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Top Ten Tuesday (51) and New Years Blogging Resolutions Survey

Top Ten Tuesday Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and The Bookish.  Each week a new top ten list is posted, and to participate all you have to do is fill in YOUR top ten for the list.

This week the topic is:

Top Ten Blogging/Reading Resolutions

1. Read more: I didn’t get to read a whole lot this past year, but I do want to read more this year.  I am only setting my goal for fifty, which for you super readers out there is a teensy amount, but I am hoping that maybe I can get more in than that.  Life just gets in the way of reading!  XD

2. Improvements on the blog:  I want to make more improvements on my blog and I was even debating on self hosting.  I want more meaningful content and I want my blog to be a favorite for the bloggers who follow me.

3. Stop (or at least lessen) procrastination: I am horrible about procrastination!  I mean really, really bad.  I am behind putting my reviews on other sites and such because of it.  My office is a disaster because of it, and half my house is still not unpacked yet even though I have been there a year and a half because of it.  So I need to jump on the ball with getting posts done in advance so I don’t have to worry about it anymore.

4. Comment more: I love getting comments, and I know other bloggers love receiving them, so I need to show more love to the bloggers out there.  My biggest difficulty with this is that I work during peak commenting times and when I get home, it is hard to want to do anything else other than be lazy after a long day at work.

5. Learn more: I have been blogging here now for 2.5 years and I do not know anywhere near as much as I probably should for someone who has been doing it for this long.  I see some of these blogs and I want to know how to do things I see on others’ pages.  It is pretty funny when I do figure out how to do something because it is such a huge accomplishment for me and I feel so proud of myself, even though it is probably something small for others.

6. Notebooks: For a while I was doing good at keeping up with a notebook for jotting notes about the books I was reading, then it got misplaced, and I haven’t worked with it since it was misplaced.  Since I finally found it again I would like to start putting notes, including quotes because I need to get better with noting quotes, into the notebook again.  I also need to improve my note taking skills, because I noticed when I first started the notebook, I wanted to write down notes on every little thing, which I have no time for.  So I need to be more efficient in my note taking.

7. Plan ahead: I am horrible about trying to write my posts the day before or the morning of when said post is supposed to be up.  I really need to work on scheduling my posts ahead and planning my posts ahead.  This would also help my procrastination issues.

8. Review requests: I hate having to turn down so many writers when it comes to review requests, but I just don’t have the time to take on too many currently.  If my partnering works out, then I will have a second pair of eyes I could share the load with and get to take in more requests.  So I am hoping I will be able to do that this year.

9. Challenges: I want to actually complete all my challenges I pick this year.  My first year of challenges I did well and met all of them, this past year however, I crashed and burned.  So, I want to make sure I complete them this time!

10. Organization: Also links in with planning ahead.  I will do good on my organization for a week, then something happens (usually procrastination) and I fall behind on the organization.  I have a day planner where I try to plan out my posts and go ahead and write down which covers I want for Cover Crush, what choices for my TTT and WoW posts, etc, but…well, like my notebook, it was misplaced (I am good at losing things thanks to a horrible memory).  I have a dedicated tote that I need to repack with my blogger and writing stuff again and make sure I keep it with me.  When we moved my boyfriend in, my tote was moved and I just recently uncovered it (he likes to move my things and doesn’t remember what he does with them).  I also want to get my desk organized so I have an actual place to work.  I love my desk, it’s a beautiful roll top 🙂 and I want to actually do my writing at it.

Also I found this great New Year Blogging Resolution Survey from Chiara over at Books for a Delicate Eternity that I want to do since it involves resolutions as well!

New Year Resolutions

Reading

I will read more books (in a genre, for review, for yourself etc):

I read lots of books for myself, but I am going to try to get more in that are requests or ones that I have requested.  I feel really bad that I am not able to do but a very small select few that I get requests from, so I would like to do better on that.

I will try reading (a certain genre, a certain book, a series etc):

Maybe a little more sci-fi.  I’m not big on reading sci-fi, but there are a lot of books that people go on about in this genre that I would like to check out.  Mostly I read contemporary and paranormal/fantasy.

