Good golly, what a year it’s been.

2017 has had a lot of ups and downs for me, but overall it’s been a huge year of self growth, personally and professionally. In terms of this lil’ blog, I’m starting to get a good sense of where I want it to go, and what I’m doing. Where it all started as a way to keep track of everything I’ve read, it’s truly become a fun creative outlet for me. I didn’t think to do a recap last year, so I’m giving it a go as a last hurrah for 2017.

 

 

  • Still on my TBR: 89 Books, including the Divergent series, The Hate U Give and eight others from 2017, and nine classics including A Tale of Two Cities.

  • The most important things I’ve learned about blogging this year:
  1. FOLLOWERS HAVE GREAT ADVICE. Or, at least mine do. When I’ve posed a question seeking advice, not once has it gone unanswered. If you have a question, ask! Don’t feel embarrassed about it, whatsoever. And, don’t be afraid to post and chat with other bloggers! I was really nervous about posting comments because I didn’t want to ‘butt in on a conversation’. Turns out, it’s a great way to get to know the other bloggers out there!
  2. Don’t put pressure on yourself to read/blog/write/post/etc more than others. That kind of pressure isn’t going to make you succeed- it’s going to burn you out, and put a damper on something you obviously have a passion for. I have to remind myself that just because others are posting every day and reading books in a single sitting doesn’t mean that I have to do the same. Be proud of your own accomplishments and don’t compare yourself to others.
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There couldn’t have been a better time to be tagged by Megan @ Ginger Mom & the Kindle Quest to do the Ring in the New Year Book Tag! She was tagged by the  Bookmark Chronicles to do the tag, and then tagged some of her newest followers, including me! So definitely check out both of their blogs when you’re done reading!

ringing in the new year book tag

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Here are the rules for this tag:

  1. Link to the person who tagged you (that would be The Lexington Bookie )
  2. Link to the creator of the tag (Bookmark Chronicles)
  3. Share the tag image.
  4. Answer the questions below.
  5. Tag friends (or not).

Q1 – Best book and/or series that you’ve read in 2017?

Since I answered best book, I’ll answer with best series, which easily goes to the Hunger Games. I did movie comparison reviews of them since they have been out for a while and are already so popular, but I really enjoyed reading them, and they kept me engrossed from book to book, needing to know what was going to happen with Katniss and Peeta.

Q2 – Authors that you’ve recently found and would like to read more of in the new year?

I’m so terrible at remembering author names (I’m terrible with names and dates, truthfully) but I’ve read two Jennifer McMahon books (one in late 2016, one in late  201) and I will absolutely be reading more of her books. I also have read two Paula McLain books this year and really enjoyed those, so I will be looking for more of hers to read!

Q3 – Most anticipated book turned movie/tv show?

I was really excited to read and see The Circle, since I’m a fan of Emma Watson… unfortunately, it didn’t live up to the hype, in my opinion. Here’s why.

Q4 – Name a character that you wouldn’t mind sharing a kiss with at midnight (if there is one).

Make me blush, why don’t you? If you asked me in general terms, I’ll always be looking for my Rhett Butler- reputation be damned, he could love a woman at her best and her worst. But a little midnight kiss from a character I met in 2017? It would be a race between Ian from the Host and Peeta from Hunger Games.

Q5 – What’s on your TBR for 2018 (5-10 will suffice if it’s an extremely long list)?

SO. MANY. BOOKS. Here’s the Top 10:

  1. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  2. The Divergent Triology by Veronica Roth
  3. A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay
  4. She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
  5. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  6. Girls Like Us by Sheila Weiler
  7. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  8. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
  9. Every Last Cuckoo by Kate Maloy
  10. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

   
   

Q6 – How many books do you hope to read in 2018

My goal for 2018 will be 50 books! I’m going with one per week, and hoping that it’ll be a pretty reasonable pace for the year no matter what happens!

Q7 – Will you be participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge or any others (PopSugar, Down the TBR Hole, etc)?

I will be doing the Goodreads challenge for the first time! I am also hoping to host my first Instagram monthly challenge, but I haven’t worked on the idea yet. You guys will be the first to know when I do!

Q8 – Any New Year’s Resolutions (bookish, blogging /vlogging, or otherwise)?

  1. Read 50 books.
  2. Finish my outdoor house projects.
  3. Hit my savings account goal and pay off my moving expenses loan.
  4. Better self care & healthy choices.

So there you have it! The Lexington bookie is calling it a wrap on 2017, and I can’t wait to see what 2018 will bring! Thank you all for following me here, and sharing your love of books with me on your blogs as well. It’s been great getting to know you, and I hope for even more fun in the new year!

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