HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Thought I'd start the year with some bookish related resolutions! I normally don't do very well with any resolutions I set, but it's fun to make a list so who knows, maybe some of these will stick with me for a while this year!! A girl can dream......
1. BUY LESS BOOKS
I know you're all laughing right now!! So am I to be honest!! But the book buying is a little out of control so needs to be reigned in and controlled!! So if you can all do your best to stop recommending such wonderful books to me then that would help and maybe I can be cured of wanting to buy ALL THE BOOKS, ALL THE TIME!!
2. READ MORE BOOKS
Obviously! Seems a little strange after reading over 200 books last year, but I am prone to procrastination when I could be fitting in a couple more chapters, so my aim is to get offline more and fit in a bit of reading instead of browsing various pointless websites!
3. ORGANISE BOOKSHELVES
My current bookshelves status is 'if there's a gap, then that's where a book goes'! Not so helpful when you're looking for a particular book and there's a mix of read and unread books altogether! So in 2020 I'm aiming to have a little more organisation going on! Not sure I can go the full hog and go alphabetical - all the different sized shape books side by side would freak me out - but there must be a way of making my life a little easier when I need to find a certain book!
4. LESS BLOG TOURS
I LOVE blog tours!! I've been introduced to so many wonderful books via them over the years BUT it all just became a little like 'homework' for me at times during 2019 - all my own fault for signing up for so many!! - so I'm hoping 2020 I can be a little more restrained and just do a few so that I can read more books from my own shelves as I find Blog Tour books just take precedent over books I own.
Hello, my name is Karen and I have a Netgalley addiction!! They just make it too easy!! So this year I WILL try and work my way through the backlog of books on my Netgalley shelves (currently at 3 figures.... I'm saying no more!! but still with a 70% ratio) and avoid the temptation to keep clicking when newbies get released!
I very rarely buy e-books but have seemed to have built up a collection over the years - probably freebies and 99p books - that I download and then instantly forget about as they're on the Kindle and I can't SEE them!! So no more! I need to go through my Kindle and sort them all out and devise a way of reminding myself about their existence!
7. DECLUTTER MY BOOK COLLECTION
aarrrrggghhhhhh!! I've come out in a cold sweat just typing those words! But there is no more room!! And I already have piles of books sitting on top of drawers or on the floor as they've got no shelf space! I do already go through and donate an awful lot of books to various charity shops, but I need to stop being so 'precious' about all the books I read and am (probably!) very unlikely to ever read again! They need to go off and find new homes with new people to appreciate them! I must learn to LET THEM GO!!
8. READ MORE NON FICTION
Every November I pile up the books and thoroughly enjoy going through a wide variety of subjects for non fiction November, and every year I say I'm going to read more and never do!! That's going to change.....
9. READ MORE BIG BOOKS
Having read DUCKS, NEWBURYPORT (1,000 pages) in 2019, I have learned not to be so scared of those big chunkster books that are sitting on my shelves taking up the space of 2 or 3 normal sized books! But they're still sitting there - mainly fantasy titles! - and they need to be read! I must not be afraid anymore....
10. USE THE LIBRARY MORE
It's something I started to do more during 2019 - especially when our local library was being threatened with closure - and I've loved spending more time in there and taking a chance on books I'd not normally have picked up! And with me supposedly buying less books in 2020, it's going to be a great way for me to get that 'buzz' without spending any money!! Win, Win!!
Wish me luck!! Are you a resolutions person?! Are there any bookish resolutions you'd like to try for 2020?! Good Luck!!