Reflection. Many of us take the time to reevaluate our previous year and decide what we’re going to try and accomplish in the next. So today I join my fellow bloggers in this time honored tradition of self evaluation. For this practice in self evaluation, I won’t be taking a look at personal habits or failures. Instead, it will be a “wrap up” of sorts for what habits I managed to change when it comes to my reading routines. This won’t be a very long addition to the blog, because my goals for 2023 really are quite simple. Let’s take a look at them now.
Try New Genres
One of the downfalls of using Amazon’s Kindle is that it tends to recommend the same books over and over and, well, over again. I’d like to add a few more genres to my reading repertoire. This I say knowing I’ll probably end up with the same historical fiction titles several times over (we all have our “comfort reads,” right), but what if I were to try a new subgenre of mystery? Or dabble in high science fantasy? I suppose only time will tell.
Find New Authors
For years I kept to the same authors. Not because I loved every story they put out, but because they were comfortable and familiar. This was the case until I began to notice lazy habits in one of my favorite author’s stories. It’s as though she couldn’t bring herself to get out of the mold she’d, well, molded herself into. Don’t get me wrong: I adore a good fairy tale retelling romance. However, when you find yourself more and more disappointed with the author, it’s time to find a few new ones to love. This is why I don’t have favorite authors, because writing styles most certainly change over time. If you have any author recommendations who write historical fiction, fairy tale retellings or action/adventure, please drop them in the comments below! Can be Christian or secular.
Be More Honest
This isn’t to say I haven’t already been completely honest when it comes to the reviews already up on this site. Not at all. I think by this I mean more honest when it comes to my own opinions. Being honest when it comes to books I didn’t like has always been a challenge for me, and I tend to want to really go hard on a story. That’s when one has to remember that there IS an author behind that story, and the need to be more tactful rolls in. I just need to find the right balance with these particular reviews.
To Not Let Myself Get Overwhelmed
Let’s face it – the internet moves ahead with the speed of light. Some might even say warp speed (if one is a Star Trek fan!). There seems to be a new book release every day, every week, every month. And it can get very overwhelming very quickly.
This year I rejoined NetGalley, but did so with the intention that I would not let myself get sucked into requesting every single book I was interested in. Naturally, that doesn’t mean I’ll be accepted by the publishers. This way I won’t be gifted more books than I can read and review within a reasonable time frame.
It’s okay to slow down and give yourself mental health breaks. That’s exactly the goal with, well, this goal!
As you can see, I didn’t give myself any “I want to read this many books’ goals. I find that when I do that I begin to compare myself to others and that’s not what I am here to do. The goals of this blog are simple: to learn more about writing, to research and share Pennsylvania history, and to explore the world of books at a pace that makes sense.