Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Goals for 2013

I simply need to dedicate more time to reading. With school and other activities this year, my favorite hobby kind of fell on the back burner. I don't want that to happen again this year. 

I have a stack of arcs as tall as my nightstand that I desperately need to review. I just haven't had the motivation lately, but now I'm going to tackle them. SERIOUSLY. 

In 2012, my blog sort of fell off everyone's radar. Now, this isn't an attempt to draw followers in simply to boost my popularity. I just miss having people read what I write and comment. Also, I want to visit old blogger friends and comment on their sites. It's time for me to revisit the blogosphere.

I've spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars on novels in my lifetime. I also have friends who lend me books. Setting aside the books I receive for review, I have over one hundred books on shelves in my house that I have yet to read. That needs to change, this year. 

No matter what I think of the book, my reviews need to be of a certain caliber  I want my reviews to be quality pieces of analysis. This might mean toning the fan-girly-ness down a bit. 

There are always those series/standalones that I fall in love with. I tell myself I'll reread them later to appreciate their beauty all over again. I almost never do. This year I will.

There are several series that I either gave up on or simply forgot about. I need to go back and finish the stories that I didn't keep up with. This might mean buying them, borrowing them, or even picking them up off of my bookshelves. 

I believe it's very important to let authors know when their books have an impact on you. Whether it's through my reviews or through a personal letter, I want to contact my favorite authors and let them know how much I appreciate their novels. 

This might be more of a bucket list type goal, but I want to meet more of my favorite authors. After meeting Meg Cabot, Lemony Snicket, Kelley Armstrong, and some other authors I love, I want to continue meeting the people who are responsible for the creation of my favorite fictional stories and characters. 

Maybe this idea of not judging a book by its cover is cliche, but I don't care. I need to stop choosing books solely because of their pretty covers. I also need to give books with ugly covers a chance. Sometimes the best stories are behind really unimpressive covers. 

What are your bookish goals for 2013?