Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 7 January, 2014 by Lianne in Meme / 17 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2014 (bookish [& bloggish] , not bookish or a blend)

Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a lovely celebration last week 🙂


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In no particular order:

  1. Re-read! — One of the reasons why I decided to host this reading challenge for this year, get me to re-read a bit more 😉
  2. Slow down on the NetGalley requests/book blog tours — I’ve managed to bring my Netgalley queue to a good 5 books (2 of which I’m reading right now). I have 3 book blog tours scheduled in January and February (one of which I posted yesterday) but otherwise I may be a little more selective here to give ample room for the other books I need to get through
  3. Slow down on reading — I find myself speed-reading a bit at times (remnants of my undergrad/grad school days) which isn’t always a good thing, especially if you’re either trying to wrap your head on certain plotlines or if you’re just trying to enjoy the book, lol
  4. Comment back a little sooner — I’m working on it, you guys *blushes* I’ve been horrible last year (especially in the last three months) at getting back to your comments at a reasonable time
  5. Get through some of the big classics this year — For example, George Eliot’s Middlemarch is still sitting on my Kobo waiting to be read…this must be the third year in a row I’ve put this book off now…
  6. Schedule time more wisely — By the looks of it, this year’s going to be a busy one with school so I’m going to have to time everything a bit more here (again, going back to commenting a bit sooner and slowing down on some other blogging-related activities)
  7. Reorganising when it comes to social media — Yes, this. Last year I sort of went all out, signing accounts for my website on Facebook and Tumblr and I’m not sure if I’m reaching out to a larger readership through either (especially the former?). And then of course there was that fiasco last year with GoodReads that’s sort of left me wary about posting all of my book reviews over there (despite linking my blog to them). So I’ve decided to slow down with the social media (minus Twitter because Twitter’s been the most effective and from all of the social media, I like it the most) and have limited by review-posting on GR to ARCs, books I’ve won through contests and that I’ve received in exchange for review.
  8. Buy less — I already broke this point a wee bit when I ordered last night but in part because I have no more places to stack my books on, lol. Some serious reorganisation is in store for this year (shelf-wise and elsewhere in my life)…in any case, I am more or less on a book-buying ban as of January 1st (save for the few books on my wishlist that are coming out in the next few months =P)
  9. Use my Kobo more often — Since I won’t be buying as often and there are a bajillion classics waiting to be read on it, it will be used more.

And here’s one resolution for 2014 that’s a little outside of the reading and blogging scene:

  1. Writing, writing, writing

And that’s some of my resolutions for this year, particularly reading- and blogging-wise. What are some of your resolutions for 2014? 🙂

Also, for anyone who’s interested, I’m currently hosting a book giveaway for a copy of Heather Webb’s Becoming Josephine (open internationally). More details at the link 🙂 Bonne chance!

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17 Responses to “Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays”

  1. I definitely need to work on reading more of the books I have and not going request happy on the e-galley sites. I also want to make a conscious effort to comment on more reviews and discussion features. I’m good at commenting on memes, but I need to make more of an effort with other posts. I really hope you achieve your goals!

  2. Haha I was supposed to read George Elliot for a class and I couldn’t. I love reading but omg Middlemarch just seemed so intimidating. I have a book buying issue as well. I have too many books and not enough space. Which is enough of a problem but then I don’t read the books that I buy and continue to buy more.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Good luck with your resolutions for this year 🙂 I can definitely relate to a bunch of them (I’m trying a book buying ban of sorts too, it’s not a complete ban – just a 90% one lol)

  4. I SO agree on #2. I considered cutting out blog tours altogether last year, but I found myself unable to resist them, especially the ones organized by the BIG publishers. I’m much more selective now, though.

    Good luck with all your goals. Happy New Year!

  5. Great goals! I know what you mean about buying less, especially when it comes to books. I got some for Christmas and even splurged a bit on Cyber Monday, but other than that, I’m going to try not to buy anything new until I get through everything on my kindle. And my bookshelves. The one place I give myself leeway is with series. If I read x amount of books in the series and there are more out, I might buy them so I can read the series all at once. But nothing else. Nothing knew. You know, hopefully. 😀

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  6. I need to be better at most of these, as well!! I also really want to make time for re-reading – there are so many wonderful books that I want to experience again, but sometimes I feel guilty for re-reading when I could be reading something new…

    I also need to cut back on book-buying too – I think my rule is going to be, if I’m not going to read it immediately, and I don’t need it for a bookish event, then I’ll wait to buy it. We’ll see how long that actually works… =S

  7. What great, thoughtful goals! I’m impressed that you’ve already reduced your NetGalley queue; mine’s horribly long, so it will take me a while to decrease it. But I am really, really going to cut back to requesting only books I plan to read anyway. (Well, that’s the goal, at least.) And I’m with you on the re-reading, too, so I will check out your challenge. As for the writing — I wish you the best of luck! Keep us posted!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today, and have a great week!

  8. It would be very interesting to see someone compile some stats on social media statistics related to blogging. I imagine Twitter is the most effective tool for all of us, but I wonder about the others. I have a FB page for my blog, but I get very little traffic from it. I still continue to use it, simply because it’s very quick to update. I’ve recently started posting my reviews on Pinterest, even though I really have NO idea how to use Pinterest. But again, that’s just one click, and I’m lazy, so that works. 🙂

    It seems like being a better commenter is a very common goal. I know I need to be better at it.

    Congrats on your NG queue! 5 is very impressive. I’m kind of embarrassed at the size of mine, but I know others are worse, so I take comfort in that. 🙂

  9. Great goals! I think I’m guilty of speed-reading myself — every so often, after gobbling up a book, I realize how much more I might have enjoyed it if I’d actually slowed down a bit and savored it more. There are a bunch of books I’d like to re-read, and I’m going to try to work them into my schedule this year. The social media thing confuses me, to be honest. I’ve connected more via Twitter — but on the other hand, I feel like it gets kind of pointless sometimes, especially when I see new followers who unfollow the next day, just trying to build up their numbers. Good luck with your writing! Sounds like you’re going to have a busy, creative year!

  10. Nice resolutions. I Wish I’d be able to speed read, though I read in English quite fast now. Sometimes I’m really frustrated with myself for being so slow haha 😀
    Hope you succeed with these!

  11. Good luck! And don’t worry about commenting back. It’s something I want to do more of on my blog, but part of me thinks that those who commented in the first place will never return to see what I’ve written. There are only so many hours in a day!

  12. Only 5 NetGalley books?? Nice job 😀 Since I haven’t requested/been approved for many recently, I might be able to get them down to something close to that as long as not too many new shiny ones pop up >.>

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