Top Ten Tuesday: My Bookish Resolutions For 2018


Aaaah the beginning of a new year!
Normally I’m someone who really doesn’t do any resolutions what so ever, I don’t believe in choosing a fixed point to try and better your life, but for once I’m going to join the club!
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. This week’s theme is Bookish Resolutions/Goals for 2018!

Today I have my first exam, so wish me luck! (I’m going to need it)
For those who want to know: It’s Electronic Product Certification (really boring) and I hope it will go well!
But enough about me, let’s start my Top Ten!

1. Pop Sugar Rush

Last year I jumped on the wagon around April and I got half way through before I gave up. I didn’t choose the right books and wasn’t really motivated to finish.

I’m not going to read books I already know I won’t like this year. I know this challenge is about opening up to all sorts of books. But if I don’t find an interesting True Crime book, I just won’t read it. Life is too short to read boring books!
So if anyone has read an amazing True Crime Novel, let me know in the comments!

If you want to help me, I still need some good recommendations for the next toppics:
  • – A book with your favourite colour in the title (does anyone know a book with pink in the title? Maybe rose can count as well?)
  • -True Crime, I don’t even know what to expect from this!
  • -A book involving a Heist (I already read Six of Crows, I wish I had waited with it until this year now!?
  • -A book about feminism, I really want a YA book, but I don’t know which one are feminist “enough” to fit this category!
  • -A book set on or about Halloween
  • -A book set in the decade you were born (’90!)

2. Read Books On My TBR Instead of Always Looking For New Books

I’m the most exited for this one because I found a really good way to make this work. I have a jar with filled with all the titles of the books that are on my TBR and that I own already (150+ books, woops!). It’s really working because so far I finished Eliza and her Monsters (which is such a beautiful book) and I’m currently reading Catch-22 and Half Bad. I probably would have never read those books or it would have taken me years to finally start them. So, this is actually something I already really enjoy.

Of course I’m not going to put everything in this jar! Some books need to be devoured as soon as I can put my hands on them! (I’m talking about you Laini Taylor and Sarah J. Maas)

3. 75 Books Goodreads Challenge

I read 101 books in 2017 and I was really happy with that. I don’t want to push myself too much, because reading needs to stay a fun activity.
I’m already ahead on schedule, So far I finished 6 books which isn’t bad. But maybe I get into a massive reading slump next week! So I’m not going to raise my goal just yet! It’s also a great possibility that I’m not going to read that much the next three weeks because of my exams (I will be reading plenty, but nothing you find on Goodreads, that’s for sure!)

4. Getting Auto-Approved By an Author on Netgalley

This is more of a wish than a goal. I haven’t been auto-approved by a publisher but I would love to be. Of course you can be a good blogger and never be auto-approved. I even don’t know how easy it is to get auto-approved by someone who isn’t living in a country that has Netgalley publisher! I would just be the happiest girl alive if a publisher I really like gives me access to their titles. I’m not saying that I’m ungrateful and think every publisher should immediately auto-approve me. If you are a reviewer yourself, you probably know what I mean!

If anyone has some good tips, I could always use them!

5. Finish All My Started Series

There are A LOT of them, and I don’t know how likely it is that I will finish them all. Especially Outlander because those books are MASSIVE. Plus, combined with the second point in this TTT it might get a little tricky, I just have to hope that I’ll draw the right books! Or I’ll have to cheat a bit in order to get the series done before the end of the year (but maybe it’s not really cheating because I already started the series!).

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (2/3)
Full Tilt – Emma Scott(1/2)
The Paper Magician – Charlie N. Holmberg(1/4)
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series – Rick Riordan(1/5)
The Raven Cycle – Maggie Stiefvater(1/4)
The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer(1/4)
The Edge – Ilona Andrews(1/4)
Walker Saga – Jaymin Eve (3/8)
NYC Mecca – Jaymin Eve (1/4)
Curse of the Gods – Jaymin Eve (2/5) (but, the last 2 haven’t been published yet)
The Infernal Devices – Cassandra Clare (1/3) (and maybe after that start the rest of the series)
Outlander – Dianna Gabaldon (4/9) (but, last book hasn’t been published yet)

I doubt I will finish all of these, but you never know!

6. Write 3 Posts Every Week

I probably will have to make an exception on this in the next few weeks because I have exams and it’s a bit more important to pass my exams than to post 3 times a week. I will be posting at least 2 times every week and it will probably be only one week with 2 posts (next week I think). I’m not going to see that as failing my resolutions because we all know that exams are just a time that is completely different from the rest of the year!

7. Stop Judging a Book By It’s Cover

This is my resolution with the most chance to fail! I’m always judging books by their cover. It’s so bad that when I’m completely convinced that a book is nothing for me, until I notice that there is also another cover for that book and suddenly it’s on my tbr! I don’t really know how I can stop this habit. Anyone struggling with the same issues?

8. Read More Themed and Diverse Books Throughout the Year

A couple of times a year the same type of questions come back on many blogs: Which books are you going to read this Spring/Summer/Autumn/Winter. What Halloween/Christmas/… themed books are you going to read this year? My answers are mostly somewhere close to: Oh.. I didn’t think of that… I’m going to the beach and I’m going to read Wintersong there! Or, this Christmas I’m reading That Summer!
This year I’m trying to get into the spirit and try to read some themed books. So if anyone has some great ideas for any sort of themed book you can always let me know!

Another thing that I wanted to do for a very long time is to try and read more diverse books. So far I’ve read The Hate U Give and Eliza and her Monsters so 2018 is of to quite a good start for this category! I’ll try and keep some data in an excel sheet on all the books I read so I can check how good I did at the end of the year!

