That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week's theme: Bookish Goals for 2023.
Here are some of mine:
1. Find a book from the A Shelf and FINALLY finish the Reading the Alphabet challenge I designed for myself an embarrassing eight years ago.
2. Dust my bookshelves.
3. Weed my bookshelves and donate the books I know I'm never going to read again.
4. Read at least one Agatha Christie mystery and one British Library Crime Classic.
5. Delete titles from my Goodreads Want To Read shelf that I no longer want to read.
6. Participate in Susan's Bookish Books Reading Challenge.
7. Read more Science Fiction.
8. Limit my book buying this year to 10 books or less.
9. Stop using the phrase "fun read" or "fun character" in my book reviews. Surely there's better descriptive words that I can use.
10. Buy a fun bookish tee or sweatshirt like this one:
Bonus bookish goal: Check my blog's spam folder daily in order to rescue all those comments that get lost there...including mine!
Can't wait to check out some of your bookish goals for 2023.
Good luck with reducing the number of your books. It's hard to do. I had to do it in stages.ReplyDelete
I try and weed my shelves every year because my shelf space is limited and there are always new books I want to fit in, but I have to do it in stages, too. Which is okay as long as I'm making progress. I've already pulled off ten books I'm going to donate this month. So yay! :DDelete
I think there are a few phrases I could delete out of my reviews too, ones that say nothing really. They crept in and they haven't left!ReplyDelete
It happens! But I really need to work on making sure my reviews don't all sound the same. Or maybe figure out a different way to write them.Delete
Great goals. I know we only finish a smidgen of what we aim for but I have high hopes that you reach most of these.ReplyDelete
Thanks! I set the bar deliberately low in the hopes that I could achieve most of these. ;DDelete
That's a good idea. If it's too high, we give up to early.Delete
I've been working on #3 myself, with quite a few books going to the library resale shelves. And I've been trying to set a book-buying goal, but I don't think I could only manage 10.ReplyDelete
I'd be buying more books myself, but my library is really good to purchase a lot of the books I want to read so I don't have to, which is very helpful. We'll see if I can stick with 10, or if I end up buying more this year. :DDelete
I love that sweatshirt and hope you do add it or something like it to your wardrobe. I mentioned wanting a pair of bookish socks in my post this week. :)ReplyDelete
My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-bookish-goals-for-2023/
Bookish socks sound like fun...if you find some I hope you post a picture. :DDelete
Great goals! I feel like I use "fun" too often as well. Bookish clothes are so fun! Good luck with your goals!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Kami. This list was fun. (See...even now I'm using that word!) ;DDelete
I love all of these! They are great goals.ReplyDelete
Thanks! I love that you just went with new authors you want to read this year. :DDelete
Oh, that is 'such' a great list. Especially getting stuff off the 'want to read' shelf on Goodreads. And the dusting thing... LOL!ReplyDelete
Some of my books are so dusty it's sad! I just really hate dusting because it never seems to last very long. And my Goodreads 'Want to Read' shelf is insanely long. My only consolation is that some bloggers I know have even longer ones. :DDelete
I find myself using the same phrases a lot in my reviews, too. Good for you for branching out.ReplyDelete
Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.
I'm going to try, but I bet 'fun read' and 'fun characters' creeps back in pretty quick. ;DDelete
Great goals, Lark! I've been thinking about deleting some books from my Goodreads shelves for a while now. It's just such a daunting task, lol. I also need to work on repetitive phrases in my reviews. I've gone back and read some lately and found so many words or phrases that I use all the time. I worry that all my reviews are starting to sound the same. Oops! :)ReplyDelete
I feel like my reviews are sounding the same, too. I need to work on being a better writer this year. Or maybe just write more haikus. They're easier. ;DDelete
Great goals, Lark! I definitely need to clean up my Goodreads want-to-read shelf.ReplyDelete
It's crazy how quickly it grows!Delete
Weeding the collection is always the hardest part, for me. And I know I tend to overuse certain phrases in my reviews, too!ReplyDelete
Getting rid of books is hard, but I only have so much shelf space.Delete
These are great. RegomeReplyDelete
:D Thanks, Regine.Delete
#2 - Dust and read or read while dusting.ReplyDelete
#7 - I want to do that too but I never seem to do it.
