Top Ten Tuesday

TTT – 2023 Bookish Goals

Top Ten Tuesday used to be a weekly post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. “It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.” This is definitely something I can understand and want to participate in.

I’m not generally a fan of making New Year’s resolutions. But now that I’ve settled into 2023 a bit, I have had some time to think about the bookish goals I want to set for this year. Last year, I did pretty good with my goal of reading more books than I did the previous year, and focusing more on diverse reads of all types. This year, I want to do more. Here’s some goals that I want to reach this year:

  1. Read more nonfiction books. I’ve always been reluctant to read nonfiction, thinking that they’d be boring and dry, but luckily I’ve found some really interesting ones. Last year, I aimed for at least one a month, but this year, I want to read at least 3 each month.
  2. Increase the diversity of my reading. Last year, I incorporated more books by and about LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, and other marginalized groups, but this year I’d like to read even more. 
  3. Branch out into different genres. I’ve noticed that I tend to stick with a few genres that I’m most comfortable and familiar with, but I’d like to try reading at least one book from a different genre each month that I don’t normally read.
  4. Read more books than last year. This one is going to be a reach, since I read a lot of books last year, and I’m not sure that I am going to be able to top that. But I’m definitely going to give it my best shot.
  5. Complete the three challenges that I committed to—the 2023 PopSugar Challenge, the 12 in 12 challenge, the 18 Jewish Books by Jewish Authors Challenge. I enjoyed doing the challenges I did last year, and it got me to read some books I might not have normally read, so I’m looking forward to these.
  6. Read more of the books that I own. I have a huge collection of books on my shelves that I haven’t read, and I’d like to work through more of them. Hopefully this means reading at least 1-2 of them each month.
  7. Keep my ARCs at a manageable level. As always, I’m struggling with a mountain of ARCs, and I want to get them under control. This is always a focus, and I’m making it even more of a priority this year.

What are some of your 2023 bookish goals?

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    • Absolutely! I’m trying to request less ARCs, but if the first few weeks of January are any indicator, I’m not doing a great job so far lol. I’m going to have to work on that a little harder, and read more of the books I own.

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    • Thank you! I tried to keep these goals realistic, so that I don’t get discouraged and give up on them completely. It feels like that’s a goal across the board for all of us book bloggers.

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  1. Reading books we own and controlling the volume of those pesky ARCs is on a LOT of lists…..sounds like we need to create a support group. 🙂 Good luck with the goals – there should be a mid-point check in to see if we’re on track…….
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

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  2. Why is it so hard to just read the books off our own shelves? I have HUNDREDS of unread books on my shelves and yet I still seem to gravitate more toward finishing library books and buying new books to put on my already crowded shelves. Makes no sense, but at least I’m not the only one 🙂 Good luck with all your goals!

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

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    • Right? It’s like all the books at the library are going to disappear if I don’t check them out right away and take the time to read my own books? There’s so many of us that do that, and I have no idea why we do!

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