Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2014

I love lists, so I’m dipping my toes in the listy fun that is Top Ten Tuesday. This meme is run by The Broke and the Bookish and each week they post a new list for us to complete and share.

Just post your own list, link back to The Broke and the Bookish, and add your link to the linky tool to participate!

 

 

Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2014:

(Bookish, bloggish, real-lifeish.)

1. Read 100 books.

If I do nothing else this year, I want to keep up my reading habit. 

2. Blog regularly.

I’m not going to pressure myself with a set number of posts per week, or even per month. I just want to focus on coming back and getting something up on the blog on a regular basis, no matter the frequency. 

3. Read something truly challenging.

I want to tackle something that really pushes me. Something old? Something long? Something epic, or literary, or written in verse? It doesn’t matter what it is, but at least one book I read this year should scare me a little bit.

4. Subscribe to more blogs via email.

Once Google Reader went buh-bye, my blog reading dropped dramatically. Bloglovin’ and Feedly are fine, but I don’t like them as much, which makes it feel like a chore to visit them. I’ve found that the blogs I have subscribed to via email are not overwhelming to my inbox, and it makes it easier to stay current. Plus it’s easy to click the link and comment from my phone. Maybe my inbox will just have to be my new Reader. 

5. Develop my writing habit.

My critique group is in a transition phase, but I think we’re all feeling ready to get down to hard work again. This means it’s time for me to quit making excuses and get back to regular writing sessions. Look for Writing Wednesday posts every other week to keep me honest and accountable.

6. Get moving!

Hibernation time is over. I have real, major physical activity commitments this year and it’s time to start working toward those goals. That Half Ironman isn’t going to race itself.

7. Stick to a budget.

I’ve been lucky and lazy enough to get by without thinking much about the money I spend. This year, I want to set some spending limitations and sock away the rest to really pad our savings account. I tend to complain a lot about our small apartment, but if I want to buy a house I have to actually set aside money for that down payment.

8. Finish that draft.

My critique group has been enormously patient with my indecisive approach to plotting out my manuscript. That approach isn’t working, and has led to a draft that goes nowhere fast. This year I want to step it up, make hard choices for my characters, and finish their story.

9. Attend a writing conference and get querying.

Once that manuscript is done, it’ll be time to find an agent. This year is the year I want to start querying. I’ve also resisted writing conferences because they so often seem geared toward writers with completed manuscripts, but if I meet goal #8 then I can achieve goal #9.

10. Do what makes me happy.

I don’t want to fall into the trap of only doing something for the sake of doing it, just to be consistent. If I’m posting 3 times a week, but they are posts no one cares about, what’s the point? If I’m posting once a month, but it’s something fun and entertaining to read, and it makes me happier, then so be it.

“Do what you want, what you want with [your blog].” – Lady GaGa

What are your goals or resolutions for this year?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books On My Fall 2013 TBR List

I love lists, so I’m dipping my toes in the listy fun that is Top Ten Tuesday. This meme is run by The Broke and the Bookish and each week they post a new list for us to complete and share.

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Top Ten Books On My Fall 2013 TBR List:

(These aren’t new releases, but books I have promised myself to get through ASAP.)

1. The Book Thief

I borrowed this from a friend over a year ago, and I promised her that while housesitting for her this month I’d finish it.

2. Ender’s Game

A book club pick – just in time for the movie!

3. Storm Front

I told myself I’d read this whole series over the next year, so I better get started.

4. Carrie

I haven’t read a Stephen King book in so long. With Halloween coming up, it’s the perfect time to dive back in.

5. Prodigy

I just finished re-reading Legend, so now I’m ready for the sequel.

6. Glamorous Illusions

Technically, I already started this one. I need to finish it before it’s due back to the library in a couple of weeks.

7. Murder in the Marais

This has been on my TBR for so long, as it combines two of my favorite things: mysteries and Paris. I finally picked it up from the library.

8. Clockwork Princess

I read the first two back-to-back and then forgot to come back to this one. I need to read it before I forget everything that happened.

9. Requiem

After a hundred million years, my library ebook loan finally came through.

10. Coda

This came home with me during birthday book shopping. I can’t wait to finally read it!

What books are you planning to read this fall?

Top Ten Tuesday – REWIND: Books I HAD to Buy

I love lists, so I’m excited to dip my toes in the listy fun that is Top Ten Tuesday. This meme is run by The Broke and the Bookish and each week they post a new list for us to complete and share.

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday Rewind week, so I’m going back to one I was bummed I missed.

Top Ten Books I HAD to Buy…But are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread:

(This list should be waaaay longer than 10, by the way.)

1. Dearly, Departed

 Steampunk AND a beautiful cover…but I still haven’t read it. I think the zombie thing has me worried I won’t like it.

2. Falling for Hamlet

 This Hamlet retelling had me rushing to the bookstore. Someday I’ll get to it.

3. Railsea

 This looked like a dark fantasy I needed in my life. Then it got cast aside for other new things.

4. Wolf Hall

 Honestly, this one will require a certain amount of brain power I haven’t had the energy to devote yet.

5. My Fair Lazy

 Annoyed with dealing with Jen’s copious footnotes in Kindle format, I bought this in paperback. I think if it was on my Kindle I’d have read it by now.

6. Raised by Wolves

 Pretty cover! Hype! And then…nothing.

7. Across the Universe

 I keep telling myself I’m just not in the mood for sci-fi.

8. Eyes Like Stars

 This was bought during my buy-all-the-theater-books phase.

9. If I Stay

 I’ve only resisted this one because I know it’s emotional.

