I used to do Top Ten Tuesday off and on a while back. It was hosted up until today at The Broke and the Bookish and they did a really good job. However, they are stepping back from that blog and going on to different things. One of the blog members, Jana, at That Artsy Reader Girl, will be the new host. So, this seemed an appropriate time for me to jump back in. And today's topic is 'Bookish Resolutions/Goals'.
I will admit that I am not a big 'goal setter' for my reading. I tried that in the past and it felt like pressure and a lot of work. I will often say 'I plan to read...' or 'My goal is to read...', but I don't formally set goals or join challenges or aim for a certain number of books read - stuff like that. However, I've come up with 10 'sorta resolutions/goals', in the spirit of the topic. Here's 'kay's 2018 bookish resolutions/goals':
1. Read a bit outside of my 'go-to' crime/thriller/suspense books. No pressure, just try something else now and then - like my recent read of LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE.
2. Keep up with the current book of several mystery series that I love - i.e. Louise Penny, Linda Castillo, Elly Griffiths, Jane Casey, Nicci French, Anne Hillerman, Donis Casey and a few others that I won't list.
3. Attend Malice Domestic 30 - a mystery book convention that is held annually. Since I'm already registered for this, it's a goal likely to be met. Ha!
4. Continue to use books on audio as a great incentive for my daily walks. I do this mostly at my local rec center and you can see in this picture of the walking/running track, it's a very nice facility. Not too hot in the summer - not too cold in the winter.
5. Continue to moderate/lead the mystery book group that I started 10 years ago at the branch library that was my workplace at the time. I do this as a volunteer now and love it. And also attend another book group at the same branch as my interest in the book and circumstances allow. I'm scheduled to moderate a discussion of Noah Hawley's BEFORE THE FALL with that group today. (Update - Austin Public Library locations are closed today because of winter weather. Sigh.)
6. Read one book a month from my new Classics Club List. I tweaked this to suit my own interests and selected books that fit the crime/thriller/mystery/horror/Gothic books that I love. Also, share a bit about the author when writing my thoughts on that month's read. I like making sure that the authors I've enjoyed are not forgotten.
7. Continue to be adventurous in my crime/mystery reading. This genre is made up of so many types of books. It's more than the books that one sees on the 'best seller' lists. I also love venturing out to unique locations for my mystery reading. I'd like to read a few books set in Iceland this year.
8. Make a point to contact the authors of books I've really loved reading this year and share with them my joy in their creation. I've done this in the past and made some friends. An author's books are like their children in some ways. We all love to hear people praise our children. Many will respond and be so happy that you've contacted them.
9. Try to read a few non-fiction books in 2018. This one is tough for me. However, some of the books that I recommend to others most are non-fiction - like BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande. Great book, by the way. Everyone should read it.
10. Last but certainly not least - HAVE FUN WITH MY READING!!! Have fun with my blog and my book groups and talking about books with others. This is not a job. It is a very satisfying and necessary hobby for me. My wish for everyone who has made it this far in the post - HAVE FUN WITH YOUR READING!!