Hello honeybees and anyone new to my blog! In this post, I’m going to be setting a bunch of ambitious goals that may be near impossible. Why?
Because this is how overachievers torture themselves Because I know I can accomplish all of this, if I really wanted to. And I want to. So without further ado, here are all of my book-related resolutions!
I want to read 90 books in 2019. As of this being published, I haven’t accomplished my 2018 goal of 70 books but I really think I can do it! At the very least I want to try. Next year will be gobbled up by college apps and things like that but I’m hopeful that I can squeeze in some reading, as it is what makes me happy.
Read outside of my favorite genres. This year I mostly read contemporary and in 2017 it was fantasy. Next year I want to read classics, nonfiction, historical fiction, and more. I also will be cohosting a book club which will help me read more classics.
Read every book from my favorite authors. This list is mainly F. Scott Fitzgerald, Adam Silvera, and Anna-Marie McLemore. I love their writing and I need more of it in my life. Honorable mention to Victoria Schwab because I do plan to read most of her books in 2019.
Annotate more. I write notes and quotes in my phone and a journal but I’d like to get into annotating. Writing in my books hurts my heart but I do like to annotate favorites like The Great Gatsby and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.
Read more indie! This year I read independently published novels for the first time and it was a very different reading experience. These books deserve more attention and sometimes get a bad rap. Included in this, I want to pick up a book because it looks interesting—not because I’ve seen it on Instagram or everyone is reading it. Unfortunately this has been happening a lot over the past few years.
These are the really scary ones if you ask me *hides under mountain of blankets*
Finish the first draft of my novel. Eek! Okay so this is the year that I will finish my novel. I’ve put it off long enough and I refuse to let my fears get in the way of my dreams. Even if this draft and every other draft after it are only read by me, at least I can have finally finished something. And who knows, maybe I’ll be super productive and be querying in 2020?
Enter the Watty Awards on Wattpad. If you don’t know what Wattpad is, here’s the link. It’s been my dream for years to enter the Wattys. This would be a separate writing project and one more light hearted. (My writing projects are about as happy as an Adam Silvera novel.)
Win NaNoWriMo. I failed badly this year. As I want to take my writing seriously in 2019, I can’t see how I can fail nano. You know, except for the teensy, tiny fact that college apps are due in November. Like I said, a piece of cake! *nervous laughter*
Also known as my second home. I spend way too much time on there but it’s my happy place! Pictures of books are almost as good as the books themselves. More about bookstagram will be coming in a few weeks!
Reach 3,000 followers. I feel so self involved putting such a big number out there but it would be really nice to reach this milestone. I never would have imagined that over 1,000 people would want to follow me and see my content. I don’t know why 3k seems like a good number but I like it. In its current state, my account is in no way deserving of three thousand followers but I’m working on it.
Settle on a cohesive theme. See? I’m working on it. September brought a fall/cozy theme and I’ve loved it for the past few months. It works really well for me and I’m able to take a lot of decent pictures in one photo shoot. I need to make it more uniform though, and I will continue to work on that in the new year. But my cozy theme stays.
Not sure why I saved this for the end but here you go.
Stick to a posting schedule. I started my blog in March-ish and have been posting about once a month since. I attempted to do Blogmas and was so surprised by the engagement on my posts! This definitely made me feel comfortable posting multiple times a week. I’m thinking Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. We’ll see how it goes. Even if this doesn’t work out, I still want to post as much as possible because I really do enjoy blogging!
Work on aesthetics. I’m not a technologically advanced person. Computers hate me half of the time. I want my blog to look pretty but I have no idea how to go about doing so. I suppose I have a lot of research and YouTube scrolling ahead of me.
Reform reviews. My reviews are all over the place and I’ve done about four of them in the history of my blog. While I still want to keep my reviews short and to the point, they’re obviously missing a lot of depth. I’ve also been experimenting with different formats so hopefully I find one that works for me.
What are your bookish goals next year? Do you want to read more or change what you read? Do we have similar goals? Tell me everything in the comments!
Bye for now honeybees, see you in the new year!