Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Goals for 2014. I chose to do reading and blog-related goals.
- Read 175 books. That’s also my goal for the 2014 Goodreads Reading Challenge. (Books I read for my “day job” as a freelance indexer don’t count.) Last year my goal was 140 books and I read 170, so my 2014 goal is challenging but hopefully attainable.
- Read 75 books I’ve never read before. I love to re-read old favorites, but last year I pushed myself to read more new-to-me books and discovered some authors I really enjoy as well as a few new favorites. I’d like to keep the trend going this year.
- Read at least 25 authors I’ve never tried before. Just looking at my TBR list, there are a fair few: John Green, Melina Marchetta, V. V. Wedding, Susanna Kearsley… I should be able to accomplish this goal in a year.
- Read at least 25 books from my TBR pile or list that are not review copies or ARCs. In other words, stuff that’s already on my TBR pile or list, books that I’ve been wanting to read but just haven’t gotten around to yet. I plan to participate in The Caffeinated Book Reviewer’s Take Control of Your TBR Pile challenge in March, so hopefully that will help!
- Listen to at least 12 audiobooks, or an average of one per month. I like audiobooks while driving, doing housework, etc., but I often forget to listen to them.
- Get my NetGalley feedback ratio up to at least 75%. Right now, it’s 54.7%, so there’s a lot of margin for improvement!
- Blog more consistently. I improved in this area in 2013, but I’d like to get better. I’d also like to be scheduled ahead at least 2 or 3 weeks, as well as have 6 or 7 posts I could pull out in an emergency.
- Write reviews sooner. I have a bad tendency to finish a book, think I’ll write the review tomorrow, and not get around to it for a week or more. I want to write my reviews sooner — or at least get the first draft down. It wouldn’t hurt to also find a way to spend less time writing them without losing quality – but that may be impossible.
- Move the blog to WordPress. I meant to do that this year, but didn’t get around to it. Or rather, I could never find enough time to figure out how to do it, so I’m still on Blogger. But 2014 is the year.
- Find a better balance between blogging and everything else I do and want to do. I’ll be honest, I’m not sure how to do that. Blogging and reading blogs seems to take a lot of time, and I find it cuts into time for reading, knitting, and crafting (not to mention exercising and singing.) I’ve also been wanting to do some writing, if I can carve out the time (and find the courage.) Balancing my time better will probably be the hardest of my book- and blog-related goals to accomplish.
What are your 2014 goals, reading or otherwise?