Top Ten Tuesday | Let’s Get Organized (aka the List in Which I share all of my This-Is-What-I’d-Like-To-Do Goals)

Monday, January 15, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday | Let’s Get Organized (aka the List in Which I share all of my This-Is-What-I’d-Like-To-Do Goals)

Hey, hey happy readers! Today sees the return of Top Ten Tuesday to Finding Wonderland and marks the official debut of our new “hostess with the most-ess.”

That Artsy Reader Girl January 16: Bookish Resolutions/Goals - That Artsy Reader Girl 


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Goals. Ah, yes. The dreaded organizational topic that rolls around every New Year. Each year I suspect many of us make goals or resolutions. Whether or not we keep them is entirely another story. Today we’re asked to share some of our bookish resolutions. A list I feel really ill-equipped to make mainly because I know I won’t keep them. But that doesn’t mean it’s not still fun to make the list, and besides… perhaps putting pen to paper (metaphorically speaking) will inspire me to actually make some goals…and maybe – just maybe, I’ll even accomplish some of them. Stranger things have happened.

Let’s do this.

1. Bookstagram | I’d really like to find a good schedule for bookstagram, in terms of the actual task of taking the photos. I so enjoy doing it because it’s another creative outlet to learn about and experience, but I feel like too often I use part of everyday (I don’t think I really do, it just feels like it) to snap a series of photos. I’d like to revert to the “olden” days when I’d actually be ahead of schedule and shoot multiple prompts in one day and be set for a week or better.


2. Booktube | This is another of my recent pursuits that I’ve enjoyed. But like everything, I think it’s going to be most effective and work best for me if I find a schedule. Here’s hoping 2018 is THE year this happens.

3. Freelance Writing | This past year I had a chance to do a little (very little) freelance writing of the bookworm variety, and I found I really enjoyed it. It’s something I’d love to pursue more of in 2018, but isn’t something I’ve read a great deal about in terms of the ins and outs. What advice do you all have you the freelance world?

4. Goodreads | I used to use GR all the time. Now I skip over it and rarely make use of it until I’ve publish 10+ reviews on the blog. Once this happens, I go on a binge-cross-share-all-the-reviews on my profile. It’s a method, but not one I’m bookworm proud of.

5. Overhaul Bookshelves | Every year – post-INSPYs, I reorganize my bookshelves. The kind of reorganization where I take every single book off my shelf, unhaul and reorganize said books. (Much to the chagrin of myself and my floor which does not appreciate the extra clutter.) Putting this on the list might be a moot point because it is an annual even for this bookworm, but still… I wanted to add it. If only as a kind of reminder not to let myself off the hoof for this task.  


6. Read More Emery Lord Books | One may wonder why I specified a specific author rather than just say, read more books! This is because Emery’s books (or The Start of Me and You does) deserve to be singled out. Perhaps judging by it alone isn’t far, but what can I say… it’s a goal. The Start of Me and You: Amazon | Goodreads


7. Read More Morgan Matson Books | Copy and paste all the reasons listed above for this author. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour: Amazon | Goodreads


8. Read More Kasie West Books | Pretty much all of the reasons as those listed above (under “Read More Emery Lord Books”) applies to this author. The only difference is I have read a number of books by Kasie – all of which are catnip for this reader.

The Fill-In Boyfriend: Amazon | GoodreadsLucky in Love: Amazon | Goodreads 

9. Read More Books | Goes without saying… but ideally, how nice would it be to read more of the books that have been on my shelf for a while. (A subject coming up in a near future Top Ten Tuesday.) Also... why am I such a turtle reader?

10. Schedule | Finding that “magic ticket” when it comes to blogging scheduling and even reading is a must; and tied into this is a genuine feeling I'd like to return to pre-2015 or is it 2016 blogger when I responded PROMPTLY to comments. I say it every year which I why I don’t like to make resolutions… but what can I say? It IS a genuine goal, I just don’t manage to meet its lofty expectations.

*video publishes Tuesday afternoon; channel linked above
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That wraps up Finding Wonderland’s first Top Ten Tuesday with That Artsy Reader Girl! Thank you so much, Jana for hosting.

