Tuesday 7 January 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Resolutions for 2014

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists over there at The Broke and the Bookish. I'd love to share my lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This weeks top ten gave me time to reflect on what I really want to achieve with my reading and with my blog this year and I really enjoyed compiling it. I'm really interested to see what other people have listed as their goals for th year. They're fairly general goals but will keep me focused on enjoying the books and the reading that's for sure! 

1. Read at least 100 books, last year I read 127 having upped my target from 55 to 100. I'd like to at least read 100 again this year! 

2. Read more of my own books. I love the feeling of reading a book I've actually brought home from the shop and so I'd like to try and clear my shelves of these a bit this year. Which leads me nicely onto...

3. Read more paperbacks. I became a little bit sick of reading kindle books last year as I had so many review books in the summer that were in ebook format and I found myself actually craving a paperback! So I'd definitely like to read more of these! 

4. Read more hardbacks. I took a load of hardbacks home with me this summer and then never got round to reading any of them, barely picking up a physical book at all. I've got some gorgeous hardbacks sitting on my shelf and so I'd like to take a weekend and sit down and read a couple of them! 

5. Meet more authors. I was lucky enough to meet so many of my favourite authors this year and so I'd definitely like that to continue in 2014. This again leads onto...

6. Attend bookish events. I loved the blogger events and the author signings I attended last year. I missed out on a couple though just through not being observant enough and so I'd like to attend more of these this year, I already have like four lined up so that's good! 

7. I would also like to attend a literary festival such a Hay or Edinburgh. I almost went through to Edinburgh for an event last year but I was tied up in Glasgow unfortunately so maybe this year...

8. Continue using my local library. They have a great selection of books and audiobooks and I've only recently started using my library here, even though I used the one at home when I was back up there so I'd like to continue this next year. 

9. Continue to enjoy reading! Sometimes when the TBR piles becomes a bit overwhelming reading can seem like a bit of a chore. I don't want this to happen and so I need to remind myself that reading is a pleasure and not a chore! 

Number ten is slightly specific to my job so apologies for that but it's possibly one of my biggest goals this year...

10. Continue to inspire children to read and love books. The kids I teach seem to find the fact that I have a blog and get to meet famous authors fairly inspiring and so I would like this to continue next year. I have even more authors lined up to come and speak to the kids about reading and writing and they all benefit from the news about kids and YA books that I get and so I want to continue to work hard to make reading and writing fabulous fun for them too! 

Apologies for the slightly corny number 10 but it's something that's important to me. Let me know in the comments below what you think of my goals and if you have any help or advice in achieving these, number 10 especially...


  1. This isn't corny at all! I LOVE your resolutions! :D

    I totally agree with you about trying to read more of your own books...I've had ones that seem to have beensat there FOREVER and I'm going to try to get round to them!

    I think number 10 is BEAUTIFUL!!! Best resolution ever :) :) I think it's lovely that the kids can share in your delight and love of reading! :D <333

    Have a fab Tuesday!

    Megan xxx

    My resolutions :)

    1. Well I'm determined to do it and I haven't given up on that yet!

  2. I think number 10 is the best of the bunch :)
    Inspiring a love of books in young minds is laudable, so well done you!
    I don't know what's allowed in schools, but how about a star chart for books read, letters written to authors; or even a mini book club session?

    1. Ah we do loads of this kind of thing and I get tons of authors in for the 3 years olds to the 11 year olds! :-)

  3. Good luck with your goals! Which events have you got planned for this year? I definitely share the same aspiration with festivals- you should try and go to Bath too! And Eleanor and Park is beautiful <3 I adore my paperbacks!

    1. Yeah, I should get bath in there, I won tickets to HAy two years ago but it was on a school day so I couldn't go :-(