Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Goals for 2024

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A photo of the word “start” painted in large white letters on an otherwise empty country road. The road is brown and dusty. The grass beside it on both sides is dead. The sky above is blue and partially cloudy. Here are my goals for 2024.

1. Visit coffee shops more often. There’s something so delightfully bookish about them, don’t you think?

2. Submit a Top Ten Tuesday theme to Jana that she ends up using. Yes, I’m reusing this joke from last year, but I would also be thrilled if it happens someday. Ha!

3. Meet more bookish people and maybe become friends with a few of them if it works out?!

4. Spend less time on the Internet. I’ve been using it heavily these past few years as it was often one of the few covid-safe things to do, especially when the weather outdoors was smoky from wildfires or icy because it was the middle of winter and even here in southern Canada it is not a tropical place then by any means. While I’m grateful for all of the entertainment the Internet offers, I’d love to find more ways to socialize in real life that are mindful of Covid precautions, too.

5. Read more books about history. I read very little of it in 2023.

6. Patronize independent bookstores. I didn’t do this last year but would like to try again this year.

7. Try some new caffeine-free teas. I love drinking tea while I read, so any suggestions are would be appreciated if you know of a good one.

8. Read more novellas and short stories. I love how quickly I can finish them.

9. Avoid reading when I wake up in the middle of the night. Sometimes I have trouble falling back asleep, and I’m wondering it that would be easier if I tried something other than reading in those moments.

10. Spend less time on social media. My hope is that I’ll be able to meet some more folks in real life if I reduce Internet and social media scrolling.  (This one is going to be almost as hard as cutting back on my Internet usage in general, friends! Wish me luck).



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90 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Goals for 2024

  1. I also spend a lot of time on Social Media and the Internet, so that sounds like a good goal, Lydia. Good luck with all of these, and I hope you make some bookish friends in real life.

  2. Excellent. 😀 That’s a great top ten. 😀

  3. These are great goals, Lydia! I hope Jana does pick one of your suggested prompts in 2024 😍 I’ve recently started reading when I wake up in the middle of the night and it does not help me get back to sleep, lol. I need to stop doing that too! Good luck with these goals 🙂

  4. Great goals. I’m going to be incorporating some of these s well. Best of luck with all your bookish goals this yer.

  5. Good luck on your bookish goals. Maybe 1 and 10 will work well as a combo?

  6. I love your idea of visiting more coffee shops. I wish I had more around me, but I have to drive to get to them. Still, it’s a fun goal to think about:-)

  7. Spending less time on social media is a big personal one for me too.

  8. These are great goals! All for less social media and I should do that too!

  9. Good luck with your desire for less social media and more in-person interactions. I suggest book discussions at the library or those independent bookstores. I find that a great way to connect with people. And they are highly tolerant of mask-wearing if that’s what it takes to make you feel comfortable in a space.

    I suggest a sampler of teas. I thought I liked spiced teas because they sound so comfy and cozy. But it turns out that I really prefer to drink fruit-flavored teas with hibiscus. I would never have known without trying a bunch of different teas that I got as an Advent calendar a few years ago.

  10. I spy some similar goals! Definitely all about less social media and Internet. I’m going to start with a week (minus one day I’ll have to log on to do some work) in February and take time off from the computer/writing/social media & the website, and see how it goes. I’ve been working on pre-planning things so it’ll work out. What I’m most excited about is to see if this helps me read more during the week. 😉 All the best with your goals, Lydia! Hope they go well, and thanks for visiting my website today!

  11. There’s a local coffee shop here that has its own little lending library in it, which I love.

    For teas, try Tiesta Tea. It’s sold as loose leaf tea, so you’ll need an infuser, but they have a huge variety of fruit infusions that are herbal. My girls’ favorite is the Blueberry Wild Child!

    On the waking up in the middle of the night – have you ever tried sleep meditations?

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  12. I hope you get to meet all of your goals this year! I would also like to make more book friends but I didn’t think to add it to my list. Happy reading!

  13. Yay for meeting more bookish people. I love that idea. Caffeine-free teas…. my current favorite is a Good & Gather brand tea with ginger, mango, and pineapple. My daughter’s favorite is a rooibos chai by Numi. There are also some good ones at Riddles Tea Shoppe if you like loose tea: Let me know if you try any of them and what you think!

  14. These are wonderful goals. Coffee shops and indie bookstores are such comforting places!

  15. Many very interesting goals. I wake often in the night, I find putting on a podcast(s) – ones with gentle voices sends me off back to sleep most times. I am listening and then bang – gone.

  16. Love your list. So many resonate with me. I’ve been taking short social media breaks to get into a better habit. Good luck with your goals!

  17. Good luck with all of these! I’m definitely with you on less social media and internet time, hope we’ll both succeed 🙂

  18. Those are all good goals. I don’t have any problems with social media, but I do get distracted by the internet too easily and spend way to much time not getting things done.

