Hello lovelies and happy new year! I know I didn’t start this book in 2018, but I feel like I did and that’s because this is the year I fell in love with it. I started it on a whim, I didn’t know what I was doing or if I’d even stick with it. I never thought this little blog would become such a big part of my life or that anyone would actually, you know, read it. I truly feel like I’m part of this warm and lovely little bookish community, which is a brand new feeling for me. I feel so lucky that this is the first online community I’ve been a part of. Because it’s full of kind, creative, intelligent and lovely people who’s wonderful posts and kind comments always brighten my day. You always guys inspire me to create better content and work even harder. On that note, it is the time of the year for looking forward and making new plans and goals, and these are my blog- and reading-related goals for 2019!
CREATE BETTER CONTENT
As I mentioned in my long, rambling intro I’m so in love with blogging right now. I’m feeling so inspired and motivated to come up with ideas and work really hard to make this blog everything I want it to be. Which is essentially a nice and cozy place full off bookish love, joy and enthusiasm. I’m so grateful to all of you for stopping by and reading my bookish ramblings, and I really want to write post that you’ll find entertaining and informative.
My favorite thing about blogging is connecting with other readers. I get super excited every time someone leaves a comment on one of my posts or replies to one of my tweets, but for some reason I can’t convince myself that others feel the same way? I can’t count all the times I’ve wanted to talk someone, but didn’t cause I’m too shy or worried about annoying them. And it’s so silly! We’re all hear cause we want to connect with other readers, we all love hearing someone enjoyed what we created. If you have something kind to say – say it. I’m making that my 2019 motto, you guys.
WRITE EVERY DAY
I’m currently outlining a WIP, which I’ve named my Witchy Woodsy Girl Gang Thing (the title’s also a work in progress, if you were wondering) and I’d love to actually start writing it soon. But honestly as long as I write something creative every day, I’ll be very happy. It doesn’t matter if it’s a blog post, a book review, a list of ideas, a journal entry, a poem, song lyrics or even a love letter. Anything goes. I just want to put more words on paper.
READ MY OWN BOOKS
Like most book dragons I have a lot of unread books on my shelves. I’m genuinely super excited to read them, so getting to them soon shouldn’t be a challenge. But I’m still making this a goal, cause I really, really want to read my backlist this year. We all know how easy it is to get distracted by those shiny, new releases.
In 2019 I want to keep broadening my horizons and make it a priority to read more books by marginalized voices. I’m not that into putting numbers on my reading at the moment, but for reference I read 40 books written by POC authors and 34 books with queer main characters in 2018. So I’d like to read at least as much in 2019.
READ BOOKS ‘NO ONE CARE ABOUT’
This goal’s totally inspired by Ariel Bisette’s video about books she wants to read that nobody cares about. I loved this video so much and it made me want to follow my whims and curiosities more with my reading choices. Maybe 2019 will be the year I’ll pick up the Tove Jansson biography, learn more about astrology and read all the memoirs I own about living on boats. I really likes boats, guys.
READ A BOOK IN ONE SITTING
I’ve mentioned this before but every time I hear someone say “This book was so good, I finished it in one sitting” it sounds like sorcery to me. If we don’t count children’s books, I’ve never done this and it makes me sad. So in 2019 I’m going to work on my attention span and hopefully finish a whole book in one sitting.
Probably a short one.