It’s time again to look at the goals we may have for the New Year. Like Shannon of It Starts at Midnight, I have to be upfront and admit I’m being lazy and pulling a copy and paste for this from another year. Sort of. Really I am rewriting and reworking things and that’s the way I want it for these 2023 book goals. At the same time, I am becoming a kind of redundant voice with these lists given prior posts I’ve shared. Nonetheless, we’re going to look at our list and see how they translate for this year.


The first day of a New Year is normally just another day for me. I don’t tend to make resolutions or goals or have a word for the year. It’s just never been my thing. Because of this, creating this type of content always seems unnecessary. Since I share that though we forge ahead anyway.

Mostly I think my reason for not doing this is because making any kind of resolution list usually means when I look at it midway through or year end, I’m disappointed when I see what I haven’t accomplished. It’s still fun to see what I’d like to do. Outside of reading, which we ALL know I am not doing, let’s see what past goals I’ve had.



I want to keep my declutter trend of book culling. Selling them is a very slow process as is donating since the library only wants two boxes at a time. But I continue to keep at it and I need to reorganize my shelves again.


This notion hasn’t changed in the past two or three years. I’m still disenchanted with social media and find it sad how very tied we are to it (and one’s phone, too). Short version is, I’m over places like Instagram which is sad and sometimes I wish I didn’t feel this way since I used to have amazing conversations with fun people.


We all know reading is a problem. We’ll hope it returns in 2023.


One of the things I do love about this space (speaking of this space we’re in right here) is the engagement with the people who take the time to stop here, and leave a comment (even if they didn’t love a movie I did *smile*). Part of this also means visiting all of the spaces of the wonderful people who show that time here. I want to show that I appreciate this by replying promptly and visiting other blogs, too.


I’m ready to continue to make this space better. To grow and find more creative ways to make this a space readers can enjoy. Part of this looks like change… which I hope to put in play sooner rather than later.


This is more personal, but also circles back to social media. When I first started on Twitter, I was very much a part of the bookish part of the platform to the point of responding within hours and keeping my timeline “clear.” This isn’t true now since I can go weeks without clearing that. It’s not “good” to those I enjoy chatting with, but I’d rather invest my time in good conversation here versus a place that isn’t kind to anyone who differs from their opinion.

All this to say, I want to be more aware of how much time I spend engaging in this space, which I do love, and livinggrowing and learning in life.

Thank you all so much for being here! I’m grateful. I appreciate that you spend the time here. I know I don’t always return the favor in a prompt manner, but I look forward to visit your spaces.

Whatever our 2023 resolutions are, I hope we go into it wanting good change and learn more about hobbies or topics we find interesting. I hope we spend more time with the people who invest in us, so that we too can invest in them. Take actual photos, get outside, read the book, make the change and enjoy all the laughs.

What about you? What are some of your 2023 book resolutions (or any)? Do you like new year goals or are you more of a day-by-day kind of person? What do you plan to accomplish with your reading plans this year? Comment all of your thoughts in the comment section. I’d love to chat with you on this subject.



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Linking up with That Artsy Reader Girl January 17: Bookish Goals for 2023

About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.


  1. In the past few years, I’ve cut back on my time on social media, as I found it was making me anxious and a bit depressed. I still tend to check in multiple times a day, but I don’t mindlessly scroll anymore. It’s the only connection I have with some people, and as such, I can’t cut it out completely.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

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    1. Sounds like you have a great balance for social media, Pam!! I relate to your feelings of it not making one feel good though. Despite joining a group of people I thought would be fun to get to know because we had things in common, it’s not exactly been that for me. ;) All the best on your 2023 goals.

    1. Same re: social media. Like some days I enjoy creating with no growth/interaction and others it bums me out because while primarily I want this to be fun, I am also looking for growth which in turn will hopefully inspire content, etc. We’ll see where it all goes! But I’ve had these types of ideas/goals for a few years so we’ll see if I stick with social media. :)

    1. I know lots of people say social media is their way to connect with family and because of this, they cannot leave. I get that. I’ve even have family say the same. I guess I don’t have that issue so it was easy for me to leave Facebook. I do still have my page there (I moderate a page and do post on a community page elsewhere) but haven’t posted/published on my page in over a year. It’s been good for me and I haven’t minded. :) Social media is defintely more negative these days. I like to think it didn’t start this way though. :)

  2. I enjoyed your review of previous goals and applaud your progress in culling books. I have been working on that in the last year, and it gets harder and harder.

  3. I also have committed to being more engaged with my blogging world this year. When my husband started working from home during the shutdown in 2020, my blog-reading habits died. I used to pull up all the new posts I was interested in from my blog “feed” in the morning and then gradually read them over the course of the day, a few minutes here and there. I couldn’t do that anymore because he was using our desktop computer from 9 to 5. Welllllllll, he just got a work-only laptop right before Christmas, so I am committed to reviving my good blog reading (and commenting) habits! And also to replying to comments on my own blog within 24 hours instead of letting them pile up for days, which was so vexing.

    We can do this!!!

    1. WE CAN DO THIS!! So true. I always have every good intention replying to comments more promptly, but then I fail. However how I’m publishing right now (review on Monday, TTT list early Tuesday) means I have to get two things publish ready on Monday so Tuesday, while I should work on Wednesday’s content, means I usually have a mostly “free” day. I have been taking the morning to reply to comments and then doing some “fun” work like graphics the rest of the day. We’ll see how long I keep this up, but I hope I can! And I totally get the change in someone else needing the computer. That does make a difference. :)

    1. I still have my page, but haven’t published anything on it in over a year. I do moderate a page and have conversation on a group page, but haven’t published anything on a peronsal/blog page and it’s been SO good. I don’t miss it at all. I think my stats took a hit, but oh, well! It’s been worth it. :) I’m glad you’re enjoying a minimal social media life and thank you! I hope so too.

  4. Personally, I love making resolutions — coming up with ideas is half the fun! The other half is seeing how many I happened to accomplish; I always like to do as many options as possible knowing that I won’t complete them all, but this way I never “have” to do anything, and anything I do achieve is still a win.

    But I’m impressed by how thoughtful and intentional your ideas are — it’s nice to see open-ended goals that are achieved by working on them, rather than marking them done or not. I also hope more people switch back to blogging from social media; I have a Tumblr but that was the last one I could figure out how to master and never really found a foothold in the popular ones. Good luck with

    1. Great comment, RS! I apprecaite you reading and leaving your thoughts. A return to blogging would be awesome! This 100-some character version of conversation and socialacing doesn’t seem to be helping us. Ideally I want to think in the real world social media isn’t indicitive of how we converse, but sometimes I do wonder. ;)

  5. What a great list. I wish you the best of luck with your 2023 goals. I spend too much time on social media, and though I didn’t make it one of this year’s goals, I have been cutting back and even removing things from my feed I don’t want to see–which I never do.

    Hope you have a wonderful year of connecting. Thanks for visiting my blog last week.

    1. That’s awesome, Cheryl! I unfollow accounts sometimes and in the last year, decided I wouldn’t just blind follow back someone. I used to do this when I was deep into book content. If someone followed me who liked books, I’d follow back, but I don’t anymore. Now I take mroe care deciding who I’ll follow. All the best with your goals and thank you for visiting here!

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