Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2012

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish.

This week they ask: Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2013

I recently did a goal post on the blog which was more about different challenges. You can find that here. For this post, however, I’d like to get a little more simple and honest.

1. Branch out. Obviously I love fantasy and sci fi and pretty much anything with dragons and swords and other such badassery. However, I also fell in love with some wonderful contemps last year (lookin’ at you Amy & Roger and Anna) so I need to remember to give genres outside of my faves a taste too. There are some gems out there!

2. Trust recommendations. My bookish friends know me and know what I like. I need to trust them when they say “this book is SO YOU” (which I do pretty well already thanks). I also need to trust them when they say “this book was mehhhhh” or worse. Sometimes after hearing that I think, oh come now, it can’t be like that can it? And then it is and I’ve wasted my time and bah.

3. Recommend more. Sometimes I read a book and I think to myself “This is something April would totes adore” or “Heidi would be all up in this book” but I don’t follow up with it. Why not? I’m forgetful with a side of lazy. It’s not that I don’t care. Really! I’ll prove it in 2013.

4. Find 5 new blogs/bloggers to adore. I sometimes feel like I have enough friends and don’t have the desire to make any new ones. (See above comment about forgetful with a side of lazy) But if I hadn’t been paying attention, gems like Sash and Em and Estelle and Magan and Hannah and Carrie would have passed me by. How could I live in a blogging world without them? I simply could not. I need to remember that there are lots of lovelies out there and open myself up to the possibility. Are we all going to be besties? Of course not. But it’s worth a shot! Most of the time new peeps are wonderful and I’m overwhelmed by the feels.


5. Participate more in the blogging community. This includes, but is not limited to, replying to comments, peeping new blogs, scoping out new memes and participating more actively in memes. There really are some creative things happening out there that I want to be a part of!

6. Take it easy. I don’t want to burn myself out like I did last year, particularly with bebe on the way. If I feel like reading/blogging is too much, I’ll take a step back and not feel any guilt about it. The blog is suppose to be for fun so for fun it shall be!

7. Try to attend a bookish event. I live super duper rural so the nearest book events to me are Chicago (8 hours) or Minneapolis (3 hours). I need to keep my eyes peeled though because everyone always raves about how rad these events are and I want to get in on the action! At one point I was like “Oh I can totes do ALA” but with bebe on the way....maybe I should set my sights a little lower to keep it real, you know?

8. Encourage others. I’ll see on the twitter that someone is in a slump and I reply with something witty and hilarious like “bummer”. Then later, when I’m in a slump, twitter peeps are totally supportive and encouraging and all “What are you reading? What’s the slump about? You’ll get out of it!” I need to pay that forward.

9. Read after baby comes. I know I know I KNOW I won’t have time like before, but I’ve heard some encouraging things about being able to read whilst feeding or whatever that I want to take advantage of. I adore reading so very much and I think trying to incorporate that into my new life as a mom (!!!) should totally be a goal of mine. So it totally is.

10. Read what I want. This is what it all comes down to in the end. Honestly you guys I have such a hard time with the review pile guilt. I’ve gotten LOADS better about accepting/requesting books for review, but I still have a serious backlog of books I need to review. This includes ones for Amazon Vine so I have to get to those at some point. But mostly I need to read what I want because that makes me a happy reader. If I’m not feeling a book, put it down and come back later. If I’m on a vampire binge, READ ALL THE VAMPS. You get the idea. I won’t force it.


What about you? What are your bookish goals for 2013? Do we share any in common?

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.

38 comments:

  1. I'm going to help you with #1... get on the historical romance books! I think you'd enjoy these. I suggest starting with either Lisa Kleypas or Sarah MacLean. For me personally, Sarah MacLean's Love By Numbers series is stealing my heart. Just think of our emails & texts we could be having over these. They would be glorious. I swear it.

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I miss emailing and texting bookish feels with you! I need to get back on that train fo sho. No doubt it would be all sorts of GLORIOUS.

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  2. I wonder if audiobooks would be a good option after the baby is born? I know of a few new mothers that use them to keep reading during all the craziness. I think that will be my plan someday!

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    1. You're so right! I do have some downloaded digitally, so I'll have to keep those in mind!

