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Top Ten Tuesday: Resolutions! I guess.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

Resolutions are not my favorite thing, and I failed fantastically at 2014’s. But, the topic this week is Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015, and I DO have some goals in mind, so why the hell not.

  1. Read 50% non-white authors.
  2. Buy more books / spend more dollars on non-white authors.
  3. Get back to 155 lbs.
  4. Pay off a big chunk of my NY&Co card (not that it’s astronomically high, but I think I’m going to aim to close it this year).
  5. Save for a house.

And I’m leaving it at that. All of my goals are pretty focused this year… with the honeyman going away for five months for basic, I’ll have some surplus time to work out, read, and save a little extra so that hopefully this time next year we’ll be getting ready to house shop. I could work in some small, specific stuff (run another 5k, make a quiche, etc…) but that will probably come up throughout the year anyways.

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Any goals or things you’re going to work on in 2015?

~Sarah

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Promise to Read in 2013

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Happy New Year everybody! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, and the topic today is perfectly fitting, since it’s the first day of the year: Top Ten Books I Resolve to Read in 2013.

Medical Apartheid

1. Medical Apartheid by Harriet A. Washington: I have started this book twice, always make it about 100 pages in, and then SOMETHING stops be from finishing it. It’s really tough subject material (the history of medical experimentation and torture on black Americans), so it’s partly that I literally feel sick and depressed while I read it. Also, something always seems to come up that makes me too busy or something to read, and then by the time I got my mojo back I go on to other things. THIS YEAR I WILL FINISH THIS BOOK, DAMMIT.

Assassin's Apprentice

2. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb: I bought this book like a year and a half ago at Jenn’s recommendation, and it sounds so good! But I still have not gotten around to reading it. This be the year, it shall.

The Count of Monte Cristo

3. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas: I have friends that have been trying to get me to watch the movie version for over a year, but I keep insisting that I have to read the book first. So you know, I should probably do that. But having it as an excuse to not watch a movie when I don’t feel like is awfully convenient…

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4. Gibbon’s Decline and Fall by Sheri S. Tepper: I’ve had this book on my shelf for ages, and I really enjoyed her book The Gate to Women’s Country. I honestly don’t know much about the book except that it’s good, feminist-y, science-fiction and that sounds good.

5. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett: Again, had it for YEARS and still haven’t read it. And I hear that it’s all sorts of good.

***Okay I’m having a hard time coming up with books, because basically I own like 500 books that I could put on this list, with nothing more interesting to say than “I’ve had it forever, I should read it soon.” SNORE. So, I’m going to list Five Bookish Resolutions instead.***

6. Read more currently popular books: See, I love that I kind of just read whatever I feel like. I like that it keeps my blog original. But I also feel like I kind of miss out sometimes by ignoring whatever books are all popular and at the top of the NY Times list and stuff at the moment. So, I’m going to try to pay more attention and read the ones that interest me. (I’m not going to just read any old stupid thing that for some reason is uber-popular *coughFiftyShadesofGreycough* at the time.) I may end up hating some of them, but that’s okay – I read a lot of books last year that I was indifferent towards. I want to read books this year that I either really love or really hate. I want to FEEL THE THINGS.

7. Read 100 books: Well this doesn’t really need explaining.

8. Read more stand-alone books: I got really sucked into some series and trilogies this year. I’m going to try to avoid that, because while I may end up loving them, it gets boring not being able to talk about the sequels because of spoilers. I’m going to try to finish the ones that I’ve already started, but I’m going to be hesitant to start new ones.

9. Read more classics and non-fiction: Actually, I didn’t do too bad on my non-fiction reads last year. I got really interested in popular physics books. I want to read at least 10 classics to keep me on pace with my list for The Classics Club, and I want to read at least 10 non-fiction books. (Also, I own SO MANY non-fiction books that need reading.)

10. Keep up with bloggy stuffs: Basically just try to keep up with Googlereader, bookish websites and articles, commenting, etc. This usually directly relates to how busy I am, or how tired from work during the later half of the week. I’m going to try to keep up more though. It bums me out when blogging gets pushed to the side.

So there we have it! What are your bookish resolutions this year, whether it be books you want to read or just bookish goals?

~Sarah

Sarah Sunday – New Year’s Edition!

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It’s almost 2013! I’m excited for the new year. I don’t expect this upcoming year to be easy, necessarily – but I’m ready for a new year all the same. This year was a bit more eventful than I usually like. Wanna take a trip down memory lane with me and look back at 2012? Of course you do! You saucy minx.

  • Well, I turned 25! Yup, I hit the quarter-of-a-century mark. I don’t feel like a grown-up yet. It’s awesome.
  • Grandma passed away in April. It was a tough time for my family, but she was in her 90’s and had had a stroke 5 years ago and pancreatic cancer, so it was good that she could finally be at rest. I miss her a lot.2012-04-10_09-11-16_234-1
  • In May, we got Gabby! She is the BEST kitty ever. I’m madly in love with her, and madly in love with the honeyman for getting her for us.
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She was so teeny tiny!

