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Top 10 Tuesday: Bookish Goals for 2023

A new Tuesday, a new prompt for Top 10 Tuesday. This week the prompt is bookish goals for 2023. These are goals/ideas I've been mulling for a while. I don't know how many, if any, will actually develop - I'll see.

Thanks to Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl for hosting another week of Top Ten Tuesday. I enjoy participating each week for a couple reasons. I'm a compulsive list maker and love a good list. And, I love a connection with other readers as I wander their book blogs (causing my TBR wish list to explode week after week!).


1 - First, and easiest to determine, was to set my GR reading goal. I upped it from 100 to 125 since I've read over 100 the last couple years.

2 - A major goal (and maybe a case of biting off more than I can chew) is to make a concerted attempt at completing the 13 reading challenges I signed up for. Only a couple have prompts, and those are always more difficult, so I'm cautiously optimistic.

3 - Less ARCs this year. Somehow I let myself get caught up in the "shiny new thing" and the appeal of reading it for free and 'first'. Actually, none of that is REALLY important to me or my reading life and I have a list of over 1000 books that are all back list books that I'm not reading because I'm chasing the newest book. My goal is to return to my TBR and the books I already know I want to read. The hot new thing will be there at the library when I'm ready.

4 - I've decided to start a long term (multi-year) project of reading as many books from around the world as I can find. I may be limited by my library but I'll try to look further afield when that happens. I wrote about it here, including some resources, if you want to tackle something similar.

5 - The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my son's favorite books and I've been meaning to read it for years. Even though big books don't usually faze me, this 1200 page behemoth has put me off for the last time. I'm reading it this year!

6 - Balance. I'm looking for more balance in my free time and not spend every free moment on the blog. I want to get back to my art practice and maybe even watch a movie with hubby now and then. - something's going to have to give.

7 - So now after saying I want to spend less time on the blog, I have a couple ideas of features/services I'd like to add. I just need to figure out how to work with my host, WIX, to make that happen - always a time consuming prospect. Stay tuned.

8 - I want to create more frequent themed "must read" lists. Alas, time.

And that's the highlights of my goals this year - some personal, some blog related. I'm looking forward to seeing what your goals for the year look like. Here's to all of us reading lots of good books in 2023.

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