Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2014

Happy New Year! I’ve got a mix of bookish and non-bookish goals for 2014. I’ve done a lot of thinking about what I want to do and the life I want to try and live in 2014. I’m not the sort of person who always makes a resolution for the new year, but there was a lot going on in 2013 and I did some reflecting over the holidays, and between my personal life and my blog, this is what I came up with:

1. Positivity

I don’t think I’m a negative person or pessimist by any means, but it can be so easy to get caught up in negative or critical thinking / self-talk / gossip and I really want to make a conscious effort to be more positive and optimistic this year. Life is too short to dwell on the negative or hold on to grudges or feel angry. I’d like to be able to let all that stuff go and embrace the good things that happen and relish the happiness I experience.

2. Be choosier about what I read and request

It’s hard sometimes not to get caught up in trying to read what it feels like everyone else is reading. And sometimes that works out for me and I love a book, and other times I don’t enjoy something and realize I would not have picked that up without seeing it on so many other blogs.

After a lifetime of voracious reading and three years blogging, I am pretty confident in knowing what kinds of books I like to read. While I appreciate trying something outside my comfort zone from time to time, I would like to spend my time reading things that I enjoy, and if that means reading far fewer contemporary books and romances, and more sci-fi and fantasy and paranormal, so be it!

This goes for requesting ARCs too. I want to make sure to only request things I’m genuinely super interested in and excited about.

3. Catch up on / finish the book series I’ve started

I am terrible at reading books in a series! I rarely read a book that’s part of a series and then immediately move on to the next. I am much more likely to read a book, like it, tell myself I should really read the next in the series, and then read at least 20 other books before remembering that I meant to continue with a series.

Here is my shameful list of series that I’ve begun and not yet finished / caught up on (and I’m sure this is not exhaustive):

Hourglass series (I’ve read books one and two)

Mortal Instruments series (I’ve read books one, two, and three)

Under the Never Sky series (I’ve read the first)

Pretty Little Liars series (I’m only one book behind so I feel like that doesn’t even count!)

Throne of Glass series (I’ve only read the first book)

Game of Thrones series (I’ve only read the first book and am so daunted by what lies ahead if I want to catch up on this series!)

Tempest series (I’ve only read the first book)

L.A. Candy series (I’ve only read the first book)

Legend series (I’ve only read the first book)

Feed series (I’ve only read the first book. Hmm, sensing a pattern here)

Katarina trilogy (I’ve read books one and two)

There are so many others (The Lynburn Legacy books, the Hereafter series, the Lotus War series, the Obsidian series, the Gone series…I have to stop now because it’s just way too much to keep listing them!). 2014 is the year that I begin to catch up on some of these!

4. Participate more in the book blogging community

This is something I didn’t start doing until 2013 and I want to keep up with it. I want to participate more often in things like Top Ten Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday, I want to visit and comment on other blogs more often, I want to use Twitter more often to communicate with the blogging community, and I definitely want to attend more book events, hopefully including BEA this year!

5. Eat more fruits and vegetables

I’m getting up there in years and it’s becoming more and more important to look after my health and make better food choices. I need more fruits and veg in my life!

6. Drink more water

I drink a lot of Diet Coke and coffee. I really need to work to make sure I’m drinking enough water each day.

7. Relax!

I think this is connected to my first goal/resolution. I am a nervous/anxious person and a worrier. I’d really like to be able to just relax, stop fretting about the future so much and the what-ifs, and just live in the present moment.

8. Catch up on / finish the television series I’ve started

I was doing so well, keeping up with all my shows, but then I fell behind and felt as though it was hopeless to try and catch up until the summer. But I’m going to do my best to work my way through some (hopefully all) of my shows that I’ve fallen behind on, including the following (and again, this is definitely not an exhaustive list):

Once Upon a Time

Grimm

Elementary

Sleepy Hollow

White Collar

Justified

And I would like to start and finish the Veronica Mars series. AND I would like to point out that there is at least one show that I am not behind on: my favourite, Supernatural!

9. Try and wrote more discussion posts

I like reading other blog discussion posts, and wrote a few myself in 2013. I’d like to try to come up with a few more to write about in 2014.

10. Read more from my bookshelves

This is a big one! I really need to start working my way through the books that I already own but haven’t yet read, rather than buy all the new books.

What are your 2014 goals/resolutions? Let me know / leave a link in the comments!

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