Friday, 31 December 2010

My 2011 Reading and Blogging Resolutions

And The Years Fade Away...

It's almost the end of 2010! I've been blogging for five fantastic months now and whilst I've got the ropes now, there are many things that I need to improve on so here are my 2011 goals to help me along :

Blogging and reading resolutions

  • To post my Coverlicious feature more regularly
I haven't done one of these for a while and I really enjoy featuring covers so it is something I want to do more often next year

  • To try and comment on as many posts I read as possible and generally be more outgoing in the blogging world
Recently I have been a bit of a lurker as I read a lot of posts in the short time I have left before leaving for school in the mornings so I haven't been commenting much. I know I smile when I recieve comments so I want to spread the commenting love! I always try my best to reply to comments on my blog on the commenter's blog but when I don't have a lot of time, I will always try to reply in the comment section.

  • To start up another feature/hold an event
I want to start another feature unique to my blog. At the moment, I have one or two ideas I'm thinking of and will be investigating more early next year. I can tell you that it is has something to do with authors so it depends if they would like to participate for one post.

  • To write some interactive discussion posts
As I mentioned earlier in my Friday Hop question answer, one of my favourite type of blog posts are discussions because they get people talking and make me think. I'd like to try and post some myself. What do you think about this?

  • To read more in my spare time
I've noticed a lot over the past weeks that I am spending more and more time blogging and reading posts but not as much time reading. I hope to read 50 books in 2011 and although this might not sound like a lot as I know that many of you read 100+ but for me it's a challenge. This year I don't know exactly how many books I've read since I didn't keep track of them until I started blogging in the summer but I am guessing about 40 at the most. I'm also aiming to make sure I post one review a week.

  • Read unread books that have been sitting on my shelf for a long time
Since starting my blog, my TBR list has grown incredibly as I know has happened with so many other bloggers too but I have come to realise that since I can't buy new books all the time as they are released, that I should try to concentrate on reading the books I already have on my shelf and the ones at my school library that have caught my eye. Of course, I will still be reading newer books but not all the time.

These are the books I need to read:

The Keeper's Daughter by Gill Arbuthnott-( library)
Witch Child by Celia Rees- (library)
Sovay by Celia Rees
Frederica by Georgette Heyer
Mermaid's Singing by Dilly Court
Deep Secret by Berlie Doherty
The Red Queen's Daughter by Jaqueline Kosolov

 I also want to read at least 5 books from The Chalet School series by Elinor M Brent Dyer as I have about 40 of them on my shelves and have been neglecting them because I can't review them as what I think of them is nearly the same for each book.

  • Have FUN!
I stress about a lot of stuff so I want to relax more! This applies to life in general and blogging. I'm going to try not to worry if I don't get a review posted one week or something like that- blogging is supposed to be fun (which it is!)

What are your New Year Resolutions?
Do you share any of mine? I'd love to hear from you in the comments!

Happy New Year-goodybe 2010!


  1. Great resolutions. I love discussions and feature posts too. They make a nice change from reviews so I have been loving all the survey type things going up in December. So that seems like a great thing to aim for next year.

    I don't really do resolutions but I am hoping to read more books that I buy next year. And of course read lots of British books.

  2. I would love to see more Coverlicious posts, I always enjoy them. You could make it a regular feature and use it as a way of linking up with other blogs?

  3. I am with you on the interactive discussion posts - I always find those interesting and engaging and would love to have more of those on my blog as well. I really liked how much discussion my recent post about book endings generated, it was so much fun to have such thoughtful comments being posted! The tough part is thinking of good questions, LOL... :D

  4. Reading more books from my shelves is one for me but l find it so hard when there is so many great new books coming out! l hope to read around 30 =)

  5. Thanks for your comments!

    Becky- I've enjoyed the December surveys too although I haven't participated in them myself this year. LOL yes, yay for British books :D

    Sam- I'm glad you enjoy Coverlicious posts! I was thinking the same but the only trouble is that the subject is different every time e.g cover look alikes or US v. UK covers. Can you think of a way to resolve this problem?

    Danya- haha, I know what you mean. I really do need to get thinking about the questions I'm going to use. Your endings post was brilliant and I hope to see more of its style in the future!

    Books forCompany- I have that problem too but not as much of other bloggers because my parents don't usually buy new books throughout the yeasr for me so unless I can get them through the library, then I sometimes get them for birthdays/Christmas. Good luck with reaching 30 :)

  6. I really need to read more books that I have already sitting on my shelf, too. Good luck to you on your resolutions!

  7. These are some great resolutions hun! I need to work on doing some discussions in 2011 too! Have a fantastic new year x

  8. Good luck with your goals. I need to read more in my spare time too instead of watching TV or surfing the Internet.

    Have a Happy New Year!

  9. I need to comment more too, as I am also a bit of a 'lurker' :D
    And get through the TBR pile sitting on my bookshelf!
    Good luck for 2011, not that you'll need it :D
    And I would definitely participate if you did have a discussion post :) xxx

  10. I need to comment more too, but I don't want to comment just for the sake of it :-)

  11. Great resolutions Stephanie! Thank you so much for posting all of those comments on my blog! My face literally just lit up! I read the Keepers Daughter! However it is not fresh in my mind, so I am not going to review it. It's really good though - and has a pretty cover!
    I'm in love with your blog, it's so helpful and I loveee your background! I'm so happy you like the header of mine. My Best freinds sister took it (She's very good at photography)
    I would LOVE to see another feature!
    Have a great year!
    Liddy :D


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