Showing posts with label new years. Show all posts
Showing posts with label new years. Show all posts

Saturday, January 14, 2017

8 Blogging Resolutions for 2017 - Things I Vow to Do, and You Should, Too | Book Blogging Tips (#47)

Resolutions are a tricky thing. I usually don't really care for them because they hardly ever are things that I think I can realistically achieve. 

But looking at the development my blog has gone through since launch in september 2014, I noticed that I very much am able to fulfill bookish ones - and that doing this absolutely changes my blog for the better.

Call this a blogging hacks post if you will, disguised as a new year's resolution.

#8: I vow to read more out of my comfort zone.
Doing that is sometimes hard, I get it. But by picking up books you normally wouldn't have, you can sometimes find gems. Would you believe that one of my favorite books ever, LIFE'S THAT WAY by Jim Beaver was one of these? I don't do Non-Fiction, usually. Makes me uncomfortable and I don't really care. But trust me, sometimes it's worth taking a chance on books you're skeptic about.

#7: I vow to read genres I usually dislike. 
If you've been following me for a long time you know that I don't like high fantasy. Never have. But looking at my blog statistics, it's the most reviewed genre. Why? I want to educate myself. Read stuff I don't usually read. Sometimes you can find new favorites like that. This year's genre is Historical Fiction + Historical Fantasy. I'm hoping to make it the most reviewed genre on my blog by 2018.

#6: I vow to give popular books a shot.
You know I'm a hipster when it comes to reading - I don't like reading what's popular and that's not really a desirable characteristic. I'll try to read more popular books in 2017 and push myself.

#5: I vow to read even more diverse books than non-diverse ones.
My reading habits changed for the better since I consciously picked up more diverse books. Just trust me on this one, especially if you have a marginalization, may that be a mental illness, disability, or being a person of color - reading about people like you makes your life better. And even if you aren't marginalized - expand your horizon. It's fun.

#4: I vow to not bother with books that I don't enjoy.
I DNF left and right and you should, too. Don't bother with books that are a chore to go through. Your time is too precious.

#3: I vow to boost the heck out of my reviews of problematic books.
This is a very important thing to do. I know, it feels scary to speak up sometimes, but know that you're protecting marginalized readers, especially teens, by doing that. Sharing is caring.

#2: I vow to stand with bloggers and reviewers who are getting attacked for speaking up.
This goes with the previous point - as much as it is important to speak up about problematic representation, it's also important to protect the people that are doing the talking. We need to have their back, no matter the cost.

#1: I vow to keep on improving, keep on changing.
I think that's the beauty of blogging. That you can look back at all your old content and smile because it reminds you of the person you were when you posted it. Blogging styles change and post formats and ideas and all that do, too. That's a beautiful thing. I hope I'll get some more of that blogging nostalgia looking back at this post a couple years from now.

What are your resolutions blogging-wise for 2017?

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8 Tips to Get Motivated to Write Blog Posts
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Saturday, January 16, 2016

7 Books I Vow To Read in 2016 | Cleaning Up My Wish List

I hope 2016 will be a better reading year for me and I will finally manage to read 100 books this year. I'll start it very ambitiously and tell you some of the books that I definitely will read in 2016. I'm calling this ambitious because I don't even own 90% of these. I should though.

ANOTHER DAY - David Levithan
I've been talking about this almost since the day it was announced that my favorite novel EVERY DAY would get a companion novel. Why haven't I read this? Why don't I own this? What is wrong with me?

One of those novels that everyone was talking about in 2015. I'm not sure about the premise, something about a boy king getting all his future brides killed? I just know that it's set in an oriental inspired world and all my friends loved it, so I vow to read this. 

I'm always craving books about Norse mythology. The king of mythology YA wrote this, so I basically don't even have a choice here.

CINDER - Marissa Meyer
I know, it's absolutely ridiculous that I'm the last one on this planet that hasn't read this. Fairytale retelling. Space. I have to.

LAST SACRIFICE - Richelle Mead
I've been putting off reading this for almost 6 months. Very strange, considering the fact that I read the first five books within a month. I just wasn't a fan of the fifth one and am scared of this series to end horribly. I vow to do this in 2016.

This is so long overdue. I need to finish the series.

THESE BROKEN STARS - Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

I've been loving these covers from the minute this book started appearing EVERYWHERE. Everyone and their mothers has read it and I just don't understand why I haven't. Let's change this. 

Which books do you vow to read in 2016?

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