My reading, blogging & writing resolutions for 2020

I’m not that fond of new resolutions. I feel like, sometimes, they put a sort of unwanted pressure on us and just makes us want to stay in bed and do nothing for an entire year.

Yet, I also like seeing where I was last year and where I am now and, somehow, seeing that there was some kind of growth, progress, evolution, too. It seems to have become a sort of a tradition here, on the blog and I really want to keep it.

So today, I’m here to talk about blogging, reading, writing and my own 2019 expectations, as well as my 2020, small, big, hopefully realistic, ambitions…. so let’s get started!

If you’re curious about my 2019 resolutions post, you can read it right here!

πŸ’» My blogging resolutions in 2019: how did I do?

1. Starting guest posts maybe from community members (would you be interested?), special blog post series on themes that matter to me maybe.

❌ I kind of failed at that, but… to be fair, I had no set idea in mind and didn’t really have, or take the time to brainstorm about this.

2. Join the discussion challenge.

βœ… I did this! I’m pretty proud and happy that I managed to keep up the discussion challenge again this past year and had fun coming up with both bookish and blogging discussions all year round. They’re still some of my favorite posts to write. I’m happy that my inner Lorelai did pretty well on that one.

3. Try different things: I would love to try different kind of blog posts, to showcast books and their authors more somehow. I don’t know, I’m brainstorming.

βœ… I managed to host author interviews all year long on the blog and had so much fun with it all! I loved talking with authors and introducing their books to the world. Mission accomplished!

I had some of my favorite interviews with Ronni Davis (When The Stars Lead To You), Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka (If I’m Being Honest), Laura Taylor Namey (The Library of Lost Things), Katy Upperman (How The Light Gets In)….

4. I also want and hope to do more collaborative posts with my sister (currently a once-a-month co-blogger here)!

βœ… I feel like we did a little more blog posts together than we previously did and I’m really happy about it, yay!

5. Continue to blog hop and comment a lot and discover new blogs and spread the love all year long.

❌ I’m writing it down as a fail, because I’ve been slacking a whole damn lot in that area ever since august-september came around. I want to believe I still tried my best to spread the love, I really really hope I did, but I didn’t comment and blog hop as much as I used to. I feel terrible about it, but I also can’t do it all anymore, realistically.

6. RELAX! ABOUT! BLOGGING! I just need to do better with that and CHILL.

βœ…βŒ Yeah… I have a mixed opinion about that. I kind of did better, because I skipped some usual posting days and I’m freaking out a little less about it, even if sometimes I still am and feel disappointed about it.

πŸ’» My blogging resolutions for 2020

I feel like keeping it on the down low, when it comes to blogging resolutions. I had ambitions and ideas last year and these are lovely, but realistically and if I want to keep my sanity, I know I reasonably can’t do as much as I did before without burning out really hard, so… let’s keep it simple here.

  1. Join the discussion challenge – yes, again. The Discussion Challenge is hosted by Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight and Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction. I’m not sure of which goal I’ll be aiming to reach, maybe the biggest one, if I’m feeling inspired by… no pressure.
  2. JUST RELAX OKAY.

πŸ“š My reading resolutions in 2019: how did I do?

1. Read 70 books. Let’s be crazy and aim high?

βœ… I! DID! THIS! I’m really happy to say I managed to read more books than I ever did in 2019, still don’t know how that happened, but really happy about it.

2. Continue reading diverse and #ownvoices books and boost them.

βœ… I read some incredible diverse and #ownvoices books this past year and I reviewed almost every single one of them, yay!

Some of my favorite reads were I Wanna Be WhereΒ  You Are (Kristina Forest), You Asked For Perfect (Laura Silverman), We Set The Dark On Fire (Tehlor Kay Mejia)….

3. Be! Better! With! The! Hype! (a.k.a know to avoid it when you should)

βœ…βŒ Well… giving myself half of a good mark, because I TRIED okay.

4. Continue being contemporary trash and make everyone a contemporary fluff ball like me.

βœ… I’m not sure about the second part of that resolution… Did I convert anyone into a contemporary fluff ball?? RAISE YOUR HANDS please? I did read like, 90% contemporaries or more this year, so…. I kind of succeeded.

5. Try to finish reading some series I started in… well, 2017. Overall do better with series? (This Savage Song, The Young Elites, Legend, An Ember in the Ashes etc.)

❌ Awkward laughter here, please. I still suck really, really badly at series and…. I read ONE sequel this year. Oops.

6. Read and get more books as ebooks (a.k.a resist the appeal of physical copies when I can get ebooks). Now. That might be kind of hard.

❌ I’m not certain I got a whole lot of ebooks this year….. so that’s a fail.

7. Beat The Backlist : without officially joining, I want to read backlist titles and try to focus on them as much as I do on new releases.

❌ I really, really focused and read way more new releases than I read backlist titles and…. well, I failed.

8. Read 10 books for the YARC2019 challenge.

βœ… This was sort of a late addition to my new years’ reading resolutions, as I decided to participate in the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge a little later last January, but it still counts! For a person not at ease with reading challenges, I still wanted to participate in that one, since it was so low key and I could set my own goal.

I am thrilled to say that I DID IT! I managed to read 10 books by Asian authors and I’m SO happy about this.

πŸ“š My reading resolutions for 2020

  1. Read 70 books : let’s aim high again and hope for the best.
  2. Continue reading diversely and boosting diverse reads and voices : always.
  3. TRY and really finish these damn series I started, especially AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, THE READER, THIS MORTAL COIL, MARA DYER, THE BOOK OF DUST, IMPOSTORS. I’m being too hopeful here, wow.
  4. Just read whatever the heck I want to read and that’s it : meaning, trying not to get too swept up by the hype and new releases again and read without pressure. #goals

πŸ“ My writing resolutions in 2019: how did I do?

1. Finish editing my current WIP (and maybe send it to beta readers)

βœ… I actually did BOTH OF THESE THINGS???? I think that’s the resolution I’m the most proud of, okay. I finished my draft 3 of my WIP in the first half of the year and sent it to a couple of beta readers early this year, just as well. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, writing wise, seeking out beta readers and hearing what they thought and their feedback and positive, hopeful thoughts about this story of my heart made me feel hopeful.

2. Brainstorm and maybe write another story

βœ… I DID THAT TOO!!! I’m really happy about that, too, getting into a brand new story even though I hadn’t done that in years. It’s a messy first draft, but it’s here.

In case you’re any curious…. well, it’s still too early to tell about it all (and I’m too nervous to talk about my WIPs anyway), so I will just tell you this: it’s about sisters, there is traveling and a whole lot of anxious mess, basically.

3. Bribe my sister into co-writing a WIP with, drumrolls, sisters as a dual POV. I HAVE IDEAS.

❌ I did not do that. NYX WHERE ARE YOU I HAVE IDEAS.

4. Try to write on a regular basis again.

βœ… I’d like to think I did my best with that resolution, so let’s check it, okay. I didn’t write on a daily basis, but I did my best to meet my characters at least once a week, even if it was just to stare at them blankly and waiting for them to write the words for me.

πŸ“ My writing resolutions for 2020

  1. Finish draft 4 of the WIP : and then maybe send it to beta readers again? QUERY???? I don’t know?????
  2. Maybe try to edit my other contemporary sisters WIP : I mean, a massive maybe right here because editing is hell.
  3. Or try to get to write another story, maybe someday sometime ?
  4. Write on a regular basis : my main goal and writing resolution is to focus and give priority to my writing more.

πŸ’› My personal resolutions for 2019: how did I do?

1. I obviously want to travel more and obviously just want to be happy and take better care of myself.

βœ…βŒ It’s half good here, I guess. I did travel this past year and discovered and fell in love with new and old places. I went to three different countries (England, Croatia, Canada) and did the usual 562 km across France about 5 times, too. I guess I tried to take better care of myself, but I know I still need to do way better.

Read more about my trip to Croatia, my trip to Toronto & MontrΓ©al and my Harry Potter Tour Experience!

πŸ’› My personal resolutions for 2020

  1. Travel, travel, travel : forever and always, as much as time and money allows me to.
  2. SELF-F***ING CARE. That’s all.

 

Are you making any new, old, keeping some resolutions this year?

What are some of your resolutions for 2020, reading, blogging, writing or personally? Also… do you have any self-care tips for me?? I’d love to know in comments!

 

 

 

 

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143 thoughts on “My reading, blogging & writing resolutions for 2020

  1. I adore your discussion posts so keep writing them! They are very creative and engaging as well. My blogging year was full of ups and downs as well. I love your sign off image!

    Happy new year!

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  2. Yes to staying in bed and doing nothing for a year ❀️ I totally understand that feeling!

    I love your discussion posts and I’m so happy you’re going to be doing more of them this year! I am the same with series, but these days I just wait until the whole thing is published and marathon read it πŸ™‚ I’m SO happy your writing is going so well. I’m so proud of you!

    I suck at self-care, but it is something that I need to practice too. If I feel burnt out I might just watch something basic on TV instead of reading. I also like to take a hot bath just to relax and get away from my mind. I’m also attempting to say no to things that I know is going to make me unhappy.