#8 - Just 10 books? Why that number?
#9 - What's wrong with 'fun read' or 'fun character' - I think they are good descriptions. I suppose you could replace the word fun with awesome, maybe. I don't think there's another word that means fun in the same way fun means fun.
Bonus- I think that's a necessity for most blogger users.
I hope you find lots of books to enjoy. Good luck with your goals.
Have a lovely day.
Hi, Lissa! Read while dusting sounds like a good idea, actually. And I picked ten for my book buying just because it's a nice round number. And I knew I couldn't do less than that. And fun is a great word...but not when I'm using it in every single review. Thanks for commenting! :DDelete
Dusting. I absolutely refuse to think about it. ;-) And ten books in a year is pretty restricted... But good luck with the rest of the goals!ReplyDelete
I find I don't reread as much as I used to, and my library has been so much more flexible about buying new books, so I'm going to try and save both money and shelf space this year by limiting my book buying. We'll see if I actually manage to stay under ten books. ;DDelete
I love the challenge you gave of reading the alphabet. What an interesting way to use the fiction section of the library. And the gems that we would otherwise never know about can be found by doing this. New authors we never heard of or read and yet because their last name begins with a Z or O we gave them a try. I am thinking of trying this too in 2023.ReplyDelete
I hope you do! It's a great way to discover new authors and to find amazing books, too. I had a lot of fun doing it, even though it took me forever to make it all the way through the alphabet. :DDelete
Good luck on your 2023 goals.ReplyDelete
Thank you...and thanks for commenting!Delete
A bookish tee or sweatshirt! That's a nice idea!ReplyDelete
My Top Ten Tuesday List
And easy to complete! ;DDelete
Yay for #6! I'm so glad you're participating. I'm excited to see all the bookish books everyone's reading.ReplyDelete
#2 is something I ALWAYS need to do. Seriously, it never ends.
#9 is one I have a big problem with as well. I am forever describing books and characters as "fun." I need a thesaurus, stat!
Dusting is neverending...I hate it! And I'm so happy you designed a bookish books challenge for this year. It'll be fun! (See how fun has become my default word?) ;DDelete
I like your goal of reptitive words in your reviews, I tend to say the same old thing over and over again and "fun" is a word I use often!ReplyDelete
I just started noticing it late last year, and decided I really needed to try and find other words to use. (So then I can overuse them this year.) ;DDelete
Yay for reading Agatha Christie!ReplyDelete
And thanks to you, I've found one comment in spam folder from July!! I guess I must check regularly too.
It's become a real problem with blogger lately. I sometimes find my own comments on my own blog in the spam folder. It's frustrating.Delete
I was pretty sure I already commented, maybe it went to spam or maybe I am losing my mind, either is a possibility, LOL! I love your goals, love the shirt!! I am also doing Susan's challenge!ReplyDelete
My comments get lost all the time, so you never know. I checked my spam folder, but didn't see another comment there...but thanks for commenting again! I'm excited you're doing Susan's challenge, too. We can compare notes on bookish books. :DDelete
Great goals, and I wish you the best with them! I can particularly relate to #3 and #5. And I'm doing the #ReadChristie challenge/readalong again this year, so I guess I've got that one covered, too.ReplyDelete
I look forward to seeing which Agatha Christie novels you read this year for the challenge. :DDelete
Yep, #3 and #5. I did a major overhaul of my shelves when we moved in December. It was hard, but I had to be honest. :( Good luck to you.ReplyDelete
Thank you! Getting rid of books is always hard, but I can't keep (or reread) them all, so... And thanks for commenting!Delete
Nice list. Science fiction eh?? I too have to weed out books to donate from my shelves. #3 is key this year!ReplyDelete
I've just been in the mood to read more science fiction lately, and I've got a long list of titles to try. And weeding out books is hard, but so necessary. At least for me because I don't have room for any more bookcases. ;DDelete
Excellent goals! I have a wonderful oversized Life is Good book-related t-shirt that gets me through the winter months. I am also thinning my GoodReads TBR list--so many were put there on a whim, and if I can't remember why I wanted to read it, I delete...although taking the time to do so does seem to be an ongoing issue :)ReplyDelete
Happy reading and good luck meeting your goals.
