Why look, it’s a Top Ten Tuesday Post: Bookish Resolutions and Goals

Top Ten Tuesday 2018 resolutions

It seems pretty apt that I start doing a new meme to meet new blogger buddies right when Top Ten Tuesday goes from The Broke and the Bookish to The Artsy Reader Girl

This meme has been one of the more interesting things to read because it introduces me to more than anything new authors and books and in this case, holding myself accountable to do some new stuff blogging wise. So, top of my list:

  1. Do more bookish memes, and get out of my blogger comfort zone: Right now, that’s more memes, and trying to write more, and put my thoughts about reading and books, and anything else on my blog.
  2. Read more backlist titles: I see a new and shiny title, and wham, that book I was supposed to read that isn’t shiny and new gets left behind. Sometimes a new book gets forgotten (woops)
  3. Say no: my eagerness and delight gets ahead of me and I often say yes when I shouldn’t be. It wastes my time but more importantly it wastes the author’s time, and yeah, I need to be better.
  4. DNF the hell out of books that aren’t working, and don’t force myself to keep going just in case I’m being too harsh. Because no matter how much I attempt to be, I still feel guilty. Sometimes.
  5. Audiobooks: there are books with blurbs that have ME ME ME written all over them, but when I try the audiobook and the narrator irritates me, I just give up and move on. It’s really nothing to do with the plot at all and I need to get over that.
  6. Figure Goodreads out. That site really does mystify me and I can’t quite wrap my head around it being a social media platform. But it is, and I feel like I am missing out.
  7. Post my reviews on Goodreads more frequently. Because I can fall behind very easily.
  8. Planning: this one is a bookish blog resolution or goal, I think, but I need to plan my blogging better so I am not flying by the seat of my pants, and forgetting to enjoy blogging inbetween life, work and everything else.
  9. Read more YA: more #LoveOzYA in fact, but in general. In case you’ve missed it, I like a specific genre and don’t often stray too far from it LOL, but YA is a genre I’ve appreciated more over the last year.
  10. And last: stop being so distracted! So many series I’m in the middle of that I NEED to get back to. Nods.

And that’s it! Did I do it right??

Check out everyone else’s posts right over here!




  • It’s so important to DNF. I used to feel awful about it, but I don’t any more! Far too many books to read to read ones that you’re not enjoying! Fab list!

  • Yay for memes! Lol. I stopped doing TTT a while ago for reasons, but it is a fun one πŸ™‚ And ooh, will you maybe do discussions? I want to hear your thoughts on things!

    I did a post about GR a while back, but you prob saw it? I’m also planning another post about using GR but haven’t gotten around to it yet. There are so many things on there that I feel like most of us are really not taking advantage of, myself included.

    I’m getting better about saying no too. It’s a bit disheartening getting request after request that I turn down, but since one of my goals is to stop reading so many meh books, I’m trying to be a lot more choosy. It can be hard!

    Good luck with all your goals!

    • Verushka says:

      It is fun! It also got me thinking about things differently — I’m trying to be better organised this year, and am hoping this list will be a reminder of what I need to do with respect to my reading at least. I did see your GR post and love it — if you have another planned, I’ll definitely be looking out for it. Like you said, there’s so many things out there on GR, I’m sure I’m missing something. YAY for being choosy! πŸ™‚

  • Greg says:

    Lol about DNF’ing- so true! I love doing memes like this one, it’s fun to see what everyone else is reading. And oh my gosh Goodreads- I SO have to up my game over there. I’m constantly forgetting/ neglecting to post my reviews over there…

    • Verushka says:

      Regarding Goodreads — ME TOO! I have an alarm of my phone that goes off to remind me to do it, but I keep switching the times bc I forget to do it! Go figure, I’m a work in progress when it comes to GR. I need to curb the guilt when I want to DNF, which is a big problem for me. There’s an audiobook sitting on my iphone that I am contemplating trying again bc I am certain I must be wrong…. yean #guilt

  • I never feel guilty about DNFing. The way I look at it, I can’t like everything I read so I need to stop reading things I’m not enjoying as soon as it happens so I can go on to other things. I’ve already DNFed two this year!

  • Astilbe says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more when it comes to DNF titles that you honestly don’t like for whatever reason. There are so many other books out there to try instead.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday,

    • Verushka says:

      DNF-ing is on so many lists, I feel so much better putting it out there. You’re right — there are so many better things out there to read.

  • Kay says:

    I think you did just fine here. And I fully support DNF’s. Not every book is right for every reader and it’s tough at first, but I think as we get older, easier to say ‘not for me’. And move on. We’re never going to get to read all the books we want to anyway. Good luck with your goals!!

    • Verushka says:

      Thank you Kay! And you’re right, we’re never going to read all the books we want any way lol! That’s probably why my TBR is pretty much neverending!

