Happy New Year!

It seemed like it would never get here, but holy smokes, here it is! 2018! We made it!

As is my custom, I like to try and look at the goals I set for this year and see how I did. This year was a little rocky (to say the least), but I did manage to get at least some reading done. Let’s take a peek and see how it went.

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My goal was to read 50 books for the year on GoodReads. I fell . . . pretty short of that, but not too bad. I made it to 32. A definite reading slump towards the end of the year, but for a good reason, not a bad one. I got to do several wonderful theater shows this year, which were great experiences, but unfortunately cuts way into my reading time. Since I will be starting 2018 off with rehearsals and hope to do more than just one show this year, I’ll have to see what I can do to make time for my reading. But here is the list of books I did get to:

  1. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  3. The Plantation by Stella Samiotou Fitzsimons
  4. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
  5. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  6. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  7. The Circle by Dave Eggers
  8. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
  9. RoseBlood by A.G. Howard
  10. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  11. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  12. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  13. Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
  14. Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep
  15. Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep
  16. Crimson Frost by Jennifer Estep
  17. Midnight Frost by Jennifer Estep
  18. Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep
  19. Dollhouse by Anya Allyn
  20. Paper Dolls by Anya Allyn
  21. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  22. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  23. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
  24. Polgara the Sorceress by David Eddings
  25. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
  26. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  27. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  28. Armada by Ernest Cline
  29. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
  30. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  31. Marionette by Anya Allyn
  32. Music Box by Anya Allyn

Which brings me to my next goal:

I have a bad habit of starting series and then just not finishing them. Usually it’s not because the first books are bad, but I have a very bad book attention span. I see the next shiny new thing and off I go! I have a list of series that I have started and not finished (see my 2018 Reading Challenge tab for the current list), but I did manage to finish some this year. I wanted to knock out five, but only managed to finish three:

  1. Dollhouse series by Anya Allyn – COMPLETED!!
  2. The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo – COMPLETED!!
  3. Mythos Academy series by Jennifer Estep – COMPLETED!!!

I had also set the goal to finish all new series started during the year. I didn’t do that, but there is only one new series to add to the list – The Plantation series by Stella Samiotou-Fitzsimons.

New goals for 2018!

I have set my GoodReads goal at 35 for this year, since I have been slowing down as of late. I will up the goal if it seems too easy, depending on how the year starts. I think I will keep my Complete the Series goal the same – complete five off the list and then finish any new ones I start. I probably won’t get there, but it’s worth a shot.

I’m also going to try and keep blogging more, at least three times per week. Maybe more if I can get my act together. I’ve missed it terribly, but it’s always so hard to find time these days.

Setting any exciting reading goals for 2018?


New Year Goals and Accomplishments

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all had a safe and enjoyable holiday season! This is one of my favorite times of the year. A time to reflect on the year previous and to look ahead to what’s to come. Plus I get to break out my lists, and you all know how much I enjoy my list making!

My GoodReads goal was to read 75 books this year. I had toyed with the idea of raising that to 100, but I am very glad that I didn’t. I made it to 75, but only barely. Here’s my list:

