Resolutions- 2014

Who the hell am I kidding?

This post is also being used for Top Ten Tuesday.

I really love resolutions, despite the fact that they're frequently forgotten, failed, or mocked. It's just a nice chance to start over and to reassess where you're at and where you'd like to go. While I do make personal ones that I'll keep to myself, here are my more bookish ones, divided up into pre-baby and post-baby. I'm not an idiot- I know things will change some reading-wise from May on.

Pre-Baby (January-May)

1. Read 40 books- Lofty, but important to get the bulk in if I want to reach my goal of 62 books this year (one more than 2013). And by "lofty" I mean probably unattainable, unless I start reading YA (ha!).

2. Blog an average of 4.5 times a week- this is hair above what I have been doing, so at this point it's more about maintenance. 

3. Become a better commenter- I need to be more active on other blogs and my own!

4. Read at least 5 nonfiction books- This means one a month, which should be pretty manageable.

5. Finish a rough draft of the project I'm working on- Just like last year....

6. Go to the Festival of Books- This may be pushing it, since it's typically in mid-April (baby is due 5/5 but is measuring quite a bit ahead), but on the plus side, if I do go into labor I could just scoot right on over the 10 freeway and deliver at UCLA... Wishful thinking, I know.

Post-Baby (May-December)

7. Read 23 books- Considering I will be off for 3 months and possibly breastfeeding (who the fuck knows) I think it'll be doable. My goal is to squeeze in 20 minutes of reading a day.

8. Blog 3 times a week- I'm not saying they're all going to be deep and meaningful, but I'm determined to not let the blog slide into nothingness.

9. Go to one reading- Ambitious, I know.

10. Find some awesome, well-written kids books- There are a lot of simple, cute ones out here that I'm sure I'll buy, but I'd like to do some research and get some really great ones that are fun for kids and the adults who are reading them.  

Have any of your own?


  1. I love it! I think that was a smart way to divide - pre/post baby. And blogging 3x a week post baby is a great goal, too! Good luck!

  2. Great goals! My favorite resource for great kids books is the blog so many great lists of picture books and chapter books (for when your baby gets to that age.) I could seriously spend hours on her site. Oh, who am I kidding, HAVE spent hours on her site. :)

  3. If you are looking for good children's books for your little one's nursery, you might consider going to the library to weed out the good from the bad. Then you can go to a book store (or Amazon) and buy the ones you liked. I've seen some that are really cute (one by Billy Crystal, if you can believe it, in particular that I thought was so sweet), but I've seen way way more that have me wondering how they ever got made into books.

  4. Best of luck with #5! And same here re: #3, my commenting right now comes in bursts (I seem to be doing better with commenting on other people's blogs than my own though), will slowly try to comment a little sooner this year *fingers crossed*

    Love the way you divided your resolutions, you're going to have an awesome 2014 :D

  5. Oh the nonfiction is such a good one. I'm adding that to my internal goal. I need to read more.

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books

  6. Awe, your baby is almost here! So exciting! While I know I myself could never read so many books in just a few months, I'm sure you can make some headway with your reading goal. And it's going to be tough to maintain your blog once your little bundle of joy arrives, but I have faith you'll make it all work out. I can't wait to read more of your blog this year :)

  7. nonfiction. that is one goal i need to add to my list. Good luck!

    Check out our resolutions for this year - OUaT TTT

    Leydy @ OUaT & Redcarpetendings

  8. These are great. Good luck and yay for new babies!

  9. Good luck with all of these! I hope you achieve your goals.
    New bloglovin follower, looking forward to reading more!
    Em @