    TracyK at Bitter Tea and Mystery

  19. These are all great goals. I started a book club last year and it’s a lot of fun, but it is disappointing that we only meet once a month, and we don’t hang out outside of the meetings. We do text some, but I would also love friends to hang out with. Good luck with all of them!

  20. These are some great goals! I also should cut back on social media usage (I deleted Twitter, which was my main issue, but now I found something else to replace it with 😅), and I’ve been working on that by reading more haha

    Good luck with your goals for 2024!

  21. I want more bookish friends too! Which part of Canada are you at? I’m in Calgary, AB. I’ve been meaning to find an in-person book club around the area, but haven’t gotten to it yet. I probably should get on it! Good luck on all your goals!

  22. I love reading in coffee shops! It is so cozy and fun! Good luck with these goals.

  23. Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog

    I love those goals! I need to do less scrolling and more reading.

    I need to stay awake at night to feed my son so I’m the opposite and aim to read in the early hours 🤣

    Have a great week and good luck with your goals.

  24. I definitely spend too much time scrolling on my phone!

  25. I love a good coffee shop! They go s owell witrh books. 🙂 And I’m really liking novellas and short stories lately. It’s nice sometimes to just read something shorter and have the story be done.

  26. You’ve got some very good goals, this is the second post I’ve seen about reading more short stories. They are a nice break from longer works and can be really powerful. Two of my nonbookish goals are reducing time on addictive phone games and going to sleep earlier. Have you tried meditation when you can’t sleep? I agree that sometimes reading just keeps you up longer (depending on the book).

  27. I’m trying to get out more and meet people.
    Good luck on your goals.

  28. Good luck with all your goals!

  29. Best of luck! It can be hard to find COVID-mindful social activities these days, but I hope you are able to work with that and find some new IRL friends.

    My TTT:

  30. Sounds like a great list! Some of my goals are about spending more time online, but I figure I’m mostly redirecting that from doomscrolling and such to spending time on people’s blogs and getting enthused about books!

    My TTT.

  31. I love how broad your goals are! Maybe you can meet more bookish friends AT these coffee shops and kill two birds with one stone? Three if you also think of a TTT prompt there. 😉 Brainstorm with your new friend, perhaps?

    Celestial Seasonings brand has a delightful honey vanilla chamomile tea that is caffeine free. It’s my go-to if I’m sick or cold. 😀

  32. haha I do the same thing when I wake up at night, although I do it on the Kindle, because I don’t want to turn on the light

  33. I’ll be on the lookout for your Top Ten Tuesday submission should it be chosen. Crossing my fingers for you!

  34. I love your goal to visit more coffee shops this year; and to get out and socialize more, too. Such fun goals. 😀

  35. These are great! I love the idea of visiting more independent bookstores. I also really need to implement your #10 myself! I have been doing better so far this year, but will it last? That is the real question! Good luck with your goals this year!

  36. Good luck! I pretty much gave up all social media. Sometimes I miss it, but mostly I don’t.

  37. I’d love to meet more bookish people! Excellent goal.

  38. These are great goals! I, too, want to support more independent bookstores. 🙂

  39. These are some really great, unique goals Lydia! I especially identify with getting off social media and the internet more. I love politics but I hate it when I spend too much time on articles relating to that instead of reading a great book about history or mysteries. I also love what you said about coffee shops. I totally agree.

  40. Spending less time online and more having real-person interaction sounds like a wonderful goal. I definitely need to do more of that myself! Good luck with all of your goals.

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!


  41. I know what you mean about spending too much time on the Internet. But right now I am looking out the window and see grey,rainy skies. Oh well. Back to the internet! Happy New Year.

  42. One of my favorite caffeine-free teas to drink is a vanilla rooibos. It’s a red leaf tea that I’ve found tricks my mind and body into thinking it’s had caffeine but without the side-effects caffeine can have. I’ve seen a maple version that President’s Choice brand has, but I haven’t tried it yet.

    As for meeting more book people in person, I understand that feeling too. It’s hard when you’re an introvert to get out and find other people like you. Does that make sense? I’ve seen people talk about book clubs where groups get together, socialize for a bit and then everyone sits down and reads their own book for an hour or so. I would love to find a group like that.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

  43. vidya

    Thanks for visiting me, as always!! I do need to stop doing #9 as well.. 🙂 On the other hand, I have read so many books with no disturbances and interruptions at all …

  44. RS

    Late to this post but it’s one of my favorite bookish-goals posts yet. #1 is so fantastic I am officially adopting it for my own. Making it my official mission to use one of my days off in February go to pick a local place and splurge.

    Wishing you well on your internet reduction time. Lots of benefits to that one for sure.

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