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Bookish: Mega 2019 TBR & Things to Come

TBR & To DoHappy New Year!

I find entering a new year to be a very stressful experience. There’s a lot of emphasis on the concept of ‘New Year, New You’ with new routines that need to be established and goals that need to be achieved.

Even though I’m aware that time is a construct and that my life and me as an individual don’t suddenly become dramatically different at the final stroke of midnight on New Years Eve, I still find that I go along with it and that it’s embedded in my brain that somehow – I must be better. 

(But there may not have been anything ‘bad’ in the first place).

It’s because I, like many others, see the New Year as the chance for a ‘shake up’ and that it is the opportunity to make some positive changes. But, I must remind myself that:-

a) Positive changes can occur at any point in the year and not some ‘special’ date, and;

b) If I set myself goals/ targets/ new routines and don’t/ are unable to achieve them that this isn’t an awful thing and that I have not somehow failed.

With those in mind I have, inevitably, set myself some blogging and book reading goals.

You could take these goals with a pinch of salt. I recommend you do. Along with some other ingredients.

Take Life

 

Book Goals

For the 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge I set myself a goal of 52 books (or 1 book a week) which I didn’t quite meet. However, for the 2019 Goodreads Reading Challenge I plan on setting myself a goal of 52 books.

Why? Why not?

Ok, the actual answer to ‘why’ is that I’m more likely to remember its 52 books. Ahem.

Do I have any specifics of what I would like those 52 books to be? I.e. fantasy/ YA/ horror etc?

Nope.

The only goal I have on those 52 books is that I want to read every unread physical book and every unread Kindle book before I buy/ download anymore.

I have 13 physical books and 19 Kindle books (including some ARCS). That’s er… 32 books and only 20 short of my actual 2019 goal. If (and this is a big if) I achieve my goal of 1 book per week then I’d be allowed back in a bookshop in…

12th July 2019

Yay?

My only other book goal is….

No more requesting ARCS until I have read those 32. 

I can do this because I DON’T have a book buying/ requesting problem.

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Blog Goals

There are some things that I would like to achieve with my blog though and this is where some actual effort on my part comes in.

One

Re-brand my blog and ‘tidy up’ the layout.

Some of you may (or may not) have noticed that I’ve already begun this. I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to aesthetics so I’m just going with the flow. Just flow along with me.

Two

Netgalley badges and achievements.  This is tied into my book goals – where I actually need to read the damned books & review. 

Three

Re-consider how I do my book reviews. I posted 39 reviews this year. Some were of books read in 2017 and which I pre-wrote before launching The BookNook UK but many were of books read in 2018. I need to polish off some reviews that I’ve drafted and post them.

ConfessionI don’t actually like writing reviews. I thought I would but I don’t. I find them stressful and actually at times it sucks the joy from reading and this is why I think I’ve entered a reading slump because reading = homework.

Oddly this means that my goal is to NOT review every book I’ve read. Yes, I will review the ARCS and yes, I think I will review the current years releases and possibly those that I either adored or despised but for anything else that is ‘middling’ I may leave and just include in my monthly wrap ups.

Four

Review my content  – I’ve actually done a review of this but it will hopefully be an organic process depending on what people like and what I can achieve.

What I hope to offer is:-

  • Reviews (see above)
  • One Off Features and Collaborations – as and when The Mood strikes
  • Book Blogger Hop
  • Top 5 Wednesday
  • Friday Fairy Tale
  • Monthly Wrap Up & TBR
  • Monthly Book Themes
  • Book Edits – I won’t be doing these every month as they took up a lot of time
  • Conversations In A Coffee Shop – ***new feature***

Conversations .jpgFive

Engage with others a lot more than I currently do. This means I want to go a’hunting for wabbits and by wabbits I mean more book blogs with content that interests me.

When I have found that content I want to make sure that I comment and highlight and feature that content on my own blog. We are after all a community and the community can only thrive with interaction.

Six

Get connected via other social media sites. 

