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 30 years old and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and baby, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

Comments

  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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