  • The honeyman and I celebrated 5 years together! Hell yes, we are awesome. I can’t wait for more ❤
  • Sometime during the summer, my dad got himself arrested and is in jail now, basically for being a drunken idiot. So, there’s that…
  • In August I had kind of a freak-out when I got weighed at the doctor’s and came up 190 lbs. I immediately started working out and counting calories, and I lost almost 30 lbs and am perfectly happy with where I am now. It’s not the best weight-loss story ever, but I’m healthier, happier, and managed to avoid letting my weight get out of control. So yay.
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Most recent picture of me. I’m too lazy to do a side-by-side picture of what I looked like before I lost weight right now, but I think I look pretty good. (ALSO, LOOK AT MY NEW PURSE!)

  • The honeyman got a new vehicle! His car was broken for a long time and we shared a car for a few months, and then he got this bad boy. It’s pretty awesome – I’m especially loving how well it handles in all this snow. (He doesn’t know it, but the honeyman is going to be driving me around a lot this winter.)

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And that’s 2012 in a nutshell. Looking back at last year’s end of 2011 post, I didn’t do SO well on my goals for 2012. I was NOT less busy – if anything, I was even more busy. That sucks. And I still don’t get enough sleep. But I did get healthier! So hooray for that. And I did take more pictures, even if 97% of them are of Gabby. I failed EPICALLY at my reading goals this year. I read less than 90 books, and failed all of the challenges I signed up for. Womp womp. I’ll be doing some sort of 2012 Bookish Survey thing tomorrow.

I already did a post about my goals for 2013, so I won’t bore you with that again. Time to put this year behind us and start looking forward, yes? Yes. IT’S ON, 2013!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

~Sarah

Let’s Talk: 2013 Goals

Lets Talk Lets Talk: New Years Resolutions

Let’s Talk is a weekly meme created by Smash Attack Reads and A Book Obsession in which you talk about whatever the topic is. And if there’s one thing you know I love to do, it’s blab.

I’m going to start doing this new weekly meme. Cause I want to post more, and chat with ya’ll more. And cause it’s my blog and I can do what I wanna *sticks tongue out*

This week’s question is:

What are your New Year Resolutions? Or, what goals have you set for yourself in 2013.

I normally save this for my official end-of-the-year wrap up post, but whatever. It’s close enough, and I’ll just link to this when I do a recap of 2012 later. I don’t do New Year Resolutions, per se. I don’t promise myself I’m going to do something, because I will inevitably fail at it. I don’t like to do things I’m forced to, even when it’s me forcing myself. Silly, I know. But I like to set general goals / things I hope to accompish. Here are my main goals for 2013:

  • Change jobs.  There’s not really another job that I want though, so either I’ll settle with something else I don’t like but pays better, or I’ll find a way to go part-time somehow. I don’t know yet, but there needs to be a change here.

  • Blog stuff… I want to switch to wordpress.org and self-host, I want to boost my traffic, and I want to maybe sell a bit of ad space. This will all take a lot of time, but my blog is important and I want to spend more time on it. It’d be nice if I could also make a little money off of it too.
  • Kind of ties into the blog stuff thing, but I also want to Tweet more, do a Pinterest challenge, and start doing In My Mailbox again (or some variation of it).
  • Keep the weight off. I lost almost 30 lbs this year, I just want to keep it that way.
  • SLEEP MORE. Switching jobs would also help with this. On the nights when I have to work, I’m lucky if I get 6 hours of sleep. That’s half of the week that I’m walking around sleep-deprived. I miss my freaking sleep.

  • Read 100 books. I used to read over 100 no problem, but for some reason this year I didn’t even reach 100. SAD FACE. Probably has something to do with work being even busier this year than before, plus being tired all the time.
  • Go to at least one bookish/blogging/author-y event. It would be nice.

So there we have it. Goals for the new year. What are yours?

~Sarah

>Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions

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It’s Tuesday again, and Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic? Top Ten Bookish & Blog-ish Resolutions!
 
 

1. Read at least 100 books. This should be a piece of cake, since I read 127 last year. My official goal is 100, but I’m kinda hoping to get to 150.

2. Read more contemporary adult fiction. Last year I really focused on classics and YA, so I’m going to aim to mix in some of the newer adult stuff this year.

3. Keep track of books AND pages read. I just think it’d be cool to know how many pages I’ve read in a whole year. Now I have to try to decide whether to count pages if I don’t finish a book. Hmmm…

4. Try to keep my books confined to my 4 bookshelves. I really don’t think my honeyman would be happy if I had to beg to get a 5th.

5. Try to read all of the books on my MUST-read list for 2011.

6. Try really, really hard to go to the Book Fest in Washington, D.C. this year. It’d be so fun, and it’s only about an 8-hour drive from where I live.

7. Re-vamp my blog. I need to enlist the help of my older sister for this, cause I’m not good with html and graphics stuff.

8. Once I read 50 followers, I want to host a giveaway, which I’ve never done before. Which will require a lot of research into how it’s normally done, but I think it’d be fun.

9. If I’m lucky enough to reach 100 followers this year, I’ll do my first vlog, and finally make use of the webcam on this computer, lol!

10. Try to be better about putting labels on my blog posts, and go back over past entries and add labels to those. That’ll be an all-day job…

Happy Tuesday!

~Sarah