T5W: Reading Resolutions

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme that was created and moderated by Lainey but is now hosted by Sam (not me). If you want to find out more about this group/feature or if you wanna join in on all this fun, you can visit the Goodreads group here!
Hiya everyone!
Hope your week has been going amazing for you! For me it has been pretty crazy but I am definitely looking forward to it being the weekend and finally getting some down time to read and relax with some good ol fashion Netflix and popcorn! If you guys don’t know already, this month in Top 5 Wednesday is a freebie month, where each week we are allowed to go back and do any topic ever done in Top 5 Wednesday history, and since I have only been doing T5W sporadically for two-ish years, I thought this was a great time to hit all my favorites!
So for this week, I have decided to do a fairly recent topic, which is my top five reading resolutions! I thought it would be cool to let you guys in one some of my reading/bookish resolutions that I have made for myself for the year of our Lord 2018. So without further ado, let’s do it!U5dqnYndKb89RJVchhQFZB6hgai85B5_1680x8400

5. Finish the Mortal Instruments Series

Y’all don’t realize how long this series has been sitting on my shelves. Like I literally have all of the books in the series, PLUS the books in the spin-offs and companion novels just sitting on my shelves waiting for my heart to be consumed by them–I just haven’t gotten to it yet. In my defense though, I have read up to City of Glass, so I’m not that terrible of a person. right?

4. Finish 50% of all my physical TBR books

Now I have a book buying problem (as we all do) and I tend to get super excited about a book. But here is the thing guys–I’m a full-fledged mood reader. I’ll be in one mood when buying the book and then as soon as I get home I’m no longer in the mood to read it, so it sits on my shelves for all of eternity just waiting for me to be in that exact mood again. So with that, I have promised myself to read at least 50% of all my physical TBR books (I’ll get to ebooks later on in life).

3. Stop Judging books by its cover

You guys don’t realize how many AMAZING books I have passed up on, solely because the cover didn’t look all that great or I just didn’t like the texture of the dust jacket. Like it seriously is probably the worst quality about me in my reading life.

2. Stop stressing over reading a certain amount of books

I can’t even begin to count how many times I have had anxiety attacks and sat down stressing because I was nowhere near reaching my reading goal for that year. I would always feel less than or not good enough just because I didn’t reach an obscure number that I had set at the beginning of the year, and don’t even get me started on what happened when I saw that other people surpassed their reading goals.
So this year I have promised myself that I wouldn’t stress about the number of books I read. If I read–I read. If I didn’t–I didn’t and it wasn’t going to be the end of the world. I made the resolution to teach myself not to let a number define and control something that I loved.

1. Stop comparing my reading to others

This kind of goes hand in hand with #2, but I (probably like everyone else) have a real problem with comparing myself to other people and then beating myself up when I see that I’m not just as good. In the bookish sphere of this, I would see my friends or people I admire knocking out 100+ books before the summer even begins and then I would look at my own reading journey and see that I probably had only read 30-ish books to date. Which I think is safe to say totally disheartened me and messed with my head in ways I don’t appreciate. Anyway, this year I have promised myself to try to stop comparing my reading journey to everyone else’s. So what if they have read a million more books than I did, so what if they have garnered more analytics and followers, and so what if I only read 2 books in the entire year. 2018 is the year that I fall in love with my journey and realize that my own reading journey will never be like everyone else’s–and that is completely and utterly OK.
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What are some of your Reading/Bookish Resolutions?

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5 Comments

  1. briharmon

    May 16, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    “Stop comparing my reading to others” — dude. I felt that right in my chest. Why are we like this? 😂

    1. sammers65

      May 16, 2018 at 3:38 pm

      YES! Lol I have no clue! its really a weird thing to be comparing yet it’s so prevalent and real! 😂😂😂

  2. Becky @ Velvet Spade Reads

    May 16, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Man – at the end of every month when I see how many books other people have managed to shove into 30 days I feel both jealous and pitiful… maybe one day when I’m retired and have no other responsibilities I can be that person that makes everyone else jealous (is that a horrible thing to wish? lol.)

    1. sammers65

      May 16, 2018 at 8:01 pm

      Haha, I don’t think so because I have the same exact thoughts! 😛

  3. Kristina

    May 18, 2018 at 3:41 am

    That’s some really good resolutions ! specially No.1… I struggle alot with that, seeing my friends knowing 10/20 books per MONTH while I was lucky to get on three ;-; We shall always remember that we are not surrounded by the same things, and are different. Which is completely okay — AND your “tiny” success compared to them is still worth a celebration.
    Wishing you it goes well xx

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