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:
- Get Net Galley percentage up above 87% and keep it there (keep the finger off the request button).
- Get Review backlog down from three months out to one month out.
- Read four books a month from TBR pile.
- 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.
- Continue to explore new to me authors, series and a variety like I began this past year.
- Keep purchases to a minimum including freebies. Stick to budget and take a delayed gratification approach to ‘must have’ books.
- 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.