‘Every day in every way I’m getting better and better’


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we all look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is :

Bookish resolutions

Which obviously I absolutely will/maybe/not keep:

  1. I will not rubber neck over people’s shoulder on public transport to see what they’re reading.  It’s just rude.  It actually gives me a stiff neck – and book envy (see No.2).
  2. I will not have book envy.  Under no circumstances will envy be a part of my life where books are concerned.  It hardly ever happens now so this resolution will be a piece of cake.
  3. Speaking of cake….
  4. I will write reviews immediately that I finish reading a book instead of leaving them until I have a backlog – because backlogs are not fun.
  5. I CAN walk past a book store. It can happen.  There is no try.
  6. Seriously – on a serious note – I would like to read some of my own books and make a dent in an ever groaning TBR.
  7. Being careful – I will actually be a bit more careful about requesting books.  I’m gradually getting my reading ratio to a reasonable level and I’d like to improve it a little bit more.
  8. Organisation.  This is a thing that I should be able to do.   Maybe, Almost certainly. Perhaps.
  9. Stop boring those people not at all interested about books with my book talk – when they’re clearly not book people.  Just stop.  Walk away.
  10. You decide – what should I do more of/less of/stop altogether.  Okay, I’ll just get my things..

40 Responses to “‘Every day in every way I’m getting better and better’”

  1. Louise

    I’m soooo bad for reading over people’s shoulders. I don’t usually even care what they’re reading, I just can’t help myself! Great list, best of luck with it! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I can’t help it either – but I really do need to try. Sometimes I just feel like actually asking what the person is reading! Which is really bad isn’t it.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Jennifer | Book Den

    I’m so nosy when I see people reading. I really want to know what book they have! 🙂 I would have a rough time not peaking. Haha.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know right – and then I’m so disappointed if it’s just something dull (to me anyway).
      Lynn 😀

  3. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    Great goals. The only way I can avoid our local bookstore is to not go to the mall. Which I’m pretty good at doing. Now Amazon, that’s another story. I also want to read some of the books I own rather than ARCS and library books all the time. I see myself failing at that one already. Good luck!

  4. Tammy

    Ha ha, you are so funny Lynn! I am also guilty of rubber necking to see what people are reading. I’m sure it’s an annoying habit. And I also have a stack of my own books I want to get to this year. I mean, I really want to!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yep, me too. Of course, the best laid intensions, blah de blah! We can do this thing though. We should all try Jen’s idea and have a book jar. 😀

  5. Kay

    This is hilarious! And I confess, I’m a book snoop as well. I’ve almost turned myself upside down trying to see the title of a book – don’t even get me started about people reading on their e-reader. You can’t see the title!! Good luck with your goals! Oh, I bore people (you know, the non-book ones) with book talk too. They get this glazed look…walk away indeed!

  6. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    Ugh. Yes. Backlog of book reviews. It’s a love-hate thing for me. I hate anything needing to be done, pilling up. So, I do prefer to write reviews later that same day or the next – but I find that the sooner I writer them the longer (and many times too long) they tend to be. Then, if I do wait several books and stories – while I hate feeling that I will have to dedicate some much time of one day to only writing reviews, the major positive is that my reviews be much shorter and to the point, and I find, much more accessible to the general person wanting to learn about the book.

  7. ChrissiReads

    I’m really nosy and love to see what people are reading! Ha! It’s so bad.

  8. jessicabookworm

    Good luck with your bookish resolutions – I could do with working on many of them myself! 😀

  9. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Not peeking at what other people are reading when I’m on the subway it’s practically impossible, if nothing else because I’m always happy to see a fellow book lover engaged in a story instead of some silly game on their phone… 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I can’t help it, I always feel so curious when I see somebody reading – I have to know if it’s a book I’ve read (or want to read).
      Lynn 😀

  10. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    I’m currently working on my backlist of missing/incomplete reviews! Definitely need to stay on top of them better.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – reviews. How do I manage to get behind. It’s always a mystery.
      Lynn 😀

  11. thebookishlibra

    Great list of goals. I need to get better about writing my reviews sooner too. Sometimes I wait so long I can barely remember anything about the book I’m trying to review.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, that’s my problem too. I used to write my review practically as soon as I put the book down – but I seem to have got into a bad habit of picking up the next book immediately and then becoming consumed in the read all over again.
      Lynn 😀

  12. sjhigbee

    Oh good luck with them ALL – especially the one about being able to walk past a book shop! I find that one REALLY difficult!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – yes, I suppose walking into the bookshop isn’t too bad is it? It’s walking out with an armful of books that’s a bit naughty (but nice).
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Yes… I very rarely walk out of a bookshop empty-handed…

      • @lynnsbooks

        It feels rude really doesn’t it..

      • sjhigbee

        Ooo… I hadn’t thought of that as an excuse – I need to remember that one:))

  13. Lisa

    Great resolutions! Although I’ll never stop looking to see what other people are reading. Especially on planes. It actually makes me mad when people are using e-readers on planes, because then I can’t check the cover to see what they’re reading! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I’m guilty of reading e-books and yet I still find myself annoyed with others who do so because, as you said, it’s more difficult to be nosy!
      Lynn 😀

  14. Greg

    I always like seeing what other people are reading. 🙂 And walking PAST a book store- but not going in- can be tough, for sure!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Waking past a book store is definitely tough – I’m going to give it a go though as I have so many unread books already.
      Lynn 😀

  15. imyril

    …I can’t resist reading over other people’s shoulders. It’s just so enticing. And that moment of trying to decide whether to say ‘ooooooh are you enjoying that?’ – or whether that’s just too intrusive and rude (I never say it. Do Not Disturb A Reader).

    I should join you on the Don’t Delay Your Reviews Dammit resolution though. UGH, backlogs!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I hate backlogs – and yet they’re my own fault! Grrrrr.
      Lynn 😀

  16. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Oh I feel you, it is so depressing to be the only bookish person among my real life friends. None of them are big readers, let alone readers of SFF, so I only get to geek out about books online with my bloggy friends 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      My dad is the only one who reads a lot (although not as much as he used to) and he does read some speculative fiction such as LotR – but he loves history books and classics (he developed my love of both). But, we don’t really talk books as much these days.
      Lynn 😀

  17. pagesandtea

    Good luck with your resolutions 🙂
    Some of these are pretty tough, like not rubber necking when you see someone reading. It’s almost impossible not to be curious.
    And walking past a book store? Not sure I’d have the willpower for that. They know exactly how to lure me in, putting all the best looking books in the windows all the time 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I love book shops. I have to behave though and try and read some of the books I’ve got sat waiting (all over the place).
      Lynn 😀

  18. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense

    Your list is so fun. I always want to take a peek at what people are reading in public, but I stink at being subtle while doing. Books just get me excited. Good luck with you goals!

  19. mervih

    Fun list! I’m also making an effort to read my groaning TBR.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s not easy is it – I seem to keep adding to it.
      Lynn 😀

  20. Danya @ Fine Print

    Thankfully I have quite a few bookish friends (thanks, library school!) so we can chat books, but I’ve definitely got work on my own organization. I’m such a scattered, haphazard blogger! 😂

  21. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom

    Bahahahaha good luck with all that 🙂

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