10. Ruby Red

Time travel and a pretty cover! But some not so great reviews made me put it down the list.

What books are still unread on your shelves?

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Recommend

I love lists, so I’m excited to dip my toes in the listy fun that is Top Ten Tuesday. This meme is run by The Broke and the Bookish and each week they post a new list for us to complete and share.

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Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most:

These books are made of SQUEEEEE!

1. Waterfall 

 

2. Outlander 

 

3. The Night Circus

 

4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone

 

5. Elephantmen

 

6. Leviathan

 

7. The Hunger Games

 

8. Map of Bones

 

9. Outliers

 

10. Child 44

What books do you recommend?

Top Ten Tuesday – Auto-Buy Authors

I love lists, so I’m excited to dip my toes in the listy fun that is Top Ten Tuesday. This meme is run by The Broke and the Bookish and each week they post a new list for us to complete and share.

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Top Ten Authors I’d Put on My Auto-Buy List:

These are the authors whose books I would buy or read, no matter what. I won’t say it doesn’t matter which genre, because even I can by finicky, but for the most part, these are authors who have proven to write books I consistently like, and who I trust to tell a great story (whether it’s fiction or not).

1. James Rollins 

 Though I mostly stick with his Sigma Force series, I’ve liked everything I’ve read by James Rollins.

2. A.J. Jacobs 

 I already own everything he’s ever written, and A.J. Jacobs is the only absolute “auto-buy” author I truly have. No questions asked, I will purchase anything he writes. Ever. His approachable, self-effacing style perfectly complements his journalistic eye for truths beyond face value.

3. Diana Gabaldon

 (Obvs.)

4. Jen Lancaster

 Jen Lancaster is another humorous nonfiction author whose books I buy regardless of topic. Although her style can at times be over the top, she never fails to make me literally guffaw with laughter. 

5. Cassandra Clare

 Though I have yet to even start this spinoff series, I’ve already preordered book 3. Enough said.

6. Mary Roach

 Mary Roach’s books are so well researched on such taboo topics that I can’t resist her. Dead bodies, ghosts, sex, space flight, and digestion – if you like the weird or hard to stomach, you’ve found your woman.

7. Patricia Briggs

 Mercy Thompson is one of the best shifter characters ever created. Patricia Briggs gets the series book just right – the characters never feel stale or stuck in perpetual loops of similar scenarios. 

8. William Shakespeare

 Is this cheating? I’ve never read the full canon, but I know that I will, and I would never hesitate to see or read a new adaptation.

9. Rita Mae Brown

 I initially got hooked on the Sneaky Pie mysteries, but she now writes two other series (I’ve only gotten through one so far), and has a hefty collection of well-regarded literary fiction under her belt as well. I hope to read it all eventually.

10. Lisa T. Bergren

After reading the River of Time series, I’ll read anything Lisa Bergren puts out there.

Who are your auto-buy authors?

Top Ten Tuesday (2)

I love lists, so I’m excited to dip my toes in the listy fun that is Top Ten Tuesday. This meme is run by The Broke and the Bookish and each week they post a new list for us to complete and share.

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Top Ten Books Whose Titles Or Covers Made Me Buy It:

For me, it’s all about covers. I rely on covers to communicate the tone, theme, or genre of a novel. If it grabs my eye and tells me it’s exactly what I’m looking for at that moment, then I’m going to read it. Bonus points if it’s purty. These are 10 books that got me interested because their covers promised a story or tone I was going to love.

1. Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel.

2. Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon.

3. Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan.

4. The Espressologist by Kristina Springer.

5. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson.

6. Huntress by Malinda Lo.

7. The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell.

8. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain.

9. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

10. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr.

What books have you read based on covers or titles?

Top Ten Tuesday (1)

I love lists, so I’m excited to dip my toes in the listy fun that is Top Ten Tuesday. This meme is run by The Broke and the Bookish and each week they post a new list for us to complete and share.

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Today they’re celebrating their blogoversary, so we’re all celebrating the Top Ten Reasons I Love Being a Book Blogger/Bookish Person!

1. Sharing my opinion. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like it when people listen to and enjoy what I have to say. I love reading comments from people who actually care about what I wrote. Awesome!

2. Meeting new people. Though I don’t know any of you personally, I still consider many of you friends. I like having friends in all areas of the country and world, with all different backgrounds. I would never meet you without blogging!

3. Expanding my horizons. I love the exposure book blogging brings for new books. I can follow people who read totally different genres or who have different tastes in characters, plots, and themes. I love the variety.

4. Getting to know authors. The other benefit of online access is chatting with authors as well as book lovers.

5. Being a cheerleader. The best part about ARCs is that I get to be a part of the publicity machine. That is so much fun, especially when I love the book through and through.

6. Book recommendations. I finally have a place to go to get good book recommendations! I used to stumble blindly through libraries and bookstores. Now I know what I’m getting into before I even walk inside.

7. Publishing news. As a blogger, I feel like I have a direct line into book marketing and publicity, so I get the inside scoop on when covers and books are released.

8. The excuse to write. I love putting together blog posts, thinking about what I’m trying to communicate, and reading the finished product. It keeps me working my writing brain even if I’m not working on my fiction.

9. Memes. That said, sometimes I don’t want to have to think about what to write. Thank you, memes!

10. The excuse to read. More than anything, I love book blogging because I can read with a purpose. It’s not just about learning more about the market, or craft, or even reading for fun. I like that I read now not only to enjoy the book, but so I can talk about if afterward. It’s like a fun book club that happens every day!

What do you like about book blogging or being a book fan?


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