So, this is late, but that’s because it’s been a cluster (you know what) here. First, the weather dropped to -50 (Even for Chicago, that’s ridiculous and almost unheard of) and we had two snow storms, one right after the other, and then our electricity was knocked out on the coldest day of the year, and then the heat couldn’t catch back up once it came back on (cue layers and gloves IN the house) and after all of that my kitchen flooded when I tried to do laundry (that still isn’t fixed). It’s been…interesting.
Anyway! My top ten goals/resolutions will be a blend of bookish and non-bookish. So, here we go.
1. Read 50 books. I set that same goal for me last year but it proved too difficult for such a busy year. I graduated college as did my boyfriend and then we quit our jobs, moved five hours north, found new jobs, got our first place together, and adopted a dog. I read 30 and I’m proud of that.
2. Dwindle TBR pile. The pile is huge, guys. I can’t even. I have never had so many unread books. I used to be the kind of reader who would buy a book, read it immediately, and then go back and get a new one. I’ve begun making the mistake of buying books I want but don’t necessarily have time to read. This has got to change.
3. Read Epic Fantasy. I love fantasy, it’s probably my favorite genre. Unfortunately, very few YA books can be considered EPIC fantasy and that’s something I’ve been missing. I want to be totally engulfed in a new world. I have three different series in mind: A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, and Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. Any other suggestions? I need all that I can get.
4. Limit Book Buying. I have never been too bad with this. I’m reasonable enough to understand that money is a constant struggle for those of us who are newly graduated and just now realizing how terrible the job market is. When I do buy a book it’s usually on sale or used. I have racked up quite a bit of store credit at 2nd and Charles (best used book store ever) by selling back books I’ve already read or never plan to read. So, if I need a book and I can’t find it used or discounted, I’m shit out of luck.
5. Keep Blog up-to-date. I blogged for a while last year and I really enjoyed it but once I began my part-time job as a bookseller I was informed that reviewing books could pose a threat to my job. I stopped my blog, deleted it, but I’ve never stopped wanting to do it. So, screw it. I’m doing it. I may only post a synopsis, books I’m currently reading, or books I’ve fallen in love it, but I’m still doing it.
6. Write. First and foremost, I’m a writer. I’m no published but that’s my ultimate goal and I can’t let doubt and fear hold me back any longer. I have too much desire to succeed not to keep trying. I have yet to finish a book but I’ve started a million. One will be finished this year.
7. New Job. Don’t get me wrong, working around books is amazing and if I didn’t work retail I assume I’d enjoy it even more. But the fact remains, I work retail and retail is hard. It’s not about the books, the quality of books, the diversity of books. It’s about what’s selling and that’s all we carry. I want to know books, I want to be surrounded by all different genres and authors. This just isn’t possible working for a big corporation. I plan to start volunteering at my local library, gain some experience, and go from there. Who knows, I could become a librarian one day.
8. Comic-Con. I have only been to Comic-Con once and that was last year in St. Louis, Mo. Apparently, that one is tiny compared to the one in Chicago. Of course, New York or California would be even more preferable. But that kind of travel requires a lot of money, and I’m not in possession of that, so since Chicago is 20 miles away, that’s my plan. Can’t wait.
9. Get healthy. This doesn’t just mean lose weight, although that is definitely part of it. But I’m not healthy. I haven’t been in a long time. I struggle with anxiety in a way that has only gotten worse as I’ve gotten older (something I’ve discovered is pretty common). It’s too easy to fall off the wagon and grab a burger on the way home or grab chocolate instead of fruit. I always have an excuse ready. Not anymore. Well, just let me finish this Reeses Valentine Heart and I’ll be good.
10. Get Organized. I love being organized but I don’t love keeping up with it on a daily basis. It’s easy to spend a day off organizing the kitchen or the bathroom. It’s no so easy to come home after work and show the same dedication. I want my house clean looking nice always. I need that kind of stability, it’s a thing.
So, whew, there’s ten. Didn’t think I’d make it. So, what are your resolutions? Do any of yours mirror mine? Let me know!
Until next time.
*Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish