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2019 Reading, Booktube, and Blog Goals

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I’ve got a lot of ambitious goals for 2019, so I wanted to share them with you all here. I didn’t want to include my life goals in this post because it was already getting to be quite long, but if you’re interested in those as well then let me know and I’ll write up a separate post for those.

Low Goodreads Goal

I’ve set myself a low Goodreads goal again this year because it worked out really well for me last time. I had a couple of poor reading years in 2016 and 2017, and I was so upset when I reduced my Goodreads challenge goal so I would still get a badge. Last year, I decided to set my goal to 5, and I reached it within the first two weeks of January. After that, I didn’t have to think about the challenge at all, and it was incredibly freeing. You might be wondering why I bother to set a challenge at all, and all I have to say to that is that I have done so every year since I started blogging in 2010, and I have no intention of stopping now.

Reduce my TBR

My eBook TBr is a lost cause, but I really want to reduce my physical TBR this year. I currently have about 250 books split between my flat and my grandad’s house where I used to live. I’m determined to get this number down to about 200 in 2019. I’ve not set myself a crazy goal or anything, and I’d also like to enjoy new releases as well as get my hands on backlist books that I’ve had my eye on for a while. But I think reducing my TBR by ~50 is reasonable, since I read almost 120 books in 2019. I won’t be buying 70 books in 2019, I can assure you!

Take part in more readathons

Something I’ve really missed since leaving Booktube and taking multiple breaks from the community is taking part in readathons. I absolutely love them. They’re a real challenge and they bring the entire community together, and I have a lot of fun with them. I’d ideally like to take part in at least one readathon a month, although if I can’t find the time to take part in a community readathon, I’d like to challenge myself to do my own 24 hour or 48 hour readathon. At least that way I’m still challenging myself! So far in 2019 I’ve taken part in Bout of Books (kind of… I missed the chat), and I’m currently doing the Biannual Bibliothon this week. If you have any readathon suggestions I would love it if you left them in the comments below!

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Is Fifty Shades of Grey appropriate for teenagers?

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Conversations is a new meme that was created and hosted by my buddy Joan and her buddy Geraldine. I rarely post discussions on the blog due to time constraints and lack of creativity, so when I came across this I thought it would be the perfect way to introduce more topics and start up some more conversations on my site.

I’m a little behind so I’ll be playing catch-up, but this week’s topic was too good to pass up:

Is 15 years too young to read Fifty Shades of Grey?

In a word: Yes. But my thoughts and feelings go a bit deeper than a simple yes or no. Continue reading

Why I Don’t Buy Books From Amazon

When I’m not on a book buying ban, I buy a lot of books. Actually, scrap that, I buy a lot of books full stop. At the start of my blogging and reading journey, I would always buy books from Amazon, no matter what. It offered the cheapest prices, and it allowed me to buy some international releases that weren’t available in the UK yet. However, over the last couple of years I have slowly been weaning myself off of Amazon, because I just don’t agree with its methods.

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How Do You Feel About Monthly TBRs?

What’s this? A post that’s NOT a review or a meme? You’re probably wondering if you’re on the right blog. But yes, it’s true, I have my blogging mojo back and I have a tonne of things that I want to talk with you about. The first of which being the topic of monthly to be read lists.

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Monthly TBRs are huge on Booktube. HUGE. When my channel is actually active, I post a TBR video at the beginning of each month to share which books I’m interested in reading in the upcoming weeks. But I don’t do this on my blog, and I don’t see any monthly TBRs from any other bloggers either. At least, no one is jumping out at me at the moment. And I’m not really sure why this is.

So I wanted to ask you what your views on sharing monthly to be read lists/piles are. Do you think they’re a great way to keep yourself motivated, or do you think people who do this overshare? Continue reading

How I Balance Book Blogging and Booktubing

I have been active in the book community for five years now, and pretty much throughout I have been juggling my book blog and my Youtube channel to use as different outlets to talk about books. I get a lot of people asking me how the hell I manage to keep up both (especially as I have a full time job as well) and so I thought I would write this post.

To be honest, there’s no secret method or recipe. Book blogging is hard enough work as it is, especially if you’re posting several times a week, and Booktube by itself is probably even harder, depending on the person behind it. A lot of hours go into writing and formatting posts, coming up with a schedule, setting up, filming, editing, and uploading videos, and that’s without all the reading that we all do in order to keep our book blogs and book channels going. Throughout the five years that I’ve been doing this, I have put in well over a thousand hours into both ofmy bookish outlets, and it’s been tough. Continue reading