Reading & Blog Goals for 2017

Happy New Year everyone! Aren’t you glad 2016 is over? I’m excited for the new year because it means new beginnings, and I’ve never felt more genuinely excited for new beginnings since this year. I don’t know what it is, but I’m just anticipating what this year could potentially bring. I’ve already talked about my writing goals for this year, so now let me talk about my reading and blog goals for 2017:

Reading Goals

  • Read at least 30 books.
  • Finish several books on the Beat the Backlist Challenge. I think this is a great challenge to really cross off those books that have been on my shelves 5ever.
  • Read more diverse books.
  • Finish the Harry Potter series, dammit.
  • Read more adult books (not there’s anything wrong with YA, I just want to read more adult things).

Blog Goals

  • Comment on more blogs! I know I said this last year, but I want to keep it up because I have commented more this past year, but not as much as I’d hoped.
  • Maybe change the way I review. My review style has been transforming slowly the longer I do reviews, so it’s a natural progression kind of thing. I like my review style, though, so this one’s just kind of an optional one.
  • Have fun with what I’m doing.

I honestly don’t have that many goals that I want to achieve this year in reading or blogging because I just want to enjoy my time doing both, which I think is the most important thing of all. As long as I’m doing that, then everything else can fall into place afterward.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What do you hope to accomplish reading wise? What about you blog? Are there some things you definitely want to tackle this year?

Writing Goals for 2016

Let’s talk about ALL THE RESOLUTIONS! Woo!

No, but seriously, this is my third post in a week about resolutions or relating to it. I promise it’ll be the last one!

So today I wanted to talk a little bit about my writing goals for this year. I know I set up a vague goal last year to edit my NaNoWriMo novel from 2014, and that flopped, but this year I want that to change.

As a graduate of Professional Writing, I want to be a writer! I love to create and be able to tell stories with my voice. I mean, anyone can be a writer regardless of what they do or don’t graduate with, but for me, it became a goal once I made it through college. And I sort of didn’t do much of it at all last year except for Camp NaNoWriMo, and I want to change that.

So this year I’m going to make three goals that I really want to see to the end. These goals or writing for these goals don’t have to be perfect, but I definitely want to be able to see something come of them.

So here are my three major writing goals for the year and how I plan on actually achieving them:

1 . Finish editing my 2014 NaNoWriMo novel.

And this time I mean it, dammit. I loved my first novel that I completed for NaNo. I grew attached to my two main characters and their stories, backstories, the world and how they grew up in it. And every time I’d write about them, or start to edit and find out more about them, things changed and grew and expanded into something more.

So I want to make it a point this year to read through my 100 pages manuscript and at least complete editing that story. It’s written to completion, it just needs to be edited (and then rewritten to add/take away edits, but one step at a time).

How I’ll Be Doing This: I’m going to do my best during some downtimes each weekend to see this through. I know I can do it; it’s just a matter of actually doing it that’s the challenge.

2. Finish writing my 2015 Camp NaNoWriMo novel.

I love this novel, too! My characters keep growing and developing and I’m learning so much more about them as I go, which then makes me want to go back and just start rewriting into the characters that I know they can be. But I really need to actually finish writing this one first.

I’ve actually written more for this story than the previous one and I’m not even close to be done with it yet. I’m hoping to get in at least another 20,000 to 30,000 words before it’s done, but who knows?

How I’ll Be Doing This: So the way I’ll be going about this is working on it for a half hour two to three times a week. I can push out 1,000 words in a half hour, so it’ll go at a decent pace if I actually stick to that goal. And of course I won’t limit myself if I’m on a roll and I want to write more in a given day.

3. Start writing a new novel, whether for Camp/NaNo or not.

I had an idea that came to me last night as I was trying to sleep, as all great ideas do. And I actually really, really like this story idea so I’m going to start writing it this year.

Now this doesn’t mean I have to finish it this year, but I do want to at least start writing it and get what I can down before I forget anything.

How I’ll Be Doing This: a) To do this I’ll do the same as above: a half hour two to three times a week. Of course, if I choose to wait until Camp or NaNo, then I’ll have plenty of time to bust out some words, so that’ll be fine.

b) And I’ll also do accomplish this goal by doing something I hate doing: outlining. I seriously hate outlining because I just like to go right into the story and get as much as I can out on paper. But I think this will help with how I want the story to flow.

