Happy New Year, everyone! It’s time to thank you all once more for reading my blog, commenting, and being your bookish selves. Without all of you, this would be nothing more than me spewing my thoughts into the nothingness of the internet.

Like most people, I have created some resolutions for 2014. Sure, I want to exercise more, eat healthier, be happier, blah, blah, blah… but those are so basic and standard! I won’t bore you with any of those. Instead, I’m going to focus on the more bookish ones, of which there are several.

  1. Read books by different authors. I have this habit of resorting back to the same authors and books over and over again. I tend to only read books by the same authors or to reread books over and over again because I know that I will enjoy them. I know that rereading can be very valuable, and I will always reread my favorite John Green books, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, etc. However, there are so many books out there that I want to read, and I’ll never get the chance to do so if I don’t start branching out. To help with this, I’ve decided to join the First Reads challenge, in which I will challenge myself to read at least 25 books by authors I have never read before. To learn more about this challenge, click here. Wish me luck!FirstReads 2014
  2. Be more analytical while reading. I have a tendency to get lost in the story of a novel, and sometimes I don’t do a good job of actually thinking over what happened as far as character development, plot structure, setting, writing style, etc. One of my resolutions for 2014 is to ask more questions concerning these aspects and actually think more about the story.
  3. Find more time to read during the school year. My schedule during the school year is crazy. And by crazy, I mean insanely busy. Between my extremely time-consuming APUSH class, my job at the library, all my other classes, and my extra activities, I often feel as though I hardly have time to breath. However, this year I am going to put in a lot of effort to find time to read, whether it be on the bus to school or at night for twenty minutes before I (finally) fall asleep.
  4. Read at least fifty books in 2014. I had this same goal in 2013, and I reached it with no problem. It’s a happy balance between reading a lot and being realistic, which puts less pressure on me to read short books just so I can say that I read a certain number of books in the year. Plus, it allows for plenty of reviews on this blog, which is always a good thing.

Those are some of my bookish resolutions! What are yours? What are your resolutions that don’t have to do with reading? Let me know in the comments, or tweet me @Nutfreenerd.

I hope you all have a wonderful year in 2014!!!




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