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 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Today’s theme is bookish resolutions.
Well mine this year follow three trends: LESS PRESSURE, EXPERIMENT and CHAT.
LESS PRESSURE means:
1) Not worrying about the amount of books I read.
That’s why I halved my Goodreads goal and now I will aim at 50 books, even if I read 127 in 2020.
2)Request few ARCs.
When I began blogging, I was excited to read ARCs and I wanted physical ARCs like one of King Arthur’s knights wanted the Graal.
Now, I know that being international means that I will never get the most coveted physical ARCs and even Egalleys are difficult to obtain because of international rights. What’s more astonishing is that…I don’t care anymore.
I noticed that getting ARCs put me under pressure because I have to deliver! Read and review for a certain date and nearly excuse myself if I want to give three stars of less. I always had a schedule in my head and …that was stressing me out.
Now I plan on asking for 1 or maximum 2 ARCs per months and only for books I absolutely want to read.
3)Stop promoting without reviewing
When you work with PR agencies, they do everything to make your blogger life easy sending you html, graphic and all. But I noticed that posting these easy posts nearly every day required my energy as I had to plan ahead, follow and check if I didn’t forget something etc. Being accountable!
It’s already been months now since I eased up on promoting and I feel way better.
Now….that may be counter productive for a book blogger but that’s how I roll!
4)Write mini reviews
I have always written long and detailed reviews but recently, I just want to read. I feel the need to write something long for books that really amazed and impressed me. I don’t want to end up reviewing only a small portion of my reads as I think it still can help readers choose their next read. The mini reviews for books that I enjoyed but that didn’t amazed me seems the way to go.
I used to post every day or nearly every day. But since the lockdown I feel tired and I don’t want to become burned out and stop blogging completely. Posting two to three times a week seems the way to go. Four if I really am productive on the weekend 😀
6)Listen to audiobooks
Why this under the “less pressure”? Because audiobooks are a wonder when you want to read without realizing it AND it makes chores so much fun! Less pressure to clean, iron etc 😎
That’s why I entered the #2021AudiobookChallenge
7)2020 and the lockdown has been quite boring and repetitive.
I can’t plan travels to meet authors nor go to the theater etc. Hence I want to shake up things a little and challenge myself. I want to try new genres and go out of my comfort zone but…cautiously.
Remember, I want to have less pressure, so if it does not work for me, so be it!
8)Try new things on Instagram
I am a bookstagrammer and in awe with some feeds! I want to try new things and maybe change my feed or..maybe not. Trying and failing is all right. If I never take risks, I can’t progress.
9)Being a book blogger shows that I want to talk about books.
Of course I can do it here, on the blog and WordPress but I also can do it on Instagram through Book Clubs or via chat group. Discovering book clubs has been amazing to try new genres and new authors.
I LOVE buddy reads! I read Daughter of Smoke and Bones with Trisy @bobosbookbank and Caro @cjr_tbt and now we have Kristen Ashley’s new book to buddy read next month!
OK that’s it! What are your goals for 2021?
Thanks for reading.