Happy New Year All! I started planning 2018 long before the year ended just to be sure that I could keep on track. Before I get too ahead of myself though, I wanted to take a minute to look back on 2017. It was the year that brought my mojo back and even found a permanent direction for the blog. Alas, I’m not 100% sure how much reading I accomplished but 2017 for me was a reawakening of my passion for literature and the written word.
My goal was to dedicate more time to the blog and I’m happy to report that I succeeded posting every month except for two. Just so you can understand why this is important. In 2016 I was only able to post for 6 months before the chaos of following multiple subjects overwhelmed me. 2017 was a chance to streamline focusing more on my writing and the pursuit of new books.
Books of 2017
House of D’Antonio
The Entire Artemis Fowl Series
A Madness So Discreet
Night of the Animals
How to Write Sci-Fi & Fantasy
The Movies We Watched
This year fans lost their collectove minds as highly anticipated additions of several sagas were released including Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Logan.
The release of new horror/satire Get Out caused a massive controversy and broke box office records being nominated for Best Motion Picture and Best Actor.
Funny story, the Marvel/DC Comics war will continue as the years most anticipated releases, (says me and my friends) Justice League & Thor Ragnarok. Though Justice League was definitely better than I expected, Thor threw things at me I didn’t even know to consider. Plus it really was the better of the two.
Reading Goal: 20 Books
I am only slightly embarrassed to admit that I didn’t complete my reading goal for 2017. I managed to finish 13 Books before the year ended, which is a drop in the bucket compared to other lists. As I said I was reawakening, so I spent most of the year in a reading slump. I was able to discover a few independent authors, such as Lance Oliver Keeble and Reece Cooper James.
Once I started reading again however, I’d completing an entire 8 Book series. A historical fiction I obsessed about for weeks as well as a reference book that brought me closer to completing my own W.I.P.
The most exciting thing about 2017 was the opportunity to outdo myself this year. This will be a year to aim higher with more books, more posts and maybe even the release of my first novel.🤞🏽🤞🏽
This year the goal is 25 Books of which 25 separate reviews will be written. Naturally this is flexible because I also want to read 1 new non-fiction quarterly just to diversify.
The search for more series will continue as I fine tune my book collecting interests. Around Christmas time I discovered a site that offered autographed copies of old books, and that warrants more research.
Maybe if I’m lucky I can sneak in a few classics.
Did you achieve your 2017 reading goals? What bookish pursuits will 2018 hold for you? Let me Know in the Comments Below!
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