This pains me. No really. It pains me. I am so clueless when it comes to social media that it hurts.

As you can see from goal #4, I hope to produce a lot of content. I hope some of it is meaningful, I hope some of it is fun and I hope all of it is enjoyed by someone other than me.

Content is not enough (and for all I know my content is appalling) especially in these modern times where social media is where it’s at in order to get people to see your content. So, with a heavy heart, I’m going to have to get on Twitter. Sobs.

It’s going to be trial and error because I literally only got a smartphone this year after my flip phone from the 90’s died. That’s right. I am being dragged into 2019, screaming all the way.

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What are your bookish and blogging goals for 2019? Do you even have any?

Do we think I am setting myself up for massive failure?

Do we think I’ll end up drinking my body weight in chocolate milkshakes to overcompensate for my feelings of self-inadequacy?

Do we think I’ll enjoy drinking my body weight in chocolate milkshake anyway?

Answers on a postcard please!

May your 2019 be awesome!

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20 thoughts on “Bookish: Mega 2019 TBR & Things to Come

  1. Hope you’ll stick to your goals, but also chocolate milkshakes, because – why not? 🙂 I failed my GR reading goal too, and got way too depressed about it, but I realize now I have to feel less pressure about such things (but howwww). I also dislike writing reviews unless it’s a really great book or a really bad one teehee 😀 So the other features come in handy, especially weekly memes, I like those the most! 🙂 I’m glad you decided to expand socially, but would it be a tad too much if I begged you to come on Instagram too? 😀 If you need any help whatsoever with social media, technical wordpress stuff or graphics, just let me know, I’d be thrilled to help, it is my job after all. 😀 Oh, and good luck with not buying any books until July, I trust in you but that’s just too much. xD

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    1. Ah, failing a Goodreads goal isn’t something you should be upset about. It’s nice to have a goal but it should act as a motivator not as something you should feel bad about if you don’t achieve it. Life and/or reading slumps will always happen and they can never be predicted!

      Yeah, I just decided that they felt too much like a chore so I’ve decided to only review ARCS and any that really make an impact. Positive or negative because you know me, I love a rant!!

      I haven’t quite reached twitter yet (honestly it looks blinkin’ scary) and so I think Instagram is even more far out there for me! I’m definitely not the most social media friendly and I even hate Facebook, I literally have it to message friends!

      February and no books purchased yet! I avert my eyes from book stores though…

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  2. Good luck with your goals!
    It’s so hard to resist the nice stuff on netgalley… 😀

    I think it’s a great idea to not review all the books. I did enjoy some books last year, but not so much that i wanted to talk about them too much, so basically just skipped them. That’s the one thing i don’t like about the ARCs from NG. I kinda have to review them 😀

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    1. Thank you! Oh boy is… I am a marketers dream apparently because anything with a shiny cover and an alluring description and I’m just hitting that request button like it’s going to disappear.

      It’s funny because I got myself into the habit of thinking I needed to review *every* book and then when I didn’t feel up for it I got guilty and then pushed myself to review anyway and then was feeling stressed about it. I realised (not quickly enough) that that’s not *exactly* right so decided to loosen the reigns.

      But yeah – those Netgalley ones need reviewing!!

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    1. Thank you!

      I got into what I believe is the ‘newbie to Netgalley pitfall’ – I went on a request binge and then was pleasantly surprised when I got accepted for quite a few then had that ‘uhoh’ moment when I realised I needed to actually review and post those reviews! Oops.

      Me too! I didn’t quite get 52 last year but I’m hopeful for 2019!

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  3. My goal is to read 52 books as well! 😀 I also have the goal to interact with others more. I just feel as if I hadn’t interacted enough with people during 2018. Plus having conversations with people about all things bookish is a lot of fun! 🙂 Good luck with all of your goals and I hope that you’ll have an amazing 2019!

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    1. I think 52 is a good number, I’m seeing a lot of bloggers with that goal. For me one book a week *feels* attainable (even if I didn’t achieve it last year – ha)! But this way I don’t feel pressured to read more than I might not be able to!

