Bookish Resolutions for 2014

1. Read More!

While I read quite a few books in 2013, I feel like I slacked quite a bit in the beginning and end of the year. In 2014, my goal is to read at least 50 books (which seems quite do-able). I will also keep a list of books read in 2014 here on my blog with links to reviews and such to help me keep track and so I can recommend my favorites to you!

2. Finish my manuscript

NaNoWriMo was pretty much my favorite thing about 2013. It was the first year that I actually won. In 2014, my goal is to revise, edit, and end up with a decently polished novel (that is hopefully finished)! While all of that might not happen. I would at least like to revise and write another draft or two.

3. Blog More!

I’m not going to lie, I sucked at updating my here this year. I started strong and posted quite a bit for a while there, but ended up feeling so much pressure when the TBR list got huge and life got in the way. So I would like to blog at least once a week during 2014 (and aim for at least 3 times a week). So look forward to vlogs, reviews of books, and posts about writing in the future.

 

4. Do Camp NaNoWriMo in July and NaNo again in November

I never felt better than I did when I was writing every day and working toward that goal. Even if I don’t look at what I write ever again, it was so freeing to get all of my thoughts and ideas out there.

5. Be Awesome

Self-explanatory 🙂

 

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Happy 2014, friends! I hope that you all have a safe and fun celebration.

 

Do you have any bookish New Year’s Resolutions for 2014? If so, let me know what they are!

Top Ten Books I read in 2013

toptentuesdayIt’s the last Top Ten Tuesday of 2013!!! I read a lot of wonderful books this year. Here are some of my favorites!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to us by The Broke and the Bookish.

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10. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

The Adoration of Jenna Fox was one of the best sci-fi books that I read this  in 2013 it brought up so many ethical and personal questions that one wouldn’t typically think about. I was so sucked in by this book that I read 3/4 of it in one setting.

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9. Ascendant by Rebecca Taylor

Ascendant by Rebecca Taylor was the first book that I read and reviewed for this blog, so it holds a special place in my heart, but it is also a great book! Ascendant was an exciting supernatural thriller full of secret societies and a strong heroine who comes into her own over the course of the novel. Read my review here!

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8. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan was one of the first books I read in 2013 and it is definitely one of the books that has stuck with me the most over the course of the year. The dual narrative, one written by each of the authors was brilliant. While each was distinctive, both Will Graysons were fun to read about and I loved seeing how their lives collided.

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7. The Diviners by Libba Bray

The idea of The Diviners (a supernatural serial killer roaming Manhattan during the Roaring Twenties) was what originally caught my eye and made me want to pick it up and in no way was I disappointed. Read my review here!

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6. Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Going Bovine by Libba Bray was such a funny and moving roller coaster of a book. I loved that it was so unpredictable and that I had literally no idea what adventure would come next. I wasn’t disappointed with anything I read by Libba Bray this year. Read my review here!

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5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

2013 was the year of me discovering how much I love Rainbow Rowell’s books. When I saw the synopsis for Fangirl I knew that I had to have it! I found Fangirl to be a fun and entertaining read whose main character reminded me of myself in so many ways. Click here for my review!

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4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This book is probably on so many top 10 lists and rightfully so. The Fault in our Stars is heartbreakingly beautiful and I found myself sobbing throughout about half of it. But the biggest thing that I loved about this book was that the characters showed so much strength despite terrible illnesses. They didn’t allow their sickness to define them.

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3. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

For me, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was one of the most awaited books of 2013. I started reading it and finished it within a sitting and was left in awe of what I had read. I tried over and over again to review it, but I felt like I couldn’t do it justice. The Ocean at the End of the Lane proves that Neil Gaiman is a master storyteller.

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2. Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

I love the Heroes of Olympus series so much I am actually re-reading it again before I allow myself to pick up House of Hades. This series is just so much fun and it is great to continue the adventures of Percy Jackson and friends after his series was over. I also loved the new characters that were introduced to the story as well as how we now see the Roman aspect of mythology.

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1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park was quite possibly one of the most heartbreaking and beautiful books that I read in 2013. While it tackles some really difficult subjects, Eleanor and Park has so much heart and is a love story that everyone can appreciate.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish.

I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday in what feels like forever! This week’s was easy for me. Most of these books I have been meaning to read for a while now and just haven’t gotten around to buying/borrowing/reading them. I wouldn’t mind if any of them were left under my tree by Santa Claus this holiday

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