On today’s episode of Top Ten Tuesday, brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish, Midnight Book Girl will make bookish goals for this new year while her split personality Lazy Book Girl attempts to thwart her in the coming months! (I love talking about myself in third person, and referring to myself as a girl even though I’m in my 30’s).
January 8: Top
Ten Eleven Bookish Goals For 2013:
1. POST MORE!
2. REVIEW MORE!
3. Continue taking notes so my reviews don’t completely suck. My reviews are getting better because even if I wait a long time I have notes to refresh a book in my mind so that my reviews aren’t all: Um, this book is good, I rated in 4 stars on Goodreads so it’s probably save to recommend it to you. Also, the cover is pretty.
4. Tweet authors when I give their books a good rating, and…
5. Send some of my review links to actual publishing houses so they know I like their authors.
6. Go to BEA 2013! *this actually happening, in large part because of the awesomeness that is Midntye Reader.
7. Keep better track of book stats- I read enough to complete most of the challenges I sign up for, but I fail to really organize my reading into categories. I’m shooting for an end-of-the-year-pie-chart-loaded post, but I’m also going to try to do some kind of monthly break down.
8. Comment and tweet more- this is always a goal, and some days I do well. I’m also re-dedicating myself to replying to every comment on my blog starting… Now!
9. Cull my TBR books. I need to do this. I have too many books. Yes, even for a complete book-a-holic I have too many books. A significant portion are books I bought prior to book blogging, when my literary world was still very small and I didn’t really know that it was possible to mostly read books I loved. Plus, when you’re a book reader people think they can gift you any book and you’ll like it simply because you read. I get it, I’m a reader, I fit in a nice little gift buying stereotype. But that doesn’t mean that the book you find in the reject bin at the dollar store is a book that I’m going to make time to read.
10. Go to more book signings!
11. Limit the books I buy from Amazon and really try to keep it to ebooks for Amazon and Barnes and Noble. If I really want a book because the cover is gorgeous than I need to be able to pay a little more and shop from a local, independent bookstore.
I have others, but these are the most important. I’m not ever going to be a huge blogger- I don’t do lots of giveaways and I’m too lazy to turn this blog into a job so that I can really sell my blog to publishers who will shower me with free arcs and host giveaways for me. I admire those bloggers, but I’m not terribly organized or driven, and I think most bloggers who have highly successful blogs are. I really admire them, and if it was a disease, I’d willingly infect myself. But I’m not a Type A person, I’m a Type E as in Er… It took me awhile to figure out what kind of blogger I wanted to be and find a way to be okay with not having a million followers- although I’m shooting for 700 GFC and Feedburner followers by the end of the year. I just want to be more involved in our wonderful community!!