Hi everyone! Long time, no chat. I took a prolonged break from blogging and a half-assed break from bookstagram, just because I wanted to take a step back and appreciate the holidays with my family. And good lord, I am so glad I did. Absence does make the heart grow fonder, because I woke up this morning with a renewed sense of purpose: new year, new-found motivation, and new resolutions of course!
Since everyone loves lists (and if you don’t, please message me all the reasons why – in list format) AND since I have been gone from my blog for almost two weeks, I missed the standard “Here is My Top Ten Books of 2016!” post that was sweeping the book blogging universe. I think before I even begin to close the chapter on 2016 and look forward to 2017, I simply HAVE to list my top 10 reads of 2016.
Yes, I realize this is probably more for my benefit rather than yours, but do you really want me holding on to 2016 for even a moment longer than necessary? (I didn’t think so) So, lets start out with that! (not in any particular order okay, it took long enough to just narrow it down to 10, for the love of god don’t make me actually rank them)
- All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
- Order to Kill – Kyle Mills (Vince Flynn)
- The Mistborn Trilogy – Brandon Sanderson
- Cheating with this one and I don’t even care.
- The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield
- The Mime Order – Samantha Shannon
- Golden Son – Pierce Brown
- A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas
- Nevernight – Jay Kristoff
- My Lady Jane – Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton
- City of Thieves – David Benioff
WHEW!!! I am so glad we could go ahead and get that out-of-the-way.
Because now we can move on to some 2017 resolutions! (I realize that, again, this may not interest anyone at all, but I do want to keep track of them for myself, so here goes!)
- I set my Goodreads Reading Goal to 75 books this year! (I detailed all about this in my last post 2017 Reading Challenges! if you are interested in some number crunching…)
- Buy less, read more. The wandering around Barnes & Noble for no reason is fine, the buying a book every time I visit Barnes & Noble is not fine, and I would like to at least work on that.
- Move my blog to a self published domain and work on its visual appeal.
- I am also teaching myself basic graphic design and coding so I can really make this project my own!
- Hit 400 wonderful blog followers (oh goodness this is high but I think I can I think I can…)
- Contact a publisher to apply for at least 1 physical ARC. (I AM SO NERVOUS ALREADY!)
Well, tomorrow is back to the real world, working again with no upcoming holidays to look forward to. It has been a fun two weeks, but I actually am excited to be productive again on a daily basis, without the looming Christmas and New Years Eve planning to serve as distractions.
I hope everyone had a wonderful and blessed holiday season, and cheers to 2017!