My Bookish & Blogging Resolutions (2020 Edition)

Happy New Year!! Okay…I know what you’re thinking, “Tiffany…IT’S MARCH!!” It’s been three months since the beginning of the year…BUT the procrastination train is finally coming to a stop. It’s time to reflect all about 2019 and share my goals for the upcoming year! ✨

How did I do on my 2019 resolutions? 🌺

1. Read 50 Books βœ…

My Goodreads Reading Challenge last year was to read 50 books, and I’m happy to say that I beat my goal with 87 books!! πŸ₯³πŸŽ‰ Truthfully, after I hit the 50 books goal, I was pushing myself to finish 100. However, I’m still very proud of my progress, especially since I had a lot on my plate with school and internship recruiting. (hehe your girl got straight A’s and her dream job in consulting)

2. Participate in a Blog Tour βœ…

Check, check, and check!! I actually participated in 10 blog tours in 2019 (**I did two blog tours for Small Town Hearts) and 3 of them were the official blog tours hosted by the publisher! ✏️ #WHAT?! If you’re interested in reading my posts, you can check out the blog tours category on my blog or click on the books below!

3. Start Requesting ARCs βœ…

Whelp…it happened. πŸ˜… I started Netgalley and Edewellis accounts, and I also started reaching to publishers! Even more surprising/amazing/wonderful? publishers started reaching out to me! I also received a few physical ARCs which is beyond exciting which I filmed a few unboxing videos.

4. Attend an Author Signing βœ…

I got to meet two of my favorite authors in person(!!) In May, I attended the Somewhere Only We Know launch party in Los Angeles and got to meet Maurene Goo. 🎡 Then, in October, I got to meet the Queen of Darkness herself, Leigh Bardugo, during her Ninth House book tour stop in St. Louis. πŸ–€

5. Buddy Read More

Okay. SO. I have determined that I am just horrible at buddy reads, or I still don’t know how to ~properly~ buddy read. During my The Princess and the Fangirl buddy read with Charvi, I essentially just finished the whole book in one sitting. Then, in my Jade City buddy read with Lily, May, and Jules, I took SIX. WHOLE. MONTHS. to finish the book. πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ (i’m so sorry friends)

6. Improve My Writing βœ…

Did my writing become more beautiful and eloquent? Haha, no. BUT…Did I become more comfortable with writing? Yes, I call that a win! Throughout this year, I’ve grown more comfortable with my writing voice as I figured out what was most natural for me. I write what I think and how I speak, and I hope you can see my ✨ shining personality ✨ through my blog posts!

7. Post More Consistently βœ…

I aim to post my blog posts every Thursday and Sunday at 9PM PST, but honestly, I’ve learned that in order to keep blogging as a sustainable hobby, I need to allow myself to be flexible. 😌 For most of the year, I was able to post twice a week, but during busy exam weeks or business conferences, I allowed myself to take a break or post a day later.

8. Read & Champion More Diverse Books

Last year, I participated in the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge and read 38 books written by Asian authors which I’m very proud of considering I read 87 books total AKA 43%. 🐯 I want to expand my current reading in 2020 by reading even more books written by POC because I also don’t want to define only Asian books as diverse books. I’d like to see myself reading more Latinx and Black authors this year!

My 2020 Resolutions πŸ’«

1. Read 100 Books

As of March 22nd, 2020, I’ve read 37 books, and I’d like to challenge myself to aim for 100 books before the end of the year. ✨ I feel so much happier and at peace when I’m reading, and I want to make sure I’m devoting time to this passion. At the same time, I want to make sure I’m reading books I actually enjoy and not be afraid to DNF a book if it’s not for me. (cough cough my summer of love and misfortune)

2. Interview an Author

As I’ve become more involved in the book community, I’ve gotten the chance to befriend some amazing authors and also participate in their blog tours. ✏️ Some of them have become auto-buy and must-read authors for me, and this year, I want to start reaching out to authors for interviews. Whether it’s for a deeper inside look into a book or learn about their fun writing habits, I want to feel more confident in making these meaningful connections.

