2018 Bookish Resolutions

I know a lot of people think New Year’s Resolutions are… well, stupid. “Nobody ever sticks to them!” “You can make changes anytime! It doesn’t have to happen on January 1st!” “They’re so unrealistic!” While it’s true that you can make new goals and go about achieving them at any point during the year, there’s just something so appealing about starting fresh on January 1st. And as far as sticking to them, or making them realistic… I guess that depends on the person. 😜 But I always try to keep these things in mind when thinking about the new year and what I want to accomplish.

I have a few bookish resolutions for 2018, as well as some personal ones. But the most important thing for me, as we get ready for another new year, is to focus on happiness. ❤️ Some of you may know that I’ve been taking a break from bookstagram. One of the reasons why is that it wasn’t making me happy anymore. I knew I needed to take a step back until I felt more motivated to take and post photos and interact with my followers. As much as I wanted to be more active, I needed that space to reflect and think about what I could be doing differently. I want to do more of this in 2018 — pay attention to how I’m feeling and figure out how to find happiness in whatever situation I’m in. But here are some of the more specific goals I have for next year…

What are some of my bookish resolutions for 2018?

  • Read at least 50 books.
  • Listen to more audiobooks.
  • Keep better track of what I read, as well as monthly book hauls.
  • Post on Instagram at least 2-3 times a week. (I’ve accepted that, with my current schedule, daily posts just aren’t possible. But I think this is a more realistic goal for me. 🙂)
  • Write a blog post at least once a week. (Not just reviews, but different content, too!)
  • Write a novel.
  • Keep a journal.

What are some of my personal resolutions for 2018?

  • Do more yoga.
  • Come up with a workout routine that’s easy to commit to, as well as fun.
  • Meal plan every week. (This just makes grocery shopping easier. 😄)
  • Reach out to old friends and make new ones.
  • Work to reduce my anxiety.
  • Focus on the positive more than the negative.
  • Stick to my budget.
  • Make sure I’m doing something (preferably multiple somethings!) every day that makes me happy. 😊

Do you make resolutions, bookish or non-bookish? What are some things you’re looking forward to in 2018?

2017 Year-End Wrap-Up

I knew 2017 would be a busy year, but WOW! It was even busier — and more exciting — than I could have anticipated. 😃

In February, after discovering bookstagram, I started my own account, never thinking that I would end the year with 1.9K followers. 😱 In June, I married my wonderful husband, Matt, the love of my life and my delightfully-nerdy best friend. ❤️ That same month, I quit my two teaching jobs and began a new full-time job, which was terrifying, but the absolute right decision. In August, I started this blog, with no idea what I would do with it or whether anyone would actually read my reviews. (Those of you who do: THANK YOU! 🤗) In November, we moved out of our apartment and into a house! And now here we are at the end of December, in a totally different place (both literally and metaphorically) than we were a year ago. But that’s always how it seems to go, right? I can’t wait to see what happens in 2018, and I have some bookish and personal goals that I’m determined to achieve. (More on those in my next post. 😉)

I ended up reading a total of 31 books this year. Here’s a complete list, along with my ratings, and links to the reviews I’ve written!

Books Read in 2017
** = Audiobook

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Caraval by Stephanie Garber   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
**The Grownup by Gillian Flynn   ⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
**The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins   ⭐️⭐️
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Warcross by Marie Lu   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones   ⭐️⭐️⭐️
**Yes Please by Amy Poehler   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

And this was tough, but I was finally able to narrow them down to my top ten reads of 2017. (I’m planning on reading waaaay more books next year, though, so I’m sure it will only get tougher… 😅)

My Top 10 Books of 2017

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(FYI: These are in no particular order, because THIS WAS HARD ENOUGH AS IT WAS. Also, you may notice that not all of my five-star reads made it onto this list. Some of them are four-star reads! Basically, I chose these ten books based on how much I enjoyed them and how much they stayed with me after I finished them. 😁)

  1. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
  2. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
  3. Warcross by Marie Lu
  4. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  5. The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
  6. Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović
  7. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  8. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
  9. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
  10. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

How many books did you read this year? What were some of your favorites? Let me know below! (Because as impossibly-long as my TBR is, I’m always happy to add to it! 😂)

October Wrap-Up & November TBR

It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged, guys. In case you missed my post on Instagram, we’re moving! The current plan is to be out of our apartment by the end of November, and there’s a lot to do in the meantime. Because of this, I won’t be as active on Instagram or here. But I did want to post a belated October wrap-up, as well as give you a peek at my November TBR. 😊📚

I only read two books in October, one of which wasn’t on my TBR. (I know you’re SHOCKED.) Here are my ratings:

*I know I didn’t write a full review of this book, but I’m tentatively planning on re-reading the Immortals series before Tamora Pierce’s Tempests and Slaughter comes out in February, so you might see a review of all four books in January.

Did I read everything on my October TBR?
NOPE! 😂

Did I read anything not on my October TBR?
Wild Magic was a total impulse read after a conversation with Margaret (@blackshelfbooks).

What was my favorite read of the month?
I enjoyed both of these books, but I think I have to give a slight edge to An Enchantment of Ravens. It was a highly anticipated read for me, and it was truly a delight to delve into.

What was my least favorite read of the month?
I didn’t really have one!

Now, on to my November TBR. Since I’ll be packing up all of my hardcovers and paperbacks in the very-near future, I thought it would make my life much easier to choose only e-books. (And I bought a Kindle Paperwhite recently, so it will be the perfect opportunity for me to use that!)

Now, as you may have guessed, my monthly TBRs are often a little… ambitious. 😅 At least for me! But if I’m totally honest with myself, I’m probably not going to get much reading done this month. So, after going from four books to two, I’ve finally decided to choose just one book for this month: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

I really enjoyed the Lunar Chronicles, and I’ve heard great things about this book. I’m excited to explore this new world — and hopefully get hooked! If you’re interested in reading a synopsis, click here.

What was your favorite read of October? What are you most excited to read in November? Leave a comment and let me know!