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Top Ten Goals for 2014
1. Take more blogging breaks
After taking a blogging break at the end of 2013 after posting almost every day for 50 weeks, I realised that I should do it more often. I definitely do not need to be posting consistently all year. It's tiring, somewhat stressful at times, and I think it's one of the reasons I get into reading slumps so often. So in 2014 I'm going to take more frequent blogging breaks, perhaps four times a year or something. Just whenever I need to so that I can rest, relax, and read!
2. Read at least 100 books
I successfully completed this goal in 2013, and so I want to do it again this year. I'm not sure if I'm going to make it, considering I have a lot of stuff coming up in 2014 such as holidays, events, and of course there's always my full time job. But I will try, and I must succeed!
3. Read at least 5 classics
I attempted this last year, but only read three. Still, it's a start! It's just so hard to fit classics into my schedule, considering the amount of YA books I receive for review. There's also the fact that I don't want to review every classic I read, so that takes up a lot of time that I could be using to read something that I will be posting about. I have no idea which classics I'm going to read yet, because my list is huge.
4. Read more books from my TBR
My collective to be read pile (YA and adult novels) is over three hundred books high. Or, it would be if I stacked them that way. I end up buying loads of books whenever I go to the charity shop, and they've been slowly building up. I officially ran out of space in my room in December, so now I need to whittle that pile down and see which books I like enough to keep. I'm hoping to clear up some space this year so I can buy some more books!
5. Complete the challenges that I'm taking part in
Thanks to Mel, I have decided to take up some reading challenges this year. I haven't done any in a couple of years, but I think now is a good time to start up again. Mostly because I'm a competitive arse and this will spur on my reading. The challenges that I'm taking part in are the TBR Pile Challenge, the Review Pile Reading Challenge, the 2014 Series Challenge, and the 2014 Bingo Challenge.
6. Stay ahead with my scheduling
Over the past couple of months, I have been about three to four weeks ahead with my scheduling, and it's been blissful. I no longer have to stay up after midnight to frantically write a post that will be going up the next day. It gives me time to relax, read books that aren't for review, and it takes a lot of stress off of me. It also allows me to be a lot more flexible with my blogging schedule, and I can move things around if necessary. I want to stay ahead this year, and possibly get even further ahead without being too ridiculous.
7. Recap more
I am one of the owners and founders of a book blog called Recaptains, in case you didn't know. I've been slacking with my recapping duty lately, and I would really like to get back into writing them. I have a few recaps lined up, so that's good. I don't want to make myself feel to pressured or stressed about this though, because 2014 is all about relaxation.
8. Comment more
I often go through short bursts where I comment on every single blog every single day. For a week. Then I come to a sudden halt and I swear you could see tumbleweed blowing in the wind sometimes. I want to make sure that my commenting is more consistent. I might try to dedicate a set time every week, or every couple of days, and go from there. How do you guys stay on top of commenting? I need tips!
9. Reach my fourth blogoversary
My blogoversary is in September, and I'm super excited for it. It definitely doesn't feel like I've been doing this for nearly half a decade.
10. Reread my favourite books
I wanted to do some rereads last year but I couldn't find the time. This year, however, I WILL be rereading Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, Jurassic Park, and others, or so help me...