I love January 1st and all the resolutions this time of year brings. I’ve seen a lot of posts in the Book Blogging Community about reading and blogging more often in 2018. But here’s my bookish confession…. I’m resolving to read fewer books in 2018, and I’m not just talking about my Goodreads Goal.
I’m sharing this because there’s nothing wrong with wanting to read fewer books and I suspect I might not be the only one feeling this way. It’s a personal preference – just as there’s no harm in wanting to read more. Reading less doesn’t mean you love books or your favorite any less – you’re just approaching it in a different way than 2017.
Some people may think this is the most anti-bookish thing ever uttered by a bookworm, but hear me out:
Reason 1: Time There are 168 hours in a week. I work 50 of them, sleep another 50, plus 20-ish hours for other adult-ish responsibilities. I’ve got maybe 48 hours a week for “other stuff” and my time machine is currently broken. Reading 100+ books, churning out reviews, plus finding time for discussion posts sets me up for failure.
Reason 2: The Reverse Reading Slump I went into auto-read mode last year, reading the saaame few tropes on repeat (Hello office romances, enemies-to-lovers stories, and just about anything with a second chance!). Instead of reading nothing because I couldn’t find something interesting, I read the same thing over-and-over again because I didn’t feel like reading something new.
Reason 3: Reading ROI Reading more books didn’t necessarily correlate with happiness for me. I read 50-60 book annually for years before skyrocketing to 100+ in 2016 and 2017. And know what? I don’t remember being any more or less happy because of how many books I read, which leads me to ….
Reason 4: Energy It is a truth universally acknowledged that one should concentrate on activities that give one energy – not drain it away. I lost that balance in 2017 thanks to some life uncertainties and need to find new ways to re-energize in 2018, like cooking, landscaping, and working out.
my 2018 bookish resolutions
I’m prioritizing my love of books differently in 2018 to focus on more intentional reading choices and better quality blog content, while still remembering all the other things I love to do. Here’s how this translates to my 2018 resolutions:
- Read No More than Two Books per Week: This could still be 104 books in 2018, but this gives me a warning signal that I could be on ‘auto-read mode’ again. More than two books in a week? I should probably work on blog posts or spend time with another hobby.
- Two Reviews per Week – Max: The need for reviews quite often drives me to read. So here’s the deal: one review is posted on Wednesday and one review every-other Thursday. Thursday reviews must be for backlist books…because well, Throwback Thursday.
- One New Genre/Trope per Month: I’m reading the same few types of books over-and-over, so I’m picking 12 genres/tropes that I’ve never read before to add variety. Each month I’ll cross one off my list. DON’T WORRY – I’ll ask you for ALL the recommendations once I pick the genres.
- One Discussion Post per Month: I love the creative energy that discussion posts bring to blogs. I have pages of ideas and a folder of half-drafted posts because I’m distracted by reading and reviewing enough books.
So there you go! Four (hopefully) simple bookish resolutions for 2018. I’ve got a few other things to aim for – like my reading challenges and making sure I cross-post reviews on Goodreads – but these four take priority. I’d rather do a few things well than do too many things just okay!