1 Year Blogoversary and New Year – New Books Blog Hop Giveaway!

Ashley at Closed the Cover is hosting the New Year – New Books Blog Hop, which also happens to coincide with my 1 year blogoversary! I’m excited to be giving away a $20.00 giftcard to Amazon OR Barnes & Noble (see below, runs through 1/2/14).

My bookish (and book-bloggy) New Year’s Resolutions:

  • Reading goal – 100 books
  • Italian reading goal – 3 books
  • Children’s literature reading goal – read aloud 6 books (that is, novels; not picture books). We took forever to read The Trumpet of the Swan, but C really enjoyed it. She asked to start reading another book almost immediately. Definitely want to keep that enthusiasm up!
  • I’d like to read more backlist titles this year… I don’t want to let upcoming releases keep me from reading older titles that have been on my TBR list and/or bookshelf.
  • Start writing monthly wrap-up posts at the end of each month.
  • New format for review posts that doesn’t include the synopsis of the book.
  • Try not to go too crazy on the ARCs; only accept books I’m truly excited about.
When I started this blog a year ago, I just wanted a way to keep track of the books I read for the Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge, and think about my reading on a deeper level than I used to. I ended up reading 100 books, for a total of about 27,868 pages. And I had no idea I’d find such an incredible community of fellow readers and book bloggers! ARCs and giveaways and blog tours are fun, but I really treasure the friends I’ve made this year. You guys know who you are! 😉 I’m excited about year two.

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