In 2011 I Hereby Resolve To:

1. Not be such a lazy ass. The time has come, said the walrus, to review books within a week of reading them.

2. Stop being a slave to ARCs. More than half of my 2010 reads were review copies. I am dying to read books I already own, and am making pretty good progress as of late.

3. Read what I want. If I’m not feeling something, I’m just going to DNF it.

4. Be a kinder person. I like to pop off at the mouth on twitter (FYI I am currently watching A Bad Girls Club marathon). I need to stop doing that as it does just create drama. So when I need to rant, I will do it in private in google chat. HOWEVER, I will be nicer to newer/less popular bloggers, because you all are awesome.

5. Get off the couch/get my nose out of a book. I love reading, but sometimes I lose out on potentially excellent social situations because I’m being a homebody. Also, I gained weight from not being as active. I have a gym membership now, though. SO, I will be fit again, and social again.

6. To not ever look busted in vlogs. Just because I blog about books doesn’t mean I need to look like a sloth in the videos I make about reading/books/fragments, etc.

7. To read more widely. 2010 was my year of YA, which, FYI I loved. This year though, is going to be my year of passionately reading. If I am feeling a book, I am going to read it. In 2010 I would look at something on my shelf, want to read it, sigh, and move to my obligation. That’s not how it will be in 2011. I tried a bit too hard to niche, I think.

About April (Books&Wine)

April is 28 years old and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. In her free time she can be found reading, working out, or eating junk food. She often wears her sunglasses at night.


  1. I like number 3 – read what I want. That’s what I do. I read a lot of books that were published years ago. They are new to me.

    I am making a list too. I have my own things to work on in 2011.

  2. Oh April I think I just died laughing just now.LOL pop off at the mouth uhh yes too much BGC. It’s just so damn entertaining isn’t it? I need to do one of these resolutions myself ugh.. I agree with everything you said. Why should you feel obligated to read something you don’t wanna?? I find myself feeling like that alot too. 2011 is the year we say NO to boring books!

  3. I’m with you on so many of these! And I am totally taking your advice to listen to books while I work out…well if I actually work out in 2011 which is on the top of my list of life resolutions lol

  4. I think number one and number five just speak to my heart. I need to get off my ass and actually do stuff and not just lay about thinking about doing stuff. I need gym membership too. YAY, I need to do some resolutions too me thinks πŸ™‚

  5. Nice resolutions. Especially the fourth.That’s a special one. πŸ™‚

  6. I think those sound like good resolutions. I am going to try to stop signing up for tours because I feel like I haven’t read any of the awesome books I’ve bought or won in the last months … I need to just read what I have and go from there…

  7. Jami (YA Addict) says:

    I totally hear you about the passionate reading. There are so many books I own that I am dying to read, but I feel I have to stick to the books I *have* to read. It can take the fun out of it.

  8. Great list of goals for the next year. Some of which I want to get better at as well – reviews, DNFing, etc. Best of luck!

  9. Wonderful goals! Mine next year will be all about efficiency!

  10. I’m so with you on #1 and #3!!!

  11. Very good goals! I also want to read the books on my shelves… lately I’ve noticed a big pile that I really want to read but haven’t got around to because of review books. I basically just got into blogging, and I don’t want it to be that way. I need to learn to say ‘no’ unless I REALLY want to read a book.

  12. Good luck on all your resolutions!

  13. I could do with adopting goal #1 as well πŸ˜› Best of luck with all of them!

  14. Just read your January readalongs post, and I can tell you are already going to read a wider range. Very SERIOUS, April. πŸ™‚ I love it and I need to make that resolution too…or I’ll be on the verge of getting kicked out of my book club for too much “Well, enough about Girls with a Dragon Tattoo…what do we think about bad boys in books?”

  15. I agree with 2 and 3. I’ve made it a point to not even request ARC’s this year. I don’t want to feel obligated to read a book (esp if I don’t like it). As much as I love getting ARC’s, I think the books I already have, have been neglected enough!

  16. You are so ambitious! I’m making 2011 a year of limited resolution. If I make any, it’ll just be to follow up on good things rather than letting them go — I feel like that’s vague enough I won’t ever feel I’ve failed it. :p

  17. I need to get out more often too.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  18. 2010 was also the year of YA for me. While I love reading YA sometimes I need to read “grown up” books too!

    One of my non-bookish resolutions is to go to the gym at least three times a week. So far so good! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing your resolutions!

    Jen at The Broke and the Bookish

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