Tell me, reader friends: what reader/booktube/blogging or bookstagram goals do you have for 2018? Do you make resolutions? More importantly - *she asks selfishly* - tell me, all the tips you have for some of the things I’ve rambled about above. I’d love to hear how you stay organized.

As always, feel free to leave your Top Ten Tuesday links below. The standard rule is still in effect; I may not be by until the end of the week, but I’m excited to come by and read YOUR posts.

Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland

54 comments

  1. I'm not good at keeping goals like these either, but I suppose it doesn't hurt to make 'em and hope I stick to some of them. :-) Most of my goals are reading related--and I have a feeling I'm taking too much on. I like that you including scheduling on your list. I am trying to get as much ahead as I can. I wish you the best with your goals this year, Rissi! I know you can do it!

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    1. Right? I still have fun putting the list together and thinking about meeting them. And perhaps I will accomplish some. :)

      Scheduling is a BIG thing for me. In fact, when I first started, I'd have a week's worth of posts ready to go. Nowadays that'd be insanely impressive if I managed this. (I admire those who do.)

      Thanks so much for the encouragement - here's hoping we both meet some goals in 2018!! :)

      Thanks so much for visiting!

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  2. Here's the thing about goals--we make the big one and then forget to break it down into littler ones. All your goals are great, though. I hope you find the time to do more freelancing. I'm working on organizing my bookshelves too. Good luck with all your goals.

    https://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2018/01/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-bookish.html

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    1. Thanks so much, Cheryl! I fail so often with goals... but it's still fun to think about them, and who knows. Perhaps writing them down is a good thing and maybe, even an inspiration. :)

      Best of luck with organizing! I always find that a fun task. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  3. I totally believe that your goals are achievable! :-) I really hope you get to read more of the authors you've mentioned because they're amazing! Good luck with them!

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    1. THANKS so much, Chrissi! I'm going to keep a good thought. That's half the battle, right? :)

      Appreciate you visiting, as always.

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  4. I loved Amy and Roger's Epic Detour, too, then didn't care for the next book I read by Matson so I was put off continuing with her books. Good luck with your list.

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    1. Thanks, Anne - and there's nothing wrong with that. Sometimes an author has those "hit or miss" books. Appreciate you visiting! :)

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  5. Booktube?? What’s that?

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    1. It's book bloggers who make videos on Youtube. :)

      Glad you stopped by, Andi.

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  6. I can relate to most of these, especially the freelance writing and using Goodreads more. I love Goodreads but I'm terrible at keeping up over there. I've heard a lot of good things about Kasie West too.

    Good luck with these!

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    1. Glad I'm not alone, Greg. Hopefully we'll both use Goodreads more. I used it so much in the early book blogging stages, and I do like it, so... here's hoping!

      Thanks so much for visiting, Greg.

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  7. Yes to so many of these! I want to get back into having posts scheduled on my blog and Instagram is definitely something I want to get better at using this year, especially as it'll come in useful for my job. At the moment I feel like my photos look amateur and boring, I need to do something different this year. I so admire you for reorganising your bookshelves every year, that's something I probably need to do, too. Good luck with all of your goals!

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    1. Instagram is so much fun, Jess. Hope if you are able to start using it more, you enjoy it. :)

      Getting back to scheduling posts is high on my goal priority list. Hopefully it'll be something we both manages to accomplish. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting!

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  8. I will have to look you up on Booktube. :) I enjoy watching bookish videos. I've been considering joining Instagram this year, but I see photos like yours and I feel extremely inadequate. I love your style! You take really great photos.

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    1. Part of the fun of Instagram (and blogging) is everyone has their own unique style, Jennifer. If Instagram seems like something you'd enjoy, I say, go for it! We all develop our own style/aesthetic, and that's what makes it fun to browse our timelines.Let me know if you ever do join.

      Thank you for the kind words - and for stopping by!! Always fun to meet new bloggers. :)

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  9. Good luck with your 'goals/wishes'! They are fun to make, aren't they? And also hard to keep. However, just the idea of 'reading more' is fun and reading is supposed to be fun. Right?

