Week in Review: January 1 and 2017 Resolutions

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We made it guys. I know it was a hard year for a lot of people and I know that a lot of things are uncertain but the earth kept spinning, we kept moving, and if you’re reading this, you made it all the way through. That, if nothing else, is something worth celebrating.

You still have time to enter my giveaway for a copy of Pick Me Up by Adam J. Kurtz which is a great book to fill out to find ways to encourage yourself and move forward.

Here are four things I’m going to work on in 2017:

  1. I want to be intentional with my actions. In 2016 I was mindful. This year I want to focus on intentions. I want to be kind and thoughtful. I also want to make smart decisions and continue to be the best version of myself. On a very small scale that is manifesting in a plan to shift to cruelty free cosmetics which is still in the early stages. Other plans to come.
  2. I want to use what I already have. I buy too many books and too many things. I want 2017 to be the year I really take stock of what I have and appreciate it. It’s been a while since I first turned to KonMari for organizing my life and I think it’s time to start again. I think my BEA days are over (my shoulders are already thanking me) and I want to continue drilling down through the books I own and getting my to read pile back to a pile instead of a bookcase.
  3. I want to create. This is a holdover from last year but I was thinking about when I stopped really making art or drawing in high school (after my art teacher refused to let me into her AP Art class–yes, I’m still angry) and I don’t want anyone to have that power over me. Also I miss it. I want 2017 to be the year that I work on making something every day whether that’s a thoughtful Instagram post, a poem, a sentence in my novel, or a drawing.
  4. In 2017 you might hear a lot about my idea for a bestselling organization book. It’s going to be 100 pages and every page is going to say the same thing: Put things away once you are finished with them. I have been trying to be intentional (see what I did there?) about doing that since December started and plan to continue in this new year.

Now that I’m done sharing Christmas displays, you might also start seeing more Bookstagram on my Instagram again. Right now I’m super excited about Wayfarer–watch for my review next week.

If you you want to see how my month in reading is shaking out be sure to check out my January Reading Tracker and my 2016 Reading Tracker Year in Review.

How was your week? What are some good things that happened in 2016? What are your hopes and dreams for 2017? Let’s talk in the comments.

January 2017 Reading Tracker

You can also see what I read in 2016

Books Read:

  1. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Vol. 3
  2. Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick
  3. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Vol. 4
  4. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Vol. 5
  5. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
  6. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Vol. 6
  7. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Vol. 7
  8. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Vol. 8
  9. The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu
  10. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Vol. 9
  11. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Vol. 10
  12. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Vol. 11
  13. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Vol. 12
  14. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Books On Deck:

  1. Frostblood by Elly Blake (Jan. 17)

Books Bought:

  1. Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken (signing/ARC upgrade)

ARCs Received:

  1. The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett (not requested, thanks Tor–I have a bad track record with horror so . . .)
  2. Artemis by George O’Connor (not requested, thanks First:Second)
  3. Gilded Cage by Vic James (Amazon Vine)
  4. The Life Fantastic by Liza Ketchum (unrequested, Merit Press)
  5. If You Were Here by Jennie Yarbroff (unrequested, Merit Press)
  6. Snowbirds by Crissa-Jean Chappell (unrequested, Merit Press)
  7. The Wonder of Us by Kim Culbertson (unrequested, Scholastic)
  8. The Stone Heart by Faith Erin Hicks (requested, First:Second)
  9. To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough (unrequested, Tor)

January 1: I’m not doing a big resolution post this year because I just don’t feel like that’s where I need to be right now and I still just want to be more intentional with things (trying to go cruelty free with cosmetics, trying to use what I have–no new bags or accessories, etc.). I’m trying a new thing where I keep track of ARCs to read in this post. I don’t care about reading ahead of time because I like posting book reviews a bit after books are available so I’m just tracking books I have in hand that are out this month to read. We’ll see how long that lasts.

January 1: Tracking my BEA books from last year has turned into a bit of a fail just because I’m not feeling very committed to reading through them (despite paying an obscene amount of money to ship them home from Chicago). Whatever.

January 21: A lot of this month was spent reading the Sailor Moon manga for the first time. Zero regrets. Diving into Caraval now that I’ve finished Sailor Moon.

January 26: I have no idea when I’ll review them because ILLNESS but I have read almost all of the January releases I had earmarked for this month. Go me!