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.