This is a meme from The Broke and the Bookish. For info about the topics and how to participate, click here.I don’t really do resolutions often, but I did come up with some interesting ones, and since I just finished writing my 2013 End of Year Book Survey, I’d like some things to report back on next year. So heeeeere we go.
1. Branch out and try new genres.
Last year, for the first time, I strayed from my regular fantasy/science-fiction/dystopia genres, and I read a lot of contemporaries. It was a huge success. Before I honestly thought contemporary wasn’t really for me, but I have been proven wrong. This year, I hope to try out historical fiction.
2. Finish series.
I hate that I have so many series on my TBR list. Some I’ve started but just dropped. I need to decide to go for it and finish it or just scratch it off the list. Some series that I hope to finish: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, The Grisha by Leigh Bardugo, Pivot Point by Kasie West, Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, Graceling by Kristin Cashore, Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente, and Covenant by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I’m screwed because I have so many firsts in series on my shelves seducing me. I don’t want to have too many series at the same time.
3. Try a new book format: audiobooks.
I hear Christina talk all the time about how awesome audiobooks are, so I really want to try it out this year. I have no clue how it’ll go, since I easily tune out to things I’m listening to and I’m scared I’ll miss things that way…. but we’ll see.
4. Read more classics.
I have a kind of unwritten goal to each year read at least 1 classic. I failed in 2013. So I’m writing it down this time, and with book club having a special “classics month”, I should definitely be able to deliver on this.
5. Try more adult books.
I stick way too close to young adult, I find. After a while it just gets exhausting. Because I’m like, “Whee, another love triangle.” Not that all of YA is like that. But I should give adult books a shot.
6. Write reviews right after finishing the book.
The past few months I’ve been struggling with blogging because I just didn’t feel like writing reviews, then when I sat down to do it, I immediately had to write three or four in a row… It made it become a chore, and I didn’t remember too well what I wanted to say. NO MORE. Just take that half hour to write the review the same day. It’s really not that bad.
7. Go to BEA.
Okay, now I’m making it official. *exhales* I’m planning on going to BEA this year. I have budget. I have a place to stay. I have vacation days. I just need to clear it with work and book my plane ticket. Which I should be doing soon. *braces self for comment explosion*
8. Finish reformatting all posts.
Honestly, it will be a sigh of relief. I’m too OCD to leave even a single post in the ugly post-Blogger-Wordpress-move form. Also: a complete review archive. *sobs* The day I finish this, there will be a crazy dance party.
9. Find the right co-blogger/guest reviewer.
I see more and more people pop up with their co-bloggers and… well, it gets lonely. Also it would be less stressful. But I don’t want to just add anyone. I’m picky. So this is a conundrum. But I have an application page, so who knows.
10. NON-BOOKISH: Finish my thesis and graduate.
;_______; this day can’t come soon enough.