Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.
The rules are simple:
- Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
- Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.
- Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists.
- Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.
This week’s topic is Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2018. This is an easy one for me because I love signing up for reading challenges and I find reading other blogs gives me lots of inspiration for what I’d like to achieve with my own.
One – Complete my Classics Club list
I signed up to The Classics Club soon after I started blogging in November 2016 and confidently set a target to read my 50 chosen books by the end of December 2018. It seemed a long way away back then. As it stands, I’ve only read seven from my list so this is going to have to be a real focus this year.
Two – Read more of the books I already own
To help with this, I’ve signed up for the 2018 TBR Pile Challenge (hosted by RoofBeamReader) and the focus seems to be helping because I’ve already read two of my twelve and I’m all part way through a third. Who knows, I may even get to my two ‘reserve’ books as well…
Three – Promote the books of John Buchan
I’ve been reading and collecting books by John Buchan for many years and I’ve always thought he was underrated as an author. To try to dispel the idea that his books are dated or that he only wrote The Thirty-Nine Steps, I’ve embarked on my Buchan of the Month reading project. To read my introduction to the first book on the list, The Power-House, click here. Why not join me and read along?
Four – Achieve my 100 reviews badge on NetGalley
I need to read and review around 25 more titles to achieve this so to help keep my focus on this target I’ve signed up for the NetGalley & Edelweiss Challenge 2018 (hosted by Bookish Things & More). I’m going for Silver level which should get me to my goal. A side goal is to maintain my 80% plus feedback ratio and (a dream more than a goal) to get auto approved by a publisher.
Five – Read at least 156 books in 2018
I’ve set my Goodreads reading challenge target at 156, the same as last year although I actually managed 160 in 2017. However, I think three books a week is about my limit. Any more than this and I think I’d start to feel pressurised and risk losing the enjoyment of reading.
Six – Reduce my stack of review copies from authors
I always feel slightly guilty about the length of time it takes me to get around to reading books sent to me by lovely authors, although they are unfailingly patient and appreciative when I finally do get around to publishing my review. This is despite the fact that I am very selective about the review requests I accept. I made a real effort to read more from my stack of author review copies in December and I’m going to try to do the same in February (see goal nine below). I’d really like to reduce my turnaround time for reviews to below the three to four months it is currently. (By the way, for any authors reading this, my review stack is not quite as big as in the picture.)
Seven – Read 50 historical fiction books in 2018
This is rather a cheat because historical fiction is my favourite genre. However, I’ve signed up for the Historical Fiction Challenge hosted by Passages to the Past because it’s always great to swap recommendations with other bloggers. I’m aiming for Prehistoric level which means reading 50+ books. In a similar vein, I’m also participating in the When Are You Reading Challenge 2018 (hosted by Taking on a World of Words) It involves reading 12 books, one from each of 12 specified time periods. I also hope to read the books longlisted for The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. (You can read my wishlist of books to appear on the list here.)
Eight – Take part in bookish events
I already participate in a number of memes such as this one. Other favourites are WWW Wednesdays and Throwback Thursday and I always mean to join in with the monthly Six Degrees of Separation but never seem to get around to it. Last year, I took part in ARC August and really enjoyed it, although I wasn’t organised enough to get through all the books I’d targeted. I’ll be looking out for events like that again this year.
Nine – Take blog tour breaks
I love participating in blog tours as it’s introduced me to some great authors, books and publishers and some amazingly professional tour organisers. However, it is easy to sign up for more than you intend and find yourself overwhelmed by deadlines. I know because I’ve done it. As a newbie blogger, I was so keen to get involved, I got carried away (although, I’m proud to say I’ve never missed a tour deadline). I took a blog tour break in December and it really allowed me to catch up with other reading in what is a busy time of the year as it is. I shall be away for part of February so I’ve decided to take another break from blog tours then as well.
Ten – Support other book bloggers
The book blogging community is terrific and one of the things I particularly enjoy is interaction with other bloggers. So I want to continue making time to visit other blogs, read and comment on reviews and share their posts on Twitter and other social media.