Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday

It's time for another Top Ten Tuesday! OK, it's been awhile and I wasn't going to participate today but I was actually going to post about my New Years Resolutions anyway so why not link up, right? If you want to join head on over to The Broke and the Bookish and link up.

Top 5 Bookish Resolutions

1. I want to finish a bunch of series. Odd Thomas, The Lunar Chronicles, Vampire Academy...see the list goes on and on. I need to finish them!

2. Speaking of series...I want to START a bunch of series. Can you believe I haven't started Daughter of Smoke and Bone or The Grisha Series? Not to mention The Seven Realms and Starbound series. And that's just naming a few. I need to get going on some of these, right?

3. I want to read more adult books. I love YA but it's dominating my reads each year and I love adult books. With that in mind, I've already got an "adult books only" month planned. Remember last time? No? That's OK. There's not much to it. Just set aside a month where I read strictly read adult books. I'm planning on February if anyone wants to join me.

4. Read more! I used to read 75-125 books a year and in 2015 I barely manage 50. This is pathetic! I can read more than that! I set my Goodreads challenge at 65 for this year. Honestly, I hope to do better but I need to be honest with myself. It might not happen.

5. Plan each month ahead. I never plan on what I'm going to read each month but I think I'm going to try it this year. I think it will help motivate me to go into my personal library and pick out several books I want to read that month and then get excited about them! However, if it becomes a chore and makes reading work I'll abandon this goal with out a hint of guilt. I don't want reading to become a bother.

Top 5 Personal Goals

(I don't usually set New Year's Resolutions but I do ponder my life and habits at the end of each year and think about what I need to give up and what I need to gain)

1. I have officially named 2016  The Year of NO! What do I mean? I'm a horrible, pathetic people pleaser. I seriously can not say no! And if I do manage to squeak out a refusal to an outing or favor asked of me, I have this all consuming guilt that leads to anger and hate towards the invitee or favor asker. It's ridiculous! This has got to stop. So this year I plan on saying NO. If I say no to you, please don't get upset. Understand that I deal with anxiety and stress and depression and sometimes I just can't go out or do that favor. Sometimes I just need to say NO.

2 Cliche! I need to exercise again. I used to go running and haven't been for ages. I need to drop a few pounds before my poor joints can handle running again but I could at least go walking!

3. The whole house remodeling thing has sort of fallen to the wayside. Mostly it's just outside stuff now but there are some little things left inside that need done and my Library/Sitting room needs to get finished! I'm totally going to focus on it this year. I can't wait!

4. Go on Vacation. I know this sounds silly and vain but I NEED vacations. I need something to look forward to and I need that stress release a vacations offers. Now if I can just get my husband on board.

5. Blog more. My blogging is so sporadic. It's hard to work up the energy sometimes but I really miss it...even if it's not like it used to be. I still want to have somewhere to talk about books and movies and life!

There you have it! Think I'll manage any of these? I hope so.

22 comments:

  1. LOL! I said blog less and you said blog more! :) What adult books do you have ready to go for February? Anything specific?

    These all sound like awesome goals. Good luck with everything!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, my blog more will be more like your blogging less. I mean about the same number of posts per week.
      You'll have to wait and see what books I plan on reading! I'll do a whole post! I'm actually really excited!

      Delete
  2. Great resolutions! I'm with you on wanting to read more adult books - I do love YA, but I want to expand my horizons a bit! Hope you get to finish the series you want to! I recently reread Vampire Academy because I got the boxset for Christmas and it was kind of nostalgic. And good luck with your personal goals too, and your reading challenge!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, YA is awesome and all but adult is just...deeper.

      Delete
  3. I was actually surprised to learn I read more adult than YA this past year, but I totally get what you mean. It's easy to get sucked into a comfortable pattern- reading only one genre, or target audience. I can't wait to see what you'll be reading in February!

    Yes to Odd and Vampire Academy! Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one of my favorite series too- the writing is gorgeous, and I love, love, love the audiobook narrations done by Khristing Hvam. I need to read The Grisha series too- it's definitely on my Must Read in 2016 list. ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yay! I'm not the only one that hasn't read the Grisha series yet.

      Delete
  4. Fine, I won't be sad if you say you can't come. But, you can't say no all the time, kay? Deal! ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh I won't. And I wasn't talking about you guys. I can be honest with you guys.

      Delete
  5. Great resolutions. I've gotten better at being able to say no. I think the more you do it, the better you get at being able to do it.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Great resolutions! Good luck on accomplishing them.

    ReplyDelete
  7. You've got some terrific goals, there, Jenny. Hope it goes well for you.

    I resolved to learn to say no about 20 years ago and I'm afraid I got way too good at it. LOL

    As to vacations . . . I feel you. I usually get one nice vacation and a few family visits, but waiting for that big vacation I can get a little crazy. Sometimes you just need to get away. If you can't get husband to go with you, maybe you could do some brief trips with friends? I've done a couple buddy trips and I honestly like them better than regular vacations. Husbands are bossy!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, they are. I'd go without him...it's the funding he gets grouchy about. ;)

      Delete
  8. I am horrible at finishing series as well! I don't know why but I have been reading the first book and then not going on even if u liked it! Good luck with you reading challenge this year. 65 books is still heaps!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know, right? I start so many series and never finish them!

      Delete
  9. Good luck with all your resolutions -- especially the vacationing and library-building ones. Those sound like the most important to me :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. Good luck with all your 2016 goals!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/top-ten-tuesday-38/

    ReplyDelete
  11. This is a really great list of resolutions. I'm rooting for ya! I also need to complete some YA series I still have on the back-burner (Lunar Chronicles) and need to start some, too (Vampire Academy).

    I'm currently reading an adult book, The Martian, and it's totally awesome! If you can keep up with the science jargon, then it's way fun to read. Star Trek fans should have no problem, but I don't know about other people.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've heard great things about The Martian. I saw the movie but haven't read the book.

      Delete