So there you have it, my 2016 writing goals! They’re pretty straight forward, and may seem daunting, but I’m going to do my best to succeed at all of them.

Accompanying video: Writing Goals for 2016

Do you have any writing goals for the year? How challenging are they? Do you think you’ll be able to complete them or do you think you’ll need an accountability buddy to help you push through it? Let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: Resolutions For 2016

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely peeps over at The Broke & the Bookish. Today’s topic is all about our resolutions for 2016.

Now, I know I already posted my resolutions a few days ago, but I wanted to participate in this week’s T10T and go into more detailed resolutions that I’d like to accomplish for this year.

I’m going to separate these into five bookish related resolutions and five personal ones. So, here we go:

Bookish

1 . Complete the Mortal Instruments & Infernal Devices series. Like, seriously, I really want to finish these, and since I’m reading them in the order they were published I’ll be able to kill two birds with one stone and finish reading both the TMI series and TID trilogy.

2. Complete the Harry Potter series. I still have yet to finish reading the HP series for the first time and so I really want to try to make a point in finishing it this year. I love the movies and I’m loving the books, so I don’t see why it’s taking me so long.

3. Actually finish A Game of Thrones. I’ve been reading this book for about three years now and I really just need to finish the dang thing. I’m half way through and I really want to make it a goal to read at least one book in the series per year.

4. Get back into manga. I was HUGE into manga as a teenager, and sure I may dabble in it here and there, but I don’t read it nearly as much anymore when I used to love it.

5. Get more book shelves! And I’m talking the tall ones, not these small ones that we have stuffed places. Both my husband and I need more shelf space (mostly me) and so I’m thinking of downgrading my desk and making more room for some shelves.

Personal

6. Eat healthier. Okay, yeah, I know a lot of people make this resolution – “New year, new me!” – but I really do need to eat a lot healthier. I’m overweight and people are concerned for me so I need to improve my diet.

7. Finish writing a novel and edit it. I really want to get a jump start on one of my passions and I really want to further my process in writing and working toward getting published.

8. Save more money. Don’t we all need to do this? Well, for me personally my husband and I want to buy a house and start a family sometime in the near future so I really need to watch my spending and do my best to save.

9. Rebuild my relationship with God. I don’t go to church or really read my bible that much, and I want to change that. Having that relationship was important to me a year ago, so why isn’t it now?

10. Be happy. I think this is probably the most important one for me to really remember and succeed at. 2015 was a rough year for me emotionally and mentally, but in other ways it was still great. I want this year to be even better and I just want to be happy with the decisions I make and whatever it is that I do.

And that’s it! It’s a pretty simple list, but I think that I can accomplish all of these as long as I try hard enough at it.

What are some of the resolutions you made for yourself? Do you think you’ll be able to stick to them? Let me know!

Bookish Resolutions for 2016

Happy New Year! I can’t believe we’re already into 2016! Seriously. 2015 flew by.

So now’s the time where I make those promises that I don’t intend to keep. You know: resolutions. Okay, well I’m going to try my best to stick to these resolutions, but no guarantees.

But first, let’s review my last year’s resolutions and see what I actually accomplished:

  • I did NOT read at least three classics.
  • I did read three to five books per month when I was on a roll, so I’m counting this one.
  • I did accomplish my goal of reading at least 30 books, because I read 50 books total!
  • I did NOT participate in #ProjectFiveBooks or 0 by 16.
  • I did NOT revise my 2014 NaNoWriMo novel.
  • I did do occasional corresponding blog posts and videos, as well as did more discussions, tags, wrap-ups, and hauls.
  • I did NOT get a domain name.
  • I did NOT seek out any ARCs.

Alright, well, that was a lot of NOPE instead of a lot of YES. But I’m actually not sad about that at all! I did so much on my blog, plus I’ve read so many books, that I’m really happy with what I accomplished in 2015.

And now that we’re in 2016 I’m totally looking forward to some new things in my reading and blogging life. So here is what 2016 will hopefully look like for me:

Reading Life

  • Read at least 30 books – If I reach this goal, great! If not, that’s okay, too.
  • Read more adult books/books in other genres – I want to expand my horizons a bit more and try to read more out of my comfort zone.
  • Listen to more audiobooks – I really do enjoy audiobooks! I just need to find the right ones and time to listen to them.
  • ARCs – Maybe this will be the year I start asking about ARCs! We’ll see.

