{Top Ten Tuesday} My Bookish Resolutions

Posted January 1, 2019 by Leah in Memes & Features, Top 10 Tuesday / 37 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Happy New Year, fellow book lovers! After a shaky and sometimes bleak 2018, I am hopeful for good things for everyone. Let’s make it a wonderful time. In honor of this shiny first day of 2019, I’m sharing some of my bookish resolutions.


Read more outside my favorite genre

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I’ve made this resolution for the past two years. I love fantasy. It is my bread and butter, my life, my soul, but I know there are plenty of good books that are not fantasy. But I do plan on reading my much anticipated releases of 2019, and if they so happen to have magic, the paranormal, witches, dragons, or the like…well, it’s the thought that counts. 😀


Find more #ownvoices novels

I’ve been pretty good at finding diverse books but when it comes to Own Voices authors, I could improve. If anyone has any recommendations, I’d be happy for them.


Check out a few classics 

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Remember when I said I skimmed a majority of my assigned reading in high school? Maybe it’s time to remedy that by actually reading some classics. I already have a few in mind I’m looking forward to.


Read a Sarah J. Maas book!

Another year, another Maas book going unread. I’m actually kind of scared about reading her work because the hype is insane. I’m trying to shake that off.


Re-read some favorites 

I used to hate re-reading but I’ve slowly realized that it actually is worthwhile, especially if you’re revisiting a book you loved. So I’m going to go back to some old favorites (I’m currently re-reading the first two Winternight books and I’m rediscovering the magic of the series all over again).


Don’t buy so many books!

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I have done a pretty good job with not buying as many books this year compared to others, but I work in a library! Materials are available for checkout. Also, it lets me save more. I want to travel internationally and I know cutting back on book buying will greatly help.


Finish my book–and prepare it for agents

This one’s more bookish than anything and definitely the scariest one on the list. I’ve been chipping away on this idea and after a few different incarnations I finally found one that works for me. It’s depressing and heartbreaking to write but I have to write it, and I’m vowing this is the year I finally stop saying I want to be published and actually take the steps to make it happen.


May your days be filled with good moments and good books.


Do you make bookish resolutions? What are you looking forward to for 2019?



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37 responses to “{Top Ten Tuesday} My Bookish Resolutions

    • Leah

      I found a few books that I really liked that were waaaay outside my comfort zone, mostly nonfiction. I have to keep the streak going. 🙂 Thank you so much for the kind words, Sam! Happy 2019!

    • Leah

      Same, Sarah. This is the first time in a long time I made any resolutions. I want to stick with them as long as possible. Happy New Year!

  1. Best of luck with all your goals! Especially finishing your book and publishing it. That’s a super scary, intimidating task, but you can do it.

    One of the things I want to do is like your Maas resolution, except with Schwab. I CAN’T BELIEVE I HAVEN’T READ ADSOM OR VICIOUS YET. This is finally the year when I Will, mark my words.

    A few of my favorite LGBT+ ownvoices books are It Looks Like This by Rafi Mittlefehldt, The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich, City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault (this one is a fantasy!), We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson, and Jack of Hearts by L.C. Rosen. I have fewer POC recs, but Pride by Ibi Zoboi, Cubop City Blues by Pablo Medina, and The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen are all great.

    Happy reading!

    Eleanor | On the Other Side of Reality

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    • Leah

      Thanks, Eleanor! Schwab’s books are pretty good–I really liked This Savage Song. And thank you so much for the book recs. Happy New Year!

    • Leah

      Thank you! I’ve been trying to rearrange my bookshelves but that’s been kind of put on hold. That will also be a resolution. 🙂 Happy New Year!

  2. Nathan

    I make a few bookish resolutions. I plan to read more diverse books, finish a few series work on my TBR pile. Tell us about your book after you publish.

    • Leah

      I’m already in trouble because three of my much anticipated releases come out on the 8th, and a few more throughout the month. But other than that, I will try so hard not to. Thanks!

  3. Good luck with all of your resolutions!

    I have basically stepped back from making any concrete resolutions this year. I never seem to fulfill them, so this time I’m going more for vague mumblings about things I may or may not do, ha. I’m going to try to read more women authors, and generally be more conscious about some of my reading choices. Otherwise, I am kind of just resolving to really accept and lean into being a mood reader, and follow the excitment wherever it leads me.

    All the best for 2019!

    • Leah

      Thanks! Usually I don’t make resolutions either because I always break them. 🙂 But I’m trying to stick to at least a few of these. We’ll see how successful I am.

  4. These are great goals! I’ve only read one Sarah J. Maas book, and I definitely need to read more of her books. I’ve cut down on my book buying quite a lot – yay! I need to stop taking out so many library books though, so I can read more of my own books! XD

  5. Great resolutions! I love reading classics, so hopefully, you`ll find some you`ll enjoy as well. I`m also with you on Sarah J Maas books. I haven`t read any and I`m terrified of the hype.

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