Looking Ahead and Closing the Book on the Past – Resolutions and To Be or Not to Be…Read

Posted January 1, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Year End / 26 Comments

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New Year’s Resolutions! Yes, I still make these. I have no trouble coming up with my resolutions and preparations, but like so many, I do struggle with the execution part of affairs. I know accountability is a huge part of the process so by putting out a blog post like this I’m making each reader my accountability partner to make stuff happen. Okay, don’t freak, this doesn’t mean that I have expectations on you. It’s all still on me, but it does leave the door open for you guys to do check ins to see how I’m doing with this stuff.

So ready or not, here it is in no priority order:

Resolution One– Take at least one day a week (day will remain flexible though probably Saturday) to be social media free. I can’t tell you how often that I’ve gone on Facebook, etc for ‘just a minute’ and an hour later I come up for air. What can I say, people put up the coolest stuff and chat about the most interesting things. If everyone I know were drama llamas or shoving their politics at me, it would be so much easier to ignore. I blame all you sane, interesting types for wasting my time. Okay, not really, but I need to put a timer on when I go to places like that to keep me limited.

Resolution Two– Make daily exercise a habit and routine. I have baked in fifteen minutes after breakfast so that I’m not vague about this. I can do more than fifteen minutes a day, but I don’t want to do less and I may not substitute my chores as exercise (many of you know me and that I will barter like that since I detest it- haha).

Resolution Three– Try some new recipes. I have my start with the recipe exchange cards and a new cookbook from Christmas. Oh, and we’ll toss eat more fresh fruits and vegetables in here. I love fresh fruits and veggies and I realized that my intake has gone way down and I grab for the bread and dairy the more stressed I get- naughty, naughty.

Resolution Four– Accept and Request fewer review books this year. I can count on my fingers how many times that I actually said no this past year. I tried to get away with telling people that it would be a while (and that would be true), but I rarely actually said no. I have a huge pile of unread books both on my actual and my virtual shelves and I want to read more of those- need to read more of those- plus I need to get caught up on my existing review commitments.

Now I have sub-parts to Resolution Four:

  1. Get Net Galley percentage up above 87% and keep it there (keep the finger off the request button).
  2. Get Review backlog down from three months out to one month out.
  3. Read four books a month from TBR pile.
  4. Be honest and true to my book love by DNF-ing a book when I know for certain that I really don’t care for it or I start skimming too many pages out of disinterest.
  5. Continue to explore new to me authors, series and a variety like I began this past year.
  6. Keep purchases to a minimum including freebies.       Stick to budget and take a delayed gratification approach to ‘must have’ books.
  7. Continue to review with integrity, review thoughtfully and strive to make reviews of interest. By the way, thank you to all that review and show me shining examples of how it’s done.

Okay, so those are a few of my New Year’s Resolutions. What about you? Do you make resolutions? Care to share one or a few?

To Be or Not to Be…Read December Vote Result

For January, I will be reading a New Adult for the New Year. Thank you to those who helped choose one for me by voting for your choice of book.

I’ll be reading: Alex by Sawyer Bennett

I’m very eager for this one after checking out the GoodReads ratings that score it no lower than a four amongt my friends. This will fulfill Resolution Four subpart five as a new to me author and series, by the way. Haha! Watch for my review thoughts later in the month along with my next TBR pile vote request. If anyone ever wants to put their own TBR pile vote post together, shoot me a link here in the comments and I will gladly stop by and help vote for your next TBR pile read.

Alex by Sawyer Bennett

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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karina

Great resolutions, Sophia Rose! Good luck! 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Thank you, Karina! I certainly plan to give them an effort.

Sharonda
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Good luck Sophia! 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Thank, Sharonda! I’m going for it with these that are hopefully reasonable and yet challenging.

Sharonda
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I think it’s awesome. As soon as Ana get her internet back up we will be putting our year end posts up

Sophia Rose
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The internet demons got you, yuck! I’ll come check them out when they’re up.

Sharonda
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she moved and you know sometimes that can be a pain in the foot getting back up. Hopefully we’ll have it up soon.

Sophia Rose
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Say no more! I cringed. Moving, yep!

