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Saturday Conversations 01/05/2013

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New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year!! I hope that each of you had a wonderful holiday season. Here at casa de Twimom, we enjoyed the time off, even though both kidlets were sick at different times. They both enjoyed their gifts and were mostly good the entire time.

I am excited because I received several Amazon Gift Cards for Christmas, and I used them to buy a new Kindle Paperwhite. I just got it Thursday, and I spent over 2 hours organizing my books and collections. I already LOVE it!  What about you… what was your favorite holiday gift?

Anyhow, so January 1, 2013 is upon us, and I thought I would take time to talk a little about New Year’s Resolutions…  I don’t make them… I will continue to try and eat healthy and lose that “extra weight,” but I’m not going to “make a resolution” to do so. I find the promise to “start fresh” or make lists to “be better” false when I know that I will end up failing at some point during the year. It’s not that I can’t commit to a pledge or promise to do something specific during the year. But let’s face it… New Year’s Resolutions are a big set up for failure, so why put that kind of pressure on myself?! Instead, I plan to do my best and be positive.

With that said, I have made a couple of reading resolutions for 2013. First, my reading goal for 2013 is to finish 75 books. Second, I want to continue to experience new-to-me authors, so I’m challenging myself to read at least 15 books by new-to-me authors. These goals (resolutions) are not only achievable, but will enhance my reading and blogging experiences.

What about you? Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions? How about Reading Resolutions and/or Challenges?

Happy New Year to all!

  • WOO HOO! We can be in the 75 book goal club together! Its a smidge higher than the 64 I read last year, but totally achievable. Trying to pomote digital reading with my kids (going green!), so hoping that their Kindles will help us make reading a family activity.

  • I aiming for 75 books this year as well cause I hit 50 by mid October last year, partly because I’d been reading loads of novellas.

  • My resolution is to eat healthier and go back to exercising as I used to do. Reading goal for this year is 180 books, I read 178 books last year, that’s low for me (thanks to my eyes issues); in 2011 I read 248.
    I also planing to listen to more audiobooks, at least 15. We’ll see how it goes.
    Happy New Year to you too… again 😉

  • My reading resolutions:
    Read 150 books – most from my TBR pile on my bookshelf
    Buy 1 new book for every 10 I read from TBR pile

    Blogging resolutions:
    Do more author (and narrator) interviews
    Take less review requests (to help me with my TBR reading goal)
    Learn to say no to those blog tour alert emails (only say yes to the ones that I really want to read the books for)
    Say no to guest posts from authors I’ve not read (unless it for AADSAV)
    Try to read as many AADSAV authors as I can before Aug

    Good luck with your goals!

  • Vampbard & Silent Storm: I picked 75 – more than my goals in the past (usually 52), but less than what I read last year (99). Last year was a high spike in reading volume for me, so we’ll see if I can keep it up in 2013!

    Bookaholic: I still am amazed by how many books you read! I hope you find an answer to your eye issues soon!

    Jennifer: Great goals! I like the reward to buy new books after you’ve read TBR books! This past year I cut down on the number of book tours and such. But I have a review team that helps, so we can keep pumping out lots of reviews as a group.

  • Happy Holidays to you! Way to go on getting your paperwhite.

    I’m also not a resolution person. Because I have a lot of writing I hope to get done, I’ve mainly decided to focus on better time management so I can get the writing done without having to sacrifice too much time away from my Chipmunk and from blogging. But primarily take it one day at a time.

    Wishing you the best in 2013 🙂

  • Angela: Sounds like a good plan! Happy New Year!

  • I love my paperwhite too. I carry that thing everywhere!

    Goals: 80% of the books I read this year must have been on my shelves pre-Jan 1, 2013. I don’t think that will be a problem as I have lots of good books to choose from.

    Personally, I have a “pay-off” budget goal. It is going to keep me grounded in 2013 (no conventions) but it should make it where I am free to do more traveling in 2014. 🙂

  • Congrats on your Paperwhite! I’m also not big on resolutions. But I do like to think about changes I’d like to make or new things I’d like to experience. How will you decide on your new authors?

  • Felicia: I love your goals! But *sobs* NO TRAVEL?! I was hoping to see you at Lori’s this June. I shall miss you lots!!

    Andrea: I base my selections on books that look interesting-ones I think I will like. So I don’t just pick a new author for the sake of new author. I take recommendations from other readers, and I also look through the selections publishers send to me. I also look on NetGalley for new books. And as I do this, I try to look outside the authors I always read for new ones. A lot of times I try new authors by reading a novella, so I have a smaller commitment if I don’t enjoy their writing style!

  • I am aiming for 104 books. It’s a lot, but I am hoping to average 2/ week. I also have a major reading goal, which is to keep it fun and to keep blogging as an extension of my hobby, not the driving force. Best of luck with your goals.

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