December is almost over, and 2019 is right around the corner. Like many other bloggers, the end of the year marks a time to make some New Year Resolutions. 🌟 I’m extremely proud of how much I’ve grown in one year both as a blogger and as a reader. I also really enjoy reading and writing resolutions because it helps me understand where are areas I can continue improving, so here are my resolutions for 2019!
1. Read 50 Books
For 2018, I set a goal to read 25 books for my Goodreads challenge, and I’m super proud to say that I’ve exceeded my goal and have read 101 books (and 2018 isn’t even officially over yet!!) 📚 It’s been so long since I’ve ever read this much, and while I don’t know if I can hit 100 again next year, I want to challenge myself to read at least 50.
2. Participate in a Blog Tour
Is it weird to say that one of my biggest goals for this upcoming year is to participate in a blog tour? It just looks like so much fun to be able to interact with other bloggers and celebrate an upcoming release! There are so many wonderful books being published in 2019, and I really hope to be able to help support and promote them. 🎉
3. Start Requesting ARCs
I feel like most bloggers have been trying to cut down on the number of ARCs they receive and read, but I’ve never actually requested ARCs before in the past. I mainly requested ARCs on Netgalley, but I never fully invested in improving my profile or tried requesting more popular books. I’ve always been too afraid to reach out to publishers, so next year, I want to have more confidence in myself and work towards improvement. 💌 I hope to email publishers about ARCs I really, really want to read, so let’s hope for the best!
4. Attend an Author Signing
This has been one of my all-time goals ever since I became a reader. I’ve just always wanted to see one of my favorite authors in person and ask them to sign a copy of their book (*whispers* for me to keep forever). Plus, it’s so cool to see reader friends at these events!! You would think that because I live in Los Angeles, I would attend a bunch of author tours, but every time there’s some special event, I’m either away at school or there’s some other conflict. 😭
5. Buddy Read More
I honestly really love buddy reads because 1) it keeps me accountable and 2) I love fangirling with someone about a book I’m reading. I did two buddy reads this year: Always Never Yours with Stephanie from Holed Up in a Book and A Thousand Perfect Notes with Marie from Drizzle and Hurricane Books. It’s so much fun coming up with questions for each other, and the Q&A reviews are some of the most fun reviews I’ve written. 💞 If there’s ever a book we both want to read at the same time and you’re interested in buddy reading, let me know!
6. Improve My Writing
Whenever I read other bloggers’ posts and reviews, I marvel at how eloquent and beautiful their writing is, and most of the time, English isn’t their native language—they’re just poised beyond words. ✏ They write the most beautiful prose and always manage to capture my thoughts of a book perfectly in a review. (Looking at you, Lily) I really hope to improve my own writing this upcoming year, especially when it comes to writing reviews and discussion posts.
7. Post More Consistently
Pretty self-explanatory, right? I truthfully didn’t expect to continue blogging once school started because I thought I would be devoting all my time to extracurriculars and school *shameless plug for my The Struggle of Balancing School & Book Blogging post* I’m really hoping to become a more consistent blogger with weekly reviews and posting twice a week. ✨ This blog is something I care a lot about and want to see flourish, and posting consistently is one way to hold myself accountable.
8. Read & Champion More Diverse Books
2019 is a year of a bunch of amazing releases, and I cannot wait to shout and fangirl about all of them. 🌟 I really want to commit to reading more diversely next year as well as support the much-deserving authors in their endeavors. Some of my biggest blogging inspirations like Shealea and CW are constant supporters of diverse reads, and I hope to do the same in the new year!
#Project14Lists is a project Shealea from That Bookshelf Bitch started, with a goal to write and post a bookish list every day from December 18th to December 31st. Participating bloggers are tasked to come up with creative list ideas, and on each day until December 31st, write a list and post it on their respective blogs. Check out who else has accepted this blogging challenge here.
If you’re interested in joining the fun as well as entering an exclusive giveaway for participating bloggers, By the way, there is an exclusive giveaway for participating bloggers! Learn how you can join in on the fun by reading this.