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Top Ten Goals for 2015

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful people of Broke and Bookish
This week's topic: Top Ten Goals for 2015

Looking back at 2014, I realized I haven't participated in a TOP TEN TUESDAY since February. What better way to ease back into blogging than completing a Top Ten list?  


1. WRITING A REVIEW BEFORE READING A NEW BOOK
I've always said I'll write a review right after finishing a book, but clearly that's getting me no where. This year I'll be borrowing Jen's method (Jen from Books & Other Happy Ever Afters). Before Jen starts a new book, she reviews her most recent finished read. Hopefully I won't fall behind on reviewing next year. 

2. REVIEW PAST READS
My books read to books reviewed ratio is just sad.

3. STOP WRITING POSTS AT 1AM
Does anyone else cringe while reading their past blog posts? I have to stop writing posts late at night. I never realized the drastic difference between my writing skills at 1pm and 1am until recently.

4. DOCUMENT BOOK EVENTS
I am incredibly fortunate to live near a Powell's book store. I've had the chance to attend book events and meet with some of my favorite authors. Every time I attend I'm always careful to take pictures, but I never remember to jot down notes. Some of the best advice I've received were at these events, but rarely did I think to write them down. For 2015, I'll be adding a notebook and a pen with my camera bag.

5. CONTINUE VY’S BOOKS
A project I began this year was VY'S BOOKS, an instagram account in which I shared quick thoughts on books and attempt to use more camera more.




6. READ NON-YA BOOKS
I usually don't read outside of YA unless it's for a school assignment. I plan on making an effort to broaden my reading tastes. 

7. READ 100 BOOKS
For the past 3 years I've been reading a 100+ books a year, but this year I barely graced 40 books.

8. READ THE HARRY POTTER SERIES
I know, I know. I've been hounded by many about my failure. 

9. TAKING NOTES WHILE READING
There have been way too many instances in which have I sat down to write a review but then remember nothing about the book. 

10. COMPLETE A READING CHALLENGE 
For the past years, I've only been participating in the goodreads challenge and neglecting the other challenges. Annie from The Runaway Reader) made a great post, "The 2015 Challenge Masterlist", including a variety of reading challenges that I might consider. I've also found the popsugar 2015 challenge that seems interesting. Anyone care to join me?

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What are YOUR goals for 2015? 
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Be sure to check out which books made my TOP 14 READS OF 2014 list!
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Top 14 Reads of 2014

Saturday, December 27, 2014

SERIES STARTERS

1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
This story was not what I expected in the best way possible.

2. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Warrior in training + Future King + Lost Magic = Fantastic Debut Novel

3. Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano
A spot on thriller with captivating characters.

4. The Young Elites by Marie Lu [Mini Review]
I was not expecting such a dark and unpredictable fantasy.

SERIES FINALES
Looks like 2014 was the year of endings. No wonder I've been an emotional mess.

5. The Treatment by Suzanne Young
I finished both The Program and The Treatment in two days! I can always count on Suzanne for some angsty romance.

6. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
It has been a pleasure reading about these characters. Reading this on the plane was probably not the best idea as tears were streaming down my face.

7. The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
I still remember the day I received the ARC of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer my freshman year. After 4 years, the story of Mara dyer has come to an end, and I couldn't be happier with how Hodkin finished the story.

8. Ignite Me by Tahareh Mafi
As always, Tahareh does not disappoint.

9. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
I am incredibly impressed by Leigh’s beautiful storytelling. I wanted to quote the entire book.

10. Take Me On by Katie McGarry
A champion kickboxer and West. That is all.

SERIES CONTINUATION

11. Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas
I NEED the next book now.

STAND ALONE

12. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
I LOVE the concept of completing a bucket list! My friends and I actually made our own “Senior Year” bucket list inspired by this story. Also, FRANK PORTER. Read this and you will understand.

2015 RELEASES
I will go into more detail about these great books soon Check the blog for the upcoming reviews!

13. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard [February 10, 2015]
You all NEED this book. Just trust me. Victoria really knows how to start a series.

14. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski [March 3, 2015]
A fantastic follow up to The Winner’s Curse.


It's about time I created my Top 14 with only 5 days left before 2015. As usual, I made my way over to my goodreads to select my books. I noticed something surprising when I checked my account. As everyone is finishing up their goodreads challenges, I noticed I am only at 35 books this year. THIRTY FIVE. I guess it's still a good amount, but compared to my last few years of finishing 100+ books, 35 books is an incredibly sad number. 

Unfortunately, this number makes sense as the end of senior year is quickly approaching. (How are my fellow senior bloggers doing?) The blog will continue to be slow as I finish up the last of my college apps. Fortunately I still have a little over a week left to read and blog. I know I missed many great 2014 titles and planning on squeezing in few more reads before 2015. 

What are some of your favorite 2014 titles that I definitely need to read?
Leave links to YOUR top reads of 2014 below!

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