Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Top Ten Bookish Resolutions

Another Tuesday, another top ten list! This week's top ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is one I can certainly get behind: bookish resolutions. Yes, the new year has begun, and with it come goals we set for ourselves to make it a better year than the last. I have a few that have to do with reading—let's see if I can actually get up to ten.

1. Read more classics. So far this one is going rather nicely. I'm halfway through The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins, and I've started War and Peace by good ol' Leo Tolstoy. It helps that I now have a nook and, like a hundred classics that I downloaded for free when B&N was doing that awesome promo.

2. Don't get caught up in trying to maintain this blog to the point where it becomes a chore. I need to relax with this. It's supposed to be fun, not homework! I don't think I'll review every book I read, because then I'm going to feel like it's something I have to do instead of something I want to do. That said...

3. Try to review more MG books. I have been focusing too much on teen stuff lately. While this isn't a bad thing, I do love me some middle grade literature. I have so many good ones waiting to be read on my shelf, ones that I have had signed by the author. I even spoke to the authors at length at some point.

4. Read the following as soon as possible: Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins, The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Chains and Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson. All among the authors I spoke to about their books/work (see above).

5. Start some YA and/or MG book clubs. I have taken steps toward starting one at the library I work at (in Lexington, MA) and at my Barnes & Noble (in Burlington). Please come if you see it advertised and you're in the area!

6. Read the books I take out of the library in a timely matter. Too often do I have to return books I've taken out because I haven't had the time to read them. Plus doing this puts all the other books I actually own on the back burner. Bad Tahleen.

7. Stop spending so much time online and more time reading. This one I'm doing a pretty good job of so far. You might have noticed my reduced Twitter activity. (But probably not. I'm no egoist haha.)

Honestly, that's all I can think of right now. So. Those are my lucky seven bookish resolutions. Head on over to The Broke and the Bookish to link to your own top... whatever.


  1. "7. Stop spending so much time online and more time reading."

    I think this is my #1 problem. I spend a lot of time reading other people's reviews, and on twitter, and doing nonsensical things...I could read twice as much if I stopped messing around!

  2. I also want to read some classics this year. You're off to a good start already and I haven't really got past choosing a few titles yet! But I'll get here.

  3. Haha. Number 7 I can really identify with. I'd get a lot more reading done if the Internet had never been invented...

  4. Your second resolution is very important to me. I want to blog for fun. I don't want to dread blogging. Thus, my resolutions are quite Lite.

    Here's my list of Top Ten Bookish, Bloggish Resolutions.

  5. I need number 7 in my life. I am trying to do reading time, where I sit and read and close the computer.

  6. The one about actually reading more is a great one!
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  7. Bookshelflust, R, Nicole and Brandi—Ha, I'm glad I'm not the only one who wastes the day away online!

    Deb, good luck with blogging for fun. :) I hope I can achieve this goal too!

    1girl2manybooks, I am hoping I can actually finish War and Peace. I am afraid I won't have enough time to keep up with the readalong once school starts again... but I'm sure I'll finish it eventually.

  8. Good ones! I especially like the last one. Sometimes I get so caught up in visiting other blogs and reading book news I lose a lot of quality reading time.

  9. Great list and I especially need to work on number 2... Good luck in 2011!

  10. Good luck with the book clubs you're starting! If I was a little closer I'd attend! The Internet also eats up a lot of my reading time. I'll plan to only been online for a half hour and the next thing I know it's been an hour.

  11. Starting a book club sounds AWESOME! I hope that one works out!!!

  12. Jen and Shanyn, thanks! It seems to be a real possibility. All I have to do is write up a proposal for the library one, and for B&N I just have to pick a book and a day.

  13. I'd love to start/be in a book club, but I lack the chutzpah. It takes a lot of time and energy, and frankly I think the interest in my little community wouldn't be very high. There are a couple clubs sponsored by the local library, but they all meet during the day when I'm at work.

    What do you think about a virtual book club? Reading a book and then getting together in a chat room? The Internet is super conducive to getting people together...!

    Good luck with your resolutions, and happy reading!

  14. We are terrible with our library books!! My youngest and I actually have a fine to pay when we go today bc of not returning books in a timely fashion :p We're going to work on this in 2011 as well.

  15. Those are some awesome goals. I hope your book club works out!


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