Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week we’re talking about resolutions for 2016, and I’ve picked a mixture of bookish, blogging and personal goals.
Read more male authors & more adult fiction
In 2015, 77% of the books I read were by female authors. In 2016, I’d like to try and even that up a bit by reading a few more books by male authors. The gender divide was sligthtly bigger between YA books (82% of which were female authors) and adult books (68% of which were by female authors), so I’m hoping this will also encourage me to read more adult fiction (38.5% of 2015’s books).
Finish/Catch up on at least 5 series
Step one for this resolution has to be adding all of my current series onto Crini’s series spreadsheet – I’ve started, but I still have plenty to add! There are plenty of series that friends and bloggers seem to adore that I haven’t started (such as Daughter of Smoke and Bone, currently winning the January TBR poll!), so I don’t mind particularly if some are new-to-me series, I’d just like to be a bit more up to date!
Read & Review every 2016 review copy I request
My reviewing backlist is somewhat distressing to think about, particularly the early NetGalley spree, so I’m drawing a line under it and just focusing on trying to keep on top of things for 2016! Late reviews, short reviews, anything, but I would really love to read and review all the 2016 review copies I request.
I’m taking part in Nori’s commenting 365 challenge and having a spreadsheet to update is definitely helping me feel more in control/see when I’m not doing so well on commenting. Commenting is something I definitely struggle with, especially being consistent with it, but I know I love getting comments so I really want to do a better job of leaving them.
So this post is a prime example of why I need to blog ahead, as I’m writing a Top Ten Tuesday post on a Wednesday… Whenever I schedule ahead, it feels awesome, but I’m not very good at staying on top of it! This year I’d like to make a concerted effort to have a few posts scheduled ahead, even if it’s just drafting up my TTT lists. Michelle’s Task It Tuesday meme might help with this!
Review books in the month I read them
Celine managed to review 77% of the books she read this year, which I find just awe-inspiring. I’d like to review a lot more books this year, mostly because I love being able to look back and remember exactly how I felt about a book! It might mean more mini reviews, or a roundup at the end of the month or something, but I’d love to review a higher percentage of books this year, and if I don’t do them soon after reading, I know I’m unlikely to do them at all.
Get my NetGalley Feedback ratio to 80%
I’ve been working on getting my NetGalley ratio up for what feels like forever (evidence!) and it’s finally at 70%. This year I want to finally break that 80% barrier, which should be doable as long as I don’t go crazy requesting things.
So this is a personal thing I don’t normally talk about on the blog (but have been considering, yay, nay, maybe?), but I really want to both lose weight and get healthier. I’m very unfit at the moment, but I’m strangely addicted to fitness and health blogs, and I’d love to make 2016 my healthiest year yet. That means eating more healthily and losing weight. I’d like to lose about 45lbs in total but I know from past experience that it tends to come off really slowly, so I’d be pleased if I could lose 30 this year.
You know that stuff I just said about being unfit and wanting to improve it? One of the ways I’d like to do that is running. I’m TERRIBLE – I mean 30 seconds and I’m exhausted – but I’d love to be able to run. This year I’m determined to do the C25K and eventually be able to run 5K (or better yet, even more!).
Try and find a PhD
I debated about this goal for a long time – try and find a PhD feels a bit like a wimpy goal, shouldn’t it just be find a PhD? The problem with that is that I don’t want to just apply for a PhD that doesn’t really fit, just so I can tick off the goal. Plus, I don’t want to beat myself up if at the end of the year I’ve applied for PhDs but not been accepted onto one – I’ll keep trying next year, but I won’t see it as failing as long as I’ve tried to find one!