Monday, January 15, 2018

2018 Bookish Resolutions/Goals

Top Ten Tuesday moves to That Artsy Reader Girl this week. This week's topic is Bookish Resolutions/Goals. I only have four bookish goals I plan to focus on this year.


My personal reading goal before becoming a book blogger was always 50 books a year so that's the number I set for my Goodreads goal each year. If I hit that goal at some point during the year, I'm good. It's great to read more than 50, but that's not something I set out to do.

2018 TBR Jar

I've already posted a list of the books I put into my 2018 TBR Jar. These are books that have been on my shelf for quite some time. Each month I plan to draw a title from the jar. There are 15 titles in the jar to allow for mood reading, and I would love to read at least 10 of them by the end of the year. I drew my January title over the weekend, and I'm so excited to pick it up this week.

Nonfiction/Children's Books

One great thing about blogging is I've been able to see patterns in my reading over the years. Despite my love of nonfiction, I don't read very much of it these days. The exception is when I'm in a reading slump. I tend to land on nonfiction when my regular reading comes to a halt. This year I'm going to try to plan for these slumps and purposefully read both nonfiction and children's books when I feel a slump in the works. I've been reading less and less children's books lately (outside of what I read with/to my kids), and this is not a trend I would like to see continue.

Short Stories

I want to do a much better job at tracking short stories this year. I will probably do a monthly wrap up that includes short stories. That may motivate me to read more of them, too. I have a lot of stories I'd like to make my way through this year.

That's it for me! Do you have any goals you really hope to accomplish this year?

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | January 13

The first half of the week was great for reading and blogging. The second half... not so much. My oldest turned 11 this week. We had family over to celebrate Thursday night. He, then, had a slumber party last night so I have extra kids at the moment!

I'm in the middle of a couple of amazing books, but I haven't picked them up in days! Hopefully I can gush all about them next week.

Posted Last Week

Last week I posted about my 2018 TBR Jar and the book titles I will be reading this year.

I also reviewed Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer.

Read Last Week

I loved having the contrast between the "old weird" and the "new weird" this week. (Thanks for the "new weird" term, Mogsy! It's definitely fitting.) My "old weird" read was another short story from Algernon Blackwood called The Listener. I could really see the influence he had on Lovecraft reading this one. I love Blackwood's writing, and all of his stories seem to be about hauntings. I'm loving making my way through his stories. I listened to a LibriVox recording of this one. If you aren't familiar with LibriVox, they are audiobooks of public domain works made by volunteer narrators. This recording was part of a collection called Short Ghost and Horror Collection 027. All of the stories were performed by different narrators, and the narrator for The Listener was Mike Pelton. He's really fantastic! He also narrated the H.G. Wells short stories in that collection so I will definitely be listening to those, too!

My "new weird" book was Jeff VanderMeer's Annihiliation. I know I'm a fan of old weird, but the verdict is out on the new. I did enjoy Annihilation - especially the beginning. You can read my full review here.

Review Copies

The Hematophages by Stephen Kozeniewski - I was offered a copy of The Hematophages by the author, and I immediately accepted. I have been hearing so many great things about this book, and it made several "best of" lists last year including reviewers I trust. I don't know much about the story itself beyond there being alien parasites. I'm looking forward to giving it a read.

Current Distractions

I finally finished watching The Punisher. I'm so happy! There were some twists and turns that did entertain me at the very end. The Punisher is definitely not one of my favorite shows, though. I do hear Jessica Jones will be back in March.

So what about you? Let me know what you're reading (or watching) this week or leave me some links!

This post is being shared as part of Book Date's It's Monday! What Are You Reading?, Tynga's Reviews' Stacking the Shelves, and Caffeinated Book Reviewer's The Sunday Post.

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