[Bookish Thoughts #4] 2016 Bookish Goals and Resolutions

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A new year signifies the start of something new. It may sound cliche, but it is. It is the time when people take oaths to do better with the months to come. To be productive. To be bolder. Better. Well, I would personally want to announce to everyone that I want to be a better JM this 2016. I want to be a better blogger. A better student. A better son. Because what’s the point of a new year if we don’t intend on improving and developing ourselves, right?

So with that, I want to share with everyone some of my bookish goals and resolutions for 2016.

  1. Meet more people. Co-bloggers, authors, publicists, etc. – Who doesn’t love the feeling of meeting and bonding with someone new, right? I, personally love meeting new people, especially people who I share the same interest with: Books. Bookish people tend to be more fun, it’s a proved fact. Meeting new authors is rad as well *Hello, NBS!* Haha, actually, last January 2nd, I met a bookish friend of mine who happens to be so sweet IRL. I first met Jasmineon Instagram, and we’ve been great friends ever since. She’s a spectacular young woman.

  2. Try and reach out to some publishers and be brave enough to write letters of request. – Okay, so here’s a fun fact. Last year, I wrote 5 different letters of request for an ARC to 5 different publishers/publicists. Some titles I requested were Dumplin’, Fans of The Impossible Life, and What We Saw to name a few. None of them replied. Sad story, I know. I don’t even know if either I’m asking the wrong person, or they just didn’t want or didn’t have the time or resources to respond to my message, but in the end it was the same. I felt devastated. I have to admit, I didn’t like the way it felt. I didn’t want to feel envious of others who get positive responses and so, I vow to try harder this year and look at all the things I have to be happy about. I am more than lucky to have this platform to share my thoughts on and I believe that I am more than blessed. This year, I will try harder!
  3. Invest a whole lot more of my time and effort in book blogging. – I have to admit, 2015 wasn’t the greatest year for me in the blogging community but everyone knows that I’m giving my all. I never feel like I owe my readers anything but I seriously want to give them my best because after all, they did follow me and my blog, right? It just feels good to know that I can do something great out of what’s expected of me.
  4. Post more creative content. – As of now, the only things I share here at Book Freak Revelations are Book Reviews, Event Recaps, Monthly Book Hauls, Book Tags and Awards, Top Ten Tuesdays, Waitin on Wednesdays, and some of my Bookish Thoughts and Opinions. Hopefully this year, I could collaborate with some of my friends and curate a guest post so as to keep my content fresh.
  5. Write more technical and informative reviews. – Okay, so last year, the elements that made up my reviews were COVERS, STORIES, and ENDINGS. This year, I vow to make my reviews a whole lot more technical, creative, and informative. I just realized that my reviews may not be as on point as it should be, so this year, my reviews will solely contain my thoughts and opinions about the book’s PLOT, CHARACTERS, WRITING STYLE, PACING, and ENDING. My book reviews of Winter by Marissa Meyer and Future Perfect by Jen Larsen are currently under the process of editing, but I took this bookish resolution to heart and hopefully you guys will notice that once they’re up. Also, if you haven’t noticed it, I’m actually using new headers and footers for my posts. I hope you guys liked it! ♥

Okay, so that’s it for this post! Hopefully, I could follow through with these goals to keep my year in blogging as fun as I meant for it to be.

How about you? What’s your bookish goal for 2016? Share them with me through the comments section!

Until next time!

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18 thoughts on “[Bookish Thoughts #4] 2016 Bookish Goals and Resolutions

  1. I’m not really big on “New Year Resolutions” (’cause I tend to fail them every year lol) However, I do make sure to improve a bit as the years changes and I guess I do try to set goals that I think would be fun/improving for me to work on.

    In bookish and blogging terms some of my goals this 2016 are (1) to interact more with my co-bloggers [and hopefully get to meet some in real life!] (2) Try to hype up more on locally published books, (3) Interact more with authors and publicists (I’ve been working on this last year and I can say that I can use some more extra effort haha 🙂 ) and (4) basically be a better blogger who posts regularly and with creative content.

    Good luck to us this year, JM! Keep ’em books coming 🙂

    Ailla @ Le Bibliophile~

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    1. Haha, Ailla, it’s never too late to decide on what you want to become or change for a new year. And I love that you shared some of your resolutions with me! Your #2 is one I actually came across as I drafted this post but went against it because last year, I did try hyping up local books, I just have to rekindle my love for Filipino authors this year. 🙂

      Thanks for dropping by, and good luck to us, Ailla! 🙂

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  2. Wow, those are a lot of goals. And I’m pretty sure I can relate to some of your feels. Haha. Anyway. Best of luck with all your resolutions this year! I’m sure you’ll do great.

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    1. I actually narrowed down my goals from a list of 15! :)) But, I hope I could stand by these goals. A new year, as I’ve stated above, is a new chance for change. I really am hoping for a positive result from this.

      And thank you for dropping by, Shealea! 🙂


      1. Oh em, I know the feeling. I’m very ambitious and I tend to want so many things I never know which ones to prioritize. Huhu. And god, yes! I agree. I’ve always loved the idea of a new year. I even blogged about it recently. 😂

        Anyway. Best of luck again! Looking forward to more of your posts.


  3. Oh my, how much I wish we could meet some time, haha. You’re such an amazing person, JM, and I’m sure it would be so much fun! Damn these distances! 😀

    I wish you so much luck for all your resolutions and that you’ll be able to do whatever you want – I’m already looking forward to all your upcoming posts! ♥

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    1. Yvonne, your messages never fail to make me smile. I am serious! I want to hug you now. Here’s to hoping that I could actually meet you someday, because I can just picture it: We’ll have endless chats about books and how much we adore Rhysand, and Connor Walsh. I just listed Austria, Vienna as a place to visit before I die so we can meet. All I need to do now is to make it happen. 🙂

      And you’re one of those people who I write for. Knowing that you read what I write on this platform means a lot to me, and for that, I am absolutely grateful! Thank you, Yvonne! *sends lots of love from the Philippines, to Vienna.* ♥


      1. Oh my goood! *hugs you super tight* ♥ For some reason this made me really emotional right now! I can be super awkward in person but knowing you’re such a sweet and funny guy this could only be one of the best days ever! 😀


  4. Definitely posting more creative content is a must and fun for you and your readers. Connecting with the community is fun, as well. I wish I could meet more bloggers but I’m much more of an introvert. LOL

    I really love seeing a lot of Filipinos blog and read and share their love for reading. I guess growing up in the PH, I didn’t see that a lot.

    Good luck with your goals, JM!

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    1. One thing I discovered from most of my friends who read and blog is that most of them are introverts, and yet, when I meet them, there’s always this indifferent feeling that they still interact with others in the end. I hope I can meet you soon, Zeee. That would be so cool.

      I don’t know if you would agree, but a lot of YA authors say that their Filipino readers are THE BEST for their enthusiasm and support. Being a part of that crowd, I actually have to agree. Haha!

      And thank you for dropping by! 🙂


  5. These are wonderful resolutions, they almost make me want to pull out my notebook and write some more resolutions of my own down!
    Being more of a critical reviewer is something I want to achieve too, this year.
    Good luck! 😊

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