Blogging/Booktube

  • Make videos once a week – I’m trying to aim for every Monday, but it’ll happen at least once a week if I can manage it.
  • Comment on other blogs more – I seriously lacked in this area in 2015, but I’m going to do my best to comment more on others’ blogs this year!
  • Include more topics on writing – You guys seem to really like these posts, so I’m going to try to talk more about writing in the new year.
  • Have fun with it – I tried to keep schedules and whatnot, but it just doesn’t seem to work for me. I’m just going to have fun with my blog and youtube channel, so I’m going to post what I want, when I want. But, that being said, I am going to do my best to post at least twice weekly.

And that’s it for my resolutions for 2016! They’re a lot simpler, broader, but still attainable. I think that 2016 is going to be another great reading year, and I can’t wait to take you all along with me!

Accompanying video: 2016 Bookish Resolutions

December Wrap-Up & Book Haul

December was a very productive month in terms of reading and other things going on in my life. I managed to read six books this month! It’s the most I’ve read in one month in a long time. I’m very proud of myself for it.

So, let me first go through the books I read this month, then I’ll talk about my book haul, then I’ll list any tags I did I at the end of the post, including any discussions I did.

So the six books I read as month are as follows:

  1. Exquisite Captive” by Heather Demetrios. I did a full review of it, so you can check out what I thought about it there. I rated it 4/5 stars.
  2. Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell. I also did a full review of this book, so you can check out my thoughts there! I rated it 5/5 stars.
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” by J.K. Rowling. This book was much better than I was expecting, as it included much more details than I was expecting. It was much different from the movie (as this was my first read through) and I was very glad to have read it. Great character and plot development happened in the novel and I can’t wait to read the next. I rated this 5/5 stars.
  4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han. You can read my review and see what I thought. I rated it 4/5 stars.
  5. Stardust” by Neil Gaiman. What beautiful writing. You can read my review here. I rated it 5/5 stars.
  6. This Night So Dark” by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I seem to be onto a patter here. I did a review! I rated it 4/5 stars.

All of the books I read this past month left me wanting more. Sure, some of them had their faults while others blew me away, but that’s to be expected, right?

Now my book haul! I bought seven books this past month, and they are:

  1. The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh” by A.A. Milne. I got this book while on my honeymoon in Walt Disney World and I was so happy to get it! It’s fully illustrated and in color, so I’m sure it’ll transport me back to me childhood.
  2. The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien. I got the pocket edition and it is very adorable in its small size! I’m behind the times in not having read any of Tolkien quite yet, but I hope to in the upcoming year.
  3. Siege and Storm” by Leigh Bardugo. This is the second book in the Grisha trilogy. It’s very hard to find this book at my local Barnes & Noble, but I managed to find this one at another one!
  4. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone” and “Days of Blood and Starlight” by Laini Taylor. This is the first and second books in the Daughter of Smoke and Bones trilogy. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this trilogy and how the writing in it is beautiful. I hope to enjoy it when I read it!
  5. The Darkest Minds” by Alexandra Bracken. This is the first book in The Darkest Minds trilogy and I hear a lot of good things about it. Mind control, super powers? Cool stuff!
  6. This Shattered World” by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. This is the second book in the Starbound trilogy. I’ve started reading it already and so far I’m really enjoying it.

Those are all the books I’ve gotten in the past month. All bought with gift cards, so I’m not really going against the project five books or anything like that. I’m very excited about this upcoming year! Read about some of my resolutions I hope to stick by in 2015.

Tags! I only did one that I didn’t already have in this post, so here it is:

Reading Habits Tag
1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading? Either at my desk or on the couch in the living room.
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper? Bookmarks are cuter, but I’m not opposed to pieces of paper.
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages? I prefer stopping at the end of a chapter or section.
4. Do you eat or drink while reading? Sometimes.
5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading? Occasionally music, but I prefer silence.
6. One book at a time or several at once? Several at once, but I try to focus only on one at a time.
7. Reading at home or everywhere? Everywhere!
8. Reading out lout or silently in your head? Silently.
9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages? Yes. >> Sometimes. I have a bad habit of reading the last page of a book before starting the beginning.
10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new? Break the spine.
11. Do you write in your books? SACRILEGE. No.

Links to various discussions I talked about this past month:

Accompanying video: December 2014 Wrap-Up & Book Haul

So that is it for my December Wrap-Up and the many things that has happened this month. Wow. Anyway, what did you read this month? Did you enjoy your choices? Let me know in the comments below!