3. Annotate a Book

Okay…I feel like many people find it sacrilegious to write in a book, and before, I used to have a similar mentality. I didn’t want to permanently write in a book in case I wanted to give it away or sell it. But! I started watching BookTube videos on how people annotate in their books, and it looks incredibly fun. I have a few books that I already love rereading, and I’m excited to write and show my love through my annotations. πŸ’ž

4. Read a Nonfiction Book

Almost all of the books I read fall into the fiction category, and within that, I read a lot of contemporary, fantasy, and romance. I’m hoping to expand my reading horizons this year, and I want to read another biography or something similar. πŸŒ™ One book that I’ve been wanting to read is In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park.

5. Read a Classic

After reading Anna K: A Love Story, I really really want to read the classic Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy because the book absolutely wrecked my heart. πŸ’– I also haven’t watched Little Women yet but the trailer of the movie looks really good, and I would want to read the book for it as well!

6. Attend a Book Festival

Originally, I was hoping to attend BookCon or Book Expo this year, but unfortunately, with the state of everything, it doesn’t look like it’ll be happening. 😞 Financially, I’m also not sure if it’s the right decision either. Since I’ll be interning in Chicago this summer and I also live in Los Angeles, I’m hoping to attend some type of festival before the end of the year!

7. Reach 1,000 Followers on Instagram

Last year, I started to be more active on my bookstagram, and I changed my theme to something pinker and ~me~ and started posting more regularly. πŸ’— My bookstagram has been my pride and joy, and one of my personal goals is to hit 1,000 followers by the end of the year. I know numbers are arbitrary, and we shouldn’t define our creative outlets by it, but I just hope others appreciate my pink theme as much as me.

8. Host a ‘subtle asian book club’ Meet-Up

Another one of my bookish babies this year was starting ‘subtle asian book club’ with Alexandra. If you don’t know, subtle asian book club is a book club centered around reading books written by asian authors every month, and all the discussions and posts that we’ve held so far make my heart sing. πŸ₯Ίβ€οΈ Hopefully, if things get better later on in the year, I’m hoping to host a meet-up in Los Angeles (since it’s where xan and i are based) or even a virtual meet-up!

What are your resolutions for the New Year?

Let me know in the comments! 

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50 thoughts on “My Bookish & Blogging Resolutions (2020 Edition)

  1. this whole post is so cute tiff πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί first of all don’t apologize for jade city!!! i cannot tell you how many BRs i’ve tried to read the book and then just didn’t finish it ever :o) and i’m very happy that you started requesting arcs and getting books you really wanted in 2019! i loved your unboxing videos so much and i can’t wait to see more this year ❀ and same about annotating a book — every time i see people's pictures or videos, i think it looks so cool! i don't think i could do it simply for the fact that i am a perfectionist and would actually cry if my lines aren't straight (and i hate using rulers lmao). good luck on all your resolutions!!! πŸ’ž

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    1. wahhh thank you!! ❀️❀️❀️

      and i’m so glad that you like my shennanigans and videos!! i hope i can do more this year too. you should annotate!! i feel like they would look gorgeous 😍

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      1. I loved this post: love your 2019 and 2020 resolutions!
        I can relate to some of them and I also want to read more diverse titles πŸ™‚
        Your Bookstagram and blog are adorable and creative, keep going (you can do it)

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  2. I love this type of posts so I’m glad that you still decided to post this!! It sounds like last year was an amazing year and you achieved so much. I mean you smashed your goodreads goal and well everything else as well, it is so cool that you got to participate in some blog tours as well and that you got sent books by publishers, that is so amazing!!

    Best of luck with all your goals for 2020 as well, I bet you will be able to read 100 books!! πŸ™‚ And interviewing an author sounds so cool!! I’ve decided to read more books out of my comfort zone so I checked out some Non-Fiction books and they can be very interesting and rewarding, so I hope you enjoy!!
    I wish you a wonderful rest of the year and best of luck with all your goals!! ❀

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    1. Ahh I’m so glad that you like reading these types of posts so I feel better about writing it!! πŸ˜…

      Thank you for wishing me luck in my goals!!I hope you also enjoy nonfiction books too. 😍 I can’t wait for this year for us, and I hope we have a fantastic year!!

