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Fall Back in Love With Reading
This has led me to read certain books because I feel I should, rather than because I want to. This doesn't mean I don't enjoy what I'm reading, but that I'm picking up a book not to read for enjoyment, but to bring attention to it. As I said, I'm still enjoying the books I'm reading, but I'm not reading for pleasure - I'm not reading for me, I'm reading for others. It's not about the books themselves, it's about how I approach reading.
I've started to lose the excitment that comes with picking up a new book. I need to read these books for myself first and foremost, for my own enjoyment. I need to approach reading differently; to pick up a book to read because I like the sound of it, rather than because I feel I should read it. Again, I'm not going to change the books I'm reading, I'll still be reading diverse books (because it's important for me, as a white cis-het able-bodied woman to diversify my reading), I'll just be thinking about reading differently. I'll be choosing what I read based on what sounds good in the moment, rather than because it features a character with X identity.
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Do More to Promote Diverse Books
Until recently, all I did for diverse books was read and review them. And while that's helpful, I feel like I could be doing more to support these books and their authors. As you may have seen, I've already started my Diverse YA & MG 2017 UK Releases list, and I've posted the first of monthly posts highlighting, with more detail, the diverse books coming out in the UK that month. I'll also be holding Twitter giveaways for extra copies of diverse books I have, and I'll be starting an as yet un-named feature where authors of diverse books recommend others. I just want to be a bit more proactive in supporting these books and making sure people know about them. They're so important, and I feel I need to do more than simply review them in order to help them find their way into the hands of those who need them. Hopefully more ideas will come to me as the year goes on.
Write More, Different Content
You may have noticed that for a good long time, most of my content has simply been reviews. Reviews are fine, it's what book blogs are all about, of course, but just reviews? I'm sure for a reader that can get a little boring. And I'd really like you guys to like Once Upon a Bookcase, and want to come back, you know? Writing content other than reviews is something I really struggle with, though. Cait of Paper Fury is the Queen of Bookish Content, always coming up with interesting discussions, or funny bookish posts, and speaking to her about it, I know most of her inspiration comes from what she reads, but also from Oh, The Books' Bookish Blogging: Discussion Topics From A - Z. Even with this advice, I have still struggled. But I'm going to really try to come up with posts you guys will enjoy reading. I'll jot down ideas when they come to me, and see if I can work them into something interesting. I'm sure it'll be fun for me, too, to write other things for Once Upon a Bookcase - I do so enjoy writing!
So those are my reading and blogging goals for this year! What are yours? Let me know!