Top Ten Tuesday #6: Resolutions for 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Resolutions We Have for 2016.” They can be bookish or other resolutions, so I’ve decided to list a mixture of goals for the year.

Reading Goals

1. Complete My Personal Reading Challenges

I’ve already written about my reading challenges for 2016. I am resolving to complete these two challenges I’ve set for myself.

2. Read More ARCs

Since I just started blogging in May, I haven’t read many ARCs. I’d like to change that in 2016. I’ve requested many January-March titles on NetGalley already. I’m planning to continue requesting title there throughout the year, so that I can get my name and blog out there for publishers.

3. Participate in Reading Together Book Club

As I announced a few weeks ago, I will be co-hosting one of the topics for the Reading Together Family Exploration Book Club hosted by Quirky Bookworm and The Deliberate Reader. My goal is to also participate in all of the other topics. At a minimum I plan to read the picture books with Christopher for each topic and post one Kid Lit review per topic. I will also read the middle grade and YA books on my own if I can fit them into my reading schedule.

4. Use a Little Free Library

Since learning about Little Free Libraries a couple of years ago, I’ve been wanting to use one. I just haven’t gotten around to it. I want to leave a book when I take a book, so I’ve been waiting until I had a book to get rid of. When I’m ready to get rid of one of my re-read challenge books or another book, I want to use a Little Free Library. I’d like to find several in my area and visit them multiple times to see how often they’re being used (whether the inventory changes over subsequent visits). I could write a fun post about that. Have you used a Little Free Library? Do you have one in your yard?

Blogging Goals

5. Carve Out Regular Time to Write

I mentioned when I gave up my Fiction Friday series that I’m struggling to find writing time. Blogging has been hard as well. Today I woke up 15 minutes early to write this post. I need to work out regular writing time in my weekly schedule. I often feel like I’m not giving my reviews and other posts adequate time. I know I could write better with more time.

6. Attend BEA

I know a lot of people are upset that BEA will be in Chicago this year, but I am beyond excited. I live only 90 minutes from Chicago, so I am planning on attending in May. If it was in NYC again, I definitely couldn’t afford to go. Who else is attending?

7. Learn SEO

SEO is something that would be helpful for my blog and in my work career. I resolve to take a class or read a book or even just all of the SEO articles I’ve emailed to myself. I’d like to use my blog to learn things that could help me in my career as well – SEO will be the first topic, but web design and analytics would be also helpful. Those can be my stretch goals!

Personal Goals

8. Get in Shape

We’ve belonged to a gym now for almost a year, but I’m still hardly using it. I am not even concerned so much about losing weight. I just want to get into shape. 10+ years of a desk job and general aging is decreasing my musculature. I worry what will happen long term if I don’t start building back my muscle tone ASAP. I tried an elliptical at the gym last night, and I liked it. It was both easier and harder than running. I’m also going to be taking kick boxing again on Saturday. I’m excited to start exercising again. I hope I can make that enthusiasm last.

9. Be a More Fun Mom

In the last year I feel like I’ve played with Christopher less and less. Perhaps because I’m always reading! But also because I really just don’t like playing on his level. We’re started family game nights to try to do more as a family, but this year I want to work at doing more with him.

10. Travel to One New Place

We travel a lot, but it’s almost always to visit family. This year I’d like to travel to one place we’ve never been. It can incorporate seeing family if they travel there as well, but I just want to go somewhere new. My parents bought us a Southwest Airlines gift card for Christmas, so that should help make this goal a reality. Maybe I’ll finally get to go on a real vacation!

What are your goals for the new year?

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  1. I love these goals! It's really interesting to see your resolution to request/read MORE ARCs while most people have the opposite. I definitely like requesting/reading, but I just need to be pickier about which books I go for.

    1. I know! I've only read 3 ARCs so far since I just started blogging in May and didn't find NetGalley until fall. All of your goals though helps me to know I need to keep the ARC requesting in check. šŸ™‚

    1. I found a Little Free Library near my work, but I want to find some more. They are so cute!

      Awesome. I'll let you know once I know for sure if I'm going to BEA. I would also love to meet you.

  2. Lots of great resolutions/goals! I would love to attend BEA but I have to wait for it to be back in NYC since that is close to me. I need to cut down on ARCs myself. They can be overwhelming. I feel I need to be a more fun mom myself. Good luck!

  3. there are quite a few free libraries in my town, but i've never been brave enough to use one! seems silly, doesn't it? but i always feel weird because I feel awkward walking up to someone's yard to do it! also, many of them are on busy streets and i know people will be watching me! I'm so odd to worry about this! but i feel like using free libraries would be perfect for me because my ARCS often sit unused and unloved after i've read them and since the library won't take unfinished books I never know what to do with them. i could leave them/trade them at these free libraries though! and find a new book to start reading!:)
    Great TTT post today!
    Emily @

    1. Yes, great idea! I know what you mean about people watching you. I read something on a blog somewhere though about someone who built one, and they were old or ill or something, and their Little Free Library was a way to see people and still interact even though they were house-bound. That makes me feel a little better about using them. I'd love to meet the bookish people who put them up in their yards!

  4. These are great goals! I have a Little Free Library around the corner from me (although since I live rather in the country, that's a good two mile walk). I've used it once. I'm also hoping to start up my own sometime this year. We'll see if that happens… Good luck with all of your goals!

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