Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the bloggers of The Broke and the Bookish. Although this week we're supposed to record our top ten bookish goals, after some consideration I decided that there are eight main goals that I hope to accomplish.
Read at least 65 books this year: That's my official Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge goal. Although, to be honest, I hope to break 85 books. Last year I ended up reading 65 books with a challenge of 45 books, so I'd like to beat that number this year!
Complete DAC & SARC challenges: This is my first year participating in any reading challenges, so I'm super pumped about these two. Right now my goal is to complete them both with the bare minimum reading requirements, although it'll be awesome if I can read more for each.
Intersperse YA books with adult books: Before 2012, I hadn't really read many YA books (except for re-reads) for many years. During college my time was generally limited and my desire to read books outside of classes was not always there. I'm so grateful for finding Goodreads and so many great YA book blogs that have encouraged me to read more and record my thoughts. I would like, however, to continue reading adult fiction as well. Chick lit, adult fantasies, science fiction, classics, and more!
Do not get distracted by all the upcoming releases: I've been pretty good about this so far and I hope to keep it up. Shiny new books are definitely exciting, but I don't want to ignore fantastic older books and books that have been on my TBR list for a while simply because everyone is raving about this new book and I feel like I just have to read it RIGHT NOW.
Try to do some me writing a couple of days per week: While book blogging has given me the excuse to read a lot and write all about my thoughts, I miss writing for me. I love writing and hope to eventually write something publishable one day. So I need to definitely make more of a concerted effort on my part.
Keep up with the daily readings from The Intellectual Devotional: For my birthday last September my grandparents gave me a copy of The Intellectual Devotional by David S. Kidder and Noah D. Oppenheim. I love the idea of expanding my knowledge by a little each day, and I don't think it's much of a commitment to spend five minutes reading and considering it each night.
Make more of an effort to interact with other bloggers and authors: I am pretty shy in real life and apparently that translates just as well in my internet life. Besides commenting on posts, I find it difficult to engage bloggers and authors in other ways. Definitely something I need to work on!
Do not be afraid to decide a book is bad, or even to stop reading it: I've never given a dishonest opinion per se, but I do find it difficult to be as open as I sometimes want to be. I think there's a way to graciously explain how/why books just don't work for you as a reader, so I'd like to figure that out. And perhaps not be as afraid to stop a book if I really am not liking it. Too many books, not enough time is very true, after all.
Have any similar goals? Let me know what you bookish goals you resolve to work on in 2013!