This is my fourth year doing my bookish resolutions, and I always love writing these! I have a lot of reading, writing, and blogging related plans for 2023, and I’m excited to share them here. I know that I’m going to be busier than ever in 2023, but I really want to be able to make time for all the book-related things that make me happy. So, here are my bookish resolutions for the new year!
Number of books: I want to read 52 books in 2023. That’s one book a week, and I think I’ll be able to do it! My reading goal has been dropping a lot every year for the past couple years, but I’m okay with it. I’d love to be reading more, but between school and everything else I have going on, its just not possible. So, I’m going to try and read 52 books in 2023.
Reading challenges: I’m doing a few reading challenges this year. One is a Rick Riordan reading challenge that I set up last year, and I’m doing it again because it was a nice way to reread some old favorites. The challenge is to read one book from each of his five mythology series, which I think will be fun. I also joined a Lord of the Rings reading challenge (which I did last year, but I didn’t actually read any of the books so here I am again.) The goal is basically to read the Lord of the Rings series, and also the Hobbit. I read the Hobbit a long time ago, but I think it will be good to reread it! I also joined a sapphic reading challenge that is to read sapphic books of a bunch of different genres. I don’t know if I’ll get to every single prompt, but I want to at least get through a few of them!
Genres: Last year, a big goal for me was to read more queer historical fiction, which I definitely did. I still have that as a main goal for 2023 though. I also want to read more kinds of historical fiction. I read a lot of historical fiction set in Europe during the world wars, but I want to branch out too, to different time periods and different settings.
Reading every week: This year, I want to try and read at least a little bit every week. I definitely have weeks (and months) where I read a ton, and others where I barely read, but I want to try to just read a little bit every single week.
My fantasy book: For about two years now, I’ve been working on a YA fantasy book, and I want it to be my main focus for this year. I definitely made some progress on it in 2022, but not as much as I would have liked. My main goal for 2023 with it is to finish the first draft, and to go through and revise that for a second draft. I have so many ideas and plans for it, I just really need to start setting aside time to actually write it!
Nanowrimo: This past November was my third nanowrimo, and I’m looking forward to doing it again in 2023. I also really want to do the camp nano events in April and July, and I want to use those to work on my fantasy book. I would love to finish my first draft of my fantasy book in April camp nano, and then work on a second draft in July, but I’m not sure how that will go! For November, I’ll probably jump into something new, but I’m not sure what I want to work on for that yet.
Writing every week: Just like with reading, I’m very on and off with how much I write, and when I write. I want to make some time for creative reading once or twice each week, or on weekends. That way, I think I’ll be able to make steadier progress on my current projects, especially my fantasy book.
Short stories: I occasionally write short stories, and I really like writing them. I think it would be fun to make more of a habit of writing short stories, so I want to get into writing more of them in 2023!
Sharing my writing? I don’t really ever share my creative writing, but this year, I want to try to share a little of it. Maybe that would be sharing parts of my fantasy book with some friends, depending on where I am with that, or maybe it would be posting some stuff on here. I’ve thought about posting some short stories on here, although that is very different from what I usually post!
Posting schedule: I want to have a more consistent posting schedule, with Mondays for reviews, wrap ups, and other posts, Wednesdays for WWW Wednesday, and Fridays for Let’s Talk Bookish, and Saturdays if I have time for a fourth post. This is more than I did for most of last year, but I think if I can be very on top of managing my time, this will be achievable.
Writing more reviews: I actually enjoy reviewing books, and I want to do more of it. My goal for this year is to post one or two reviews each month. I also want to work on improving the quality of my reviews, and feeling more comfortable writing them. And, I want to have quotes from the books I’m reviewing in some, or all of my reviews!
Blog hopping: I want to set aside more time for staying caught up with comments on my posts, and to make time for commenting on other blogs. I also want to have a section with my favorite posts from each month at the end of my monthly wrap ups.
Let’s Talk Bookish: I want to get all of my LTB posts out on time every Friday, and not later on in the weekend. I also want to spend more time commenting on other LTB posts, which I always want to do, but don’t always have as much time for as I would like.
Scheduling (some) posts? This year, I really want to work on scheduling some of my posts in advance, especially reviews. With posts that I can’t entirely do in advance, like Let’s Talk Bookish, then I want to at least do parts of them in advance. I would love to start writing posts throughout the day and at night, and then scheduling them for the mornings so that I have a more consistent time for posting.
What are your 2023 resolutions? What are you most excited for in 2023? Chat with me in the comments below!