Bookish & Blogging Resolutions for 2016 - Top Tuesday

I've never been one to make New Year's resolutions, but that's sort of the theme of The Broke and The Bookish's Top Ten Tuesday this week.  Since I do have some book and blogging goals for this year, I decided to feature them here, so in no particular order ...

(c.) 2016 The Artist Librarian post - Bookish & Blogging Resolutions for 2016.
(c.) 2016 The Artist Librarian - Bookish & Blogging Resolutions for 2016.

Bookish Goals:

1.  Overall Reading Goal: 125 Books
--I want to up 2015's goal of 100 books.  Last year, I started counting everything: novels/books and comic books/graphic novels to my Goodreads Reading Challenge, but kept a personal goal of 50 novels, which I achieved.  This year, I'm aiming at 55 books minimum, but once I graduate from library school this spring, I'll re-evaluate and see if I can afford to bump that goal higher!

2.  Read more from my own "stacks"
--I have a shelf doubled up with books I own and haven't read yet (and probably more around the rest of my room).  I keep meaning to get to them ... I'd like to get at least of quarter of them read this year.

3. Finish up the old Star Wars Expanded Universe books and catch up with new Star Wars publishing
--The Bad: the previously published Star Wars "EU" novels have been rebranded "Star Wars Legends" so all the books and most of the characters that made this fangirl fall in love with Star Wars isn't part of the official timeline anymore (thanks, Star Wars: The Force Awakens). =/

The Good: Since the Disney buyout, every Star Wars novel published since September 2014 is part of the official timeline and is actively being integrated with the films and tv shows.  Previously, info/storylines/characters, etc. from the books could be dismissed if they contradicted the films or tv shows. 

The Point: I had read nearly every Star Wars EU novel until 2012, when I fell behind finishing the last Fate of the Jedi novel.  Having just watched The Force Awakens, which left me with more questions than answers, I am finally inspired to finish off the old EU and get to the new "canon" books. =P

4. Read the Harry Potter Series
--This series has been on my radar since high school --maybe I'll finally get around to reading it this year. Goal is to start the series by summertime, bonus points if I finish by the time that new Fantastic Beasts and How to Find Them movie is released.  ;-)

5. Read Dee Henderson's O'Malley Series
--My mom read and loved this series, but wanted to wait until I was 16 to let me read them.  Well ... 16 came and went, LOL.  I keep meaning to get to these highly regarded Christian romantic suspense novels.

6. Expand My Manga Horizons
--So the majority of my manga experience is essentially Attack on Titan or A Bride's Story.  In 2015, I read about 60 comic books/graphic novels/manga.  I expanded beyond western superhero comic books to quite a few graphic novels and stand alones, but my manga series were basically two.  This year, I want to explore the many different manga genres in the all-ages to teen ranges.  I've already reserved Kaoru Mori's Victorian historical Emma series ... Any and all manga suggestions are welcome!

7. Utilize Goodreads More Constantly
--I normally only update my reading list on Goodreads about 4 times a year.  In 2015, other than posting time sensitive book reviews, I only updated my reading list in Spring and Winter.  While I keep track of the books I read on a spreadsheet (which was handy for keeping track of novels vs. comic books), I'd like to update Goodreads more consistently this year, so that when they're tracking my 2016 reading goal, it will be more accurate on how many books I'm behind or ahead of my goal.

Blogging Goals: 

8. More "Artist" at The Artist Librarian
--I first started this blog with the intent to highlight not just book reviews, but my arts, crafts, and especially costuming and cosplay projects.  I've been blogging for about a year and a half now and I'd say 95% of my blog is bookish related.  I recently revamped my blog design and reorganized pages in preparation for this.  While the upcoming semester will be pretty busy, I'd like to start posting costume/cosplay guides and tutorials (one or two costumes a  month) once summer begins.

9. Reviews of Clothing, blu-Ray/DVDs, or Other Fandom Stuff
--Again, when I started this blog, also I wanted to feature some product reviews of things I've purchased.  For example, I often wish online stores had detailed garment measurements.  I also at times have wanted/needed more detailed cosplay wig information or reviews on a certain style or color.  If I can do 6-12 of these this year, I'd be satisfied ...

10. Falling into Fandom Series
--If you've perused my new "Interviews & Other Features" page, you may have seen the #FallingIntoFandom series of posts I'd like to start this year.  In it, a fandom will be featured (book series, film, tv show, etc.) and I'll write about how I became a fan of said series, why I'm a fan, etc.  I think this would be a cool link up thing to do ... or something to get other bloggers to join in on --I'll have to look into how to do that.  But for now, I'd like to just start off with about 6 of these this year.  =)

So ... I'm probably super ambitious with this list, but any advice?  What are your blogging or bookish goals this year?  Feel free to share your TTT list also!

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  1. Good luck with your goals this year!
    My TTT:

    1. Thank you for stopping by! Best wishes on your bookish goals as well! I can totally relate to comparing myself to other book bloggers --I thought last year's book total was great until I saw my friends saying they read 200+ books last year. My Goodreads goal was still a great result for me, considering the fact that I'm a full time student and working ... but it's so easy to compare yourself ... =)

  2. Haha. My books keep piling up too. And I keep buying more or going to the library... XD Ooh, I hope you do get to read Harry Potter this year. They're fantastic :) Good luck with all of your goals!

    Ally @ The Scribbling Sprite

    1. Thanks Ally! It's been a longtime in the making ... I already have the Sorcerer's Stone and can get the rest from the library. There's really no excuse. =P

      OMGoodness, I just saw your ABBA & end of the year book tag. Might just have to do those myself! ;-)

  3. I'm trying to read more books this year too! In 2015 I read 70 books and this year I'm hoping to read 100. Last year was my first year setting a goal for myself and 100 is a good bit more than 70 but so far I'm on track! :) Here's to reading goals in 2016!!

    1. I read around 70 books in 2014, then raised my goal to 100 also, so I think 100 is a great goal. Best wishes on your goals as well!

  4. Definitely make time for Dee Henderson! The O'Malley series is wonderful, as are the rest of her novels. (There's a new one coming in May, as well as a novella!)

    I'd be interested in that blogging series on fandom, by the way! :)

    1. My sister is working her way through them right now and she's like, "You need to read them so I can talk to you about them!" =P

      Nice! I'll add you to the list ... I'm thinking it'll probably be in summer, May at the earliest. This semester I have so much going on ... =)

    2. Great! Just email me when you're ready :)


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