2017 has been a hefty year life wise; I’ve travelled to five countries, seen friends get married, launched an app, survived the first year of my amazing (and very busy) job, AND… I’ve read quite a few books. Not as many as I wanted, however, I managed 39 books out of a 60-book challenge.
I also discovered the Bookstagram world. Yes, I realise I am unbelievably late on this too. I was immediately swept in and fell completely in love with the community – you guys are pretty great – as well as the books, obviously. My TBR tripled and suddenly, there was an even scarier pile of books on my shelves waiting to be read.
It’s not all happy endings, however. I seem to have fallen a little out of love with books in the last year. Not for any one particular reason, but it’s happened. There’s always been pressure as a blogger to read quickly, post regularly, and always be online. We all know that life sometimes gets in the way, and that’s OK. But recently, I’ve felt more and more anxious about neglecting reviews and the community.
So, for 2018, I’m removing all the pressure. My only reading resolution for the year is this.
To fall back in love with books.
For me, that means:
- No more taking on new reviews until I’ve 1.) caught up; and 2.) actually want to read the book.
- No more buying books till I’ve gotten through at least some of my TBR (it’s like they know I’m neglecting them!).
- No more picking books based on their pub date; I’ll read what I want to read, when I want to read it.
- A 52 book challenge. One book a week is achievable enough for a bookworm, right?
So… actually, maybe it’s not quite so simple?! Wish me luck folks!
What’s your 2018 reading resolutions? If you’re a reviewer, do you get panicky about this stuff too? How do you guys cope?