Top Ten Tuesday | 2016 Resolutions

January 5, 2016

Every year, the thing to do is make resolutions. I suppose the idea is starting a new year better than how the last was lived. Now in the
interest of full disclosure I’ve never been one to make resolutions nor am I
particularly “into” the idea of them. That being said, there is a lot good to
be said for them and that doesn’t stop me from making goals in every New Year.
The trouble comes in in not following
them. This is most often my downfall. 
Broke and Bookish December 5th  
Top Ten Resolutions We Have For 2016
(can be bookish, personal resolutions, “I resolve to
finally read these 10 books, series I resolve to finish in 2015, etc.)
Today, I’ve decided to use this prompt for blogging and
bookish resolutions and/or goals. I have plenty of both and perhaps by writing them
down I’ll be creating some accountability and 
maybe, just maybe, I’ll follow
through on some. Let’s get this list started.


This is actually one item on the list I will follow through
on. Once I get started I don’t mind organizing my bookshelves in the least.
Sure it’s “work” (removing all those books is a bit of a chore), but it’s
mostly fun “work” which is never a bad task. In fact, I may get to this project
this week, depending, and certainly should see it done before January closes if
nothing else. 

While I’m reorganizing, I’ll also need to weed out any
novels that I just don’t see myself reading again or ever. I’ve got a crazy
amount of boxes already however I go through again each time I organize and can
come away with another box or two at the end.
Once upon a time I was actually an organized blogger instead of coming down to the wire, which involves putting posts together forty five minutes prior to publication (as I’m doing now). I’d relish getting back into the habit of having 3, 4, 5, 6 posts drafted and ready to go for a week and a half out. For a blogger, that’s a great feeling.

2015 involved big changes in my review books. I cut way back
on the number of novels I requested from tour companies which kind of hurt yet
at the same time was good for me. This year I’m looking for (perhaps) a bit
more in the way of cutting back, but primarily, I want to find some balance in
the tours and/or books I do request or sign up for. Meaning, I’d like to
participate in more of a variety of publicity tours rather than just one source
or the like. For example, I always enjoy reviewing for inspirational publicity
firm Litfuse, but I haven’t joined their tours for a long time. Or I’d also
like to get involved in more YA markets because, slowly but steadily, I’m
discovering more of what I like within that blanket genre. 

Since some new things (responsibilities, happenings) were added to my life in 2015, I’d like to strike a balance between my writing, business and blogging life. Finding what works and what doesn’t will help tremendously, so discovering the sweet spot is certainly a must goal.  
Visiting the top ten Tuesday participants blogs (most of which are new bloggers) reminded me how much I enjoy “meeting” new bloggers. I enjoy conversing with fellow book nerds because, seriously, this book community is pretty neat. ♥

Since my review TBR (a term I use referencing books sent to
me by authors, publishers or publicists at my request/acceptance) keeps me so
busy, I don’t read many of the bookshelf TBR. Of late, I have been trying to
sneak in at least one book a month from my shelf, which is then the book review
contribution to Silver Petticoat. Either way, I’d like to think cutting down on
my unread bookshelf books in 2016 is possible. 

This has been years in the making. This needs to happen.

The hype is real, peeps. This also *needs* to happen.

I’d like to read a few more books per month than I actually do. It’s no fun being a turtle reader who is left in the dust. (Note to self: get reading.)

This one sort of ties into my blog organization, but seriously, I really do need to make more of an effort to update my archive review pages. Sometimes I do months without doing so. That’s a problem.

What are some of your 2016 resolutions? Or do you make any?

Comment down below with your hopes – bookish or otherwise, for 2016!
Happy New Year and happy Tuesday, friends.
My thanks – as always, for your visit.


  • Lianne @

    January 5, 2016 at 5:17 am

    #1 is definitely an ongoing thing for me. I used to hate doing it, parting with my lovelies, but the lack of space has definitely become a factor. It has made me more conscientious again when it comes to what I really want to purchase and stuff.

    #3 was something I did…last year or the year before. Much as I enjoy blog tours and receiving ARCs before publication dates, deadlines and stuff just took over my blogging life (or a good chunk of it anyhow). Definitely worth it!

    Best of luck with all of your resolutions this year Rissi! :) My TTT

    1. Rissi

      January 7, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      It's the same for me, Lianne. Anytime I reorganize I tend to walk away with a box of books and it's a great feeling. :D (Plus, yes, as you say, it makes it nicer when we go to add newbies to our shelves.)

      Blog tours and the companies/publishers who host them are amazing. But through my own fault, I often overbook myself. I scaled back A LOT last year, and yet still found myself behind. This year needs to be the year I catch up on my reading again. Once upon a time I was in that place and it was blogging heaven. :D

      Same to you! Best of luck with yours too.

