2018 Goals

2017: The Year of Reading All the Things

In 2017, I had my biggest reading year to date and possibly ever. For those who missed it, Jessie and I had an epic reading battle in 2017, if you define epic as me winning round one and then losing every other round but managing not to get TKO’d at any point. Which I choose to do. We both blew away our previous records for most books read in a year. I hit 440. I’ll have some stats and favorite books posts coming. If I’d pushed at the end, I could have made 445 or 450, but I took a reading break over the holiday season because I have big plans for 2018 too. In fact, I decided this plan months ago, but I decided to hold off so I could hit the big reading number for this year. I’m a completist, so it felt right to give reading my all this year and transition and focus on my new goals in a new year.


Jessie and me during 2017

2018: The Year of Writing All the Things

The big news, which hasn’t been totally secret, but which I’ve mostly kept under wraps is that I’m planning to spend 2018 focusing on writing.  My base goal is to “finish” a novel, but I’m very loosely defining finishing to mean getting a full, roughhhhhh first draft done. Obviously, a reach goal would be editing it to put in everything I forgot (you know, anything that’s not banter lolol what else is there) and/or making really great headway on additional books.

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December 2017: Month in Review

What I’ve Been Up To:

There’s going to be a bit more on where I’ve been life-wise coming up in my 2018 goals post, but it will surprise no one that 2018 has been a year for re-grouping and coping. It was the worst of times and…it was also the worst of times. On the plus side, I did a lot of reading for mental health purposes and because Jessie made me.

Blogging:

I’ve mentioned this before, but I did consider closing my blog this year. There was a period of time in October where I was convinced I’d be closing it down in this post. So yeah. I don’t know how much more I have in me, but I’m feeling more inspired as the year ends and a fresh new one begins, so I’ll carry on, wayward daughters and sons until I’m sure I’m done with this. I have big plans for 2017, so I know I’ll be blogging a bit less, but I don’t know yet quite how that will shake out.

Shenanigans:

While I’d been doing a lot of dating, aka going on a lot of first and maybe second dates with people from OKCupid, as soon as the cold weather hit for good, my winter hibernation instincts kicked in. Though it sounds like potentially depressive behavior, I do feel fine, aside from not wanting to go anywhere or see anyone. That’s okay, right? Does anyone else get less social in the winter?

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Size Doesn’t Matter (209): Stitching Snow; Hunted

I received this book for free from BEA in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Size Doesn’t Matter (209): Stitching Snow; HuntedStitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
Published by Disney Hyperion on October 14, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Retelling, Romance, Fairy Tales
Pages: 328
Format: ARC
Source: BEA
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three-half-stars

Princess Snow is missing.

Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back—but that’s assuming she wants to return at all.

Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.

When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid. With the galaxy’s future—and her own—in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.

It totally sucks when you two books that are very similar in concept come out at basically the same time, because the authors totally didn’t know that and it’s coincidental, but one of them is going to do less well because it’s not the other one. Poor Stitching Snow, the not Cinder. I’ve put off reading this ARC for so long because I worried it would be too similar to Cinder, and I wanted to give the book the best chance possible, and I’m probably not the only one on that. Stitching Snow‘s another clever sci-fi fairy tale retelling, only here it’s Snow White.

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Size Doesn’t Matter (208): Pretty Face; Dating Ryan Alback

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Size Doesn’t Matter (208): Pretty Face; Dating Ryan AlbackPretty Face by Lucy Parker
Series: London Celebrities #2
Published by Carina Press on February 20, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
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four-half-stars

Highly acclaimed, award-winning author of Act Like It Lucy Parker returns readers to the London stage with laugh-out-loud wit and plenty of drama

The play's the fling

It's not actress Lily Lamprey's fault that she's all curves and has the kind of voice that can fog up a camera lens. She wants to prove where her real talents lie—and that's not on a casting couch, thank you. When she hears esteemed director Luc Savage is renovating a legendary West End theater for a lofty new production, she knows it could be her chance—if only Luc wasn't so dictatorial, so bad-tempered and so incredibly sexy.

Luc Savage has respect, integrity and experience. He also has it bad for Lily. He'd be willing to dismiss it as a midlife crisis, but this exasperating, irresistible woman is actually a very talented actress. Unfortunately, their romance is not only raising questions about Lily's suddenly rising career, it's threatening Luc's professional reputation. The course of true love never did run smooth. But if they're not careful, it could bring down the curtain on both their careers…

Lucy Parker’s Act Like It was super fun and completely Christina-bait all the way through. The tropes are classic me, every one of them. Pretty Face, though, primarily uses tropes I don’t usually like…but I love it way more? How did that happen? I have no goddamn clue, but I loved this book. In some ways it even reminded of me The Hating Game, which is high fucking praise come from me.

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Series Review: Five Boroughs, books 1-2 by Santino Hassell

Series Review: Five Boroughs, books 1-2 by Santino HassellSutphin Boulevard by Santino Hassell
Series: Five Boroughs #1
Published by Dreamspinner Press on July 31, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 264
Format: eBook
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four-half-stars

Michael Rodriguez and Nunzio Medici have been friends for two decades. From escaping their dysfunctional families in the working-class neighborhood of South Jamaica, Queens to teaching in one of the city’s most queer friendly schools in Brooklyn, the two men have shared everything. Or so they thought until a sweltering night of dancing leads to an unexpected encounter that forever changes their friendship.

Now, casual touches and lingering looks are packed with sexual tension, and Michael can’t forget the feel of his best friend’s hands on him. Once problems rear up at work and home, Michael finds himself seeking constant escape in the effortless intimacy and mind-blowing sex he has with Nunzio. But things don’t stay easy for long.

When Michael’s world begins to crumble in a sea of tragedy and complications, he knows he has to make a choice: find solace in a path of self-destruction or accept the love of the man who has been by his side for twenty years.

Hassell’s books have been on my TBR since Dahlia read and shouted lovingly about how amazing and hot they were. Obviously, I listen to Dahlia. I even bought the first one, because hello. (Sidebar: These are also my absolute favorite ab covers. They’re simple and reserved and kinda classy while still being like heyo get ya sexy times here.) The Dahlia hypetrain was absolutely accurate about the awesomeness of Hassell. Sutphin Boulevard was absolutely unputdownable from that remarkable first chapter.

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