m looking forward to being buried under with work! Oh and I finished my thousandth binge watch of Friends!
This Tuesday is a rather exciting one as Top Ten Tuesday has moved to it’s new home, hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl, one of the former members of The Broke and The Bookish blog. It is sad that TBTB has closed down, but I’m very excited that Jana is keeping the TTT fun alive on her blog!
Our first topic of this new era is rather apt for the time, as we’re talking about our Bookish Resolutions/Goals of 2018, all about making a new start for the new year. This is one of my favourite things to do in the New Year as it’s so much fun to look back at the end of the year and see how much I achieved. So here are my goals for 2018, let’s hope they go as well as my 2017 ones!:
- Complete Goodreads Challenge
This is an annually recurring goal, as the Goodreads challenge happens every year and I have taken part in it since 2015. This year I’ve set my goal to 24, like I have done for the past two years, with the hope that I will increase it throughout the year as I always do. My hope for this year is that I will end on a challenge of 40 books, but I’ll be happy if I just beat the 36 books I read last year.
2. Complete my #RockMyTBR Challenge
This is another annual goal, I’ve been doing #RockMyTBR since 2016 and whilst I don’t know if the host, Sarah, is running it officially this year, I am doing it anyway because it’s become such a fun part of my blog over the past two years. So I have another 12 books to hopefully knock off my TBR by the end of 2018!
3. Expand my Writing Corner Feature
This is a feature I started towards the end of last year, as I wanted to start talking about writing more on the blog but I only did an introductory post and never did anything more. So this year, I’m hoping to get it properly up and running, with posts from me, and posts from other writers, maybe even get agents talking about the querying process? I don’t know, we’ll see how it develops as the year goes on!
4. Look into querying agents/first steps of the publishing process
I’m obviously not ready to send anything out yet, as Underground Magicians is not finished and This Is Not A Love Story still needs serious editing, but this year I want to get serious about sending my writing out at some point in the future, so I’m going to look into agents this year, draw up a longlist so that when I am ready to query, I have a list to narrow down from.
5. Finish Underground Magicians
Kind of related to the above I suppose? I started writing Underground Magicians, my f/f underground tunnel fantasy last year, but I have yet to finish it, so I’m aiming to finish Sophie & Mo’s story by the end of this year, so that I can have it ready for editing and then eventually querying. I’m super excited about this one, even more so than This Is Not A Love Story.
6. Start giving a Bechdel Test rating for the books I read
I’m sure you’ve all heard of the Bechdel test right? The test for women’s representation in media? Well this year, I want to start rating the books I read to see whether they pass the Bechdel Test or not.
7. Read more of my YALC books from 2015/16/17
I failed ridiculously badly on this one last year, so I’m trying again and hoping to do better this year! I keep gaining books from YALC and leaving them languishing on my shelves, so I want to try and finish some of them this year, before I go back in July and gain a whole lot more!
8. Read more of my #otspsecretsister books
I’ve been taking part in #otspsecretsister for the past three rounds, and this round, I am taking a break in order to actually read some of the books that I’ve received! I have read a few of them already, but I’m hoping I might be able to knock most of them out before the August round begins.
9. Reread some of my old favourites
This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. I really miss rereading and I haven’t done it much since I started blogging, so this year, I want to set aside some time to reread some of my old favourites, starting with Harry Potter as I haven’t done a reread of them in so long!
10. Make time to read at least a little every day
It’s easy to let reading slip by the wayside sometimes, especially when I’m really busy with Uni, so this year, I want to make sure that I read at least a little bit every day, even if it’s only half an hour before I go to bed.
11. Carry on collaborating with other bloggers
I had so much fun doing blog posts with the help of other bloggers last year and I want to continue that this year, especially through my Writing Corner.
12. Catch up with 2017 releases
Another annual one, as I spend each year trying to catch up with all the new releases of the year before!
So there we go, my Bookish Resolutions/Goals for 2018! What goals do you have for this year? Do we share any? Do you have any goals that you make every year, like me? Let me know in the comments!
Next week’s topic is Books I Really Loved But Can’t Remember Anything About, but I actually have a pretty good memory for books I’ve read, especially now I have Goodreads and the ones I have forgotten, I have truly forgotten, so I’m going to change it just slightly, to Books On My Goodreads I Read The Longest Time Ago.
That’s next week, but in the meantime, I should have my review of Everless up very soon.