  • Latte Nights Reviews

    January 5, 2016 at 5:25 am

    Yes to ToG and Lunar Chronicles!! I only read ToG and like 17 pages of CoM. Obviously I need to keep reading. Lunar Chronicles series is amazing! I started in September 2025 and I loved books 1 and 2. I'm currently on book 3 and it's so good!!
    I need to work on my organizing and scheduling but at the same time, I don't want to stress myself, you know?
    Here's to 2016 and accomplishing our resolutions!

    1. Rissi

      January 7, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      Thanks! I'm very much looking forward to reading both of these epic series. They are so very hyped in the bookish world my curiosity is constantly piqued and of course, they sound epic to boot.

      I'm glad to hear they're good.

      I do know what you mean. I'm going to work towards more organizing, and hope for the best! :)

      Yes indeed. We can accomplish these in 2016, right!? Thanks for visiting.

  • Anonymous

    January 5, 2016 at 5:51 am

    I really hope that you enjoy the Throne of Glass series. I've loved it so far! I once had organisation as a resolution and I'm thrilled it's one I kept. I love being an organised blogger. :-)

    1. Rissi

      January 7, 2016 at 6:59 pm

      Good for you, Chrissi. Organization in blogging is a tremendous help so long as a blogger can figure what method works best for them. I really want to get back into the habit of organizing because it makes blogging more pleasant. Here's to hoping. :)

  • Carole Jarvis

    January 5, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Rissi, I can so relate to your need for cutting back! Litfuse books are addictive and I've greatly enjoyed most of what I signed up for. However, back in the day (70s), I read tons of gothics, family sagas, women's fiction, cozy mysteries, etc. and I miss them. There's got to be a balance between supporting Christian fiction writers that I love and reading decent general market novels that I also love. I'd also like to participate regularly in the Top Ten Tuesdays blog, but don't always have time.

    You're also right about the reading & blogging community being so much fun! I always enjoy your posts, Rissi.

    1. Rissi

      January 7, 2016 at 7:04 pm

      We all have to find that balance, don't we, Carole? It's a joy to blog and help promote authors new releases through tours, but sometimes "cuts" have to be made. I'm hoping to jump back into some Litfuse tours as one example, but I need to get through the books I have on my next 1-2 month TBR stack – it's a bit higher than I'd like. :D

      Thanks for your kind words and for visiting; I always appreciate you stopping by and sharing your thoughts, Carole. Know you're welcome anytime. :)

  • Kristin

    January 5, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Reading the Lunar Chronicles will be easier than you expect! They look long and intimidating, but you'll fly through them. :) Can't wait to hear what you think!

    1. Rissi

      January 7, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      Ahh! This makes me insanely happy, Kristin! Thank you. 2016 NEEDS to be the year I read those monsters. :D

  • Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

    January 5, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Excellent resolutions! Good luck!

    Here are my resolutions for 2016!

    1. Rissi

      January 7, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      Thanks so much, Deb! I'm going to attempt accomplishing SOME of these anyway. :)

  • The Artist Librarian

    January 5, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    #2 – OMGoodness, I'm dreaming of what it's like to have that many blog posts ready to go … I've only scheduled posts a day early and I often forget that blogging option is there. =P

    #5 – Being engaged more in the book blogging community is something I'd love to do. I think I've gotten better with commenting in 2015 than when I first did (and everyone enjoys getting a nice comment on their blog posts/knowing someone read and enjoyed their work). I love commenting, but it can often take up a lot of time …

    #6 – YES! Last year, I thought that I would get to some of my non-review TBR books, but those priority books … I'm already trying to cut down for my last semester in library school, but I don't know if I'm succeeding … =P

    Ah! I forgot to put the Throne of Glass series on my TTT list! Totally agree.

    10 – I just added "archives" pages since I revamped my blog … Time will tell how much it gets updated. I'm interested to see if it helps "give life" to older posts or not …

    1. Rissi

      January 7, 2016 at 7:30 pm

      I'm dreaming what it's like to have a week of blogging scheduled and ready to go as well – it's been that long since I've been that organized. *sigh*

      Commenting/visiting blogs can take a lot of time, I agree. This is why I so appreciate all of my readers taking a moment to comment on this space. When possible, I like to return the favor because I do appreciate them taking time to read my scribblings and because I so enjoy visiting other's blogs regardless of their comment policy. I find nowadays there is one or two days during the week when I binge-visit favorite blogs and leaves tons of comments. For now, it works. :)

      Good luck in cutting back. It's hard, but sometimes it needs to be done – as all of us bookish girls know!

