Hello! Surprised to see me? I unintentionally took a hiatus over the holidays. Between everyone in my house getting hit with a stomach bug from Christmas day until the 29th, I did not have much leisure time. But now I am back to work and have a little bit of down time to catch up and re-center myself and get back to blogging.
I still have not decided on a schedule and honestly, I am contemplating on leaving it up in the air. Over the holiday, I had some time to reflect on what my blog goals will be/should be. To be frank, I am not doing this for anyone but me. Sure, its great when people read and comment on my posts but I have come to accept that my life does not allow for the level of interaction needed to “grow my blog” with followers. It is not that I don’t want to interact and grow, it is just that I simply do not have the time to commit. Between working full time, school full time, and being a mom full time, what time I have left is precious. Some of that precious time, I might feel like blogging, other times I may feel like reading or focusing on other hobbies. I am allowing myself the flexibility because that is exactly what I need.
2018 Wrap Up
In 2018, I read a total of 63 books. I set a goal of 52 books at the end of February in 2018 and that is when I started “power reading.” You can see the list of books I read over on my Goodreads page.
2018 was the year I rediscovered my passion for reading. I also decided to explore new genres such as YA fantasy. I have loved finding out what I love and what I don’t like so much. 2019 will continue on a similar path of mixing genres through out the year. I set the same goal for 2019 as last year: 52 books. I figure an average of one book a week is feasible and also leaves some wiggle room to take breaks if necessary.
Currently Reading and Upcoming Events
Right now, I am reading a book called Moon Called by Patricia Briggs. I picked up this book through my little book club that I am part of with friends. We did a white elephant style book exchange and the book I chose was prefect for me! It is a paranormal, urban fantasy with some romance mixed in. Ya’ll know I love me some paranormal romance.
I also started Winter on audiobook today. I didn’t plan to add this to my January TBR but since I went back to work today, I needed an audiobook to listen to on my commute to and from work. The other books on my TBR were not available, so I skipped ahead and was happy to see that Winter was an option! I love The Lunar Chronicles and I am excited but sad to finish the series.
Other books on my TBR include The Cruel Prince and the first 5 books of The Sookie Stackhouse Series. I have a read-a-long happening starting this coming Sunday for the entire series (avg. 2 books a week) on January 6th. Find out the details here. It is basically a buddy read done through the hashtag #sookieseriesbuddyread
One more book that I am adding to my TBR this month is my first ever Netgally approved ARC. I will be reading Willful Depravity by Ingrid Hahn. I am excited to read this romance because the heroin is plus sized and I have not read a lot of books with fat rep.
All in all, I am happy to be back blogging (whether it be once a week, once a day, or once a month). I still plan to read and comment on others’ blog post as I can and continue to interact with everyone on Twitter. How is your new year starting off? Let me know in the comments!