My, my. How long has it been? I never really intend to take these “breaks”. I start these blogs with excitement and motivation to reach more people who share the same love for reading as I do, but life happens. And frankly, sometimes I just can’t find the inspiration to sit and write up anything because I feel as if I have to and I hate feeling as though a hobby of mine, a hobby that has been a hobby since I can remember, will start to feel like a job.
When I read, it’s out of joy. For instance, I recently completed my Goodreads’ goal for the year at 65 books and even surpassed it by a few books. I figured I’d take a break from reading for the remainder of the year, but last night, I had the urge to pick up a book and so I did. It really is that simple for me. I hate to force things to happen and so I don’t. I already have a lot of real life situations to tend to and I refuse to add reading/writing to the list. Books are my way to escape real life. So when I feel like blogging and reading and writing become forced or I lack ideas to write, I just continue with my day to day life and eventually the will to write comes to me. Like today 🙂
The last part of 2017 has been good to me. We have celebrated birthdays, accomplishments and, of course, the holidays. My kids turned a year older, they have been doing very well at school and their hard work has been paying off. My youngest son, whose speech has been delayed, has been talking a whole lot more. My boyfriend has been creating a lot of handmade furniture and he is getting better every single time! Our family’s Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings have been so fun and I love that aside from a few missing pieces, everyone has made an effort to visit. Besides my birthday, this is definitely my favorite time of the year.
Oh, and I can’t leave out football– one of the major reasons why I gave up reading for these last couple of weeks.The Philadelphia Eagles are currently 13-2, they hold the best record in the entire National Football League and have officially clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Which, if you know sports, playing at home makes a huge difference and plays a big role in how teams play. There’s still one more week left in the season, but it isn’t that important, but still, I’ll be watching.
Today, I wanted to do a book tag to end this year off right. I saw this tag from @Bookables YouTube Channel. I wasn’t tagged, and usually I have a hard time following through with tags, but this sounded like fun and it kind of plays into my New Year’s Resolutions for reading and personal ones, alike.
1. How many books are you planning to read in 2018?
I read 69 books in 2017. Whenever I do the Goodreads challenge, I base it off the previous year. Depending on what I finish at, that’s what it will be. I had a hard time with this year’s goal so the fact that I was able to read more than my goal, even if it was by a small amount, was a huge accomplishment for me. This year will be 70 books!
2. Name 5 books that you didn’t get to this year but want to make a priority in 2018.
My TBR pile is endless. I did get though one book I wanted to which was Benjamin Alire Saenz’s The Inexplicable Logic Of My Life which sat on my shelf for far longer than I planned. I pre-ordered it and received it on release day but didn’t get to it til just recently and I loved it. With the release of Tahereh Mafi’s new book Restore Me coming out, I want to finally finish the last book in the Shatter Me series, and possibly reread the first two. Speaking of adding to original trilogies, I also have Michelle Hopkin’s The Becoming Of Noah Shaw that I’ve had since release day and didn’t get to. That’s definitely on my immediate TBR. Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King also is one I’ve had sitting on my shelf for a few months now. It’s a hefty book and that kind of had me hesitating, thinking it would hold me back from other books I wanted to read but I think this is the year I read it. These next two, I started but couldn’t finish even though it started interesting enough, American Gods by Neil Gaiman and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. The last one I know has been turned into a movie and I have absolutely no idea if it has come out yet, but I do want to get to it before watching the film. These for sure I will read the upcoming year and I hope I love them all.
3. What genre do you want to read more of?
I am a creature of habit. I always rely on horror and contemporary fiction to fix my reading slumps. I get through those quickly but I find that I don’t enjoy them like I used to and I think because somewhere deep inside, I am ready to read different kinds of books. I want to get into the “classics”. All this year, I’ve collected lots of the older books that have either been banned or have won multiple awards and I still have yet to actually sit and read any one of those. I think I made a resolution last year to read at least one classic a month and that went horribly wrong. So I am once again making it a resolution this year.
4. Name 3 non book related goals for 2018.
One of the main personal goals I had last year was to have more family time and we definitely succeeded. We had a great summer with our kids and my parents got to see a lot more of my kids, the bf and I had quite a few dates of our own, and so far have been successful in having friends and family over for the holidays. That still remains our number one goal, more family events. Second, is to save money. Our kids are getting older and they are eager to join sports, especially with the way we love sports in my family, baseball, boxing, football, basketball, soccer, our kids watch it all the time or at least are brainwashed with these sports and have been asking to play. In order to fulfill those wishes, we need to step back on some luxuries. Sports are not cheap and with five kids, it all adds up! That and we have big plans this year to get a home. It’s still a work in progress, but every little step we took this year has been a huge help. Saving money is always a must, but this year it’s the most vital thing for our family. Lastly, to enjoy the small things. Living in Southern California, where there’s always something going on, and with a big family, and both parents working, it’s always go-go-go for us. I very rarely relax, and when I do find time to relax, my mind is still active. My kids demand a lot of attention and it’s hard to divide my energy and time between five of them. But this year, I do want to enjoy the small moments and few minutes I have with them.
5. What’s a book you’ve had forever that you still need to read?
Again, my TBR is endless. It is full of books that I haven’t read from years past. But the one that first came to mind is The Daughters of Smoke and Bone trilogy. I’ve had the first book sitting on my shelf for a really long time and just recently purchased the last book, so there’s really no excuse to not read it. It’s got great hype around it so I hope it lives up to it!
6. One word that your hoping 2018 will be:
Change. I’m hoping 2018 brings a lot of change for us because we are working way too hard and missing time away from our kids to not meet our goals. Changes have to be made.
7. Tag a friend!
I wasn’t tagged to do this, but wanted to because it sounded like fun. So, I tag everyone who wants to do this!