  1.  The Magician King by Lev Grossman
  2. The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman
  3. Splintered by A.G. Howard
  4. Unhinged by A.G. Howard
  5. Deep Blue Secret by Christie Anderson
  6. Ensnared by A.G. Howard
  7. Rogue Wave by Christie Anderson
  8. Ambrosia Shore by Christie Anderson
  9. The Island by Jen Minkman
  10. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
  11. The Doorknob Society by M.J. Fletcher
  12. Death’s Daughter by Amber Benson
  13. Going Bovine by Libba Bray
  14. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
  15. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  16. Redshirts by John Scalzi
  17. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
  18. Crossed by Ally Condie
  19. Devilish by Maureen Johnson
  20. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
  21. Reached by Ally Condie
  22. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  23. The Impossible Engineers by M.J. Fletcher
  24. The Mapmakers Union by M.J. Fletcher
  25. The Detective Inspectors by M.J. Fletcher
  26. Skeleton Key Guild by M.J. Fletcher
  27. Valiant by Holly Black
  28. Ironside by Holly Black
  29. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
  30. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
  31. The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey
  32. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
  33. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  34. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  35. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  36. One Good Knight by Mercedes Lackey
  37. Fortune’s Fool by Mercedes Lackey
  38. Feed by Mira Grant
  39. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  40. My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent
  41. Deadline by Mira Grant
  42. Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
  43. My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent
  44. My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent
  45. If I Die by Rachel Vincent
  46. Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent
  47. With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent
  48. Blackout by Mira Grant
  49. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  50. Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  51. Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  52. Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan
  53. Concealed Power by K.J. Colt
  54. Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  55. Blood Healing by K.J. Colt
  56. Blood Sacrifice by K.J. Colt
  57. Forsaken Power by K.J. Colt
  58. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
  59. This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
  60. The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
  61. The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross
  62. The Girl with the Iron Touch by Kady Cross
  63. The Girl with the Windup Heart by Kady Cross
  64. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  65. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
  66. Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
  67. Mind Games by Kiersten White
  68. Scar Night by Alan Campbell
  69. Under the Empyrean Sky by Chuck Wendig
  70. Perfect Lies by Kiersten White
  71. Blightborn by Chuck Wendig
  72. The Harvest by Chuck Wendig
  73. The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
  74. A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
  75. Nirvana by J.R. Stewart
  76. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

So I did make it just over my goal, which is awesome. I think for 2016, I will be keeping the same goal of 75, but I will still see if I can shoot for 100. Hopefully I won’t have any more of those pesky reading slumps.

Reading colors your life
I am actually very pleased with my progress here. I listed 33 series that I had started in previous years, but had never finished. I wanted to try to finish one third of them, and I came pretty darn close at 10. I’m going to count that as a win! Here’s my list, making off the one’s I completed:

  1. Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black – COMPLETED!!
  2. Anna series by Kendare Blake – COMPLETED!!
  3. Phedre’s Trilogy by Jacqueline Carey
  4. The Blackcoat Rebellion series by Aimee Carter
  5. The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima
  6. Matched series by Ally Condie – COMPLETED!!
  7. The Steampunk Chronicles by Kady Cross – COMPLETED!!
  8. Hellsbane series by Paige Cuccaro
  9. Book of Ember series by Jeanne DuPrau
  10. The Rules for Disappearing series by Ashley Elston
  11. Mythos Academy series by Jennifer Estep
  12. Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – COMPLETED!!
  13. Scarlet series by A.C. Gaughen
  14. Legends of Dimmingwood series by C. Greenwood
  15. The Magicians series by Lev Grossman – COMPLETED!!!!
  16. Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins
  17. Rain Wild Chronicles by Robin Hobb
  18. Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin
  19. Splintered series by A.G. Howard – COMPLETED!!!!
  20. Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson
  21. Scarlett series by Maureen Johnson
  22. Arrows trilogy by Mercedes Lackey
  23. Five Hundred Kingdoms series by Mercedes Lackey
  24. Sevenwaters trilogy by Juliet Marillier
  25. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  26. Angelfire series by Courtney Allison Moulton
  27. Abhorsen series by Garth Nix
  28. The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
  29. Books of Faerie series by Maggie Stiefvater
  30. Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater – COMPLETED!!
  31. Bartimaeus series by Jonathan Stroud
  32. The Heartland Trilogy by Chuck Wendig – COMPLETED!!
  33. Mind Games series by Kiersten White – COMPLETED!!

I also tried to finish all the series that I started this year, and did pretty well. 

  1. The Water Keepers by Christie Anderson – COMPLETED!!
  2. The Doorknob Society by M.J. Fletcher – COMPLETED!!
  3. Between by April Genevieve Tulcholke
  4. Calliope Reaper-Jones by Amber Benson – NOT INTERESTED IN FINISHING
  5. Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent – COMPLETED!!
  6. Healers of Meligna by K.J. Colt – COMPLETED!!
  7. Starbound trilogy by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner – COMPLETE UNTIL DECEMBER! NEW BOOK OUT NOW!!