      Yay for Throne of Glass. Here's hoping we both get to them.

      Good luck with your archive page. I find it even helps me because sometimes I need to find an old review or when I have some extra time that I want to spend on blogging, sometimes I'll pick out some old reviews to kind of revamp to match more my current blogging format or to smooth some editing wrinkles.

      Thanks so much for dropping by and sharing your thoughts! Ps; your profile pic is super cute. :)

  • Dawn Janis

    January 5, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Yes, you must totally read the Lunar Chronicles! If you start now, then by the time that Stars Above comes out next month, you should be ready for it.

    1. Rissi

      January 7, 2016 at 7:34 pm

      THANKS, Dawn! I am so determined to make 2016 the year THIS^ happens! :)

  • Rachelle

    January 5, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    These are great resolutions, Rissi! I also cut down last year (it still feels weird to describe 2015 that way) on the amount of books I took on to review, amid the crazy quest to find balance between my own life happenings. :) I look forward to another year of reading your blog and enjoying your reviews! :)

    1. Rissi

      January 7, 2016 at 7:36 pm

      It's tough to let those tempting emails full of amazing book tours "expire," but sometimes for the sake of our other pursuits, it has to be done. I hope you found some balance, Rachelle and wish you an amazing 2016! :)

      Looking forward to what you have planned for 'Inspiring' in 2016, friend – and to see where the title of author takes you. :)

  • Anonymous

    January 5, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    I enjoy your Top Ten Tuesdays. I read it every week. I don't always comment, but I do read it. I have made one resolution, which I don't normally do, but, I am going to read all the unread books I have downloaded on my kindle this year. I have thirteen. They have been waiting for me. :) Blessings to you Rissi!

    1. Rissi

      January 7, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      Thank you, Katie – and no pressure about comments. I always appreciate your comments whenever you do wish to join the conversation. I appreciate my readership and sincerely enjoy having met you all as well as chatting with you. :)

      Good luck with that 2016 goal! I have some Kindle books unread too and sometimes I do forget about them… because they're not in my physical line of sight like the print books are. :D

  • Auggie

    January 5, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Oh my goodness! "Reading The Lunar Chronicles" seems to be on everyone To-Do list lately, including mine! I'm glad I'm not the only one who hasn't finished the series yet. I only recently bought the last two books, but am only in the middle of reading "Scarlet".

    I guess in a way that's good for us, because we don't have to wait impatiently for the next books to release!

    Great resolutions! Quite a few are similar to mine. Getting the blog scheduled can be overwhelming sometimes, but it's so very worth it. I'm going to be getting back on track with that as well this year.

    Good luck on all of your resolutions and happy bookish new year! Auggie's TTT

    1. Rissi

      January 7, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      That's awesome! Perhaps I can find a "Reading the Lunar Chronicles in 2016" fan club then. ;) Glad to meet one such person who could join, Auggie.

      YES! Exactly. I thought that was the one good thing about waiting to read the Lunar books – they're all here!

      Yay! Good luck to you as well, Auggie. I hope you find a schedule that works for your blogging. :) Thanks so much for visiting.

  • Kelly

    January 5, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    I, too, really need to get into the habit of scheduling posts (especially during exam time). I've never been all that good at scheduling, but it sounds as if it would be really rewarding!

    1. Rissi

      January 7, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Scheduling is rewarding. It's just getting organized enough to do that. Here's hoping! Good luck with 2016 and your blogging, Kelly. Thanks so much for visiting. :)

  • Molly’s Book Nook

    January 5, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    7 and 8 are on my list too! I really need to finish The Lunar Chronicles… whoops. Also, I need to get organized as well. I used to have posts ready to go, would actually stick to reading/review schedules and now, I'm lucky if I write a post the day before. So, good luck to us!

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday!

    1. Rissi

      January 7, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      YAY! Here's to us both reading TOG and "Lunar." We've got this, right!?

      Organization is an amazing thing in blogging if we can accomplish that. Good luck to us indeed. :D

      Thank you, as always, for visiting, Molly. :)

  • Carrie

    January 5, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    #7. Yes. Me too. (Except I forgot to put it on the list lol) My TTT

    1. Rissi

      January 7, 2016 at 7:57 pm

      That's okay. We'll just both cross our fingers and hope for the best – we totally can get to those Lunar books, right!? :)

  • Megan McDade

    January 5, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    I agree with you I can't stick to resolutions. There great on principle but I can't stick to them LOL. I love all your goals especially reading the throne of glass series I haven't read it either and I feel the pain.

