Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Goals for 2023
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is a really great one– bookish goals for 2023!
Every year I intend to do a post about this, but most years I don’t manage it. This year I’m being smart(er): I’m not waiting until the holidays get underway to begin thinking about my goals for the new year. As I’m starting this post, it’s October. It will take several sittings to complete the whole post, but my goal is that I won’t be sitting down to a blank screen in January when it’s time to get this queued up to share.
Bookish Goals for 2023
- Read at least 150 books. Last year I read over 200, so this is probably a conservative goal, which doesn’t bother me. A lot of my other goals are more ambitious, so it balances out in the end.
- Say no when my calendar is full. I’m having a really hard time managing my blog calendar lately. There are too many great books out there that I want to read and talk about. For a long time, using a Google Calendar worked to help keep me from overcommitting. I may need a new strategy this year.
Backlist Reading Goals
- Read and review a 3-5 classics that either are very timely, (hello, FAHRENHEIT 451 and THE FIRE NEXT TIME!) are by BIPOC authors, or are frequently challenged/banned books.
- Read and review 3-5 backlist nonfiction titles, specifically history/social commentary/relevant self-help books. STAMPED and RADIUM GIRLS are both on this list for me.
- Read and review 10-12 fiction titles that have been sitting on my shelves for way too long!
Book List Post Goals
- Participate in 3-4 Top Ten Tuesday posts each quarter. This is a bit of a challenge, since I really agonize over TTT posts and sometimes the topics are just too hard for me to figure out. (I’m horrible at coming up with a list of warm fuzzy bookish moments, for example. I try and my mind goes utterly blank.)
- Continue posting seasonal most-anticipated lists and wrap-up lists with my favorites from my reading list. These posts are a lot of fun and actually help keep me organized. They also get more engagement than a review post, which makes them super fun.
- Post reading lists for monthly celebrations like Black History, Women’s History, AAPI Heritage, Pride, etc. This also requires that I’m reading books in those categories. I don’t want to talk the talk without walking the walk.
Retail and Goodreads Reviews
- Keep up with retail and Goodreads reviews this year. Amazon made this UNBELIEVABLY HARD for me this past year, and I ended up kind of just giving up, which stinks since I know those reviews really help authors.
- Create a reliable system for posting retail/Goodreads reviews, including when to write those reviews. I work best when I have a set point in my day or week when it’s time to do a task like this.
Work on My Own Bookish Projects
- Publish a second e-book for indie authors. Years ago I published a short e-book called “Reviews Wanted” with a goal of publishing two more books in the blogger/author relationship vein. This year, I want to complete the second e-book. I’ve already got it outlined and a couple sections written, so I hope to finish that by the end of February.
- Finish writing a young adult contemporary novel of my own. There’s a project that I’ve left mid-process for a long time that I really want to finish and send out into the world. My goal is to get that done this year after my blogger e-book is done.
What are your bookish goals for 2023?
Do you have any bookish goals for this year or New Year’s resolutions that you’d like to share?
Leave a comment and let me know what goals or resolutions you’ve set for yourself. I’d love to hear about them.
Great goals! Good luck with them.
Thank you, Kami! 🙂
Wow! You have a lot of goals for 2023. Best of luck with them.
I love your goals! Especially to say no when your calendar is full. That is one I really struggle with. Good luck!
Thank you! I hope this is the year we both are able to get more comfortable saying no. ❤️
You have so many wonderful, well thought out goals for the year. I hope you’re able to reach each of them!
Thank you!! ❤️
Good luck on your 2023 goals.
I love this, especially your ideas for book list and your Bookish Projects, good luck with everything
Thanks so much!
I love how much thought you’ve put into these! I’m a bit the same with Top Ten Tuesdays – if it’s something that involves remembering specific moments or characters, I’m useless unless I -just- finished the book.
Thank you. Oh my gosh, that’s so validating. haha! I keep thinking I should maybe try to use post tags to help me remember things that could be TTT topics (warm fuzzy moments, pets, etc) but I’m not nearly consistent enough to depend on that yet. 🙂
I love how detailed your goals are! That should make them easy to complete. Good luck!
These are all excellent goals, and we share a few goals in common.
I wish you luck!
My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-bookish-goals-for-2023/
Thanks, Lydia!! I am checking out your post now. 🙂