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Bookish New Year’s Resolutions (2013 Edition)

Bookish New Year's Resolutions for 2013

I’ve never really been a New Year’s resolution type of person. At all. I’ve never made any resolutions before because I knew I couldn’t stick with them. However, 2013 is going to be a lot more different than the previous years for a number of reasons. In terms of life in general, 2013 for me will be about starting over, starting out afresh. Graduating from university will be the start of a whole new chapter in my life, which is pretty exciting but quite scary at the same time. It’ll have to start thinking about what to do with my life and I know it’s not going to be easy – but it’s still pretty exciting.

At the same time, I’d like to make some changes in terms of how I run this blog and try to stick with these plans throughout the year:

  1. Since 2013 is about starting afresh, the first thing I’ll try to do is finish all those review books that have been sitting on my bookshelf in the past few months. Some of them have been here for a really long time so it’s time to read them finally. Just to give you an idea of why it’s my main priority at the moment, here’s my review pile…
    Books, Biscuits, and Tea Review Pile

    Er…… yes. :D It’s scary. So what I’m going to do in January and February is read these books – no more procrastination, no more review requests and feeling guilty for ignoring this pile until I finish them. Which brings us to the second goal on my list, that is:

  2. Cutting back on requesting review books. Working with publishers and authors has been one of my best blogging experiences in the past 16 months but I got to the point where I just need to take things easy for a while. The next few months will be extremely hectic and stressful and I’m trying not to add more pressure to it by having to keep deadlines and such. I’m not saying I’m not going to read review books at all, but
    a) I’m not requesting any until I read the 19 books above (how I’m going to do this is beyond me)
    b) I’ll try to read more of my own books instead of requesting/accepting ARCs all the time.
  3. Setting aside 30 minutes each day for checking out other people’s blog posts and replying comments, no matter how busy I am. It’s actually something I’ve been meaning to do for the past few months but never managed to stick with it. Let’s hope I’ll be able to do it this year! :)
  4. Scheduling blog posts in advance. I’ve been doing this for quite a long time but what I’m planning to do this year is scheduling posts waaaaaaay in advance – not just a few days before the actual day I want to post but hopefully two or three weeks beforehand.
  5. Bring back discussion posts

How about you? Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions? (book related and in general) :)

Recap of 2011 – Happy New Year!

2012 is only 2 hours away, can you believe it? Where’d this year go?

2011 was a great year for me reading-wise. I started blogging at the end of September and made lots of blogger and author friends along the way. I somehow managed to get almost 600 followers, which is just incredible – I can’t even tell you how grateful I am for sticking with me and for all the support and love I got from you all! I’m really happy that I met you all.

I’m looking forward to meeting some new people in 2012, to co-hosting the 2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge with a bunch of lovely ladies and of course, reading lots of great books!

I wish you all a very happy New Year – see you in 2012!
Hugs ‘n’ kisses x x x