As long as you follow these instructions.
Don’t blame me if you stray from the path.
Common Resolution 1: Tackling that TBR.
Step 1: Don’t add anything new to your TBR until December 2019.
Step 2: Spend the next 11 months reading books you already own, have requested from the library, or as ARCs.
See how easy that was? Your wallet, your shelves, and your family will thank you.
Acceptable rule-breakers: You find out about a 2019 new release from a favorite author that you didn’t know existed; a friend lends you a book you’d feel guilty holding onto for an entire year; the book club you’re in features a title you don’t currently have or had even intended to go near.
Common Resolution 2: Review books in a polite amount of time.
Step 1: Set a deadline for when you need to have certain titles read by.
Step 2: Read said titles.
Step 3: Write said reviews and post them or schedule posting in advance.
Hints on how to make this stick: Don’t request more than one ARC a month; don’t tell more than one person a month you’ll write a review; don’t commit to reviewing *every* *single* *book* you finish. And always, ALWAYS, refer back to the Ultimate Rule on how to control your TBR.
Common Resolution 3: Complete your WIP and get it on Wattpad/sent to an agent/self-published
Step 1: Type these words into your 62,845K word total manuscript: THE END.
Step 2: Find beta readers you trust to give tactful but beneficial feedback.
Step 3: Engage an editor or Critique Partner (CP) you trust to put said feedback into action.
Step 4: Do the dang editing. Don’t procrastinate. DON’T STRAY FROM THE PATH, YOUNG PADAWAN.
Step 5: Post on Wattpad. Send to agents. Or upload to a self-publishing website and press Enter.
Okay, this one I’m oversimplfying, I know. But, seriously, all you aspiring writers out there, GO FOR IT! The worst that will happen is that you determine this venture didn’t pan out. But publishing or becoming published is the ultimate Shroedinger’s Cat: You will absolutely never know what would have been if you don’t try.
Less common resolutions include: Spending less time on social media, reading less hyped books, trying more new authors, and branching out into other genres.
My suggestions for all of these are so simple you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it yourself: Do them.
In all seriousness, though, I really hate to see what the competitive nature of book blogging has done to bookworms who just love to read. Not that I think we should do away with book blogging or anything that extreme — I owe SO much to my beta readers and reviewers and social media followers. But I truly believe that our biggest, and most acted on, resolution this year should be to go back to a love of the written word as the primary reason for doing all of this. It literally DOESN’T MATTER how many books we read in one year, how many ARCs we got approved for, how many reviews we posted, or how all of that compares to other bloggers. We’d do quite well to realize that.