Top Ten Tuesday is a book blogging prompt hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I don’t participate every week, but I join in when I find the prompt interesting. This week’s prompt is ten goals or resolutions.
I’m not all about resolutions at the beginning of a new year, but I do like to set periodic goals. Some are much more short-term and others are long term. But some things are nice to take stock of on an annual basis. For reading and blogging, a yearly evaluation feels natural, so I decided to list out my top ten reading and blogging goals for 2014.
Read what I want…
It’s easy to let the pressure of keeping up with ARCs or reading what everyone else is talking about distract me. I want to remind myself that ultimately, I can read whatever I want.
…but maintain a balance.
I want to make sure I leave time to read everything I’m interested in, from graphic novels to picture books to adult fiction. Even if YA is what I mostly want to focus on, I want to maintain a balanced approach to my reading. I also want to make sure I read literary works as much as books that are just fun entertainment, read across all genres, and try new things I’m not sure I’ll like. I want to allow myself the chance to be surprised. I want to continue reading graphic novels and listening to audiobooks. If I can manage to do this, it will make me a much more well-rounded reader.
Read backlist titles…
Some specific books I want to read include:
- 3 More classics off Book Riot’s Well-Read in 100 Books List (I keep track of the ones I’ve read here)
- 5 Book off of NPR’s List of Top Teen Novels (I keep track of the ones I’ve read here)
- 5 books I own but haven’t read (I have countless)
- participate in YALSA’s 2014 Hub Challenge (I did this last year, and it was a great wat to catch up on everything I missed last from year or other notable older titles)
…but keep up with new releases.
I break it down further into debut and seasoned authors
- 12 YA debut novels
- 40 books by non-debut authors which are not further installments in series I’m already reading
Ultimately, I want to reach a total of about 200 books.
Increase participation in the blogging community.
This is about more than just leaving comments, but that’s part of what I want to do to meet this goal. A large part of blogging about books is having conversations with other readers about books and reading. I also want to make sure I show appreciation to all the people who share everything from recipes to DIY instructions to amazing professional resources. The social aspect of blogging is what keeps it fresh for me.
Write better reviews.
Nancy Pearl tweeted this link to an article about the worst clichés that frequently appear in book reviews. And I know I’m guilty of using a lot of those phrases. It’s hard to balance being specific and descriptive without using spoilers or being rude. It’s hard to critique a book while also trying to describe the type of reader who will enjoy it.
Create more reader’s advisory graphics.
Yeah, this is kinda for my job, but I don’t have a lot of time to do it at work, so if I think of it as something I do for my blog, it won’t feel like I’m working off the clock.
Share new, fresh content in addition to book reviews.
Share more book lists, commentary, and discussion posts to balance out reviews. Possibly host more guest posts or interviews. Write about working in the library and grad school and other personal posts. Review TV and movies in addition to books. This blog will always be mostly about books, but it doesn’t have to only be about books.
I’ll continue blogging for YALSA’s The Hub through November 2014 (it’s a two-year commitment), and I’m still happy writing for NoveList. I’d like to also continue to write about young adult literature and libraries and such in new venues outside of this blog.
Learn web design and coding.
This is a hobby, but I’d also like it to help me develop practical skills.
What are your reading and/or blogging goals for 2014?