9. Stop Buying Books I Know I’ll Never Read

I buy a lot of second hand books and they are often really cheap. Because of this I often come home with books that I bought just because I heard about them or they have a pretty cover. I always convince myself that I will read them but when I come home I just know that won’t ever be happening! I’m going to try and break that habit! No more buying uninteresting books!

10. Actually Try to Accomplish These Resolutions!

The easiest thing in the world is to make a list of all the things you should do (hence this post). The hardest thing in the world is to finish that list! So the most important step in my resolutions will be, just effectively trying to finish the 9 points in this TTT.

Thank you so much for reading until the end of my post!! I really hope you liked it!

Do you have some bookish resolutions? Let me know in the comments!

30 Comments

  • Good luck with your goals! I have a list of series I hope to finish myself this year 🙂

  • I love your goals! ? These are all fantastic resolutions. As far as your Pop Sugar challenge, let me see if I can make some suggestions:

    A book with your favourite colour in the title (does anyone know a book with pink in the title? Maybe rose can count as well?)
    Have you read Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall? I wanna say it’s a YA contemporary about mental health.
    A book involving a Heist (I already read Six of Crows, I wish I had waited with it until this year now!?
    It isn’t out yet, but I just started Heart of Iron and it starts out with a heist of sorts!
    A book about feminism, I really want a YA book, but I don’t know which one are feminist “enough” to fit this category!
    Have you read Moxie? SUPER feminist!
    A book set in the decade you were born (’90!)
    The Only Alien on the Planet by Kristen D. Randle. It’s a YA contemporary from the 90s, set in the 90s. It’s about PTSD and healing and friendship and is such a sweet story. ❤

  • Great goals! If you don’t want just ya, Locke Lamora is great for the heist one. One of the reasons I stopped doing the pop sugar one is that I don’t care for true crime and the lot anyway. There were always books that I would have to read to complete it that I did not care for or did not like. It felt like a waste of reading time to me. 🙂

    • Locke Lamora is already on my tbr! I didn’t know it had a heist! Great, Thank you ?
      I read almost every genre so mostly it’s not that hard to find a book I like, but I’m not that convinced about true crime yet… We’ll see!

  • There are some lovely challenges in your list! A book mentioned in another book and a book with an ugly cover would be very challenging for me because I don’t want to read books with ugly covers :-). I was hoping to see some recs about the one with pink in the title but I don’t know any either. I only found children’s books with fun titles: Pink Flamingos All Around and Pinkalicious. Maybe The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion or Love Rosie by Cecilia Ahern is close enough? As for true crime, I only read one last year which was called The Fact Of A Body, which was part true crime and part memoir. I also have one to read about the Golden State Killer written by a journalist who has sadly past away already called I’ll Be Gone In The Dark but I haven’t read it yet. Good luck with your challenges!!

    • I struggle with a book mentioned in a book to, because they’re mostly classics and I don’t really enjoy those.
      I suppose it doesn’t count if you’ve read a book with a nice cover and notice that it’s also available with an ugly cover? ?

  • Heist books, heist society by ally carter.

  • Pink >One Pink Line
    Heist > I was also going to say Heist Society
    Good luck! ?Berit

  • These are good goals. What is this pop sugar thing?

  • I have a LOT of started series, too! One of my goals is to make that list significantly smaller! I’m also really bad at #7! >.

    • Not judging books by their covers is so hard! It’s also one of the topics of the Pop sugar Rush reading challenge so in order to complete that one I’ll have to read a book with an ugly cover! ?
      Happy reading ?

  • I hope the exam went well today! For heists, I always recommend Locke Lamora – the Gentleman Bastards are just so much fun and their heists are out of this world…

  • Good luck with your goals! I’m the same with series, I start and never finish them because something else always comes along , oops

  • These are great goals!
    A book with pink cover- rosemarked by Livia Blackburne, Library of fates by Aditi Khorana,Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy by Ameriie
    A book involving a heist – The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell! (it’s one of my favorite books)
    A book about feminism – Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu (I haven’t read this yet but I’ve heard great things about it)
    90’s book- The Perks of Being a Wallflower Novel by Stephen Chbosky!

    Good luck with your challenges! 🙂

    • Strange that I didn’t think of Rosemarked!
      I didn’t know The Perks of Being a Wallflower was set in the 90’s ! Great to know! Thanks for all the great recommendations ?
      Happy reading! ?

  • Great goals!

    If you are looking for a light hearted, entertaining heist series, try the Fox and O’Hare series by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. Mistborn and the Palace Job have heists and great reviews but I have not read them yet.
    Readers are divided over The Lies of Locke Lamora, I didn’t care for it but you can still give it a try.
    Did you get a chance to read Crooked Kingdom?

  • I also have a 75 book GoodReads goal! 🙂 I just got auto-approved for the first time on NetGalley by a publisher I don’t know well. But I requested one of their books, and I guess the decided to add me to their list! I guess the key is to just keep giving feedback and cross your fingers.

    • I’m so jealous and congratulations ?
      I’ll just need to keep crossing my fingers then! ?
      Happy reading! ?

  • Oink I’ve never taken part in a reading challenge! I feel like that would probably stress me out. ? I’m also tryin got read more books on my TBR over new ones! I’ve been doing pretty well so far this year catching up with books I wanted to read last year but didn’t, which is good! ? I want to attempt to finish some series as well! I’m really bad at doing that, and I have about four or five finales that I either haven’t started or I’m in the middle of. Ugh. ? Good luck on all your resolutions! ❤️

    • I have to admit that 90% of the books in that reading challenge are books that I already wanted to read and that fitted the category! Some books are new finds and I’m not going to be bothered if I don’t finish them all. I just think it’s a fun thing to do. I like checking of boxes, it feels like I actually achieved something! ? I hope you’ll have an amazing reading year! ❤️

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