So if I take the 23 left from previous years, and then add the two that I want to finish from 2015, that gives me 25 series left to work on. I’d like to knock another 10 out in 2016, as well as continue finishing new series as I go.

And there you have it! I’m really excited to start off this new year with some great books, both new finds and old friends. I will also probably try to do more with the Seasonal Reading Challenge over at GoodReads, just because it’s fun to try and fit my reading into their little puzzle.

What are your goals for the year? Are there any books you’re looking forward to in 2016?

Year in Review!

Greetings all! I have returned after enjoying the holidays with my family. I hope you and yours had a nice holiday, whichever one you celebrate this time of year.

As 2012 draws to a close, it’s time to look over the year and see how things have gone and what needs improvement. I pulled up my New Year’s resolution post from last year and was actually fairly surprised.

1. Finish that #%$#@%$ book!

Since the rough draft is done, I think I can cross this off the list. Sure, the book isn’t polished. It’s not publishable. But it has a beginning, a middle, and an end. That’s more than I’ve ever been able to do in the past.

2. Do something about my job.

This one has also been taken care of, although my hours have been creeping back up over the past few months. That will change, especially once school starts. I will need all the help I can get at that point.

3. Blog at least twice a week and tweet at least once a day.

Yup, yup. I think I’ve more than taken care of that one.

4. Read 60 books this year.

Surpassed that goal by a fairly wide margin, and found a whole bunch of wonderful new books and authors in the process. Who could ask for anything more?

5. Get healthy.

And here’s where I dropped the ball. It’s not that I don’t want to try and get healthier, it’s just that it was hard to make it a priority with everything else going on. Which is stupid, since if my health goes, everything else will go with it. I guess we can see where improvements need to be made.

All in all, I would say that this year has been a fairly good one for me, if these goals are anything to go on. Naturally, I will have new goals for 2013, which I will put up tomorrow.

Happy 2012!

It’s finally here – the dawn of a new beginning that is shiny and wonderful and . . . we should probably stop right there. I love the concepts of the New Year and resolutions, but let’s face it: today is pretty much the same as yesterday was. Most resolutions people make are broken within a few weeks and very few last much longer than a couple months. It’s kind of silly to think that just because we stayed up until midnight to watch a brightly lit crystal ball being lowered onto the roof of a building that our lives are magically going to change.

And yet, there is still a part of me that gets all fluttery thinking that this is the year. This is the year that all these amazing goals I’ve kept hidden in my head for so many years will finally come to fruition. I don’t know why. I’ve never kept a New Year’s resolution before. I start off with really good intentions, and then loose interest towards the end of January. Or decide that changing is too hard and that maybe I’m okay just the way I am. And I don’t want to come out and say that this year is going to be different – we always say that. It’s part of that New Year’s magic. But maybe this year will be different. The only thing standing in my way is . . . me. Maybe this year, I can finally pull it all together.

That said, here are my resolutions.

1. Finish that #%$#@%$ book! I have never been so poised to do something in my life. I have the tools, I have the time (sort of), and I have an amazing support system, including a wonderful family, and the best writing group a girl could ask for. The book will get finished, at least the first draft, this year, so help me!

2. Do something about my job. I’m tired of complaining about work all the time. I will somehow find a way to either cut back my hours or find a new job that doesn’t suck all the life out of me. Either way, I think I will be happier.

3. Blog at least twice a week and tweet at least once a day. That’s right! You get more of me! Congratulations to you!

4. Read 60 books this year. I always set a reading goal. Last year was 50 books, which I did achieve, although just barely. There was a long stretch in the middle of the year where I didn’t read very much and got very distracted by the Internet. To help me with the goal, I have purchased a new Kindle Fire (whoohoooo!!!!) which should be here next week.

5. Get healthy. Everyone seems to make weight loss goals this time of year and, while I could probably stand to drop a few pounds, that’s not really what I’m going for. I spend a great deal of time being very tired and just not feeling well. This is because I don’t take proper care of myself. I’m not going to be militant about it, but I want to try to eat just a little better and get just a little bit more exercise.

I wish everyone out there a glorious, beautiful, prosperous and safe New Year!