After seeing my buddy Umut’s fabulous new year resolution post here, I am so inspired to write mine. So here’s my bookish goals this year!
1. Don’t be greedy when requesting books
When it comes to requesting books from Netgalley, or asking proofs from publisher, I found that I was greedy and careless. Guys, I completely understand being given books to read is a privilege, and not for granted, and I am thankful. However time is the most valuable thing, and you invest your time and concentration to every book, and it’s a trade as well. I’ve made a calculation too and found out out of all to-be-published books I’ve read this year, I’ve only enjoyed 26% of the books! Yes, I have given 4 or 5 stars to only 26% of the books I have read.
Let the chart speak. So the grey area is the books I have honestly DISLIKED.
Too much. So I decided to request if I :
- really, really like the sound of the blurb
- read and liked the author before
And not request just because:
- the book cover is gorgeous
- and the book is everywhere. (Don’t be naughty Ova.)
- Everyone is praising
This way I can mostly read the books I will like, and have more positive reviews, and help and support the authors.
2. Always honest reviews. Always. But in a nice way.
I am cool to publish an honest review for a book I have purchased but like most of you, I have been between rock and a hard place when it comes to publishing a review, especially when the publisher directly contacted me. But I find that honesty pays off. Professional book reviews, online or printed, are not always positive. Never forget that.
Everyone will raise an eyebrow, or two if you say you love everything you read- it’s not possible! And as long as you are respectful an honest review isn’t always a bad thing. Authors are mature enough to handle that some people won’t like their book. But I find outrageous to tag them in negative reviews. I’ve never do it- and I wouldn’t. I just leave my review on Goodreads mostly. Please don’t tag authors in negative reviews. It’s mean!
3. Plan your monthly reading. Read what you want.
This is something I am estranged to, but I really want to start doing this. I am a mood reader besting at least 7-8 books every month, if not 10 on a good month!! I want to slot 4-5 books every month to read. This way I will leave room to be spontaneous for quick grabs but I will also read the ones I really want to, mostly from my own library.
I have like 20 or more books I said I’ll read last year, which still sadly waits on shelves. I have to show them some love. Having said that…
4. No more review blog tours.
I also won’t go into anymore Blog tour reviews. I decided to host Giveaways only if I am offered any. Blog tours are nice and fun, but I find myself trying to finish the book in a haste – so it creates a stress on me. As I will plan what I read now, it’s a good idea to not to get into tours. When a blog tour pops around, you have to halt your TBR and read the tour book. I am going to kill that TBR this year, people.
Well I must add, I AM ON 5 MORE blog tours, in Jan and Feb, and once that’s done, it’s done.
5. Love and cherish my Book club picks
I have 2 book clubs I regularly go to, and I’ve just been invited to a third one- how can I say No?? Of course I’ll go. But I must confess, I didn’t really read my book club reads this year. I was bad. I’ve been so naughty. This year I pledge to read at least 9 months’ picks. If they’re not too much against my liking. Or I can organise a coup and take control of the picks maybe ? (I hate cringy sad books, and not a fan of romance too)
6. Read more nonfiction.
There I’ve said it. Have you looked at the best selling books chart in the UK?? Most books are, believe or not, nonfiction titles! Crikey!
I am definitely going to read at least 3-4 non fiction this year. I’ll do it. I trust myself, right yeah?