I will finish (a book, a series etc):

My challenges.  I massively failed on that aspect this past year, and I don’t want to do it again this year.

I will start (you get the gist, yeah?):

Both Cassanda Clare series!  I feel like such a dweeb for not having read them yet, and I don’t want to be left out of the loop anymore!

I will not read:

Anything that doesn’t get my interest.  I read for myself and let others know how I feel about the books and my opinions on what I read, but I am not going to force myself to read something I don’t actually want to.  If I do that, then it won’t be as enjoyable.

I will read:

Whatever I am in the mood to read.  I am definitely a mood reader, which is why I can’t schedule out books like some bloggers can because next week I might want to read a thriller or something that will make me cry.  I don’t know until it is time to pick my next book.

Posting

I will try to post:

As often as possible, which will differ depending on how my schedule is.

I will post more:

Discussions.  I like discussion posts and seeing people’s opinions, but I have a hard time thinking of stuff to talk about, honestly, so I haven’t done many.

I will post fewer:

I am a blogger.  Posting fewer of something isn’t in the rules for me.  I don’t post a lot of meaningless garble (at least I hope I don’t) and I enjoy everything that I post, all reviews, all memes, etc.

If I do not post:

I am probably utterly swamped, but I will post again as soon as I can.  If I know I won’t post for a little while because something has come up, then I will announce it.  Work and family come first, so I have to tend to those before I can do my blog stuff.

Visiting

I will visit blogs:

As often as I can.  I love seeing everybody’s blogs and reading their posts and discussing things with the wonderful bloggers out there.

I will comment on more:

Reviews and discussions.  I love reading both of these kinds of posts and I would like to be more involved in them and debating opinions with people.

I will comment on fewer:

Fewer comments? No way!  I love comments and I know other bloggers do, too, so why would I want to do it less?

I will return the comment favour as much as I can:

Of course! I love getting comments and I know others do as well, so why not?

I will try and visit and comment on  ____ blogs:

All of them.  I know that is pretty impossible because I follow so many, but I will try my darndest.  I do have favorites that I comment on pretty often, but I also need to share the love with the others I follow, too.

I will not post comments that are:

Pointless.  I want my comments to actually have a purpose and be meaningful with what the post says.  I know I’ve received comments before that make me look at the screen weird, quirk and eyebrow and think “okay? and the point is??” and I don’t want people to think that of my comments.

I will post comments that are:

The exact opposite of the above.  I want to have meaningful comments.  Comments that make people nod there head in agreement at the screen, or comment back because it is worth answering, or high five me on my soap box moments.

So, there you have it!  My New Year’s Resolutions for my blogging.  What kind of resolutions have you guys made?

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2013 End of the Year Survey!

2013 End of Year Book Survey

Yay for book surveys!  This year wasn’t nearly as productive reading wise as last year since I have been so busy and dealing with some big changes at home, but I still wanted to do this fun survey from Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner!  Between NaNo and the holidays, I’ve had nearly squat read the past two months and I feel horrible for it XD.  I have 3 books I am halfway through that I want to try to finish in the last 4 days of the year; we’ll see what happens….   Anyway, on the the survey!

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1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

I am definitely going to have to cheat for this one because it just isn’t possible to pick only one!

Contemporary – Fangirl, The Fault in Our Stars, and On the Jellicoe Road : All of these books were super wonderful and I love them all for different reasons.  Fangirl had the most real and relatable characters, The Fault in Our Stars made me cry and I hated and loved the book for it, and Jellicoe Road was beautiful and heart breaking and I wanted to just hug the book when I was done.

Dystopian – Catching Fire : This is my favorite book from this trilogy and I was so happy with the movie, too.

Sci-fi – Scarlet :  This one is easy because this is one of my all time favorite series so far and the characters, the story, everything is just amazing about it!

Fantasy – Days of Blood and Starlight and Asunder : Both of these were fabulous!  The writing was great in both and the stories were awesome and I can’t wait to finish both trilogies next year!

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Requiem is a definite!  I was expecting so much more, but by the end, I kind of wanted to throw the audio discs out the window of my car. Also, The Vampire Diaries; I love the T.V. show, but honestly, it is nothing like the book.  I like the show much better!

