Hello, friends! I began blogging in the late summer and I’m incredibly happy with the direction my blog is taking. It started out as a writer’s travel blog and has slowly morphed into a bookish blog with the occasional story, rambling, and travel pic. In the short amount of time I’ve been on WordPress, I’ve met some amazing bloggers and I’ve had a wonderful time sharing my reviews and bookish thoughts. So, here’s my 2016 in review and a few of my 2017 resolutions!
My 2016 Reads
2016 Goodreads Goal: 50
Number of Books I Read: 65
Top 5 Favorite Books
See my top 10 favorite books of 2016 here!
Favorite Debut Author/Book
Kerri Maniscalco | Stalking Jack the Ripper
Favorite Male and Female Characters
Kaz Brekker and Nina Zenik | Six of Crows
- Rhysand | A Court of Mist and Fury
- Jesper | Six of Crows
- Penryn | Angelfall
- Shazi | The Wrath and the Dawn
Most Action-Packed/Thrilling Read
Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
Most Surprisingly Good Read
Most Surprisingly Not So Good/Bad Read
Most Beautiful Cover
Favorite Series I Began and Finished in 2016
Book/Book Series That Almost Made Me Cry in 2016
Favorite Standalone Book
“Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you’ll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won’t matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns your heart.” – Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo
Favorite/Most Fun Book Reviews I Wrote
Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
Illuminae | Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Lady Midnight | Cassandra Clare
Top Bookish Post
I was so happy that my Dream Panel Book Tag was received so well!
Top Non-Bookish Post
My most recent Rambling #6 | Looking at the Smaller Picture and Imagining the Smaller Things in Life has done much better than I had hoped! Thanks to all those who took a chance and clicked on my little rambling 🙂
Top 3 Favorite Images of the Day
Book Blogger Shout Outs
There are so many amazing bloggers that I’ve had the pleasure of “meeting” these past few months. But I’d love to give a special shout out to Sammie, Catherine, McKenzie, Jasmine, Melissa, Liam, Beth, Megan, Gretchen, Lia, Marta, and Jacquie for helping me to feel more than welcome in the bookish community. You are all such talented bloggers and I continue to look up to you every day.
My Goals/Resolutions for 2017
Some Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2017
Blogging Goals for 2017
Stay on Top of my Reviews: I’ve done horribly writing my reviews on time, especially this month. I’m reading so quickly that I barely have the time or the motivation to write my reviews. And I’m not the type to write my reviews immediately after finishing up a book. Sometimes it takes me weeks to get my thoughts in order. So, I’m thinking that for next year I should…
Reduce my monthly TBRs: I’d love to binge read each and every month, but I’m returning to university and work in about a week, I’ve got other hobbies, and I have a social life I should continue to nurture. If I read a little less each month, I won’t feel so pressed for time, and my blog will feel less like an obligation and more like a hobby again.
Begin Blog Hopping: Occasionally I’ll stumble across a new blog here and there, but I’d love to meet more bloggers next year. So, I may need to actually pick a day or carve out a set period of time in which I dedicate my time to discover new bloggers
Leave More Comments: Sometimes I’m on top of this, but most times I’m not. I’ll probably set aside some time in the morning or evening each day or every other day to leave a comment or like on my fellow blogger’s sites!
Try out a challenge/buddy reading: I’d love to do a challenge, like Bookish Bingo, to expand my reading horizons. And I’d also love to buddy read with some of my fellow bloggers in order to reach out and interact more with you guys
Life Goals/Resolutions for 2017
- Graduate university with a 3.75 GPA or higher
- Participate in more community service events
- Apply for an internship for one of the Big 5 publishing companies (I’m looking at you Penguin Random House)
- Plan out the possibilities for graduate school and an MFA program
- Find a job (hoping for one at a bookstore or library)
- Spend more time with friends and family
- Treat myself to dinner and a movie more often (is it weird to love going to the movies by yourself??)
DO NOT PROCRASTINATE UNTIL THE VERY LAST MINUTE
And that was my 2016 crammed into one long post! Have you read any of the books I posted? Which books have you enjoyed/not enjoyed this past year? What are some of your blogging goals? Your 2017 resolutions? I need to know!!!
I seriously can’t thank you all enough for showing your support for my blog. You’ve helped me fall in love with book blogging and I’ve had a blast getting to know you! Thanks for all the likes, the comments, the follows, and the kind words you’ve sent me. I couldn’t have asked for a better welcome than the one you’ve given me. I wish you all luck in achieving all your bookish and life goals.