Happy New Year!
Shall we dive right in? I had a few goals for 2017: read 100 books, finish my first novel and review at least one book every two weeks.
Long story short: I failed every single one of them. And you know what? That’s ok.
It wasn’t an easy year. Very little went as I intended, but I realize more and more, that’s just life. Yes, I neglected my blog, but I took more time to take care of myself which is an easy trade. I’ve written before about my relationship with books (Why I Love Books) and that is still true, but in the end, I think it was good to step away for awhile and focus on the real world.
But, it’s not all bad news. I did accomplish a few things. I still read 76 books. I not only started my novel, but have made reasonably good progress on it (by the way, if you are interested in possibly beta reading for me, we should chat). There is no pressure. I’ll finish it when I finish it. Ultimately, I’m really happy with where I ended the year, both personally and as a reader. The year had it challenges, but it was all worth it in the end. I’m calling it a win.
Back to those books I did read. As usual, my YA reading was a standout for me. I started the year with two great ones: The Blazing Star and A Study in Charlotte. It only got better and better. King’s Cage, The Last of August, Caraval, Crooked Kingdom. My favorite of the year was probably Mackenzi Lee’s The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. It was brilliantly fun. You can explore the full list of everything I read on my Goodreads page.
My to-read stack for this year is already full and there are going to be several books coming out through the year that I am really looking forward to getting my hands on: War Storm, Queen of Air and Darkness, Legendary, My Plain Jane, The Ladies Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, just to name a few.
I should be back to sharing reviews with you soon and hopefully will be able to share some updates on my own book with you as well. I plan on making 2018 a really amazing year.