Happy New Year!
As we start a new year, I thought this would be a perfect time to set a few goals and make plans for the year.
I started my blog in December of 2013 so I have been at this for just over 3 years. I have made some changes over the years but overall, I am really happy about where my blog is at this point. I would like to do more at times but I do what I can fit into my life.
In 2016, I started joining in on a couple of weekly memes from time to time and I plan to continue that into the new year. I also scaled back the number of blog tours that I participate in this past year and I plan to continue at the same pace as I ended the year.
One thing that I hope to do better at in 2017 is spending more time visiting other blogs. I did really good at times in 2016 and horrible at other times. I am going to work at being more consistent.
I am going to try to reduce the amount of stress tied to reading in 2017. Last year, I barely met my Goodreads goal and it stressed me out. I am setting my goal low at 100 books this year. I have read at least 100 books every year since I started participating in the challenges in 2012 so this should be a problem.
Last year I had hoped to catch up with all of the old ARCs that I behind on. I started the year with a 72% ratio on NetGalley and ended the year at exactly the same place with even more books that need to be reviewed. Right now I have 103 books to read from NetGalley, 12 books from Edelweiss, 1 book from Blogging for Books, 3 directly from publishers, 5 books from LibraryThing Early Reviewers, and 10 from Goodreads giveaways. That is 134 books for those keeping track.
I decided to join the Bloggers Shame Challenge hosted by Herding Cats and Burning Soup and make a real effort to get caught up.
Books that I am looking forward to in 2017
I am really pretty happy with where my life is in general and don’t want any big changes. Of course, I wish I had more free time and a winning lottery ticket would be welcome but I am all in all really happy with where I am in my life. I do want to try to be a little healthier in 2017. I have a weakness when it comes to baked goods and I do need to learn to put down the cupcake and eat a piece of fruit instead. I do take the dogs for a daily walk but I really need to find a way to be more active. A new community center is opening in my town in a few months and I am hoping that the fitness center there might be a good option for me.