Books

2019 Reading Goals

Greetings and Happy New Year! Between all the holiday stuff the last few weeks, plus all the writing I’ve been doing, I feel like I’ve been a tad neglectful of my blog lately. Hopefully, now that the holiday season is over, I’ll find more time to write some fun posts.

I mentioned back in November that I had already reached my goal of 40 books for my Goodreads challenge. By the end of the year I managed to complete 45 books. (I’m currently in the middle of two others, but I’m not counting those, since I haven’t finished them.) Check out all the books I completed last year:

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Aren’t they beautiful?

For 2019, my goal is to read 47 books. Realistically, I know that I can probably squeeze in a few more than that, but I don’t want to set the bar too high and stress myself out.

As of right now, I don’t have any other reading goals set for myself or the blog. The biggest goal I’m focused on is getting the first draft of my book done…which it almost is. ūüôā

What kinds of goals are you setting for yourself and/or your blog this year?

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End of the Year Book Tag

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By this time last year, I had been close to reaching my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal. I’m so excited that I’m way ahead of the game this year and have already completed it! How are your 2018 reading goals going?

I saw this End of the Year Book Tag ¬†on the¬†Literary Weaponry¬†blog. Since we’re almost at the end of the year, I thought I’d have some fun and take part.

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Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?¬†Other than the book I’m currently reading, the only book I still need to finish is¬†A Cook’s Tour.¬†There were a couple of books that I started and gave up on, but I don’t intend to finish those.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year? Not really. I just go with whatever floats my boat at the time.

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?¬†It’s unlikely I’ll get to actually finish all of them, but if I’m being optimistic:¬†Red Sister, The Poppy War,¬†and¬†The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy.¬†

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Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?¬†Bloody Rose, which I am currently reading. I’m about 1/3 of the way through with it and it’s already freaking fantastic!

Have you already started making reading plans for 2019?¬†Yessssss. There are like 5-6 books that come out in the beginning of 2019 that I already plan on reading. Do book bloggers every really stop making reading plans? ūüėõ

 

If you’d like to do this one, consider¬† yourself tagged!

 

 

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A Look Back: 2017

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This past year has been a busy one, to say the least. I am not typically one for setting goals for myself in the new year, so I aimed low: Read and write more. I had been going through a creative dry spell in the months that followed my separation and I vowed to get myself back into a creative mindset again. I am very happy to say that I have achieved that goal and then some. My¬†Goodreads¬†goal wasn’t super high. I wanted to keep things realistic and attainable, especially after not having read much for several months. We haven’t even reached the year mark yet, but I have already surpassed my reading goal. In the grand scheme of things, meeting a reading goal probably doesn’t seem like the most impressive of feats, but for me it has felt like one. Given some of the other things that have happened this year and the ups and downs I’ve had with my mental health, sticking to any kind of goal can be difficult.

I am pleased at the progress I have made with my blog this past year, as well. To be completely honest, when I started blogging I figured it would be something I would do for a little while and then my motivation would eventually fizzle out. On the contrary, here I am, almost a year later, still doing the blog thing. I have been pleasantly surprised at how much having this blog has helped me this year. Not only has it helped me get back in the habit of writing and working on my stories, but it has become a therapeutic outlet for me and has given me the opportunity to chat with some really great, inspiring people. (Yes, I am talking about you.) The book blogging community is a truly terrific one and I feel very fortunate to have stumbled upon on.

There have been other areas of growth this year, also. For one, it’s been a really good year for me at my job. After working at the company for only one year I received a promotion, which was completely unexpected. Since then I have been continually given important and challenging tasks that have made my job feel more rewarding at the end of the day. My dance and crafty skills have continued to improve and have kept me busy. I’ve even managed to start my own Etsy shop.

For every triumph I’ve had there have been trials. I’ve been very candid on my blog about my struggle with depression and my relapse into my eating disorder/anxiety this year. There have been huge changes for me as far as my social life has been concerned and I took a really hard tumble¬†into a dark place for a while. There was also the loss of my sweet kitty, Nooch, about a month ago. There’s been more struggle than I cared for this year, but that is just part of life. With struggle comes the opportunity for growth and I feel fortunate to say that I have been undergoing some major growing pains these last few months. With the help of therapy, medication, various forms of self-care, and the support of those close to me, I am finally starting to feel like I am making progress. There will be more struggle going forward, but at least I know that I¬†can go forward.

I don’t know what the next year will bring, but I am ready to find out. I hope there will be positivity and happiness not only for myself, but for each and every one of you, too.

Thanks for being a big part of 2017.

-Kiersten