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  3. my dude, you SLAYED that reading challenge!! and with school and internship stuff and GETTING THOSE GRADES AND THAT JOB!!! ugh proud of you queen! πŸ‘πŸ‘ you’re doing it ALL

    fkljlfka you got to attend an author signing, that’s SO COOL!!! i would cry if i got to meet leigh bardugo, that sounds like you had so much fun!! ma’am we love to see that you’re getting more comfortable with your writing. i’m positive that you’re writing is already amazing, top-notch, the absolute best

    ahh good luck on all your resolutions for 2020, i can’t wait to see you accomplish all your goals!! ❀️❀️

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    1. wahhh thank you may!!! you’re the sweetest ever πŸ˜­πŸ’–

      your writing is such goals i’m so happy to hear you enjoy reading mine!! and ahhh i hope you get to attend an author signing one day too.

      i hope you also have a fantastic 2020 too!!

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  4. hello, i’m glad you reached your bookish resolutions for 2019! your blog, especially how you wrote your post, makes me want to go back to book blogging again~ your writing is so pleasant to read! how do you practice your writing? and you got to attend an author signing, i bet it was so much fun! i’m an international reader so i don’t think there will be chance for me to see my favourite author, as well as going to book festival 😦 i hope you can reach all your goals for this year!

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    1. aww thank you for your sweet words!! i think as you write more blog posts you start to feel more comfortable with your writing πŸ₯°

      i hope you also have a fantastic year, and happy reading!

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  5. you did coMPLETELY amazing on your goals!! i totally relate on the buddy reading front because timeframe who? good luck with your goals for this year!! I would love to go to a book festival one day too and i really need to read more non-fic and classics! ❀️

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    1. ahhh thank you so much!! and i know?? i feel so awkward establishing structure with buddy reads but then i end up having no sense of time with them!

      i hope you also have a fantastic year, and happy reading πŸ₯°

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  6. Hehe, don’t fret over it, buddy reads don’t always go well but it’s fun to organise them anyway. I think you did quite well with your 2019 goals! Good luck with the 2020 ones 😊

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    1. Thank you!! I still really enjoyed buddy reading with you πŸ’– I hope you have a fantastic 2020 too. Happy Reading!

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  7. I loved this post: love your 2019 and 2020 resolutions!
    I can relate to some of them and I also want to read more diverse titles πŸ™‚
    Your Bookstagram and blog are adorable and creative, keep going (you can do it)

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    1. Thank you!! It’s definitely something that has grown with time. And aww you’re so sweet!! πŸ₯°

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  8. It seems like your last year was amazing! And you’ve already read so many books this year that’s amazing! I love your bookstagram theme too so pretty and pink ❀ hope the rest of your year goes well!

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    1. Aww thank you!! I hope you’re enjoying yourself too and that college is also going well. Happy Reading πŸ’–

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  9. AH congratulations on meeting so many of your 2019 goals, that’s amazing! And it’s never too late to set goals for this year, I’m certain you’ll do AMAZING with them all. I’d love to read one of your author interviews, I’m certain you’d have fabulous authors lined up to talk to you and ahhhhhhhhhhhhh I’m very excited about this. Also yes annotating books! I’ve always been too nervous to do that, but…. reading the annotations afterwards, it’s so much fun πŸ™‚ I hope you’ll get to reach your followers goal on instagram, too, your account honestly is GOALS ❀
    Wishing you all the best for these goals!! πŸ™‚

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    1. Ahhh thank you Marie!! I feel like we love so many similar authors too so it’d be super fun to read each other’s πŸ₯°Your author interviews are some of my faves!! and oooo hope to see you on IG sometime too πŸ‘€

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  10. Ah, I loved reading this post, Tiffany! I’m so happy that you met almost all your 2019 goals πŸ₯Ί Good luck with your 2020 goals!! I have no doubt that you’ll reach them since you’ve read almost 40 books this year already! I’m also rooting for you to host that ‘subtle asian book club’ meet-up, because being in the book club is so fun! i’m so happy that you and alexandra started it! your bookstagram theme!!! it’s so pretty and pink 😍 sadly, I don’t have an account to follow and like your photos with, but I know that you’ll definitely be able to reach a thousand followers there!

