A Few Simple New Year’s Resolutions

I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions – I prefer to set challenges and commitments at any time of year – but I have a few professional and reading-related goals that I will share here for the sake of accountability.


  1. Target a few more big-name publications. My work will appear in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Los Angeles Review of Books in the early months of 2016 – that’s progress, but I’d like to work on getting some other noteworthy publications.
  2. Assess which freelance gigs are working for me and which ones are not worth it. Sometimes I look at the number of hours I put into a project compared to the ultimate payment amount and think I must be crazy to continue with it.
  3. Find ways of being paid into my British bank account rather than hoarding lots of dollars in an American bank account where they’re not doing me much good.

Leisure Reading

  1. Focus on reading more of the books I actually own. This means cutting down on NetGalley and Edelweiss requests and volunteer reviewing!
  2. Keep an ongoing priority list of books and authors I want to try, and make steady progress through it. On the list so far: Elena Ferrante, Matt Haig, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Wallace Stegner, Tim Winton, and Nell Zink.

What are some of your goals for 2016 – reading-related or otherwise?

6 responses

  1. I’m not one for resolutions but I’m all for getting the things I already own this year. Hence me opening the flood gates on my Goodreads TBR pile to track them all 🙂 Happy New Year!

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  2. Definitely reading my own books. Also slowing down and savouring books. And reading the new Nell Zink – got the paper back on preorder!

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  3. Here’s another goal: work on redesigning and customizing this blog in advance of my one-year anniversary in early March 😉


  4. As one of our wonderful volunteer reviewers, we’d like to thank you for your marvelous reviews for us, and obviously we hope to keep twisting your arm to review for us – even occasionally 😉


    1. I’d love to keep writing the occasional review for Shiny New Books! You guys maintain such a great website and I am proud to contribute to it.


  5. […] up on the handful of low-key resolutions I made at the start of the month, I can report that three of my volunteer reviewing positions plus […]


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