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  3. I thought your first one said "Badass" and I was like OKAY! Clearly I need more coffee. Thanks for the sweet mention :) I appreciate it, and you are right... I currently follow a ton of book blogs and I'm always looking to add more. You just never know when you are going to find another blogger you hit a stride with!

    I think it's going to be such an exciting year for you and I can't wait to see what you are up to reading. (How about a book of short stories? That might also be nice when the baby comes because you are start and stop?)

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    1. HA - badass isn't a bad bookish goal, you know.

      I'm looking forward to 2013 quite a bit, that's for sure!

      You're so smart with those short stories...I'll have to look into those!

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  4. Dragons are pretty badass. I agree that I need to read more contemporary, but I feel like it's more boring...but then sometimes it's friggin awesome!

    I live in Canada, so very few authors come here :( I just want to move to New York for the authors and their bookie-wooks. I WANTS them. Oh p.s. your post is hilarious. I laughed. And fist-bump for putting an Avatar GIF on your site. *nerdgasm, cough cough*

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    1. I'm right there with you. I read a fantasy and then I'm like READ ALL THE FANTASY. But there are really good contemps out there too that I'd miss out on if I did that...so I hear ya.

      AVATARRRRR. <3

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  5. 8 and 9!!

    You can totally read after Nubby makes the appearance of all appearances. Take it from me times three. It can be done, friend. If you want to read, you adjust your reading to your life. If you want to read with a Nubby, you adjust your reading to life with Nubby. Tis' simple. PLUS you have all of the support of the best community evah.

    Also, with wee tots, you don't have to read THEIR types of books to them when they're super-wee, you can read LOTR to them when they're super-wee. The movie Three Men and A Baby was totally onto something when it said it isn't WHAT you read, it's HOW you read it. I totally stand behind that, too, because I've lived it.

    Great list. Also what an exciting year! EEP!

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    1. Thank you, friend, for being a bookish inspiration. I can find the balance! And if I need help, I know where to turn. :)

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  6. Love your #2 goal. I need to do this too! It's a little sad that I'll trust people to recommend almost ANYTHING else to me, but when it comes to books my initial reaction to a recommendation is instant distrust, and I have no idea why. Definitely want to get better about that in 2013!

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    1. What is that about?! Let's try to improve on that together, shall we?

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  7. You have some really excellent goals here! I also want to branch out and read more outside my comfort zone and discover some new books to love.

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  8. First of all, I LOVE that you used an Avatar GIF and an Adventure time GIF in this post. How cool is that?

    I love your goals list! You're totally right to take it easy, especially with a little one on the way. But I like that you also want to make an effort to make new, strong connections with the rest of the blogging community! I've always thought that to be extremely important.

    I think it's great that you want to branch out, but you'll still stay on the fantasy ship with me and the rest of the fantasy lovers, yes? ;)

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    1. Oh Alexa. You know I won't venture too far from the fantasy train! I can't resist dragons and magic and swords for long!

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  9. You have some great goals for 2013. I too want to step out of my comfort zone, be more a part of the community and attend a book event.
    I hope you do take it easy with the baby on the way. I hope you find a way to fit in reading when you become a Mum, the suggestion of audiobooks (from Kyle)sounds like a great idea.

    Good luck with your goals :-)

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    1. Oh yes, taking it easy will come first. The rest will come after that!

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  10. I'm right there with you on the commenting thing and being more involved in the community. A big goal for me is to NOT neglect my google reader (even when I'm busy) and leaving comments. I also want to make sure I reply to comments more on the posts I write for RBR. I think it's totes awesome when people reply to what I've written so I'd like to (as you say) pay it forward. :) xoxo

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    1. I am the WORST about Google Reader. And then it gets all full and then I skip everything which is lame. This year, we will change that up!

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  11. I 100% feel you on branching out. GAH, I need to. Seriously, I don't know why I'm so askurred of the grown up books sometimes. Maybe because they're so chunky and I'm all "I don't want to devote my time to that!" But 2013 will be the year of relaxation. It MUST be. These are some great goals, lady Lisa!

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    1. OH yes, I get intimidated by the adult books too. But they are really good! I swears it.

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  12. RECOMMEND ME ALL OF THE THINGS. Seriously hahahha.

