Top Ten Tuesday -Bookish Resolutions & Goals

Today’s Topic: Bookish Resolutions/Goals

Hosted by: The Artsy Reader Girl -Top Ten Tuesday has a new host and I am excited that Jana will be carrying on this fun Tuesday tradition.

I’ve never been one to make New Year’s resolutions. But, if there was ever an area that I would make resolutions and keep them, it would have to do with reading.

I’ve never really given much thought to how and what I read before, but I like the idea of being a more intentional reader. Up until now, I pretty much just choose my next book based on my mood. Adding these resolutions will not impact the number of books I read in a year, but it will definitely impact the types of books I read.


  1. Read more new to me authors. At the end of the year, I want at least 30% of my total book tally to include authors I’ve never read before.
  2. Read more books set in Russia. I’m obsessed with all things Russia. I currently have a trio of (unrelated) books with Russian settings sitting on my TBR.
  3. Read more international authors. Of course, this will depend on if their books have been translated to English.
  4. Quit more books. For some reason, it’s almost impossible for me to give up on books that aren’t holding my interest. But reading time is valuable, so it’s time to get brutal.
  5. Read at least one classic. If you’ve read one of Top Ten prior posts, you’ll know I’m not a fan of the classics. But, then I read Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera and really enjoyed it. So, I’m thinking my negative bias might need some more challenging.
  6. Read more non-fiction titles. I’m pretty much a straight fiction reader, but I would like to branch out more. I’m setting this goal of at least one non-fiction book a month.
  7. Read more books outside of my preferred genres of contemporary & historical fiction. This will probably be the hardest resolution to keep. Because I like what I like. In particular, I need to add more speculative/fantasy fiction to my reading diet.
  8. Reduce my TBR list my 25%. Ya’ll my TBR pile is out of control. I have a TBR book case for my physical books, and I can’t even count those on my Kindle. And since I’m continually adding to it, this goal will definitely be a challenge.

So, what do you think about the idea of making bookish resolutions? What are some of yours?

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5 Replies to “Top Ten Tuesday -Bookish Resolutions & Goals”

  1. The Phantom of the Opera is fantastic! Classics really are just as individual as any other book – either they’re wonderful or you wonder how they became classics in the first place. 🙂

    Good luck with your goals this year!!!

    1. You make a good point. I think I was ruined a bit by the classics I was forced to read in school. I disliked most of them and started wondering just who decided a book was a classic. But, there are some really good classics out there too. I remember really enjoying Ivanhoe.

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