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    1. Aww thank you, Caitlin!! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

      I hope that we’re able to do a virtual or IRL one some day!! Thank you so so much for your sweet words. I hope you also have an amazing 2020~

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  11. Wow, it looks like you did super well with your 2019 goals and got to do a lot of fun things! πŸ₯° Good luck with your 2020 goals, you can do it 😊 I have been reading more nonfiction this year as I want to get more out of my comfort zone and it has been nice! I recently read In Order to Live and I really liked it – it was so emotional and heartbreaking 😒

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    1. Aww thank you!! Hopefully, I’ll be able to accomplish them all! and OOOO I know I’m going to cry reading that book already, but I also know it’ll be a very eye-opening read. Thank you so much again, and Happy Reading πŸ₯°

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  12. Ahhhh you did so well with your reading goals last year – good luck with your 2020 bookish resolutions! Also, I read In Order To Live last year and it was incredible, but I’ll definitely say it is understandably a very heavy book & you definitely have to be in the right mindset to pick it up. I had to stop reading it a few times because I just found myself overcome with emotions – it was a little overwhelming at times!

    Happy reading, Tiffany!!

    πŸ’› Ngoc

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    1. Ahh thank you!! and OOO Okok that’s definitely good to know because I know it’ll be super eye-opening, but I need to be in the right mental state to pick it up.

      I hope you’re also having a wonderful 2020, Ngoc!! Happy Reading ❀️

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  13. Ahh good luck with all of these goals- I know you’ll crush them! I also want to interview authors this year, though I usually forget to reach out to any. I’m also trying to reach 1000 followers on my bookstagram because I’ve actually been consistent on it for once?!?!? Anyways, really enjoyed reading this post πŸ™‚

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    1. Aww thank you!! Hopefully, we’ll both be able to start interviewing authors this year, and I’ve considered cold-emailing those I’m most interested in or at least start with my mutuals on Twitter. I hope you’re able to reach 1,000 too!! We got this πŸ’–

      I hope you have a wonderful year, Jessica. Happy Reading πŸ₯°

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  14. Gurl! You’re honestly goals and an inspo for me. πŸ’œ I love your blog!! It’s an “auto-read” when it hits my inbox. I have no doubt that you’ll crush it again this year. 😊 As for my goals, I’m still trying to find my stride. I want to get more consistent and really hone in on my voice too. I think I started trying to do too much at once and hit analysis paralysis. πŸ€ͺ

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    1. Ahh OMG Katie!! This is incredibly sweet of you to say 😭❀️ I’m sure you’re going to do amazing in your goals, and I’m rooting for you all the way!!

      Happy Reading!

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  15. Haha funny because seeing you talk about Anna K made me decide to start reading Tolstory’s Anna Karenina and I’m now using it for a school assessment and I want to read the Jenny Lee book too when I can. I’m not very far through Anna Karenina at all but it is interesting so far (even if the introduction spoiled the ending, grr).

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    1. Ahh I’m so glad!! I really want to start reading the classic. 😍 I hope you’re able to start Anna K soon too because I really loved that book!

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  16. Yayy! It’s so great that you managed to meet so many of your 2019 goals!! Ughh, the whole BEA/Bookcon situation kind of sucks, and at this point I’m surprised that they didn’t just cancel it instead of pushing it off πŸ˜₯

    Annotating a book sounds like fun!! I like taking notes on books sometimes when I’m reading them on the Kindle, though by notes it’s usually something like, “AAAH” πŸ˜… One reason why I wouldn’t annotate a physical book is because my handwriting is almost indiscernible πŸ˜‚ Sometimes, I’ll look back at my class notes and have no idea what they say, it’s a problem.

    I hope you’re able to meet all your 2020 goals and that you have a wonderful 2020! (Despite how it’s going so far)

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    1. Ahh thank you, Chana!! I’m lowkey glad that I didn’t end up buying tickets now because it’ll most likely be cancelled πŸ‘€

      And yes!! I mainly annotate on my Kindle or on my Notes app, but sometimes, it looks so pretty on the page too. and WHATTT I always annotate my class notes πŸ˜‚

      I hope you also have a wonderful 2020 too, Chana!! Happy reading and much love πŸ₯°

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  17. I love that you said ‘screw it’ to the procrastination and posted this, even though it was March!!! Every day is a new opportunity to set goals and there is no time limit!

    I love annotating books so much and it warms my heart you are going to give it a try. I consider it a conversation with the author.

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    1. HAHA I knew this was something I’ve been wanting to write since last year, but I KEPT PUTTING IT OFF 😭

      Ooo I’d love for a post or thoughts on how you annotate!! I know everyone does it differently πŸ’–

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