    Good luck with all these wonderful resolutions, I know you can do it ❀️

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    1. Aw thank you, Michelle, I hope I can stay inspired all year long for these discussions, I always love to write them πŸ˜€

      Thank you so much, this is wonderful and I really should try and do that more often, too. I don’t want to burn myself out, but sometimes I’m way too close to it ahah. ❀ Thank you for your support ❀ ❀ ❀

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  3. You did so great in 2019, Marie! One of my biggest blogging resolutions is to engage with the book blogging community more. Also, I sometimes feel stuck in the “book” vs “writing” blog niche, and I can’t figure out how to combine the two. Since you’re a writer & a fantastic social book blogger, would you have tips for either of those things? I already re-followed a lot of book blogs (including yours! πŸ˜€ ) and can’t wait to interact more this year.

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    1. Aw thank you so, so much, Charis! ❀ I hope you'll be able to interact a little more this year, I know I'll be looking forward to chat more πŸ˜€
      Oh my, you're too sweet, I honestly can't figure out when was the last time I wrote a "writing" only kind of post, to be honest πŸ˜‚ Personally I'm mainly focusing on books since I'm too shy to talk about my writing more other than in these kind of posts, or in my monthly wrap-upsπŸ™ˆ so I don't know really, what kind of advice I could give you on that. You can always combine the two kind of blog posts, if you'd like to talk about your writing journey, too, like, writing updates of some kind? I'm so sorry, I wish I could guide you more, please tell me if you had anything specific you wanted to know or if I can help with something in particular! πŸ™ˆ

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  4. i think you did AMAZING on your 2019 resolutions, marie, which is really exciting!
    i definitely think self care is one of the most important ones and i hope to see you prioritizing it this new year. it can be hard to find time for yourself, but i think you’ll feel a lot better if you do. plus: it’s okay if you can’t get to every single post or reply to every single comment. i still think you’re doing an amazing job regardless and you should tell yourself that more often!
    wishing you an amazing new year and all the luck with your goals! πŸ’ž

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    1. Ahh Lais thank you so, so much, you’re so sweet ❀ ❀ I know I really need to do better with that, but I'm always having a hard time with it. I hope that this year will be the year I can do better. ❀ Thank you so, so much ❀ ❀

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    1. Thank you so, so much, Annie! ❀ ❀ I agree and I guess it's okay and important to do other things, too, but somehow I still feel a little bad ahah. I hope I can get over that. Thank you so much! ❀ ❀

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  5. Congrats on accomplishing soooo much in 2019!! So happy to have followed you along during the last half of it. I’m looking forward to seeing all that you manage to do in 2020. As for self-care, spending at least an hour outside, walking, reading, or soaking up that sunshine has been something that has helped me so much in 2019, and I aim on doing more of that this year. I know you don’t like the cold weather, but maybe you can get out that as Spring comes around πŸ˜‰

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    1. Ahh thank you so much, Macey, you’re so so, sweet, thank you ❀
      This is so great, I'm so happy you could do that. I'm hoping to do that a little more this year and just pay attention to myself and try to relax more ahah πŸ™‚ thank you! ❀

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  6. That’s a good way to look at your past goals and resolutions, Marie, and I am glad that you were able to achieve most of those. I have set quite low goals this year considering how I have limited time these days. I am hoping to come around blogging more and to post consistent atleast even if I am posting less. For reading, I have kept my goal to just 30 books for now, but that didn’t stop me from participating in various reading challenges πŸ˜€

    TRaveling wise this year was slow- first because of my pregnancy and then with the child. But I hope 2020 is better in terms of traveling.
    I hope 2020 is even much better for you than 2019. Good luck with your goals πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so, so much, Sim! ❀ I think that keeping up with your blog and posting, no matter how often, is already awesome and 30 books is already such a great goal! I hope you can make it and I'll be rooting for you πŸ˜€

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  7. Good luck with all your resolutions! I loved that you reflected on 2019 as well, I think you did pretty well πŸ₯° I hope to hear more about how your WIP is going and I wish you all the best of luck with eventually querying it πŸ’• I also need to get better at self-care because I always forget doing it πŸ˜…

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  8. So many wonderful goals here, Marie! I feel the same way about resolutions placing unwanted pressure on ourselves, which is why I decided to make very few this year! A huge congrats on accomplishing so many of your goals for 2019! I loved all the author interview and collab posts with Nyx you posted in the past year! I can’t wait to see all that you do in 2020! ❀

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  9. I think you did pretty well when it comes to your goals for 2019 and did a lot of them! And realistically, it is so hard to do it all. I have never done all the resolutions I set for myself yet. I love that you want to read whatever you want and read diversely. I definitely support those goals, and hopefully you can do as much travel as possible this year too!

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