Melanie Simmons
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Melanie Simmons

Great goals. Good luck!

Sophia Rose
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I’m excited to work on them and see what I can do, Melanie!

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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I love your list Sophia! I’ve got mine going up on Saturday and some of the same as yours 🙂 NG to 90 for me. Not take on as many reviews, get back to my missed reviews. I have a shameful amount of those that have slipped by me over the last 3 years and want to make a good dent in righting that. Blerg on the exercise. But yes…get healthier is one of mine as well. lol We can do it!! I so did my post for accountability too. Hopefully that’ll be the trick 😀 Good luck with your… Read more »

Sophia Rose
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Yep, total need for accountability here too. If enough people know then it will keep me on the straight and narrow better- I hope. Haha! I should probably do follow up posts once a quarter or something to help. I look forward to your post.

Mary Kirkland
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Those are great resolutions. I haven’t made any resolutions in a long time but I’m like you in that I said yes to too many book reviews last year that I just didn’t have time to do. I’ve already said no to 4 of them in the past week.

Sophia Rose
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Wow! Saying ‘no’ 4xs is so impressive to me, but I want to do it.

Lover Of Romance
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These are great resolutions….wowzers!! I myself want to do ARC less, a majority of my books I read this past year were from Ng or Edelweiss and I would like to focus more on books I am really wanting to read…hence go to the library more. And exercise is a great goal….I have found even though it takes time from my busy schedule, I am much more energized and happy when I have been working out. So that is something I am trying to focus more on. Good luck with all of these.

Sophia Rose
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Thanks, Renee! That’s how exercise works for me too and it puts me in a better frame of mind too. I really don’t use the library enough, but maybe by accepting less reviews I will.

Lola R
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Lola R

Great resolutions! I like your idea of taking a social media free day, although it doens’t work for me because of my job I do like the idea. I’ve gotten a bit better at not staying to long on social media, although I fidn it sometimes hard to be actual social and have fun interactions as I tend to go away form there soon after I post what I want to. I do keep facebook and twitter open for most of the day though. I love cooking and mostly use fresh veggies in my dishes, except for green peas I… Read more »

Sophia Rose
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Oh, yes, it would be tough if my job called for me to stay connected to Social Media, but mine really doesn’t. Saturdays are slower for me so it will be good.

A cooking feature sounds cool, Lola! I’m a disaster in the kitchen so I’d really entertain people, but I do love reading other people’s posts on their cooking projects.

Sci-fi is great. I have a few favorite Sci-Fi Romances.

The_Book_Queen
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All great resolutions — I think I need to do all of those, too. 🙂 Good luck!

Sophia Rose
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Thank you, TBQ! Yeah, I picked some pretty common ones, but they’ll keep me busy.

Meredith Esparza
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Meredith Esparza

Great resolutions, Sophia Rose! I really like your breakdown about review requests! I need to keep some of those in mind for myself! Wishing you the best of luck with your resolutions and reading for 2015!

Sophia Rose
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Thank you, Meredith! I nearly exhausted myself trying to keep up and make others happy by taking on so many books, but I want to take a different approach this year.
Wishing you a nice reading year too.

RO
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Awesome resolutions that totally make sense, and I really love the part about being Social Media free for at least a day. Important to spend time doing other things and relaxing if you can. happy New Year! Hugs…www.intheknowwithro.blogspot.com

Sophia Rose
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Yes, I really need to ween myself off the computer and look around to other interests that have sat collecting dust. Happy New Year to you too, Ro!

vvb reads
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vvb reads

Yes, good ones. I have been thinking along similar lines especially in regards to the review books. Must do major catchup. And must reduce the tbr pile.

Been struggling with what to do with DNF books – whether or not to even mention them as I do only like to promote books with 3+ ratings.

Sophia Rose
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Catch-up and reduce are definitely words that need to be in my vocabulary this year. Hopefully you’ll get the jump on your review and TBR piles this year, Velvet!

Yeah, the DNFs are tough as are the low rating ones. I review everything, but I take extra special time making sure that I’m being considerate even while honest. I understand not wanting to stir folk up and just have up beat posts. Its a big debate amongst reviewers and bloggers for sure.