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Wake up, it’s Monday! – 12/31/18

Y’all, 2018 is almost over! How on earth did that happen! Seriously, does anyone else feel like this year went by incredibly fast? Not that I am necessarily complaining. This year was a tumultuous year for me, in good and bad ways. By the end of this year though, I feel like things are finally settling down. I feel more positive about life than I have in a long time, and not just because I am trying to make goals for 2019, but because my life is just better now. Let’s take a look:

  • Celebrated by 10 year anniversary with my husband.
  • Finally left my old job (for good this time) that was killing me and am now in a job working for a company that legitimately cares about its employees’ welfare.
  • Still battling with my various health issues, but since leaving my old job brought a significant drop in stress, my symptoms have gone way down.
  • Working on building my relationship back up with my daughter and making plans to help her with some of her goals.

All good things, right? How is this my life now!

I have some health related goals for this year, but seeing as this is primarily a book blog, I am going to go over my reading goals, starting with how I did for last year.

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I originally, due to my reading slumps, had made my GoodReads goal to read 35 books this year. I met that goal in September, so I bumped it up to 50, and met that earlier this month. A lot of this has to do with the fact that I re-read two series in December that I read pretty quickly, but in my defense, it had been a while since I had read them the first time. So they were due. Here’s my final list (assuming that I will not finish my current read today):

  1. Want by Cindy Pon
  2. The Circle by David Eggers
  3. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
  4. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
  5. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
  6. Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
  7. Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill
  8. Friday Night Bites by Chloe Neill
  9. Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill
  10. The Doll’s House by Neil Gaiman
  11. Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill
  12. Dream Country by Neil Gaiman
  13. Season of Mists by Neil Gaiman
  14. Drink Deep by Chloe Neill
  15. House Rules by Chloe Neill
  16. Biting Cold by Chloe Neill
  17. A Game of You by Neil Gaiman
  18. Fables & Reflections by Neil Gaiman
  19. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  20. Brief Lives by Neil Gaiman
  21. Biting Bad by Chloe Neill
  22. World’s End by Neil Gaiman
  23. The Kindly Ones by Neil Gaiman
  24. The Wake by Neil Gaiman
  25. The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
  26. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  27. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  28. Wild Things by Chloe Neill
  29. Blood Games by Chloe Neill
  30. Dark Debt by Chloe Neill
  31. Midnight Marked by Chloe Neill
  32. Blade Bound by Chloe Neill
  33. Steel Lily by Megan Curd
  34. Iron Pendulum by Megan Curd
  35. 18 Things by Jamie Ayres
  36. Furiously Happy:A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
  37. The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore
  38. 18 Truths by Jamie Ayres
  39. 18 Thoughts by Jamie Ayres
  40. Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro
  41. Splintered by A.G. Howard
  42. Unhinged by A.G. Howard
  43. Ensnared by A.G. Howard
  44. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson
  45. Feed by Mira Grant
  46. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
  47. Deadline by Mira Grant
  48. Blackout by Mira Grant
  49. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
  50. Paper Towns by John Green
  51. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  52. The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
  53. The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
  54. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  55. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  56. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  57. The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

Reading colors your life

Sigh. One day, I will do better at this goal. I really will. I have a list of 30-something series that I have started, but never finished (you can see it here, along with my other goal stuff). I had wanted to finish at least five. I finished one (Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill). On the plus side, I also made the goal of trying to finish any new series that I started, and I finished all of those (Sandman by Neil Gaiman, Periodic by Megan Curd, and My So-Called Afterlife by Jamie Ayers). So the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice will be added to the list for next year. Not really much progress, but hey, at least I didn’t make it worse!

Reading Goals for 2019

I am going to keep my GoodReads goal at 50 books in 2019. I am trying to make sure I read every day, even if it’s only one chapter, to avoid the dreaded reading slump. I’m on a good pace right now, so hopefully that will continue.

I will complete three series on my “Complete the Series” list, as well as finish all new series that I start in 2019. Let’s see if I can manage that at least.

Happy New Year everyone! May 2019 bring you health, happiness, and lots and lots of new books to read!

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday – 12/19/18

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Sam at Taking On a World of Words. Three questions, three answers. Go!

What are you currently reading?

Between some stressful home stuff (teenagers can be a handful at times) and being in another community theatre production (what is sleep, I’ve forgotten), I haven’t been reading all that much, although I did finally meet my GoodReads goal for the year. The only reading I’ve been wanting to do are comfortable re-reads, so I am currently re-reading Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy. I am also re-reading The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa, the fourth book in The Iron Fey series. It has been a while since I’ve read these and I’ve enjoyed reading them again.

What did you recently finish reading?

Well, to state the obvious, I recently finished The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, both by Suzanne Collins, as well as the other Iron Fey books by Julie Kagawa (The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, and The Iron Queen). Before that, I did a splurge of reading by the Green brothers – a re-read of Paper Towns by John Green and a new read of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green. Both excellent.

What do you think you’ll read next?

There is a sequel series to The Iron Fey series that I have never read, so I might do that. I really enjoy Julie Kagawa’s writing and her imagining of the world of faerie. The first book in that is The Lost Prince. This will depend on whether I can track it down from the library though. With Christmas coming, I don’t have a big book buying budget at the moment.

So that’s my week in books. What are you up to?

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Wake up, it’s Monday . . . 12/17/18

It’s nearly 3:00 PM as I’m writing this, so I assume that most people are up by now, although I suppose that could be up for debate. I am up and at work, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m 100% awake! The past month or so has been brutal in that regard. Part of it has to do with some upheaval in my day job (which has thankfully led to a slight raise, a promotion, and increased job stability for me at least), part is due to being in another community theater show, and part is due to my kiddo having some issues that has definitely made me lose some sleep.

And now it’s almost Christmas. How the heck did that happen?

I am spending my time now trying to figure out presents for two teenagers (how the heck did THAT happen???) who really don’t need anything, as well as presents for two adults (my husband and my mom) who mean the world to me in ways that no gift wrapped box can express. Both will tell me that they don’t need anything, but that’s not the point of Christmas presents! I have something for the hubby, so he’s taken care of, and I know he will like it because ever since he found boardgaming as a hobby, he is ridiculously easy to shop for.

My last show is Wednesday, so after that sleeping should be a bit easier, or at least, I won’t be out quite so late. And after this week, I will have some time off of work the week of Christmas, so that will also be helpful.

In other news, I am working on a new blog/web project that will hopefully kick off sometime in the New Year. So keep an eye out for that. It should be fun, but I’m also a little nervous about it. We’ll see how it goes!