Sunday, January 31, 2016

Mailbox Monday (54)

Hey!  I'm linking up with Mailbox Monday this week!  It's been a while since I've posted one of these but I got some good books this week and felt like sharing.

I've been doing well at not buying books lately but yesterday was my birthday so I had to get a couple!

Purchased (for nook):

I own Tatiana and Alexander in paperback but it is the only of the trilogy that I don't have in ebook format...until now.

From the Library:

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs - I'm very eager to read this one.

What books did you get this week?


Sunday, January 3, 2016

2016 Bookish Goals and a Giveaway!

Happy 2016 everybody!  I am really excited for this year and all that it has to offer.  I have a lot of goals (both bookish and not) for the year and I'm excited to start working on them!  I usually share all of my goals here on the blog but this year I'm just going to stick with the bookish ones (mainly because I have so many!).  I will share some of what I am working on this year in future posts but I don't want this post to be six miles long so I'm leaving it out.

1.) Read 52 books- Typically, I read much more than this however, I plan to focus on different kinds of books this year and I don't want a high goal to distract me or stress me out.  If I read more, great but if not, I think focusing on one book a week is great.

2.) Read more non-fiction-I did really well with this goal last year but this year, I want to read even more non-fiction.  I am shooting for about 40-50% of my books this year to be non-fiction.

3.) #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks- Andi at Estella's Revenge is hosting a challenge to read books on your shelves already.  I have always set out to do this each year and failed miserably.  A few weeks ago, I purged my shelves of anything unread that I knew I would never read as well as anything I just don't want anymore because my shelves are ridiculously full.  This year, I'm really going to put some effort into it.  I have approximately 110 books (both ebooks and physical books) that I own and have not read.  The plan is read mostly what I own with some library books thrown in.

4.) Cut back even more on review books-Review books are always exciting and tempting but they also stress me out A LOT.  I cut back pretty significantly last year and plan to even more this year.  I would really like to keep my review books to under 15% of my total books for the year so I will need to be super selective about what I pick.

5.) Participate more in #FitReaders-I started off strong with this last year and then it fell to the wayside.  I was exercising a lot but not participating or posting updates.  I really want to do more of that this year.

6.) Put more effort into the Blog-If I'm going to keep having this little place on the web, I need to start doing more with it.  Expect to see more personal posts as opposed to only reviews (or nothing).

Giveaway (US/Canada ONLY)!

I have a bunch of ARCs that I thoroughly enjoyed but no longer want cluttering my shelves.  I would love to share them with one lucky reader!  Enter using the rafflecopter below.  (This giveaway is only for US and Canada).

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

December Wrap Up and 2015 in Review

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you have had a wonderful holiday season!  I am so looking forward to 2016 especially since 2015 was kind of a bummer in general (except with regards to reading!).

December was a crazy stressful month and as much as I love Christmas, I am so glad it's over.  I actually read more than I expected this month and even went over my increased goal of 100 and ended the year with 102 books read.  

In December, I read the following:

1.) Anything for You by Kristan Higgins
2.) Asking for It by Kate Harding
3.) Bellagrand by Paullina Simons
4. ) Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf-
5.) Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf
6.) The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown
7.) The Bride by Julie Garwood

My numbers for December:  
-7 books read
   -2 non-fiction
   -2 historical fiction
   -2 review books
   -4 library books
   -1 books I own
   -5 ebooks

As I said above, I am really happy with my reading this year.  I met most of my reading goals!

1.) Read 80 books-I managed to read 102 books this year.
2.) Read 20 books I own-Technically, I met this goal but a bunch of the books I read were rereads so it wasn't as helpful at clearing my shelves as I would have liked.
3.) Read more non-fiction books- In 2014, I only read 5 non-fiction books and I really wanted to do better in 2015.  I ended the year having read 16 non-fiction books which isn't too bad!
4.) Cut back on review books- My goal was to drop from 42% review books read in 2014 to 25% in 2015.  24.5% of the books I read in 2015 were review books so another goal met! It was nice not to have the pressure that comes with reading a lot of review books with a deadline looming.
5.) Post more than just reviews-I didn't really do this.  I actually slacked on the blog a lot this year.
6.) Decide what to do with the blog-I didn't do this either.  I am still not sure what to do with this old blog.

My numbers for 2015:
-102 books read
   -16 non-fiction
   -39 historical fiction
   -25 review books
   -50 library books
   -23 books I own
   -51 ebooks
   -10 rereads

I'm excited to share my goals for 2016 with everyone.  Check back next week for that post!

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