Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Goals for 2014

*UPDATE: Since I'm way behind on reading all of my favorite blogs I missed the TTT regarding goals for this year. I'm going to go ahead and link up after the fact. Head over to The Broke and The Bookish and join me!

I recently mentioned that I'm not big on resolutions but I am big on goals, so I thought I'd get all official and set some! No, it does not matter that it is 8 days into the new year. I'm just fashionably late. Without further ado:

1. Read 100 books. 
I accomplished this one in 2012 and just assumed I'd do it again in 2013. Turns out, that was not the case. I think I was about ten short but I think it's totally doable this year so I'm officially making it my goal again. 

2. Read at least one "real" book a month. 
We're talking about dead tree books here people and I need to read more. I rely on my Nook almost constantly because I have hundreds of books on it and take it with me everywhere I go. Unfortunately, this means my books shelves (or lack there of, see goal #3) are constantly growing with unread books. I'm not sure how I determine ebook vs real book when it comes to reading. I never buy ebooks, so if I'm going to purchase one, it's one I've read before (and will read again), it's part of a series I already own books in (I'm OCD about it. Leave me alone.), or it's a hyped up book that I'm pretty sure I will enjoy. Other than that, I mostly rely on library and ebooks. Not to say a random puchase doens't happen now and again but I try to have it happen less frequently.

3. Get my bookshelves in order. 
Growing up I had a book shelf in my room stocked with books. It's currently stacked at least two deep with books that I've accumulated over the years. Now that I'm older, I've left most of those books in my parents house but still seem to have collected a lot that I want to read in the future. I don't actually have many books that I have read in my current house. I have some classics that I have displayed throughout the living room for decoration but there are still not very many. Hence, the reason for goal #2. Now, back to this goal. My great-grandfather built this beautiful bookcase that is currently living in my parents garage. I've called dibs, for obvious reason,s and it is all mine as soon as I can coordinate my husband with his truck to drive up there and get it. This turns out to be much harder than it seems because his truck bed is always full, or we have the dog which moves anything in the back seat to the bed, or no one else is around to haul the thing to the truck with us. Either way, it is mine and I'm going to get my hot little hands on it ASAP so stacks like these stop popping up around my house...

4. Get my TBR list down to 200.
On one hand, this may be easy. I'm trying to be more "relevant" in my reading and reviews so that will remove a lot of books off this list. On the other hand, when I realize I'll still have 200 left (plus the large number I will add this year) it's still overwhelming. Whatever. I need to make a dent and I'm looking forward to doing so.

5. Make some moves on various series I'm in the middle of. 
I think this will constitute some re-reads which I'm actually kind of excited about. I know I've talked about my series hoarding before (I just don't want them to end!!!) but a few great books have been released in the past year that are installments in series I've began. The problem tends to be my horrible memory. I rarely remember all of the details in the first books of the series so I want to re-read some of my favorites before the new ones come out. The series/books I'm focusing on the most are: 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)10964-Good ole' Harry Potter:
I re-read the first 6 last year and never got around to the 7th for some reason, so I'm going to finish out my last book in this series (for this go around at least.)

-Outlander: This may be one of my all time favorite series. I've never re-read any of them and was just gifted the first 4, so I'm going to work my way through all ones I've read (only up to five because I'm hoarding like a crazy person) then follow up with at least #6 if not #7 as well.
13496A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)

- All Soul's Trilogy: I read A Discovery of Witches in 2012 and surprisingly fell in love with it. The second one came out last year so I'm hoping to read both.

-A Song of Fire and Ice: I read the first three in this series over the last two years and I think it's time for the next one. I don't think I will re-read the first three before the fourth though.

12745513511351-The Gentleman Bastards: To be honest, this series is the real reason I'll be re-reading any books this year (usually not my thing). Scott Lynch goes what feels like decades between his fabulous books. I don't think my memory will do the series justice in preparation for the third one without a re-read. I've already started Lies and am overwhelmed with pleasure! Plus it doesn't hurt the hubby gifted me all three in hardback (one of which had to be bought from a library.) Love it!

-Inn Boonsboro Trilogy:
And last but not least, I'm going to read the final book in this series. This is one of my favorite romance series (and one that I share with my mom) so it will be sad to say goodbye to the Montgomery brothers (for now), but I think it's time. Sigh.

Any goals for you? Want to join me in some of mine?!? It'll be super fun and I'll update you as I go!


  1. Oh I'm rereading Harry Potter this year too just started rereading them I only have the one down! Even made a vow of sorts on my blog that I won't watch the movie, again, till I read it.

    1. Oh that's a tough vow! Especially since they are on TV all the time. Good motivation though :) Good luck with the re-read!

    2. Haha, them being on TV isn't the problem, and they're only on ABC family only once every 4 months or so, the fact that I have them all on DVD is my problem and they are on a shelf at eye level. But I'm trying to find the audiobooks at the library to read along with it to.

    3. Ahhh, yes. Having them within reach makes it easier. Audiobooks should speed up the process and you'll be back to Harry Potter watching freedom in no time!