2014 Wrap Up

Wow! What a year for reading, huh? I can’t believe how much I read this year. I had based my Goodreads Challenge on the year before and I was SO WRONG.

I mean, look at this!



Geezum Petes!

Here are the books I read in 2014:

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 If you want to see clickable listings, you can go go the actual Goodreads Challenge page here! My goal for 2015 is 200 books! I went above that this year, but I’ve slowed down some, and have added some tougher books to my goals, so I want to keep the number attainable. I can’t wait to see this list next year!
How’d you do?

2015 Reading Goals

Happy Holidays, my friends!

It’s so hard to believe that 2014 is almost over. I’ll be doing a year end wrap up post later in the week, but I wanted to go ahead and set some goals for the upcoming year. I’m already on my way on some of them, and it’s going to be a pretty intense, educational year!

2015 PopSugar Challenge–I’ve talked about this challenge already in detail. I’ll be tracking my progress HERE!

Read one short story every weekday–I do this for the most part right now anyway, but my goal is to finish the Short Fiction collection I’ve been working through.

THE BIG GOAL–I am taking on what I call “study books.” These are the books I never seem able to finish. The books I get a chapter or two into and go…NOPE. The books that don’t have so much of a story to them, or have weird prose flow, or they are epic poetry or play formatting. THOSE books. So, rather than try and battle through them all at once, I’m going to break them up. I can manage a chapter a day, along with the short stories I read. It doesn’t take away from the regular books I read, and I know I’m going to get so much more out of them if I read them this way. Here’s the list I have posted on my bulletin board. I’m already halfway through The Iliad. The color coding just tells me what format I have the book in.





Goodreads Goal–I based my Goodreads goal on last years numbers, and I don’t really know what happened, but my reading just exploded this year, like almost 300% over last year, exploded. So, I’m going to set my 2015 goal at 200 books.



I’m so excited to see what 2015 brings and to be able to share it all with you!




When I started setting my challenge list, I had put GOALS on Day 1 for obvious reasons. My original goal was to write every day, complete all the challenges. I started the list with booky things–I had based my challenge list off previous challenges I had done, although I tried my hardest not to use too many prompts from other people’s lists. But the longer I went along, the more I deviated from bookish themes, and started coming up with true writing prompts. I write about books all the time, but my mind is constantly getting pulled into other subjects that I want to write about. Let’s vary it up some. Of course, if you want to match books to the topics, feel free. I just want you to write something, anything, every day.


Something else happened, too, after I set GOALS for Day 1.

I started taking a yoga class. And I completely fell in love with it. So, I have some new goals that surround the new lifestyle that I’m taking on. I have class 3 times a week–Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. And even on the days that I am tired, and frustrated, and sore, I’m going. Every once in awhile, I may have a schedule conflict, and that’s ok. I couldn’t go Wednesday (ummm…Benedict Cumberbatch in Frankenstein on the big screen? Sorry yoga…priorities.), so I made sure to do stretches on Thursday. That’s the great thing about yoga–it’s so easy to do at home.

I don’t have any specific weight goals–in fact, I’m trying not to weigh myself. My instructors told me to take the focus off of that. The important thing is to focus on reducing my stress and maintaining my health, so that is what I’m working on now. My wellness is increasing, and I can feel it. I am already starting to notice a change in my body, it’s crazy!

Good things are going to happen in November. Who is ready?