My Bookish & Blogging Resolutions for 2019

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

giphy (1).gifFor 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

giphyIs 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 

giphy-222.gifI 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

giphy.gifThis 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

giphyI 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

giphyWhenever 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

giphy (2).gifPretty 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

tumblr_ocy0u4393y1sa8rcbo1_400.gif2019 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!

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#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.


WHAT ARE YOUR RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS! 💕

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46 thoughts on “My Bookish & Blogging Resolutions for 2019

  1. Oh my God, yes, requesting ARCs has always seemed so scary! 😀 I don’t know what it is exactly but publishers intimidate me haha.
    I love buddy reads and I am always up for one! I don’t have friends who read as much as me or have similar reading taste so I would love to buddy read a book with you 🙂
    Good luck with everything else you decided to accomplish! I am sure you will do it 🙂

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    1. RIGHT?! I wish I weren’t so scared, but I guess it’s also a good thing so I’m not drowning in books?? Hopefully, it’s something we can both overcome in the new year 🙂

      If there’s ever a book we’re both looking to read, I’d be down! best wishes for you for the new year too!! I’m sure you’ll always do just as amazing 🙂 ❤

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  2. I love this. I hope it all works out for you next year. I’m going to try and keep with the consistency I had going this year – posting once a week works for me, what with a kid who is probably starting pre-school next year. I’m still too small a blogger to feel comfortable emailing publishers, but I might try that for one or two I’m very excited about.

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    1. Aww, thanks Ara ❤ You've been doing an amazing job lately, especially with #Project14Lists. You should try with a Netgalley and Edelweiss+ account because it makes it easier to request ARCs rather than contacting publishers directly! Also, I'm looking forward to your posts in 2019. Hopefully, we can both be consistent 🙂

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  3. These are fantastic resolutions Tiffany, I hope you’ll succeed in all of these 🙂 I was so happy to buddy-read with you and I hope we can do it again in the new year, that would be fantastic ❤
    Best of luck for it all!! ❤ ❤

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  4. Tiffany, I’m wishing you all the best in your goals/resolutions for 2019! Also, I’m very up for a buddy read. Where can I see your TBR? 😀

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    1. Add me on Goodreads (@readbytiffany)!! The main thing is that I usually borrow books from the library, and I’ll only buy it if I really, really want to read it. 🙈If we have one at the same time, definitely message me on Twitter or Instagram 🙂 I’m wishing you also the best of luck for your 2019 too!!

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    1. AUDIOBOOK TIFF AUDIOBOOKS!!! They’re such a game changer. I’m currently reading Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West, and I’ll probably read The Fever King or The Storm Crow next! I’ll keep an eye out to see if we have any overlapping reads on Goodreads too! ❤

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  5. Aww, Tiffany, I love this post so much, and I share a lot of the same resolutions as you! If you ever need help on writing email ARC requests or want to buddy read anything, you can always hit me up 😎💗 I think I’ve been posting consistently this year but have been so bad at interacting so that’s one of my goals for the new year! And I also definitely want to improve my writing (both for review/blog posts and novel/poetry stuff ☺). Wishing you all the luck for your goals for 2019 — we’re all cheering you on!!!

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    1. MAY(NGOES)!!! Sorry, that was so bad 🙈 I really tried LOL Thank you sooo much for being open to help me!! and YES, we totally should buddy read in the future 🙂 I’ll keep an eye out on Goodreads to see if we have any overlapping reads. You’ve been posting AMAZING content, so pretty please keep it up ❤ I can't wait for the new year, and I'm cheering for you too!!

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  6. Ahh I’m so glad I discovered your blog – instant follow with your pretty design! And your posts are also so amazing. This was really enjoyable to read and I hope you can accomplish all this in 2019! If you ever want to buddy read something, let me know!! Even though I’m socially awkward and have just discovered your blog. And good luck with ARCs, I had a lot of experience this year sending out emails so if you ever need any help on that, also let me know. aha, i definitely want to improve my writing too! i’m rooting for you and myself, to be honest! I hope you have an awesome 2019.

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    1. aww thank you so much for those sweet words!! i’ve been doubting my theme lately, but i’ve struggling with how to change it 🙈*hugs* i’ll definitely message you if we ever have any books in common (also added you on Goodreads!) Don’t worry!! I’m this super weird mix of socially awkward but also pretty extraverted?? 😅Thank you so so much for being willing to help me with ARCs!! Hopefully, we both kick butt in the new year and really improve our writing.

      Sending you lots of love for 2019!! ❤ I can't wait to see more of your blog 🙂

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  7. Good luck with your resolutions Tiffany, I’ll sure you’ll smash them! ❤️ I’m always available for a buddy read, and I’m also hoping to be more consistent, to take part in a blog tour and request a more from publishers too, so I hope we both manage on those! Best wishes for the new year! ✨

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  8. What a great set of goals Tiffany! You maintain such a lovely blog, I know that there are publishers who would love to include you in tours and send along some ARCs 🙂 It’s always exciting to help promote a release you’re really looking forward to. And congrats on topping 100 books for the year! I squeaked in with 100 myself, but I think I’m going to keep my 2019 GR goal around the same as this year, just so I don’t wind up disappointed. Happy New Year!