    Megan @

    1. Rissi

      January 7, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      YAY! Excuse my excitement, but sometimes I feel as if I'm the only reader who hasn't read the TOG series! Glad to meet someone else who hasn't. :)

      Thanks for the visit, Megan – and the comment. :)

  • Silvy

    January 5, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Great resolutions! You remain me that I forgot to update archive page too.
    My TTT:

    1. Rissi

      January 7, 2016 at 8:02 pm

      Those archive pages can be pesky! :)

      Thanks for the visit, Silvy. Off to read your Top Ten Tuesday post. :)

  • Kaylee @ onewellreadchick

    January 6, 2016 at 1:17 am

    Like you I really need to work on having a blog schedule unfortunately is so hard in practice. :( We definitely need some sort of bloggers community. That would be so much fun. :)

    1. Rissi

      January 7, 2016 at 8:04 pm

      Blog organizing is tough. But if you can find a way to make it work, it's so nice. :)

      This community is amazing! I'm so excited to have met all of you and enjoy fun conversations with you all. It's always fun. :)

  • Lisa @ Lost in Literature

    January 6, 2016 at 1:44 am

    YESSSSS to The Lunar Chronicles and Throne of Glass series!!! I still need to read Winter, but the rest of the series is AMAZING!!! I just started the ToG series this year, but it's pretty darn amazing. I really hope to work my way through the series this year as well. :)

    1. Rissi

      January 7, 2016 at 8:07 pm

      Yay! I hope you enjoy both series, Lisa – or where the Lunar books are concerned, Winter (as you've read the rest). As for TOG, I keep hearing they're amazing so I hope you continue to enjoy them. :D

      Thanks so much for visiting.

  • Heidi Robbins

    January 6, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Great goals! I never thought it would happen but I find myself being much more selective with requesting review books. I learned my lesson the last two years that I just can't read them all :( It helps that I've gotten a better feel for the authors and books I prefer in the genres. Happy New Year!

    1. Rissi

      January 7, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      I 100% agree with that, Heidi. Finding the books/genres that work best for the reader is useful because that does help a blogger/reader. Why read books we feel you have to force yourself through? Once upon a time I had more of the READ ALL THE BOOKS mentality. Fortunately I've learned it's better to know our own reading preferences.

      Happy 2016 to you as well, Heidi – thanks for visiting! :)

  • IloveHeartlandX

    January 6, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Good luck with completing all your resolutions this year!
    My TTT:

    1. Rissi

      January 7, 2016 at 8:10 pm

      Thanks so much. I'm looking forward to accomplishing some. :)

  • Grace M

    January 6, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    These all are great resolutions. I love how you use the word purge when speaking of books to cut off your bookshelf- it's the right word. :-D But I admit I'm not so very good at releasing books from my book shelf, even if I probably won't reread them or read them at all. I know I should, but I have a hoarding issue, as I'm sure I've mentioned.
    And YES to cutting back on review books, or at least balancing them. I can happily say I've made it 6 days into the New Year and haven't requested a single review book. I'm determined not be overwhelmed by them this year.
    Best of wishes on your goals, Rissi!

    1. Rissi

      January 7, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      I figured I'd be more of a hoarder too, Grace. So far, I've not gone back through my boxes and pulled anything out (they're sitting in boxes in my office until I figure out what I'm doing with the books) and I'll admit I'm happy about that.

      Balancing review books so we have a few breaks now and then (breaks when I'd read books off my shelf) is a must. I'm hopeful once I get past this block of review books I can do just that. Here's to us both figuring how not to be overwhelmed.

      Good luck with yours as well, Grace. Hope 2016 is an amazing year for you and Fictionally. :)

  • Miranda A. Uyeh

    January 7, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Wonderful goals you've set, Rissi! Quite similar to mine, in fact, especially 6 & 7. Wishing you the best in fulfilling them! Heaven help me fulfill mine. Some are so daunting I'm tempted to crawl under my bed and hide. Heaven help me… *smh*

    1. Rissi

      January 7, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      LOL, sometimes your reaction is exactly mine, Miranda. But we've got this… right!? *puts on determined face* Here's hoping we both accomplish some of our 2016 goals! And thanks so much for visiting. :)

  • Joni

    January 8, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    "Read Lunar Chronicles" DOES need to happen. ^^ And I need to catch up- I've only read the first two "Throne of Glass" books… And the end of "Crown of Midnight" (#2) was EPIC. I love TBR piles, but they do tend to get a bit unmanageable… ^^

    1. Rissi

      January 9, 2016 at 5:18 am

      I've not read either series, but hear both are amazing! Here's hoping 2016 IS THE YEAR! :)

      Those TBR piles do indeed become unruly. Now if we could just get them to read themselves… ;)

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