  • Good luck with your goals this year. I’d like to spend a lot of time with backlist books this year. I agree completely with the importance of DNFing a book. I will get stuck in a book far too long if I try to push myself through it.

    • Verushka says:

      I’ve pushed myself through books, and found myself turning pages just for the sake of it. That was when I knew I was in trouble and needed to DNF more.

  • Sounds like some great resolutions and I look forward to visiting your TTT’s. I’m like you with new shiny things. I really want to try to read some older stuff this year too and not get so hung up on new reads. Sounds like we are similar in that we both have trouble DNF’ing books. Wonder if it comes back to whole “you don’t quit what you start” belief my father instilled in me when I was younger. Although, I’m pretty sure he wasn’t talking about books. Good luck!

    • Verushka says:

      Thank you, Barb! You also just made me feel so much better about getting distracted by new and shiny things *high fives* But you’re right, older stuff needs a go too

  • Angela says:

    There are so many series that I started that I’ve either just given up or never got around to reading more of. There’s a series I definitely want to start up again, and it’s backlist, so that will help with one of the challenges I’m doing!

  • Reading backlist books and saying No is something important on my list too πŸ™‚ I can’t get myself to say no to authors and publishers πŸ™ But yes I am trying πŸ™‚
    I hope you accomplish all of your goals this year πŸ™‚

    This week I have posted my top ten bookish pet peeves. My TTT: http://flippingthruthepages.com/2018/01/top-ten-bookish-pet-peeves/

    P.S. I love your blog design and the header image for TTT πŸ™‚

  • Daniela Ark says:

    oh I see many book bloggers with a DNF resolution in today’s TTT! That’s great! It makes me feel that I belong πŸ™‚ So many books so little time! why force ourselves to finish a book that we don’t love???
    Goodreads.. falling behind.. yup that one too! πŸ™‚

  • Great goals! Not letting myself get distracted… Now there is one I wish I’d thought of. And it’s one I should apply. Not just for series, but reading in general. Good luck with your goals!

  • Good luck on all of your goals. I definitely need to plan ahead on my blog(s) better so I’m not doing everything so last minute. haha I also want to focus on more backlist books – especially the ones I already own.


  • Great goals! I love the Say No one. I need to do that too. That and DNF. I hate wasting time on books that aren’t working. Good luck!

  • Hi to you Downunder…this is my first time visiting your blog and thank you for visiting mine. I totally agree with you about saying no. Because I am a librarian and a blogger everyone asks me to read their books. I do not want to have the pressure to edit someone’s work, particularly if it isn’t good. And ARC copies put so much pressure on me to write a review even if I don’t like the book. Poo. Just pick the books you want from the library. No pressure!

  • Sarah says:

    DNF is so, so important! For the longest time I could not DNF and I powered through every book I opened because I could not bear the thought of not finishing a book. But over the last two years I have become more comfortable with it and just letting go of the idea that I have to finish something that bores me, is poorly written, or factually incorrect. Too many books to waste time on ones that are not good. Good luck with all your goals, and welcome to TTT!

  • Great goals! I’m bad about getting distracted by new and shiny books and ignoring the older ones – even the ones sitting on a shelves all around me I don’t quite understand Goodreads as a social media platform either. I like it for tracking what I’m reading but that’s really about it. I need to get better about DNFing too. It’s hard to admit that a book just isn’t working for me.

  • Fantastic list of goals. I didn’t put it specifically on my list this week but getting better about DNFing books that aren’t working for me is something I really need to work on.

  • AngelErin says:

    Great resolutions! Your #3 and #4 are definitely ones that I need to work on as well so I don’t get so overwhelmed. Good luck with these!! πŸ˜€

  • I have a REAL PROBLEM with DNF-ing books too. I think I’ve got a fear of missing something great, or missing some great plot twist if I don’t reach the end. I also have trouble with audiobooks, too, because if I don’t have the words in front of me (or if I’m trying to multitask and do other things), I just can’t focus. It would make life SO MUCH EASIER if I could!!!

  • Carmen says:

    Good luck with your goals. I`m trying to take more advantage of Audiobooks as well. Last year I definitely started getting into them, on my way to work.

    Carmen`s Reading Corner

  • Laura says:

    Definitely with you on the DNF resolution. I keep thinking if I read just a little further it will get better and feel bad if I don’t give it that chance. And I’m trying to read some of the older stuff in my TBR list/pile as well. Good luck with your goals for the New Year!

  • I don’t really make resolutions because they freak me out (too much pressure…haha), but if I did have a blogging one, it’d be being more consistent. I’m also mystified by Goodreads’ social media capabilities, but I see lots of people chatting up a storm on there!

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