Friday, January 12, 2018

New Years Resolutions 2018

It's time! How did my New Years Resolutions from last year go? And what am I planning for next year?
Last year, I said:

In 2017 I'm hoping to:
  • Read at least 15 novel-length books.
  • Thin out my personal bookshelves. I have a lot of "tsundoko," books I've purchased and let pile up unread. I'll be gifting a lot of these to Little Free Libraries this year.
  • Continue blogging once a week.
  • And my big, non-book related goal is to lose weight and stay in shape!

How'd I do? I read 21 books! I've kind of been beating myself up for not reading more. But, I exceeded my (admittedly low) goal, so that's something.
I have thinned out a large number of books. But, I've been gifted or purchased a lot of new books this past year, too. Doesn't feel like I made progress, but at least the piles of books all around my house aren't getting worse.
Continue blogging? Yikes. I fell down pretty hard on this one. I've been fairly pressed for free time. Sometimes, I didn't feel like I had a quality post to add. Other times, I had a post all planned, and never published it. A few times, I had a seasonal post which - by the time I had the free time to put it up, was already kind of out of date. In addition, I had almost all of my blog images hosted on Photobucket, so things are looking pretty poorly around here, lately. I'm working on fixing old posts. Slowly, but surely.
Lose weight? Oh no. Let's just say there's a reason why people make that resolution every year.

Okay, onwards!
Goals for 2018 include:
  • Spend less time on social media, pointlessly lurking, clicking and scrolling, and more time actually reading books. Really wondering how much of my To Be Read pile I can knock out!
  • I want to read at least 50 books this year!
  • I'd like to walk three miles a day. This isn't too outrageous of a goal, as I have to walk a lot in my job, so with a bit more effort, I should make three miles a day, easily.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Read in 2017

Let's take a look back at what I read last year!

1. The Unwanted - Lisa McMann
2. Holding on to Zoe - George Ella Lyon
3. The Accidental Abduction - Darcie Wild
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School - Jeff Kinney
5. Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice - Curtis Sittenfeld
6. March: Book One - John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell
7. March: Book Two - John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell
8. The Sound of Gravel - Ruth Wariner
9. March: Book Three - John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell
10. Porridge the Tartan Cat and the Brawsome Bagpipes - Alan Dapre
11. Porridge the Tartan Cat and the Bash Crash Ding - Alan Dapre
12. Leaving Fishers - Margaret Peterson Haddix
13. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down - Jeff Kinney
14. A Fierce and Subtle Poison - Samantha Mabry
15. Where We Want to Live: Reclaiming Infrastructure for a New Generation of Cities - Ryan Gravel
16. Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? - Roz Chast
17. Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm - Forrest Pritchard
18. Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America - Rich Benjamin
19. Pancakes in Paris: Living the American Dream in France - Craig Carlson
20. No One is Coming to Save Us - Stephanie Powell Watts
21.Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer

It doesn't feel like I read as much in 2017, but there's a pretty diverse mix of titles - some middle grade, a few YA, some adult non-fiction, some graphic novels.

picture credit: Jeune fille lisant, Charles Chaplin 1857


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