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013? 

I think I would have to say I Hunt Killers for this one.  It sounded good and interesting, but it was so much better than I expected it to be and I am looking forward to reading the next one!  Teardrop was a second one that I was really surprised by how much I liked it since I wasn’t crazy about the Fallen series.

4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?

For this one, I would say On the Jellicoe Road.  This book was ridiculously wonderful!  Like I said earlier, I wanted to hug it when I was done.  This was one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read.

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

I started 3 new series, but I have only read the first books of them since two of them only have the first book out and the other I just haven’t picked up the next book yet.  They were I Hunt Killers, Teardrop and Ink.  Ink is a really great read and I loved the imagery in it, so I am very excited for the next one, and I’ve already mentioned the other two.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Definitely Rainbow Rowell!  Her  characters and writing style are incredible and realistic.  I loved everything about Fangirl and am really looking forward to the rest of her books.

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

I guess you could say “out of my comfort zone” was The Fault in Our Stars since it was a cancer book.  I had never read a cancer book before, but it wasn’t just a cancer book because there was so, so much more to it.  I am glad other bloggers convinced me to read it.  Another one was Darkfever, which is an adult romance, which I almost never read, but a friend of mine convinced me to since she loved it so much.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

I Hunt Killer was pretty thrilling and I didn’t want to stop reading it at all.  It was very exciting and not what I expected and I was disappointed I didn’t have the second book yet.

9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Definitely Scarlet.  I don’t really re-read books since there are so many books in my TBR already, but I suprised myself by re-reading Cinder before Scarlet came out, so I will be re-reading Scarlet before Cress.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?

Asunder CoverTeardrop Cover

This was just to hard to pick one, so I chose my top two.  Both of these covers are super beautiful and tops favorites of all my reads in general.

11. Most memorable character in 2013? 

Allyson from Just One Day is a memorable one because of how much she changes over the course of her book.  She is so much different by the end than when she starts out.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Do I have to mention how beautiful and heartbreaking On the Jellicoe Road is again?

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013? 

Again, On the Jellicoe Road, because this story is so beautiful, I have wanted to challenge myself to write a beautiful story as well that I would love to have other people want to hug like I want to hug Jellicoe.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read? 

The Titan’s Curse because I read the first two in a few months of each other, but why in the world did I wait TWO YEARS to finish this series??

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?

“You love me. Real or not real?”
I tell him, “Real.”

I am team Peeta all the way and I love this quote from Mockingjay and I want one of the lovely necklaces I see with this quote on it!

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Longest was Days of Blood and Starlight at 513 pages.  This was a great sequel and I want the third right now.

Shortest was Two Boys Kissing at 208 pages.  This book was so great!  Definitely more power in it than 208 pages worth.

17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!

Mockingjay.  That’s all I’m saying.  Those of you who have read it know what I mean.  And the movies are going to be so hard to watch.

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

Both romantic and friendships:

Katniss & Peeta
Scarlet & Wolf
Zuzana & Karou
Percy, Annabeth & Grover
Levi & Cath

Again hard to pick just one.

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Lola and the Boy Next Door and Asunder.  Both of these authors are great in different ways and I love the both of them.

20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:

Again…Jellicoe Road.

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

Fantasy BARELY beat contemporary.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?

Wolf from Scarlet – Duh
Ziri from Days of Blood and Starlight – I really love this guy!

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

Definitely Ink by Amanda Sun.  I really enjoyed it and the imagery was wonderful.

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?

Days of Blood and Starlight and Ink.  The details of the worlds in both of these books were great and I really love the descriptions of the chimaera in DoBS.

25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?

Lola and the Boy Next Door was really fun to read.  Both Lola and Cricket are quirky and interesting characters and fun to read about.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?

The Fault in Our Stars
On the Jellicoe Road
Two Boys Kissing

27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?

Two Boys Kissing – At least in my area, this book definitely didn’t receive enough attention like it should have.  This book was so beautiful and it is about so much more than a couple of gay high school boys trying to break a kissing record.  I mean jeeze…it nearly made me cry!

