Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Top Ten Tuesday [1]

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish!

This week's topic is: Bookish Goals for 2013

So as you can see, I've never actually taken part in TTT before, despite being a blogger for nearly two years now. But as one of my goals is to interact more and meet new bloggers, and as this topic so fittingly came up, I have decided to give the meme a go and see how it fits. 

So my bookish goals are:

Read 100 books

This is the most important to me. I decided not to place too many restrictions on my reading this year because 1.They never work and 2.Well, they never work. I just read what I want anyway, but this is one goal I really would like to hit.

Interact with bloggers more

As mentioned earlier, this is a big goal for me this year. I felt I lost the plot a little blog-wise in the latter part of 2012, and I want to regain that this year. A huge draw for blogging was of course getting to talk to loads of other bloggers who love books as much as me, so I want to get that back

Get my TBR pile down

And here it is, the biggie. The one on probably nearly every blogger's list. Before I started blogging, I didn't have a TBR pile at all, and now it is over 100 books (I think) which I know is not a lot compared to most bloggers, but for me...it needs reducing

Less Rereading 

I am such a re-reader. People comfort eat, I comfort read. I am constantly rereading my favourite books (I honestly couldn't tell you how many times I've read the Southern Vampire and Vampire Academy series...) last year my rereads came to 11 which I'm fairly proud of, but I'd like that number to be under 10 this year.

Think before you buy

I have a tendency to spontaneously purchase books. It happens. I have little control over it. Until now. Those spontaneous buys are either the ones I read and absolutely adore, OR they sit on my shelf for forever. I can no longer take this chance. So I will carefully consider what I buy, and hopefully that will lead to less build up (and more money!)

Don''t prejudge books

This is a big one for me. I am a massive booksnob. Not necessarily about covers, mainly about content. I sit there and think "hmmm I don't think I'd like that" so I don't read it. But look at all the amazing books I have read that I thought I wouldn't like! (Anna and the French Kiss! Easy! The Assassin's Curse! Poison Study! Gallagher Girls!) the list goes ON. So I am stopping the prejudgyness. I actually just bought Code Name Verity because SO many people have told me it's amazing, even though it isn't the sort of thing I would normally read.

Use the library more

I get the same thrill from seeing something in the library that I've wanted as I do from buying a book. So what I need to do is get them from the library, because then at least, if I never read them, they just go back and don't sit on my shelf unread forever after I've spent money on them (I went today actually and got The Diviners by Libba Bray). I also hope this will force me to read books when I get them and remember why I want to read them.

Stick to a schedule with blogging, and mix it up a little

Yeah, that one sounds a bit contradictory. What I mean is, I want to blog at more regular times, but change up the stuff I'm posting. I got a little sporadic last year, and it was mainly review-focused posts, whereas now I want features and other fun things (like this) as well.

Don't give up

I have turned into this person who, if I'm just not into a book, I put it down and never go back to it. I never used to do this and now I have so many unfinished books lying around (mostly on my kindle) and it's annoying. I guess this kinda ties into the earlier goal of thinking about what I'm buying. 

What are your bookish goals of 2013?


  1. I know what you mean about socialising with bloggers more. I have got out of the habit of reading blogs and trying my hardest to get back into. Here is to a fabulous 2013.

  2. Hi Cait!

    I agree with the need to socialize with other bloggers more. I've started commenting more on blogs, and I've already met some great people!

    I'm a new GFC follower, by the way! :)

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  3. Yes, I need to socialize more as well! It's just trying to find time for everything sometimes!

    Good luck on all your goals!

  4. My TBR pile is getting a little out of control too. Hopefully this year I'll put a dent in it. Last year I realized that I was spending a ton of money on books I never read so I also started utilizing the library more. I love it...especially for audiobooks!

  5. Oehh Gallager girls... I really used to like those :D I wonder how that series finsihed... Anywaaay, awesome list! I like the re-reading one, I am a huge re-reading star, some books just give you that special feeling you want to feel again and again and again... ;)

  6. Great goals! I stuck to reading goals on my list, although I do have a few blogging goals too and one of them is to be more social and comment more.

    I wish I could read 100 books a year! I need to get to 25 books a year consistently first, though. Too much going on my life.

  7. Fabulous goals, Caitlin! I'm right there with you on several. My TBR pile (on Goodreads) when I started blogging was around 250. It's now over 900. In some ways, that's a good thing - bad in others. I've started going through and weeding out ones that no longer appeal to me, but I want to make a dent in my TBR that I own this year.

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  8. I re-read too! I think it's harmless, and re-reading my favorite books let me "escape."


    1. it's harmless until you're never reading anything new, just constantly rereading the same books over and over! But I do enjoy it yes :)

  9. I want to get my TBR pile down and interact with bloggers more too.

    I'm a new GFC and Twitter folloer!

  10. Ooh, I wanna make a dent on my TBR too, and interact with more bloggers, but more rereads! :D Goodluck! :P

    My Goals for 2013
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  11. So many good goals there. Good luck :)

  12. Looks like you have some great goals! I wish you luck with them <3. Thanks so much for stopping by Beneath the Moon and Stars! I love your blog design! Its super cute :). New follower!



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