Thinning that Goodreads list is time consuming...and I seem to add more than I delete these days. :DDelete
Lots of great goals here! I do go through my bookshelf at least once a year and do a bit of weeding of the shelves but somehow I equate that to now I can buy more. Haha... And, love that shirt. I think you should treat yourself to that!ReplyDelete
One of the reasons I weed my bookshelves is to free up space for new books! ;DDelete
Good goals. I should delete some books from my wants to read shelf on Goodreads too. I have so many I know I will never read.ReplyDelete
That's me! And it makes it hard to find the books I really do want to remember and read.Delete
I think that I probably overuse a fun read too. These are all great goals!ReplyDelete
I wonder how long I can go until fun creeps back into my reviews. ;DDelete
I weeded out my Goodreads TBR a couple of years ago and it took a while but it was worth it! I also need to stop using "fun" so much in my reviews, lol!ReplyDelete
Fun has become my go to word for some reason... probably because it's easy and I'm tired. But I'm going to try and do better with my reviews this year. And better at weeding titles from my Goodreads list. Although every time I enter a "win a free book" giveaway it adds another book to my list...and so my list just grows and grows. :DDelete
I think my bookish goal is very simple: Read more. And more. :DReplyDelete
Great bookish goal, Melody! :DDelete
You've got some good, doable goals in this list. Several of them I've done myself. However, the one goal that made me laugh-- due to my own character, not yours-- is the buy ten books or less in one year. I think I've already shot that one down in flames! LOLReplyDelete
:D That seems to be the one goal that everyone comments on, and I get it. Not buying books is so hard. I just ordered several books myself...but I'm still under my 10 book limit. I'll see how long that lasts.Delete
I love the sweatshirt and these are great goals. I really need to curate my shelves a bit more and we are not even going to talk about dusting!ReplyDelete
I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't dust her books... because I haven't in awhile, and it shows. ;DDelete
I love #2, dust my bookshelves, I need to do that too. My husband does a better job with his than I do with mine.ReplyDelete
I am continually working on weeding read books that I am not going to reread but I have some inaccessible boxes I need to work on now. Limiting buying to 10 books sounds hard but I might be able to go as low as 20. Maybe.
I have some repetitive things I say about books too. I need better and different ways to say "I love this book" because I do love a lot of them.
Certain phrases seem to get stuck in my head when I'm reviewing a book these days, and I tend to use that phrase over and over. I need to do better. :DDelete
Your number 9 made me laugh! We all have those phrases we over use. I need to remove books from my Goodreads 'Want to Read' shelf, as well. Good luck with your goals!ReplyDelete
Thanks! It's nice to know I'm not alone. :DDelete
Good luck with all of these goals. I'm been trying to weed through my shelves too.ReplyDelete
I try to go through my shelves at least once a year, but it's always a bit hard.Delete
Dusting and weeding the bookshelves is also on my mind. Going through the Goodreads list is also a lot of fun.ReplyDelete
Good luck with your goals, Lark. Thanks for sharing and for visting my blog last week.
Weeding titles from my Goodreads list feels like an impossible job; I take off three and add four more. This one's going to be my neverending project this year.Delete
Your #2 goal is totally relatable. LOL These are great goals, Lark. I wish you luck with them!ReplyDelete
Thanks! And I had to put dusting on my list because I never do it and my books really need it! ;DDelete