This is the new year. These are my resolutions.

I’ve never done a word for the year but in thinking about it more, 2014’s word was definitely “triage” and 2015 was all about “organization.

I think my word for 2016 might be “mindful.”

These are my resolutions for my life:

  • Create more.
  • Get out of my own way.
  • Give compliments freely whenever I have them to share.
  • Learn to take compliments graciously and at face value.
  • Improve my posture.
  • Walk more.
  • Go to more museums (especially the Met because I miss it).
  • Be mindful with my finances.

These are my resolutions for reading:

  • Read through my 2015 and earlier owned books. (At the start of 2016 I owned 243 books both read and unread–not counting any required from here on out.)
  • Get my TBR (on goodreads) down to less than 50. Maybe even 25. (At the start of 2016 my TBR count was at 88.)
  • Be mindful of the books I buy.
  • Request ARCs and review copies more mindfully.

These are my resolutions as a blogger:

  • Be mindful of the content I want to read and the content I want to create.
  • Stop paying so much attention to stats and followers on social media.
  • Look for meaningful connections instead of automatically following people or forcing things.

January 2016 Reading Tracker

You can also see how much I read last year.

Books Read: 11

  1. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (carryover from December)
  2. This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup
  3. The Decent Proposal by Kemper Donovan
  4. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
  5. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  6. The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
  7. The Anatomy of Curiosity by Tessa Gratton, Maggie Stiefvater, and Brenna Yovanoff
  8. These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
  9. The Last Place on Earth by Carol Snow
  10. These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas
  11. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Books On Deck: 0!

Books Bought: 2

  1. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (bought at launch party)
  2. A Gathering of Shadows by Victoria Schwab (preorder with gift card/arc upgrade)

Gifted Books: 1

  1. The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

ARCs Received: 21

  1. The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright (unrequested)
  2. Identity Crisis by Melissa Schorr (unrequested)
  3. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (vine)
  4. Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace (vine)
  5. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (vine)
  6. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallero (vine)
  7. Two Summers by Aimee Friedman (ALA from Nicole)
  8. Once Was a Time by Leila Sales (ALA from Nicole)
  9. And I Darken by Kiersten White (ALA from Nicole)
  10. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (ALA from Nicole)
  11. Break Me Like a Promise by Tiffany Schmidt (ALA from Nicole)
  12. Longbow Girl by Linda Davies (unrequested)
  13. In Some Other World Maybe by Shari Goldhagen (requested)
  14. Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz (requested)
  15. The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray (requested)
  16. Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard (requested)
  17. Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Penaflor (requested)
  18. Goldfishby Nat Luurtsema (requested)
  19. A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody (requested)
  20. The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen (requested)
  21. The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood (requested)

January 1: Reading plan to start the new year strong: Reading through some short books and obligation books that were lingering as well as my next SLJ book. I’m not on any committee this year so I really want to tear through my owned TBR.

January 2: I was sadly a bit underwhelmed by Truthwitch :( Discovered I can’t read This Ordinary Life because ANXIETY. Moving onto The Decent Proposal which is fun but peak DUDE book and kind of indicative of why I mostly read women authors.

January 6: The Dark Days Club didn’t work for me either. I’m not sure if it’s because I was in a Mood and burning through books or because of something else. I might never know. But I did walk away. Happily am enjoying The Star-Touched Queen so far and feeling really good about having already gotten 4 books off my long-term-owned-books-to-read shelf so early in the year.

January 9: had a mini #alaleftbehind meltdown and requested four arcs from Amazon vine. BUT they were all books I wanted to read already AND I passed on one that probably wouldn’t be my bag. SO I’m still calling it a win.

January 12: Another mini ALA when Nicole brought me many ARCs from ALA because she is the best! Can we talk about how I am reading through my planned books for January like a boss? Hoping to do this every month by scaling back and only picking as many books as I can actually read. I think the hardest thing is just going to be disciplining myself since I have SO MANY shiny arcs right now.

January 18: Starting my last planned book for January! This has never happened before. If I finish before February I’m trying to squeeze in another arc The Last Place on Earth.

January 18: Well I read The Last Place on Earth. That was … different. Since I’ve now read every single priority book I set for January I’m jumping to a title I earmarked for February so I can decide if I need to go to the book launch or not.

January 28: I . . . don’t really want to talk about the number of ARCs I received this month. Started AGOS today but unless I read more than half I’m just counting it as my first February book.