Exactly one year ago, I made a post about bookish habits I wanted to add to my routine. It’s about time for me to take a look back on the past 12 months and see if I actually incorporated these habits. Or maybe see if I tried them and they didn’t work for me. Basically, another reflection post I tend to love writing 😀
At the time of creating these habits, my goal was to be more organized when it comes to reading. I love the idea of having dedicated time and mind-space for reading, but we all know that it’s not always possible.
One huge change that I made last year was my excel spreadsheet where I track all of the books I read, but I also use it as my TBR reminder. All of the ARCs I receive, book club books, the next installments in book series – everything goes into this spreadsheet, where I try to prioritize books for the upcoming months. So far, it’s been working great! I’ve been more strict with myself when it comes to my TBR and managed to stay on top of all ARCs I requested this year. My NetGalley ratio stayed at 90%+ the whole year, which is amazing.
Let’s take a look at these habits!
|Habit N.º 1||Read every day ✅|
It’s currently day 23 of my reading experiment to read every single day for a month. Surprisingly, it’s going very well, I missed only a few days so far. But I’m not sure if this is a habit I want to stick. I will share my thoughts on this with you next month.
|Habit N.º 2||Pick up books that I actually love ✅|
i.e. do not fall victim of the hype. This year has been much better than the previous one. I definitely read a lot of 4 and 5-star books. I have tons of new favorites, and in general, I’ve been very cautious about ARCs I’m requesting.
|Habit N.º 3||Review books as soon as I finish them ✅|
100% Yes. This has been the main change I’ve made in my reading / blogging routine. I don’t want to jinx it, but I tend to stay on top of my reviews / NetGalley feedback, etc. And it feels great!
|Habit N.º 4||DNF books more often and earlier ✅|
I have been doing that as well. This year I’ve been ruthless. If I’m not loving the book, I will put it down. And if I don’t feel like picking it back up, I will DNF it, even if I read more than 50% of it.
|Habit N.º 5||Remember to add books to my Goodreads TBR shelf X|
Hmm, I still forget to do that, but it’s alright. I no longer feel the need to work on this habit, I’m happy with my Goodreads shelves as they are.
|Habit N.º 6||Read sequels ✅|
And once again, big YES. Each month I try to add at least one sequel to my TBR and so far it’s been working. Although, I’m finishing series slower than I wanted, but it’s something I can work on in the future.
Not bad at all! It goods to see that for once I wrote a post with some goals and didn’t forget about them. 😀 Speaking of posts and goals, I still need to read my 5-star predictions… It’s been almost 6 months since I made that list and I haven’t read a single one of them. Oh my…
What do you think of thee habits? Is there anything you want to change in your reading routine? 🤔