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    1. Right! Reading more is always a plus, Kay! Here's hoping in 2018, we both accomplish this - and thanks for the luck. :)

      Appreciate you stopping by.

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  10. Good luck with all of these!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/16/top-ten-tuesday-142/

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  11. I have got to get more shelves this year and find some sense of organization with my physical books. Lots of good goals here. Good luck.

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    1. Thanks so much, Barb. I'm optimistic - even if I can accomplish SOME of these, I'll be happy. Trying to start right by replying to comments promptly - instead of a week later. ;)

      Thanks for visiting!

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  12. Nice goals! I too need to seriously work on my scheduling. I am too bad at it. I always tell myself that this weekend I have to schedule post for the whole week.. and then I fail it every week :P
    I haven't read any book by Emery Lord but I have heard great things about her work.
    I hope you accomplish all of your goals this year :)

    This week I have posted my top ten bookish pet peeves. My TTT: http://flippingthruthepages.com/2018/01/top-ten-bookish-pet-peeves/

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    1. Selfishly, I'm glad to hear I'm not alone when it comes to finding a good schedule. The eager girl who began this blog oftentimes had posts scheduled a week in advance. Today? Nope. That's a thing of the past. ;)

      Emery's books (judging by 'Me and You') are five-star winners. And I'm hoping this will be true of her other books, too.

      Thanks so much for visiting - and I look forward to reading your Top Ten post. :)

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  13. I haven't read any of Emery's or Morgan's books, so I will have to look them up!
    I finished The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie and it is super cute.;)
    https://amandanicolle.blogspot.com/2018/01/take-ten-bookish-resolutions.html

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    1. Hope you enjoy Emery's books if or when you decide to read one, Amanda. The one I read would rank right up there with Kasie's - who writes ADORABLE books. :)

      Thanks for visiting!

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  14. I love how you focus on particular authors. There are so many favorite authors I end up neglecting because of all the new books. Bookstagram fascinates me but I've never really worked on it. I need to put more effort into that this year. Good luck with your goals!

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    1. Thanks, Katherine. I was glad I thought to do that too. Reminds me how much I'd like to read more of their books this year.

      Bookstagram is so fun! I hope you find it equally so if you decide to give it a chance. :)

      Thanks - and I appreciate you stopping by. :)

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  15. I do want to read more Morgan Matson books...and V.E.Schwab...and lots of other authors too I'm sure! I'm also hoping to get better with some sort of blogging schedule. I'd really like to be a week or two ahead of things for the most part. I know some posts will be more last minute, but I've been working on a last minute schedule for awhile now so I need to figure that one out. LOL

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I know the feeling, Lauren. I'm 99.9% sure there are lots more authors I want to read more of too.

      Here's hoping we both find that elusive blogging schedule (last-minute posts are too often my normal) - and we manage to master it. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  16. I've always wanted to have a Bookstagram but I'm not that artsy. Hah.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday, thanks!

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    1. I bet you'd have fun and do just fine on bookstagram! It's a fun place to hang out, too. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  17. Great goals! Best of luck with them!

    Removing and reshelving every book in the library sounds monstrous hard and time-consuming. You are very dedicated, if this is an annual event. Just, wow.

    Ive wanted to do more with bookstagram, but I've not got around to it yet. :/

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    1. Thanks - and yes! For some reason I'm a reader who likes reorganizing. :)

      Appreciate you stopping by.

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  18. These are some great goals Rissi! I've gotten so terrible at using Goodreads myself, so I should also work on that. And it's always a good thing to read more Kasie West and Morgan Matson :) I haven't read any Ememry Lord yet so I should fix that for sure :) Good luck with Bookstagram and Booktube!

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one who's no good with Goodreads, Lindsey - thanks. :D

      Enjoy Emery's books if you ever decide to read them, and ditto. I agree. Kasie writes my go-to "happy place" reads.

