Happy New Year, everyone! I hope 2016 brings you the best of all things bookish and beyond!
It’s also that time again—resolution time! For probably the first time ever, I did pretty well with following through on last year’s list. Since keeping things simple seemed to work out rather well, I’m going to stick with that approach for this year’s list:
- Read 40 books. That’s been about my average the past two years, so maybe it’s my personal magic number or something, lol.
- Go to YALLFest again. The girls and I had an absolute blast at this event last year, and we unanimously agreed that we’d like to return to Charleston in 2016, maybe with some extra time to explore this charming city more.
- Write discussion posts regularly. This is something that I set out to do every year, but I struggle a lot with thinking up interesting topics. I’m participating in the 2016 Book Blog Discussion Challenge to motivate me to stay on track with this resolution.
- Write more, period. I’d like to try my hand at creative writing, just for fun. It’s going to be very informal, basically me hand writing made up stuff in a notebook, lol.
- NYC reads. New York City will always be special to me, and I’d like to start highlighting books I read that are set in NY. I haven’t yet quite figured how I’m going to do this—maybe a paragraph or two as part of a regular review, or maybe in a separate post.
- New blog design. I love our current design, but after almost four years, it’s time for a change. This one is also not mobile device-friendly, and for that reason alone needs an update. Changing things up scares the crap out of me in general, and I’m also daunted by this task because I’m not very artistic. I’ve got some serious HTML5/CSS studying to do this year as well, but I actually love the coding stuff.
I typically write a post in the fall featuring all of the upcoming books that I can’t wait to read, but there are so many amazing titles releasing in the first half of 2016 that I NEED to mention them NOW.
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Publication Date: January 5
I am so, so excited for this, and it’s almost here! The cover is gorgeous, and oooh—time travel!
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Publication Date: January 5
This has a gotten a tremendous amount of buzz, but it was the comparisons to Avatar: The Last Airbender that made me go weak in the knees and sold me on pre-ordering.
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
Publication Date: February 23
A Darker Shade of Magic was one of my favorite books of 2015, and I am so ready to return to its world of parallel Londons and check up on Kell and Lila.
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: March 8
It’s the start of a brand new Shadowhunters series! And I can’t wait to see which familiar faces from the other series turn up here.
Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan
Publication Date: April 5
Another beautiful cover, and a New York setting! The Lynburn Legacy books have conditioned me to expect a rage-inducing cliffhanger.
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
Publication Date: April 26
Say hello to my favorite book of 2016! Oh, I expect it to utterly destroy me, but I’m going to love it anyway! The therapy group forms right here, right now. GANSEY MUST NOT DIE!
What’s on your reading/blogging agenda for 2016? And good luck to everyone who’s participating in reading and blogging challenges this year!