      Interaction is definitely something I want to do more of, I love finding new blogs and I keep thinking I should comment but then I get all… shy? I don’t know. Very random.

      I love your icon by the way – Abigail Larson! She crops up on my blog quite a bit because her art is just gorgeous!!

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  4. I can relate to your feelings towards reviewing, the moment I feel “I have to” write something my mind and body refuses like a cat on a bathtub. I wish you good luck on your goals 😚💕💕

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, I found that every time I felt I *had* to write a review I really didn’t want to and it was actually putting me off reading because I didn’t want to do the ‘assignment’ afterwards. It took me a while to get my brain out of the ‘write a review for every book’ way of thinking. It’s still trying to let go!

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  5. We do have a lot of the same goals, we can totally cheer each other on!

    I’m very relieved I’m not the only book blogger who doesn’t enjoy writing book reviews! I thought I’d get the hang of it eventually, but it’s been over a year and I’ve reviewed exactly one book. Practice makes perfect apparently only works if you…practice? Who knew! Oh well, lists are more fun to write anyway 😂

    Yes, join Twitter! Come to the dark side, we don’t have any cookies, but our memes are cool. Seriously though, it’s a super good way to connect with other bloggers and people are (mostly) so nice and supportive.

    Good luck with all your goals and I wish you a very happy 2019! ❤️ Here’s to spreading lots of blogger love!

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    1. I’ve been looking at different ‘types’ of reviews people do – mini reviews/ bullet points/ free flowing/ sections etc. to see if I would like doing reviews more if I did it a different way.

      I might play around to see but I’ve made a decision to not write as many reviews because I think I was feeling like I *had* to and it was putting me off reading, which is completely the opposite of what I want! I prefer the lists too!! And the fund stuff actually!

      I’m very nervous about Twitter, I’ll definitely do it but I’m going to enter cautiously (because I have no idea what I’m doing!)

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  6. Yeah…reading books I own before I buy more…. I should do that too….

    I also really encourage joining Twitter because I can be great, but the person above is also right that there can be a lot of negativity and drama. I honestly considered quitting at one point, but using the mute feature has make my experience so much better. (Am I supposed to admit out loud I mute people??)

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    1. Oh it’s easier said than done 😉 My pile is looking like it might fall over and harm the cat so I thought I best commit to it (I’ve said this before though…)

      I’m nervous about Twitter but that’s because I’m not very ‘social media’ friendly as I don’t know what I’m doing with it. I didn’t know you could mute??? I may have to research this!! I think that’s a sensible feature 🙂

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  7. I totally understand the twitter thing.

    I found myself “giving up” to social media (after months of research) because i wanted to make myself available. And by that i mean to not appear as a hermit who exists in a void that flings agent queries/short story subs from the gloom from time to time.

    Yay peer pressure?

    Pro tip: you’re going to run into a lot of negativity on twitter and a lot of things posted on there you’re going to want to reply to.

    Don’t.

    Just go on with your life and try to follow/surround yourself with people who aren’t toxic.

    Alternatively there’s a nice “don’t show retweets” option and a way to mute people you follow.

    Just saying, haha.

    I also agree with your general sentiment about new year’s traditions.

    Looking forward to the new feature.

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    1. These are some handy tips – thank you. I think I need to research how Twitter works with its features because I didn’t know you could mute!

      I’m oddly anti social media and I think that’s because I find that people in real life spend more time surfing social media than interacting and I hated it.

      I think that’s probably the initial reason as to why I’ve not joined Twitter or Instagram but the painful realisation is that this is the modern world and if you want to interact via social media and blogging etc. then a blog isn’t enough and medium’s like Twitter are a valid route to interaction.

      Thanks for the tips re. negativity. Briana also mentioned this so it’s good to be forewarned. Luckily I’m a ‘life’s too short’ kind of person so will dip out of those! I mean, I may sip my tea in a corner in the dark and watch as the flames reach the ceiling…

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