      Thanks - and thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland. Always glad to chat with you. :)

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  19. Great list! It's fine to be a slow reader! It's better to immerse yourself then rush through and miss the magic. Tori @ In Tori Lex

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    1. Thanks, Tori. You do have an excellent point. :)

      Appreciate you visiting.

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  20. Awesome list! Bookstagram is awesome, so I hope we get to see more great photos from you!

    Here’s my TTT!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. Thanks, Ronyell - appreciate the visit and kind words. :)

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  21. I'd love to be better at Bookstagram and to start a Booktube, but at the moment I just haven't got the time for either. Hopefully I'll be able to make those two of my resolutions next year! Good luck with your goals.

    You can see my bookish goals here.

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    1. I totally understand this, Alyce. There simply aren't enough hours in the day, are there?! And where those we do have go, I'll never now. :)

      Thanks for the encouragement - and for stopping by.

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  22. So many great goals! I love that you mentioned reading more from specific authors. That's definitely something I'm wanting to do. I discovered so many great new-to-me authors last year, but haven't had the time to read their backlist.

    Good luck with your goals! :)

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    1. I thought adding specific sounded fun, and was a little different than having specific blog goals. Though I'll admit, I'm sure there are LOTS more I should have added, too.

      Thanks! I'll need the luck. :) Appreciate you stopping by, Ashley.

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  23. I'm terrible with shooting ahead of schedule in Bookstagram. I wish I could do that, but for whatever reason I don't. I want to get back to Bookstagramming regularly in 2018 for sure.

    I like that you made a goal of SPECIFIC authors. I need to do that to (with people like Lauren Oliver, A.S. King, and Sarah Dessen).

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    1. I am too, Michelle. I've taken a casual look at ways to pre-schedule IG posts, but as of yet, I haven't set anything up. :)

      Thanks! I thought making a goal to read specific authors was fun twist on this topic. :)

      Appreciate you visiting!

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  24. I'm the totally opposite when it comes to Goodreads. Posting there more often than my blog. It's a shame. I know :D For this year one of my goals is also about Bookstagram because right now I'm really into it. It's so enjoyable. :)

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    1. That's great, too, Yulia. I used to religiously use Goodreads. Now - for some mysterious reason, I never seem to use it. Or it's rare by comparison.

      YAY! I hope you continue to enjoy bookstagram. From everything I hear, that's the "happening" place for bookish stuff. :)

      Appreciate you visiting.

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  25. I always like making goals and trying to stick to them, as well as reading other peoples' goals: they're always so motivating!

    Good luck with scheduling things this year! Keeping all the different things straight and organized is HARD.

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    1. Thanks, Hanne - I appreciate the luck. I'm hoping this will be the year my blog finds a book organization schedule. (I started out strong by replying to comments promptly, but now... well, here we are, a week later and I'm still catching up. :D)

      Best of luck with your goals. And thank you for visiting.

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  26. There is something really satisfying about taking off all your books from the shelves, dusting them off, reorganizing, and getting rid of unwanted books. I'm glad I'm not the only one who enjoys this. Good luck with all the goals you've listed!

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    1. Yes, yes there is, Alicia. I couldn't agree me. It's just a really good feeling - and the sense of accomplishment to have tackled the job is great. I haven't changed my mind (so far) about any of the books I decided to get rid of and that too is a win in my book. :)

      ...you are most definitely NOT the only one who enjoys the task. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  27. Good luck with all of your goals! Although the idea terrifies me, I do want to start a Booktube channel this year. As for Bookstagram, I`m trying to get back into it. I just feel that lately you get so many people that follow you for a follow, it`s becoming frustrating. I`m tired of thinking if people like my content or are just out to promote themselves. But I do enjoy the challenges, so hopefully, I`ll find my love for bookstagram once more.

    Carmen`s Reading Corner

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    1. Thank you, Carmen! Appreciate this.

      Awesome! Best of luck with your Booktube goals; let me know if you start a channel. I'd be glad to visit. Hope you enjoy bookstagram. So far, I'm having fun with it, but I do understand your frustrations. Hope you can find the right fit (group) and among them, the right balance. :)

      Appreciate you visiting.

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