Monday Musings | New Year, New Beginnings

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Hello, friends! Happy new year!

Despite myself, I’ve always been the type of person who loves the idea of new year and the promise it brings of a fresh start. But because I utterly failed at my reading/blogging resolutions last year, I didn’t want to set myself up for failure by listing specific goals. Instead, I want to work on general improvement.

Last year, I suffered through a “sophomore slump” of sorts. I was juggling a job and an internship for a portion of it, and generally dedicating my time to figuring out my life. This year, I hope to feel more stable in that regard so that I can focus more on my blog and reconnect with you all.

Anyway, in the spirit of new year, I wanted to ask you: do you have any reading goals this year? Are you doing any reading challenges like the Goodreads challenge or the 50 Book Pledge? Is there any new content you’d like to see here on this blog?

Wishing you all a merry start to the new year! I’m looking forward to another great year with you.

16 thoughts on “Monday Musings | New Year, New Beginnings

  1. Denise says:

    I got really into reading over the Christmas break so not so much a resolution, just hoping to keep up my enjoyment of it. Good luck with this year, it must be tough juggling blogging with the job. Look forward to hearing more.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks, Denise! Happy new year! I’m really enjoying my job so far, which means it’s given me more energy to do things after work. I’m feeling excited about this year! Glad to hear that you got into reading over the break; there’s nothing better than that feeling of total enjoyment.

  2. Naomi says:

    Happy New Year, Karen!
    There won’t be much different going on at my blog. 2015 was a good reading year for me, so I’m just hoping for the same. I am going to try to focus in a little more and make an effort to read more books from Atlantic Canada this year. No pressure, though – just because I want to.
    Hopefully things settle down a bit for you, although there isn’t really anything wrong with spending time figuring out your life. We all have to do it at some point. Sometimes more than once. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Happy New Year, Naomi! Sorry for being so MIA these past few months but thank you for the encouragement. 🙂 I think that’s a really great goal. I don’t really hear many stories about Atlantic Canada, so I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on them – totally no pressure though!

  3. cricketmuse says:

    I signed up for the Good Reads challenge out of curiosity and surpassed my goal of 50 books and read 91. So this year, I thought “why not?” and I’m trying for 101.

  4. The Paperback Princess says:

    I never make resolutions! I like the idea of just trying to be better overall.
    I love the new look on the 50 Book Pledge! So much more interactive – although I’ve always appreciated the ability to choose the exact edition that I’m reading so it visually matches what I’ve read.
    I think dedicating some time to figuring out your life is time well spent, Karen! It’s exciting to figure out what you want in this life. And terrifying and intimidating and dumb. Nevertheless, adulting we will go.

    • Karen says:

      That’s a pretty great general goal and it’s really all we can ever really do, isn’t it? I’m soo excited about the new 50 Book Pledge and I can’t wait to explore all of its new features. And yes, I totally am with you with the editions thing… I really strongly dislike when I have to choose a different edition from the one that I’m actually reading. Adulting is hard, but the rewards are pretty great too. Here’s to a new year, Eva! Looking forward to reading your posts 🙂

  5. Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings says:

    Happy New Year! I have set a Goodreads goal to read 52 books this year – which is one per week. I far surpassed that goal in 2015 with 91, but I need to make my health more of a priority this year! I always love reading your blog (and I love your new Monday Musings) so off the top of my head I can’t think of any content for you to add. I am a little intrigued with your new job – maybe a post on some of the inner workings of the publishing world?

    • Karen says:

      Wow! You did an amazing job with your goal! I think it’s a great thing that you’re making your health a priority. It’s all about balance! 52 books is perfect because it’s just challenging enough while being pretty relaxed. Thank you for your kind words; I hope to share as much as I can! 🙂

  6. La La in the Library says:

    I want to be able to have time for more “me” reading this year; including re-reads of some favorites. I was being good about requesting ARCs for spring, but all of a sudden last week, after only normally getting one out of every ten titles on Netgally, I was approved for all twelve of the books I asked for. I will have to be more careful for summer releases now. Ha ha. The big thing I need to do blogwise is get more reviews done. Happy New Year

  7. Melinda says:

    I failed too! 🙂
    Happy new year to you and hope you’re going to have a better reading year this year.

    I’m going to be doing the normal goodreads reading challenge, pick up on my classics club challenge and I’m doing Andi’s Read your own damn books challenge. We’ll see how it goes.

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