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This Week's Top 10: Bookish Goals for 2013
1. Read for quality, not quantity. Even though I've challenged myself to read a certain amount of books this year, I'm not going to stress over meeting that number. I'd much rather take my time reading the books for their words, and not focus on rushing through it to get on to the next one.
2. Give some love to the books on my shelf. I'm guilty of purchasing a book, or checking one out from my library, before I've checked my shelves. There are still a ton of stories I own, just waiting to be read. I really need to make a better effort of not neglecting those so much.
3. Visit my library more. Just this past year I got a library card. I know. WHAT?! Well, I have no excuse. But you better believe I've been visiting that place almost weekly! Which isn't going to help my above goal, ha.
4. Donate the books I've read. I really want to make this happen. I've looked into a local youth shelter who accepts books, and so therefore I'd like to get a few boxes packed up and bring them my books. I love the idea of sharing stories with others who may not have the opportunity to obtain them.
5. Don't be afraid to review a book that didn't hit the spot for me. It's so much easier to gush about the books we love, but what about the books that didn't capture our hearts? I still have opinions and thoughts about them, so why shouldn't I review them? You can still be respectful and write an honest review.
6. Continue to read more adult books. Oh how I adore the historical romances I've been reading lately! I hope to continue reading these books, as well as my YA titles. I think it's healthy to shake up your reading genre from time to time. It definitely keeps things interesting.
7. Finish the Harry Potter audiobooks. Toward the end of last year, I discovered that my library had the Harry Potter books on audio to check out. I fell in love with the narration of these books. If you have not listened to them on audio, I highly recommend doing so. I'll be starting book 4 soon!
8. Attend more bookish events. 2013 is not looking too good for travel, but I am hoping to visit more local book events when they come to town. Texas has been very blessed with an awesome turn out for these things, which I am so thankful for.
9. Reread a favorite if I want to. I keep saying that I want to read The Sky is Everywhere, Wanderlove, or How to Kill a Rock Star again... but then never do. So this year I want to just DO IT. Make it happen.
10. Have someone read a book because of my review/recommendation. I would like to think I'm already doing this, but it's always such an awesome feeling when someone comes to you and tells you they read a book based on your rave reviews for it, and ended up loving it!