Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions/Goals

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This weeks theme is:   Bookish Resolutions/Goals

A new year saw me writing my customary Reading Resolutions post.
I decided a couple of years back I’d make some general goals for my reading year rather than joining a large number of challenges. That decided, I wrote my goals and only signed up for Goodreads and Beat the Backlist.
Here is a selection of my reading hopes/goals for the year…

Goodreads challenge – I do this one most years. I haven’t set a massive target as I want to keep it low pressure. 20 books will do I think, especially since I can’t seem to keep away from massive tomes and they take ages to read. I joined this challenge mostly because I use Goodreads to keep track of what I’ve read so I guess having a small target to aim for adds something extra.

Beat the Backlist – The only other challenge I’ve signed up for this year. It’s my second time taking part. Last year I cleared around 15 books from my backlist, so it was a good challenge for me and I can’t wait to see how many I can read this year.

To participate in read-a-thon events often – I have a terrible habit of finding out about reading events either just as they’re about to happen or when they’re already in progress. That’s not good if there’s a particular theme going on, so I want to try and find out about things in advance so that I can join in, because I do love a good read-a-thon.

To read outside my usual choices – Over the new year I saw various articles featuring ‘must read’ books for the coming year, aimed at people who resolved to start reading this year. I’m a long-time reader, but I did find the idea of taking on some of the suggested books an interesting idea, to broaden my reading genres and so I requested some of the titles from the library.

To keep on top of my reviews – I try to write reviews as soon as I can, while the story is still fresh in my mind and I can gush about all the reasons that I loved the book. I want to stay on top of things this year.

Top Ten Tuesday – Take part whenever the topic appeals to me.

Non-Fiction – I don’t usually read much in the way of non-fiction and I wonder what I’m missing, so I’ll try to check out at least one book sometime this year.

To read a classic – It’s years since I read anything you’d call a classic, so I’d like to read at least one over the coming months.

Audio books – The first time I tried an audio book it wasn’t for me. I found my attention wandering and kept having to go back because I didn’t feel I’d taken the story in. It became really time consuming and put me off for a while.
Last year I had another attempt, and I had a much better experience and enjoyed the story, which has left me thinking I wouldn’t be completely against trying another audio book this year.

I didn’t think I’d make ten items this week, and as it turns out I have ended up one short. So, is there anything I’ve missed? What resolutions or goals have you decided on this year?

See you again for another Top Ten Tuesday.

26 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions/Goals

  1. Aoife says:

    I’ve been meaning to do Beat the Backlist for ages! I’m hoping to clear a book off my TBR each month – that will be doing well! Good luck with all your resolutions!


  2. @lynnsbooks says:

    Good luck with your resolutions. A few of these that I also need to keep up with – such as writing timely reviews, and I wouldn’t mind reading some more classics. I’ve done badly the past couple of years even though I joined the classics club.
    Lynn 😀


    • pagesandtea says:

      I’ll have to remember that idea about listening at a faster speed, it might help me too.
      It’s amazing how quickly you forget small details when writing reviews isn’t it?
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂


  3. Laura E Agnella says:

    I love audiobooks but you really do have to get the right narrator or it can be disappointing. I’ve returned two audiobooks over the last couple of years because the narrator was just so badly matched to the characters/story. I’ve mostly had good experiences though and listen often on my commute to and from work.
    Laura 🙂
    My Top Ten Tuesday


  4. Girl About Library (@girlabtlibrary) says:

    I also like to read bigger books when the mood strikes me, and that does make setting a higher Goodreads goal tough! I compare the number of pages I read each year and find that a lot more fulfilling than the number of books I’ve read. As long as the number of pages read is the same or higher than the year before, I feel like I’ve accomplished a good reading goal : )

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    • pagesandtea says:

      That’s a really good idea, I think I’ll start doing the same as it’s a good way to measure and I can’t see myself turning away from the really long books so at least I’ll have some idea whether I’ve read more or less than last year 🙂


  5. Annemieke says:

    Good luck! I’ve tried audiobooks and my mind wandered as well but I’m glad youve had a better experience since. I think that once Merijn is older it might be easier for me to focus too and I think I’ll give audiobooks another go then.

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