Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Years Resolutions, Goals, and Bookish News


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Each year is different for everyone--some years bring us blessings, some years bring hardships. 2013 was full of blessings for me, and I will be sad to see it go. Hopefully 2014 will bring happiness and blessings!

Quick overview of 2013:
  • Adopted my childhood cat on January 28th
  • Got a promotion at work on March 15th
  • Married the love of my life on April 6th
  • Purchased our first house on August 8th
  • Adopted a new puppy on November 9th
  • Completed my Master's degree on December 20th
This year was a whirlwind for me, but I was fortunate enough to have the support of my family and friends throughout everything.

Bookish overview of 2013:

I slacked this year on my reading, and blogging. My bookish goals for 2013 included two main goals: to read 21,500 pages, and to get my TBR pile under 150.

Although these goals seemed realistic to me, I did not meet either of them :(  In 2013, I read a total of 17,877 pages, or 83% of my goal. I also finished the year with my TBR pile at 159 books, which is down significantly from the 186 I started the year with. However, it just isn't close enough.

Here are the books I read this year:

My husband loves my coffee addiction.
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January 2013: (2,886 pages)
The 9th Judgement by James Patterson
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 355           Page Goal: 355/21,500
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 302           Page Goal: 657/21,500
Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 502           Page Goal: 1,159/21,500
Hot Six by Janet Evanovich
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 336           Page Goal: 1,495/21,500
Kisscut by Karin Slaughter
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 420           Page Goal: 1,915/21,500
The Personal Shopper by Carmen Reid
Rating: 2/5          Pages: 432           Page Goal: 2,347/21,500
Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 320           Page Goal: 2,667/21,500
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 219           Page Goal: 2,886/21,500

February 2013: (946 pages)

Private by James Patterson
Rating: 2/5          Pages: 385           Page Goal: 3,271/21,500
Seven Up by Janet Evanovich
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 337           Page Goal: 3,608/21,500
The Iguana Tree by Michel Stone
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 224           Page Goal: 3,832/21,500
March 2013: (1,887 pages)
Husband and Wife by Leah Stewart
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 344           Page Goal: 4,176/21,500
Lessons in Laughing Out Loud by Rowan Coleman
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 373           Page Goal: 4,549/21,500
Lisey's Story by Stephen King
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 513           Page Goal: 5,062/21,500
A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 273           Page Goal: 5,335/21,500
Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 333           Page Goal: 5,668/21,500
10th Anniversary by James Patterson
Rating: 5/5          Pages: 395           Page Goal: 6,063/21,500

April 2013: (1,520 pages)
A Faint Cold Fear by Karin Slaughter
Rating: 5/5          Pages: 422           Page Goal: 6,485/21,500
Favorite cat ever--Missy is 16 years old,
and still my reading partner!
Faithless by Karin Slaughter
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 549           Page Goal: 7,034/21,500
Beyond Reach by Karin Slaughter
Rating: 5/5          Pages: 573           Page Goal: 7,607/21,500
Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 398           Page Goal: 8,005/21,500

May 2013: (465 pages)
Lethal by Sandra Brown
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 465           Page Goal: 8,470/21,500

June 2013: (1,164 pages)

I've Got your Number by Sophie Kinsella
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 433           Page Goal: 8,903/21,500
Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 405           Page Goal: 9,308/21,500
Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 326           Page Goal: 9,634/21,500

July 2013: (2,124 pages)
Born to Die by Lisa Jackson
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 473           Page Goal: 10,107/21,500
Triptych by Karin Slaughter
Rating: 5/5          Pages: 480           Page Goal: 10,587/21,500
One Pink Line by Dina Silver
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 261           Page Goal: 10,848/21,500
The Witness by Sandra Brown
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 438           Page Goal: 11,286/21,500
Poor Little Bitch Girl by Jackie Collins
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 472           Page Goal: 11,658/21,500

August 2013: (867 pages)
When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Rating: 5/5          Pages: 506           Page Goal: 12,164/21,500
Kill Me if You Can by James Patterson
Rating: 5/5          Pages: 361           Page Goal: 12,525/21,500

September 2013: (1,438 pages)
Zoo by James Patterson
Rating: 5/5          Pages: 395           Page Goal: 12,920/21,500
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
Rating: 5/5          Pages: 460           Page Goal: 13,380/21,500
Auron at 6 weeks, when we brought him home.
The Lat Child by John Hart
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 419           Page Goal: 13,799/21,500
Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich
Rating: 2/5          Pages: 164           Page Goal: 13,963/21,500

October 2013: (2,128 pages)
Another Piece of my Heart by Jane Green
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 386           Page Goal: 14,349/21,500
Fractured by Karin Slaughter
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 388           Page Goal: 14,737/21,500
11th Hour by James Patterson
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 391           Page Goal: 15,128/21,500
Low Pressure by Sandra Brown
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 500           Page Goal: 15,628/21,500
The Starter Wife by Gigi Leangie Grazer
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 463           Page Goal: 16,091/21,500

November 2013: (394 pages)
12th of Never by James Patterson
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 394           Page Goal: 16,485/21,500

December 2013:  (1,392 pages)
Afraid to Die by Lisa Jackson
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 388           Page Goal: 16,873/21,500
Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 352           Page Goal: 17,225/21,500
Paris in Love by Eloisa James
Rating: 2/5          Pages: 246           Page Goal: 17,471/21,500
Cross Country by James Patterson
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 406           Page Goal: 17,877/21,500
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
On the Run by Iris Johansen
At First Sight by Stephen J. Cannell
11/22/63 by Stephen King

 Blog Overview of 2013:

The living room in our new house. Perfect reading place!
I am very disappointed in myself for the small quantity of blog postings from 2013. I understand how busy I was, but I hate using excuses. The point is that I only had a total of 11 posts for the entire year. I will be intentionally focusing on the number of posts I'm doing in 2014.

 New Years Resolutions of 2014:

I think you readers all know by now that I'm not one to create huge New Year's Resolutions, or even typical ones. Mine usually are a specific goal involving reading. Sure, I could try for weight loss, more organization, etc., but I can start those any day--no need to focus on changing things only one time per year.

Here are my New Years Resolutions for 2014:
  • Read a minimum of 21,500 pages
  • Get TBR pile under 140 books by the end of the year
  • Write and publish blog post at least 4 times each month
  • Paint kitchen, basement, and master bedroom (not relevant to reading, obviously)
  • Legally change my name (oops--this should have been done by now)
And that's it! I try to make my goals attainable, and I'm looking forward to beating the 21,500 page mark. Matt believes if I try, since grad school is done, I can complete around 30,000 pages. I think that's ambitious, but I am happy to shoot for the 21,500 and meet it this time! :)

Questions for my readers:
  1. What are your New Years Resolutions? Do any involve reading?
  2. If you were to set a page goal, what would it be?
  3. How large is your TBR pile? (don't let the hubby know, or he won't let you buy more books!)
I wish you all a wonderful 2014 and look forward to connecting with you more!

Fantastic photo of our wedding cake!
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1 comment:

  1. Wow, you had a fantastic year! Congratulations! What color are you planning on painting your kitchen? I want to paint mine, but can't decide on a color. Thinking mint or coral, then change my mind to yellow or green. *L*

    Good luck with all of your goals! One of mine is to get my books off the floor and into bookshelves (I stopped counting my TBR pile as it got too depressing). I also want to read at least 100 books this year.

    Happy New Year!


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