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013? 

Hard one!  I love all the great blogs I came across.  At the top I think I would have to say Books for a Delicate Eternity.  Chiara is so nice and chatty, plus we have very similar tastes!  Also, Jenea at Books Live Forever is another top pick.  She is super sweet, too!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013? 

Requiem is one of my favorites I did because I actually used an animated gif in it to accent my point.  I don’t often use them, not really sure why, maybe I should more often.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

Hmm…perhaps the one about bookish pet peeves.  I love to know other people’s pet peeves and know I am justified in mine as well.  It is really interesting to see the ones that are pretty universal and the ones that are the complete opposite of the norm.

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

This one is tough because it is hard for me to remember them over the past year (I have a horrid memory), but I really liked the post I read about blogger burnout.  I don’t really know what to do with myself when I feel that burnout coming on, and the post had really good tips about it.  It was also nice to know that other bloggers get to the burnout point as well, not just me, and they make it through just fine!

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Definitely YALLFest in Charleston, SC.  Of course, it is also the only one I have been able to go to so far.  I would die if I could go to BEA!  For only a single day, YALLFest is really incredible and you meet all kinds of great authors and people.  My mom went with me to this past November’s and she was shocked when she saw how some of the authors were.  She didn’t realize they liked to drop the F-bomb!

6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?

Getting my novel started with NaNoWriMo.  I started one last year, but, though I really liked it, I was beyond stoked with my new story and I began it this past NaNo and got pretty far into it.  I am still working on it and I have a great critique partner who gives great advice and tips, so maybe one day it will be my book I see up for review on the blogs 😀  I’ve always wanted to be a published writer, and I’m getting closer, bit by bit.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Actually, this is the same as last year.  It is my review of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie.  I have no idea why this one is so insanely popular, but it has been viewed  over 1000 times, which is over 3 times the amount of my next highest post.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My dream cast for Cinder and Scarlet.  I had a lot of fun picking out the actors for it and I was hoping more people would comment on it and let me know if they agreed or who they would have chosen instead.  The Lunar Chronicles is super popular (for very good reason) and I was hoping to have more input from readers on my cast choices.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I think I would have to say digital downloads from my library website and being able to put them onto my cellphone to use bluetooth in my car to listen through the speakers.  No more need for CD audiobooks, no more losing my place by taking out a disc, no headphones unless I want to use them and always having the books with me where ever I go right in my pocket.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Nope.  I failed beautifully at my reading challenges this year.  Though I nearly made 2 of them.  I was only one away from my Off the Shelf challenge and my Genre Variety challenge.  I made last year’s challenges really easily, but this year I had soooo much going on and some big changes at home (my boyfriend and his son moved in), so it was a new big adjustment for me and I didn’t have quite as much time to focus on reading as I would have liked.

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?

I have to pick just one??  The Beautiful and the Cursed, the Divergent Trilogy, Angelfall and Dare You To are all at the top of the list.  No way to pick a single book.  There are so many that I wanted to read this past year!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?

Cress by Marissa Meyer, Infinite by Jodi Meadows and Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor are the ones I am most looking forward to.  I want all three of these immediately.

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Alienated and Cruel Beauty are both debuts I am really looking forward too.  I have been getting into retellings lately and Alienated is one I have been seeing for months, so these are both on my debuts to read list!

4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

Dreams of Gods and Monsters and Infinite are both enders that I am really anticipating, but at the same time, I’ll be sad that it is over.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?

Now that I am adjusted to my new changes at home, I am hoping to make some new improvements on the blog and bring in my cousin as partner, which would also mean I could open up review requests again.  I’d also love to meet my reading goals for this year, haha.  Commenting more is something else I’d love to do.  It is sometimes hard because I work during peak commenting hours, but I am going to do better!

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A to Z Survey!

A to Z

 

Surveys are fun and I do enjoy them, plus it lets my readers know more about me 🙂  I have seen this survey around that was originally posted over at The Perpetual Page-Turner by Jamie and decided to join in!

