Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is “Top Ten 2016 Bookish Resolutions.” These are things that plagued me in 2015, and I’ve thought about rectifying this year. I don’t know the real amount of money I spent on books last year, because I’m too terrified to figure it out, but I know I spent at least $50 a month on books. That’s a lot. Now I have a crazy number of books I haven’t read on my iPad and bookshelves. This needs to be fixed pronto! Since saving as much money as I can in preparation for my trip to Japan this June is a personal goal, spending less on books goes hand in hand with this resolution. So without further ado, here is my “Top Ten 2016 Bookish Resolutions.”
1.) Participate in fewer cover reveals and book blasts.
I’ve had this site for a long time, but I never really used it as an official book blog until 2015. So last year was the first time I asked for ARCs, and I got a little too excited. While I met some cool authors, and read many good books, my TBR pile suffered a bit, and now I have a lot of books I own that I haven’t read. This year I plan to only cover reveals and books blasts for authors I already love, and books I’m already anticipating.
2.) Request fewer ARCs.
Like number 1, I also plan to cut back on ARC requests. Not that I don’t like getting them, but reading them takes up more time than I want to spend this year on reading books off my TBR list. Instead, unless I see something I just have to read, I plan to forgo asking for more than 2-3 ARCs per month.
3.) Read books I already own.
Since I need to save for my trip to Japan this summer, and spent last year buying books I never got around to reading because of all of the ARCs I requested, I want to read the books I already own. That’s not to say I won’t be buying new books this year. Just that I want to read the hoard of books already on my shelves or iPad.
4.) Start patronizing the library again.
I used to get books from the library, but last year I stopped, and have been buying books like a fiend. Not all were at full price. Thanks to BookBub, and Oyster, many of the books I bought were at reduced prices. However, I still managed to buy way more than I probably should have. Since I want to save more money this year, I plan to check the library for books I want to read, but don’t have to necessarily own.
5.) Spend less money on books per month.
Number 5 goes hand-in-hand with several other of my bookish resolutions. If I read more of the books I own, and get books I don’t have to own from the library, this should cut back on how much I spend per month on books, leaving me money for other things. Obviously, this excludes all of the books I’m eagerly anticipating, or series enders of books I have on my shelves.
6.) Clean up my Goodreads TBR list.
I need to check out my GR TBR list, and take off books I no longer want to read. In some cases, there are books I’ve read, but for some reason aren’t listed as such. I currently have over 500 books on my TBR list, and it’s beyond ridiculous! I read about 100 books a year, and at this rate it would take me over 5 years to read these books without adding any new books. I originally used this list as a shopping list, but it has since changed into a wishlist that I hardly ever consult when book shopping. Time for a clean slate.
7.) Stop pretending I’m buying books for my classroom.
Beside my one-click addiction, I’ve developed a Scholastic addiction as well. Now that I teach 5th grade, I see a lot of the books I’ve been wanting to read. To justify the purchases, I sometimes buy books “for my classroom,” that don’t always make it into the classroom:( Or are at the wrong reading level for my students in actuality. I need to give the ordering a break,
unless it really is a 5th grade books, or I need it for my order to be enough to earn my class bonus points.
8.) Read all the books on my iPad before June.
When I was a substitute teacher I used spend my summer emptying my kindle of ebooks that I purchased early in the year. Not only did I save money at a time when I had little coming in, but I never had a ton of books unread. I began 2015 with about 50 unread ebooks, and I know I’ve accumulated a lot more. Clearing my iPad will help me with my reading challenges, clear up my device, and of course save money.
9.) Organize the books in my classroom by genre.
My goal for the second half of the school year is to raise my students’ reading levels. I think I can better help them if I organize my books by genre, and label them according to reading level. That’s my main project for January, and I plan to buy the dots before I return to work so I can begin this right away.
10.) Keep better track of what I read for my 2016 challenges
I plan to change how I denote books read in my Erin Condren Life Planner. Instead of placing the books read in the side margin, I think I’ll add that information to my blog area, as well as including which reading challenge, if any, the book counts for, and keep an ongoing record in my notes section. Maybe this will help me pay more attention of my progress so I don’t get surprised in December that I neglected some of my challenges.
Well, these are my bookish resolutions for 2016. I tried to pick things I think are doable, and hopefully I will be successful. Did any of my resolutions also make your list? If so, be sure to tell me in the comments below!