Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Resolutions I Have For 2016

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Resolutions We Have For 2016 (can be bookish, personal resolutions, I resolve to finally read these 10 books, series I resolve to finish in 2016, etc.). So in no particular order here are my top ten bookish New Year resolutions.


I really need to be better with putting down the book or getting off the internet in a timely manner. I average 5 hours of sleep a night but that is not cutting it anymore. I have an auto immune disease and I am just mucking up my system with the no sleep thing. So I am resolving to turn off all electronics and shut the pages at 11 p.m. as that will give me 7 hours of sleep.


I resolve to not buy as many books as possible. I usually buy over 100 books a year and between not having the space it also takes my fun money. I really like doing other stuff like getting my nails done and going to dinner with friends but my budget only allows so much random spending. So less on books means more on fun.

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I resolve to not request every ARC that looks interesting. I currently have 60 ARCs to read. Yes, a lot of those are spring and summer 2016 releases but it is still a lot of pressure to get them all read in time. It also cuts into reading books for pleasure.


I resolve to DNF books. I have mentioned before that I always finish books. Even when they are not at all good. I feel so bad putting a book down and wonder if I just didn’t get it. But some books are just not meant for me and I need to just move on.


I resolve to not be green eyed monster-y when I see that others have received ARCs for books I really wanted. I logically understand publishers have their own criteria and I may not be a fit for them. But I still get butt-hurt.

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I resolve to be more open to genres outside of my comfort zone. I read a few mysteries this year and they were not bad. I think I may be missing some great reads by being a genre snob.


I resolve to be more open to an author’s vision. I get cranky when the book doesn’t end the way the way I wanted it to. But seeing as I did not write it, it is not my ending.


I resolve to stop picking books solely on the comparison to another book. I have been doing that quite a bit lately and I keep getting disappointed. I should let the book stand alone and not compare it.

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I resolve to read more books I already own. I have at least 50 books on my shelves (Kindle and real) that I have not read yet, but I keep getting distracted by newer shinier books.


I resolve to be more on top of my review writing. I am currently 14 reviews behind, so I need to be better at writing a review before I move on to a new book.

So that is my top ten, what are some of yours?

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Posted January 4, 2016 by Laura in Top Ten Tuesday / 12 Comments

12 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Resolutions I Have For 2016

  1. Ugh, I totally agree with that whole books-and-internet-cutting-into-my-much-needed-sleep-time thing. My body needs more sleep but darn it, I didn’t *mean* to stay up until 4 in the morning to finish that book lol. And I don’t DNF books either, but gah! I can’t imagine changing that! Good luck with all your goals this year 🙂 Comment Luv isn’t working for me for some reason, so here’s my TTT!

  2. I am so bad at DNF books as well. I have read a few books where I hated the first bit but then was blown away by the ending and I always worry that it will be a case with a book so I cannot put them down…

    Staying ontop of my reviews/blogging is also something I really need to work on. At one point I was at least a month ahead in my posting schedule and it made my life so much easier and less stressful, I really want to get in that place again. Good luck!
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  3. How do you survive on 5 hours sleep? I’m a zombie if I don’t get at least 7 but ideally 8-9! DNFing YES! There is no shame in it – I would DNF less if I didn’t just request ANYTHING THAT LOOKS REMOTELY GOOD (oops). I think I have 90 eArcs to review and most are April/May onwards but I have succh a backlog from last year because I slipped off the blogosphere for a while.

    And yes, if I picked up all books compared to series I enjoy (Hunger Games/Divergent/Graceling etc) then I would be buried under a pile of books right now. Literally, not mentally.

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  4. I love how many (if not almost all) book bloggers this year are resolved to read what’s already on their TBR pile (myself included). I’m also on a book buying ban at the moment to try and not add to said TBR pile, lol.

    Best of luck with your resolutions this year! 🙂
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  5. Great list of goals for the new year! I also need to hold off on ARCs, though I’m nowhere as loaded as you with them. I have maybe a third of what you have. But so far, I’ve been pretty good about not requesting any more for the time being. I have a hard time DNFing books as well. I feel guilt over it. But honestly, I hate wasting my time more on a book I don’t like. So it’s a lose-lose situation for me.

    Good luck this year! 😀
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  6. Oh some of your points really stuck with me! I too struggle with marking a book as DNF. But, I think sometimes I just have to accept that not every book in whole world is going to be a 5 star read. It doesn’t mean its bad book; it just means its not a book for me and thats okay!
    Also, I know EXACTLY how you feel about not getting ARC’s. I try to tell myself that in the grand scheme of life, it doesn’t matter, but I still constantly wonder “What do the other blogs do better than me? How did they get so much better? What do I need to do….”. And while self improvement is great, it has led me down a dangerous obsessive path at times because I can’t suddenly has a many followers as other blogs, etc.
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  7. JJ

    Good luck at completing all your 2016 resolutions! I have the same problem with not being able to DNF books I’m not enjoying, I definitely want to work on that this year.
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  8. Quite a few resolutions here! I hope you can achieve them and get a lot of them done. I’ve requested WAY too many arcs and joined way too many tours again, so I hope to do that a whole lot less. As well as spending less on books, that has worked. For the month of December I only bought one (even though I received a couple more) and I haven’t bought any in 2016!
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