    Also yay for branching out and trying new things, like I am going to try to make an effort this year to read more non-fiction because surprisingly real life things are so interesting and so cool, like omg I thought science was dumb and boring but if it's in like an audiobook I cannot get enough of it. PLUS one of the books I think about all the time is Born To Run which is about barefoot running and the Terrahumera and is totally fascinating.

    ANYWAYS.

    You can do it! <3

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    1. I WILL. Fo real.

      Man, I do like non-fiction as well. I should try to build that in to my things too if I can. I forget how much I like reading about the Romanovs and the Vietnam War and the things. Thanks for the reminder and for a couple recommendations too!

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    2. Oh my god, the Romanovs are SUPER interesting -- that whole Bolshevik revolutionary era is fascinating. And omg The Vietnam War, I found that incredibly interesting after watching The Wonder Years AND reading The Things They Carried. YAYY HISTORY!

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  13. Congratulations on your baby! I have branching out on my Top Ten list too as I find myself sticking to what I like. I want to get some of the bigger book events too. I have hopes to attend ALA this summer but I am not sure if I will make it either. Good luck on your goals! Happy Reading. :)

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  14. I love your Avatar gif!!! I asked Santa for all three seasons... and got them... and I'm not ashamed to admit it! HAve you watched Korra? OMG. AMAZING.

    That's such a bummer that you're so far from bookish events. A fun FREE one is the National Book Festival in Washington DC. It's usually the last weekend in September. I realize that's probably nowhere near you, but the fact that it's free often makes it more doable than others and there's usually a kick ass lineup of authors.

    I hope you're still able to read a blog and such with your new baby. May time for you :)

    Lauren @ Hughes Reviews

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    1. AVATAR FOREVER.

      Oh girl yes I have watched Korra. I am OBSESSED. I need the next book/season like NOW PLEASE.

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  15. Reading what you want! I think that is the most important thing. We don't want reading to become a chore.

    Good luck with your bookish goals.

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    1. Amen, sister friend. If I remember nothing else - I will remember to relax and read what I want.

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  16. Great goals! I want to read more of what I want, too! Which sounds so silly, because we get all these review books (most of which we want) but I also have a bunch of older books to get through :) Good luck with your blogging year, Lisa!

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  17. Wow! You have some awesome goals here! Good luck!

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  18. I think most bloggers have trouble with #10. That's the reason I'm not doing any reading challenges this year. I thought they'd be fun, but I realized they weren't for me. I'm going to try to branch out this year, too, and read some more adult fiction.

    Best of luck with all of your resolutions! (:

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  19. You have such great goals! You will do wonderfully. Oh, and contemps are my favorite! Well, besides fantasy. So you definitely need to read more! :) I've been been encouraged by the reading while baby is feeding stuff too. Hopefully I'm not too sleepy.

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  20. I am loving #3 and #6, but you KNOW my favorite is #7!!!!

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  21. Love the plan to branch out more in your reading! I've been trying to do that (hence the fantasy I read last year), and I'm so glad I did. I'm finding so many new books to love!

    I really hope you do start recommending specific books to certain people! I love when someone tells me that I would love something or need to read something - and it automatically makes me prioritize whatever they've suggested. I need to get better about this, too. I think it while I'm reading but then forget to ever actually tell the person.

    EEEEEKKK just saw my name as a gem. At least, I'm assuming it's my name because I actually can't think of any of bloggers named Hannah off the top of my head. So sweet of you! And hopefully I'm not being presumptuous haha!

    I'm so with you on participating more! I'm trying to get better about commenting. I've also made participating in a read-alongs and reading challenge a goal this year. Hope we're successful!

    And you knowwww I'm right there with ya on taking it easy. I want to really step up my blogging game this year, but I want to do it because I like blogging. Not because I'm putting pressure on myself to do more. I really don't want to burn out again!

    Love that you want to encourage others :) What a sweet goal to put out into the world!

    I'm really looking forward to your bebe being born - and I know that you'll find the perfect balance of reading for you post-baby.

    And Yayyyyyy! for reading what you want. What's the fun of reading if you don't want to do it?

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    1. Branching out is always a good thing! I rarely regret it. :)

      I'm looking forward to bebe being born too! <333

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