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2021 Literary Escapes Challenge

- Alabama
- Alaska
- Arizona (1)
- Arkansas
- California (4)
- Colorado (1)
- Connecticut (1)
- Delaware
- Florida
- Georgia
- Hawaii (1)
- Idaho
- Illinois (4)
- Indiana
- Iowa
- Kansas
- Kentucky (1)
- Louisiana (1)
- Maine
- Maryland (1)
- Massachusetts (1)
- Michigan (1)
- Minnesota (1)
- Mississippi
- Missouri
- Montana
- Nebraska (1)
- Nevada (1)
- New Hampshire (1)
- New Jersey (1)
- New Mexico
- New York (4)
- North Carolina (1)
- North Dakota
- Ohio (6)
- Oklahoma
- Oregon
- Pennsylvania (1)
- Rhode Island (1)
- South Carolina (1)
- South Dakota
- Tennessee
- Texas (1)
- Utah (1)
- Vermont (2)
- Virginia (3)
- Washington (3)
- West Virginia
- Wisconsin
- Wyoming (1)
- *Washington, D.C.

International:
Australia (2)
Canada (3)
England (6)
France (1)
Ireland (1)
Switzerland (1)
The Philippines (1)
Wales (1)

My Progress:


28 / 51 states. 55% done!

2021 Fall Into Reading Challenge

My Progress:


0 / 24 books. 0% done!

2021 Children's Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

2021 Children's Historical Fiction Reading Challenge
(Hosted by Yours Truly!)

My Progress:


6 / 25 books. 24% done!

2021 Popsugar Reading Challenge

My Progress:


33 / 50 books. 66% done!

Booklist Queen's 2021 Reading Challenge

My Progress:


35 / 52 books. 67% done!

2021 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

2021 Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge

The 52 Club's 2021 Reading Challenge

My Progress:


39 / 52 books. 75% done!
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions I Make (And Break) Every Year


Top Ten Tuesday is my favorite weekly meme by far and wide so, despite recent tweaks, I'm sticking with it.  In case you haven't heard, TTT will no longer be hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  In fact, that blog is dissolving.  You can read goodbye posts from the contributors that include links so you can follow them individually on their own blogs and social media accounts.  Thank you, ladies, for all your hard work over the years!  From now on, TTT will be handled by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.  Be sure to stop in and give her some love.  To join in the TTT fun, just read up on the meme, make your own list, then have a good ole time hopping around the book blogosphere.  It's a great way to find new blogs to follow, revisit old favorites, and of course, add to your TBR list mountain mountain chain.  What's not to love?

This week's topic is: Top Ten Bookish Resolutions/Goals.  I feel like I've already talked about this, so forgive the redundancy.  I'm really not making any hard and fast bookish resolutions for the new year, but here's what I wouldn't mind accomplishing: 

1.  Read 200 Books.  This has been my yearly goal for a number of years now.  The closest I've come is 186 in 2011.  I read 158 last year, so we'll see what happens in 2018.

2.  Read more non-fiction.  I've always been a fiction kind of girl, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy an intriguing biography, a scintillating memoir, a fun pop-psych book, or an uplifting inspirational read now and then.  I avoid anything too deep or too dry, but other than that, I'm fairly open ... Anyone have any great recommendations?

3.  Comment More.  Not gonna lie, I'm pretty good about commenting on other people's blogs.  I know how much I enjoy it when people react to my posts, so I always try to return the favor.  However, I'd like to do better about visiting ALL the blogs on my reader and commenting regularly so the authors know how much I enjoy their work.

4.  Keep up on reviews.  You guys, I totally suck at this.  Totally.  My bookish OCD makes me feel like I have to give every book I read its day in the sun, so I can't cheat with mini-reviews, skipping books, etc.  I must review them all!  Apparently, I am incapable of doing it in a timely manner, though, so yeah, I need to work on that this year.

5.  Limit the amount of books I accept for review.  This one is SO tough because I want to read all the things! It's hard to resist shiny new releases, hopeful debut authors, awesome-sounding ARCs, fun blog tours, etc.  I've gotten pickier over the years about what I accept, but I need to be even pickier so I don't go stark raving mad from the guilt I feel over not being able to review everything.

6.  Clean up my feed reader.  My feed reader is crammed full of book blogs (as well as food blogs, diet blogs, organization blogs, writing blogs, etc.).  It's overwhelming and guilt-inducing to see all those unread posts just sitting there.  A lot of the blogs have fallen by the wayside over the years, or my interest in them has waned, so I need to ditch the dead weight and focus on those that are still dynamic and helpful.   

7.  Find new blogs to read.  I love reading book blogs and am always looking for new ones to follow.  I prefer those whose authors share my reading interests, have a clean, upbeat writing style, and comment/follow back.  This is one of the reasons I love TTT—it helps me find new blogs to enjoy.

8.  Actually complete a reading challenge.  I get so excited for the new reading challenges that come out every year, but then I never finish them.  I'm doing some fun ones in 2018, so hopefully I'll actually have some success this time around.  Wish me luck!

9.  Catch up on all the series in which I am woefully behind.  Yeah.

10.  Keep enjoying doing what I love.  By limiting the number of blog tours in which I participate and being very up front with authors about the amount of time (years!) it will likely take me to review their books, I've minimized (but not erased) a lot of the pressure in my blogging life.  This makes the "job" much more pleasurable.  I want to keep that feeling going this year.  More than anything else, I want to make sure this gig remains a pleasurable labor of love.  When it starts to feel like a stressful slog, that's when I'll know it's time to give it up.

What do you think of my resolutions/goals?  What are yours?  I'd truly love to know.  Leave a comment on this post and I'll gladly return the favor.     

Happy TTT!
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