In an attempt to whittle down my massive TBR pile, I plan on doing the following things this upcoming year
- Read less library books. Only check out books from the library if they are books in a series that need to be read for review copy. Do not put new books on hold. Books that were put on hold in 2010 are allowed to be checked out. Books that are needed for already participating challenges will be allowed.
- Do not cold request any books. Only accept books that have been pitched to you.
- Read more books that do not have to be reviewed (books purchased, books given as gifts, books acquired from Paperbackswap, books won during contests)
- Be more selective about books you do select for review. Criteria to ask self: Was the book already on your wish list? Does this book really fit your review policy?
- If attending events such as BEA, limit the number of ARCs and review copies picked up at event. Follow your own review policy and do not just grab anything because it is there for the taking.
- Only enter contests for books you already know about. Don't enter for a contest just because it "looks good".
- I know this sounds horrible, but do not buy books unless it is absolutely necessary. This means bookstores (B&M and online), thrift shops, Friends of the Library books sales.
- When asked what you want for birthday, Christmas, anniversary, do not ask for books.
I've mentioned this casually in the past but once all my review books have been reviewed on my blog and I am all caught up, I will stop blogging. Now don't worry all you faithful fans. That won't be for YEARS. Seriously. At this rate, it will probably be at least 6-7 years before that happens. For all I know, print books might be obsolete by then and all my ARCs will be collector's items!
Something else I've been pondering is how I really want my book blog to be portrayed. Sometimes I feel that due to the books I read, I tend to get overlooked a lot by other book bloggers and/or publishers and publicists. I feel that because I review Christian fiction, many skip my blog. But because I also review general market fiction, a lot of Christian bloggers/readers skip my blog as well. I read both markets and try to review both on my blog. Though, I'm starting to wonder if that is hurting me instead of helping? Anywho, I've been doing some thinking and with how I plan on doing my reading for 2011, that I really just want to do what I originally set out my blog to be. I just want to tell others about the books I read. If I don't get many visitors and my stats are low, so be it. If I don't get offered to review the newest books, so be it. If I don't get any recognition at all, so be it. I love reading and I'll keep doing this til it stops being fun.
So that's the goals for 2011. Read more of my own books. Read less library books. Keep reviewing books. Sounds maintainable yes?