Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic: The Quit List of Bookish Things
When I was a wee, wild girl, I thought that growing up was something magical: you reached a certain age, and you had everything together. When you became “an adult” the life manual was placed in your hands, and you rode off into the sunset with All the Answers, All the Money, and All of the Great Things in Life.
Poor stupid young Lyn.
One of the greatest and most infuriating things in life if discovering that you never really stop “growing up”. Every day, you’re evolving, becoming wiser, becoming harder, becoming richer, becoming someone new. This week, Pixie and I discuss the things we want to stop doing. This topic is so important. To make these declarations, we had to stop and really face some of the roadblocks that stood in the way of positive blogging.
So, in a way, we’re writing our Life Manuals each and every day. Here is what Pixie and I are writing into our very own today.
I want to quit getting into reading slumps.
This would be really nice if I could make it true, but to be honest I’m fairly certain it’s out of my control. They happen to the best of us, I know. It’s unfortunate. This year hit me pretty rough a few times–most particularly due to stress–but I’ve learned that often after the short break, a few simple tricks can pick yourself back up again. Maybe next year I’ll find myself not as likely in them, especially now that I can pinpoint my triggers as well.
I should quit marking less books in the DNF list.
Oh the dreaded DNF. There’s some books you just can’t finish because they’re THAT bad. Lol. It’s become a habit for me though to start and then run short on time trying to rush through several others, so I might set down a book or two if it hasn’t caught my interest within a certain timeframe–then may go back to it months later if I think I’ll have the time. I want to fix this habit. Really. I know it’s not working out. A few times I’ve gone back and ended up loving the books. Some are still collecting dust. (oops?)
Quit falling behind on ARC reading/reviews.
Not much to be said here. That is an easily explained sentence. I’m pretty sure a lot of other bloggers relate with the whole ARC dates/deadlines.
I need to quit over-buying books. :/
Ugh. I do this way too much. Especially around the time of releases or when I’m starting a new series. And then this leads me back to falling behind on the ARCs I need to catch up on, as well as the many other unread books. Hahaha… I also doubt I’ll really ever quit over-buying because it’s just a book-lover’s addiction to buy books at any given chance, right?
Last but not least: I need to quit glancing over some books even when they sound interesting just because they’re not in my usual list of genres I normally like.
Another one easily explained. I don’t know why I do this. While I do read in a variety of genres, I have my particular ones that I read more often than others. Occasionally I find a book with a cover that catches my eye, a synopsis that sounds absolutely interesting, but then I hesitate… just because it’s a genre/category that I don’t usually pick up. I don’t know why I do this. I haven’t had any bad experiences. The rare few times I have allowed myself to, I loved the books. Maybe it’s my subconscious fearing that I’ll eventually find that one I hate. I don’t know. But I’ve got to stop doing it and just go for it. 🙂
I want to stop putting off reviews until the last minute.
Moving forward, I am making it a goal of mine to at least type up some notes on a word document after I am done reading and then setting my review around these bullet points. I have even dedicated a jump drive to reviewing, so that I am always prepared, and can even write my reviews during a break or at lunch when I am slaving away at my job.
I need to stop comparing myself to others.
I am the world’s worst about blog envy and anxiety over page views and comments. To be honest, this is one of my favorite periods in blogging. I have a slew of reviewers I trust, and I enjoy the comments on my reviews and my discussion posts. I’m going to stop freaking out over the amount of comments on the blog and enjoy quality over quantity, which I have at the moment. <3
Seriously. I have too many books.
It is time to start taking baby steps and reducing the amount of books I have. I buy a lot of them just out of sheer comfort, and I want to read more books than I buy – more out, less in.
Discussion Posts – I need dat.
I want to really have more here for the readers to engage with, such as discussion posts or personal thoughts. I feel emotionally cut off from the blogging world, and I want that to change. My distance is nothing new – I often put up a huge wall between me and others, but I want to break it down and reach out more. I did this myself, like I do in any relationship. I’m not asking for popularity or adoration, I just would like more of ME here.
Quit. Stressing. Out.
It is time to face some demons and start airing out some things that bother me. I need to let things go. I need to stop worrying over ARCs and deadlines and numbers and stats. I want to bring back the happiness. It is starting – there are things on the blog that I love right now, and for the first time in 2 years, I feel like I make a difference. Now it is time to let some things go and enjoy blogging life!
What things do you want to stop in your bookish life? Are there any concerns that you are facing due to the TTT topic this week?