Book Expo America
I’ve wanted to attend for several years now. While I lived closer just a few months ago, the draw to BEA is stronger than ever now that I’ve moved inland. Attending as a book blogger and bookseller and literary agent feels like the trifecta of incentive, so I’m hoping I can scrap enough together to make it back out east and experience the bibliophile chaos. Back-up: attend YALLfest or YALLwest.
Reading 10 Library Books
This was a resolution last year, and it was not upheld whatsoever. I’ve gone to the library, but I haven’t checked out books. I work in a bookstore that has a hardcover-exclusive library system for the booksellers, but I only took advantage of it once and didn’t even read the book. Lame. I need to do that right now, especially if I’m in the habit of buying hardcovers lately. Plus, there are so many books available in libraries that are on my TBR list. I should take advantage of this!
Buy 1 for Every 5 Read
I tried this last year, and it worked for a while. I was cranking out ARC reviews, occasionally read a book from my shelf, and then immediately purchased a book. But once my birthday hit (gift cards! Free books!), and then employee appreciation weeks (heavily discounted books!), and then the beginning of lit agenting (more gift cards!), I lost track of how many books I read to warrant how many I could buy. For shame. I have 175+ books I own but haven’t read, and I really need to start working on that.
The Re-Read Challenge of 2015
Having said that, I do want to reread some of my favorites. Belle of Literati and So Obsessed With are hosting a Re-Read Challenge, a break from TBR piles and re-experiencing our favorite books. (Thanks Lindsey for pointing this out!) It’d be nice to not feel the pressure of reading for the sake of reviewing, or reading before publication. Read more about the challenge the and books I chose here!
Read 50 Books
10 library books + 10 favorites = 20 already in line. The next 30 will be a mixture of ARCs, books I’ve purchased but haven’t read yet, and any new ones coming out in 2015. When you think about it, this really narrows down my selection. While I’ve surpassed my goal of 50 Books in 2014, I’m also not counting the endless number of manuscripts I read as an agent for potential representation, the hours of editing the acquired manuscripts, etc. So…in a way…50 books might be a bit difficult to reach this year.
What are your 2015 bookish resolutions?