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    1. Miss you JJ ❤ Thank you as always for your sweet words and support! I'm hoping publishers will want to work with me this year 🙈Hopefully, this year will be good to the both of us. Congrats on hitting 100 books!! You should be so proud ❤

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  9. Tiffany, you are absolutely amazing. 101 books?! Oh my goodness, that’s so awesome, and you should be super proud of yourself. (And you did it while juggling life and blogging!)🙌🏼Wishing you the best of luck with all your goals, and I hope you have the most wonderful 2019!💘

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  10. You have such an amazing list, Tiffany!
    I find setting goals for the new year an overwhelming, but also very interesting task. I’ve been disapponted at myself so many times before when I looked at my list and realized I hadn’t accomplished most of them. That’s probably why this year I’ve been trying to be more reasonable and set goals only if I firmly believe I can achieve them or if I want to force myself to work towards them more persistently.
    My reading goal is close to yours – I’m aiming at 40 books for 2019, which is not an impressive number, but considering I’ve read so little for 2018, I want to ease in for the new year.
    I’ve never requested ARCs before and I feel nervous just thinking about doing so (even if it’s not a possibility in the near future). I still wish you all the luck, though, and hopefully you’ll be able to get your hands on your most anticipated releases. Do you have a title in mind that you wish you could get an advanced copy of?
    Have a great end of the year, Tiffany! 🌟

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    1. That’s such a great mindset to have! It’s honestly important to set ambitious yet not super out-there goals. 40 is still an impressive number of books! It’s basically 10x the national average!! I’m super excited for you, and I know you’ll do great. I’d honestly be super honored if I could receive an ARC of one of the books from my “Most Highly Anticipated Asian Fantasy Releases” and “Most Highly Anticipated Contemporary Releases” posts. They’re the ones I’m looking forward to the most, but there are just so many great reads. I’ll just try to keep an open mind on Netgalley and Edelweiss and just see how my luck is! Do you have any specific books you’re looking forward to reading?

      Have a great new year to you too ❤ Sending you all my love~

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      1. I don’t really keep up with new releases, so to be honest I don’t even know which books will be released in 2019, lol. But I do want to read Wayward Son, by Rainbow Rowell, which is the following novel to Carry On. I loved the first book and I actually thought this one would be only released in 2020, but apparently we’re getting it earlier than I thought!
        Thank you so much! Wishing you the best in 2019! 💛

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  11. I’ve probably just emailed once for an ARC and it was quite scary… I rather prefer requesting on Netgalley… but Good luck to you for everything that you have planned and hope you are successful in all of them 😊😊😊

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  12. Ah I’ve never requested an ARC. Not even on Netgalley, I mean I don’t really like the eformat we don’t get along. But I also am quite content to mosey my way through the backlist titles for now, with a sprinkle of new releases thrown in there. As for posting consistently, I mean, scheduling is my best friend here haha. But I’m sure you smash these goals, and even if you end up getting rejected for some ARCs, there’s always another one. ❤ Wishing you the best for 2019 girl!

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  13. Such great goals!!! Girl, we should totally buddy read something this year! And I definitely want to improve my writing this year as well. I’m sure you’ll receive many ARCs when you request them because you’re such an amazing blogger and all those publishers would be SO LUCKY to have you review their books! Happy New Year, love! ❤️

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    1. Yes!! I’m so down to buddy read something ❤ And AGHHH you're so sweet 😭 Thank you so so much for your kind words!! You're going to do amazing this year too 🙂 I can't wait to see the new and improved self-hosted blog!

      Happy New Year, Kelly ❤

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  14. I’ve always been scared to request from publishers directly because so many thoughts pop into my head and I somehow back out of it? (We’ll blame my anxiety.)

    Like Clo said, scheduling is my friend (it would be best friends but much issues have occurred) and I’ve found myself A LOT less stressed for the few months that I scheduled to the end of the semester. I try to take advantage of my breaks and knock out as many posts as I can (ha, we’ll probably never see that November post because I’m a forgetful goldfish).

    Best of luck to you this year (oops, almost wrote next year), Tiffany! I’m sure you’ll do great with all these goals. ❤

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    1. I’ll definitely try to work on scheduling more this year (Got to pick up your good habits!) I haven’t been the best about writing during my breaks, but I’ll try to improve on that too 🙂

      I definitely have very similar fears when reaching out to publishers, but I just heard back from one with a positive response!! It really motivated me to be more positive towards my mentality because the worst they can say is no (and maybe ignore you). Fingers crossed for the both of us this year!!

      Best of luck to you too, Sophia!! You’ve been doing an amazing job, and I’m cheering you on ❤ Wishing you all my best for 2019!

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