Author you’ve read the most books from:

James Patterson.  I have been reading him since around 9th or 10th grade, which has been 15 years, so yeah after that long I guess he would be the one I have the most by.  Nowadays I only really read his Women’s Murder Club books since I am unimpressed with the books lately.  None of them are just him anymore and I feel kind of like he runs a book factory now instead of really writing good books like they used to be.

Best Sequel Ever:

This is a tough one.  It would have to be either Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor or Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.  Both were absolutely wonderful and have me highly anticipating the next books.

Currently Reading:

The Ruining by Anna Collomore and so far it hasn’t been the best book sadly.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Teas!  Green, flavored, Chai, white, as long as they are hot I love them with my books 🙂

E-reader or Physical Book?

Definitely physical books!  I love the way a book feels in my hand and getting to turn the pages.  An e-reader is convenient, but just not the same for me.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Sam from Incarnate by Jodi Meadows.  He is the sweetest book boyfriend ever, plus he is a musician and me being the band geek that I am swoons over this fact.  Running a close second is Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door, adorkable boys are just awesome 🙂

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.  This book was way more than just AMAZING and I finally read it because of all the rave reviews I heard about it and it wasn’t my normal kind of read, but I am so glad I did because this story was beautiful.

Hidden Gem Book:

Chime by Franny Billingsley.  It is similar to The Near Witch and I just happened across it at the library on audio.  One of my favorite audiobooks!

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

When I started journaling my reviews for the books I was reading.  This eventually led me to blogging and into this wonderful world of the book blogging community.  Two years later and I am still loving it.

Just Finished:

The Fairest of Them All by Carolyn Turgeon.  It is quite a twisted fairy tale and I loved every minute of it.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I can’t say there is one specific type I certainly won’t read, but there are certain things in books that will make me not read them, like if I know it is about rape or child/animal abuse, no chance of me reading it.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling at 870 pages.

Major book hangover because of:

Again, On the Jellicoe Road because it was that awesome.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Well, I own 3 tall ones, a skinny one and a short one, but they are all still over flowing and I need more to shelf all the books I still have boxed up.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Cinder by Marissa Meyer.  This is easily one of my absolute favorite books and the fact that I have reread it really says something since this is something I rarely do.

Preferred Place To Read:

I love to read in the tub with steaming water until it goes cold, but since all I have in my bathroom is stand up shower, I don’t really get to do this anymore.  Now I have this wonderfully squishy reading chair my uncle gave me.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

My quote isn’t from a book, but it is by an author I like a lot and I find inspiration from.  It’s one of my favorite quotes ever and I even have it posted in one of my sidebars.  I especially love this one since I am an aspiring writer 🙂

  • “Write words you’re willing to burn at the stake for. Write words you’d believe in even if the rest of the world didn’t.” ― Lauren DeStefano

Reading Regret:

The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold.  This was before I had Goodreads, and if I had had it at that point I could have seen that it didn’t even have 3 stars and I probably would have passed on this book, but I didn’t and I read it and wish I never had.  The book had no real point and a lot of stuff that happened in it didn’t either.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

The Percy Jackson series.  I just recently finished the 4th book and will be starting the 5th soon.  I love this series and am sad about reading the final one.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

Tuesdays with Morrie (made me cry the hardest), Cinder (I’ve read it more than once), and (SURPRISE) Harry Potter!

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Stephanie Perkins.  She is the one who got me loving contemporary books!  And Marissa Meyer since she is writing my current favorite series.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins May 13th and Cress by Marissa Meyer out Feb 4th.  The Lunar Chronicles is one of my most favorite series.  SEE ABOVE.

Worst Bookish Habit:

I would have to say that would be buying a ton more books even though I already have a ton at home that I haven’t read yet.  No dog earing or highlighting pages here; I never mark my books, but I am constantly adding to my books though I own hundreds already.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Well, can’t tell you this one right now since I am making this post from work, but I do know for a fact this is one of my TBR shelves!

Your latest book purchase:

The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy box set, but it isn’t for me, it is a birthday gift for my reader cousin 🙂

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

Ink by Amanda Sun.  I just kept wanting to read this book with the beautiful imagery and Japanese setting.

 

Well, this was a very fun bookish survey!  Hope you are all having a wonderful Monday!

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