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Sunday, January 1, 2017

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Out With the Old, In With the New


Hello everyone and HAPPY NEW YEAR! It's a new year which means goodbye to 2016 and hello 2017! In this post, everyone has compiled a short bookish wrap-up of 2016 and goals/resolutions (I wonder how many of them will actually happen...). Let's start with the wrap-up!

1. What were some of your favorite reads this last year?

Anelise
So 2016 was a bit wonky for me because I had a bunch of free time on my hands to read last school year (the beginning of the year) but then this school year came and it was like my reading time disappeared (or maybe I procrastinated more...?). Because of that, most of these books on here I read at the start of this year.

Sophia
Unfortunately I didn’t read as much as I wanted (I even had to change my Goodreads Goal a few times, which I really hate doing), so there’s not much from me… at least in the 2016 Debuts department.
  • Love Me Never by Sara Wolf - When I’m rendered into a pile of giggles…
  • The Rose Society by Marie Lu - Book Club Squad knows me so well. I like my villains. ^_^
  • The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel
  • Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken - Once upon a time, I played the violin. I was not a prodigy, but meet the fictional version of me my mom would love to have: a violin prodigy.
  • The Unforgettables by G.L. Thomas - I just finished this. ^_^

Lupe
CLEARLY my fellow co-bloggers read more than me. I told them my little blurb will be the saddest little blurb you will EVER read. I wasn’t lying. You all know my list of goals will be bigger than the amount of books I have read this year. Yes, I have disappointed every book blogger, book lover out there. I’m deeply sorry. I graduated high school, started college and got a job this year. School and work completely took a huge chunk of my free time. Enough with the sadness, let me tell you the two novels I honestly DID enjoy this year!

2. What were some of your favorite 2016 debuts?

Anelise
I actually did not read that many books this year that came out in 2016, much less by debut authors. Out of 136, I’ve read 42 books that came out in 2016 and 8 or 9 of them were actually by debut authors. *sweat drop* I guess that makes this list a whole lot easier though…

  • Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman - I seriously loved this and, same as Sophia’s reasoning, Teach
  • The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig - Time travel? Magic? Awesomeness? Count me in!
  • The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury - Retellings are <3 and I’ve never read an Aladdin retelling before this one which makes it even better

Sophia

I have quite a few ARCs of debuts that I obviously did not get to this year. In all honesty, I’m a little upset about that (because I’m usually on time with ARCs), but eh. Things happen.
  • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi - I’m a sucker for mythology. Especially ones by Rick Riordan, but it’s time to broaden my mythical horizons. ^_^
  • The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie - Now that I know Anelise wants to try an LGBT+ book, I’m going to convince her to read this one. There are sea monsters and pirates and a cute little sea monster to boot.
  • Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira - A fictional piece of me. Minus happily ever after, which is yet to happen. (I’ll live with books for the rest of my life if I have to.)
  • Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman - Because… Teach.

Lupe
My first list was such a sad reading list. I know. Want to know something EVEN MORE SAD? I don’t think I have read any 2016 debut novels. I told you I was gonna be the biggest disappointment EVER!

GIF INTERLUDE! It's Zootopia because I (Anelise) just finished watching it before writing this post and let me tell you, I ship Judy and Nick now. They might even be an OTP... *blushes*

And now we shall move on to 2017! Next up is bookish goals and resolutions for this year.

 1. What are your bookish resolutions or goals?

Anelise
  • Read ≥ 100 books - I read over 100 in 2016 so I’m going to keep my goal the same. I feel this year may be harder though…
  • Read more debuts - I only read like 8 or 9 in 2016 so…
  • Read more diverse books - I know I read a couple this year, but with all the Twitter drama going on the past few months, I feel I definitely didn’t read enough and should read a lot more this year.
  • Try (for the first time…) a LGBT+ novel - Again with the diversity, I know I’ve been reading a lot of books with no or little diversity and I guess I never really thought about it until now. So hopefully I can do better now that I’m more aware of it.
  • Buy less books- Okay, I know this one won’t last but a girl can dream at least.
  • Read more unread books on my shelf - I have a good number of unread books on my shelf so I’d like to go through those more. I’m a bit of a mood reader so it may be a bit harder but at least I’ve got the whole year!
  • Downsize my collection - I have a lot of books (okay, only ≈250 books, not too much compared to other people) and there’s some I don’t want or care for anymore. Plus, I have like no shelf space anymore and my shelves are practically full (hey, I have a small room in my defense).
  • Reading challenges - I’ve seen them all over but haven’t ever really joined one so I’m definitly going to do some this year. One of them I’m going to do (you guys should join!) is the Fantastically Diverse challenge by Uma @ Books.Bags.Burgers which’ll help with reading more diverse novels.
  • Be more active - Hopefully better than popping up every once in awhile *crosses fingers*
  • Stop procrastinating - I'm in no way close to Lupe's level of procrastination but I still procrastinate a lot. Actually, I think all three of us are procrastinators. Anyway, I’m pretty sure this resolution won’t last, or won’t even happen
  • Bookstagram? - I like to think I’m a somewhat good photographer and I’ve seen many gorgeous bookstagram accounts so maybe I could give it a try? IDK
  • Group reads - I had this idea back in October but never actually did anything with it but I was thinking of doing a bimonthly read-along thingy with a Twitter chat or something after it. Maybe I could actually plan and start it this year?

Sophia
  • Be more active here - I mean, 2016 I had an excuse. Maybe 2017 will fare better. (It better be.)
  • Actually go to a book event - I’LL BE ABLE TO GO WHEN ALEXANDRA BRACKEN STOPS BY IN A FEW DAYS IOEEJLDSFLKSIOWRE. Don’t mind my fangirling. Bracken isn’t my favorite author (I STILL LIKE HER BOOKS THOUGH) but STILL. My first book event! I should drag Lupe with me in exchange for that movie she plans on dragging me to next month. I’m probably working that day though. Hmph.
  • Get through the books I never got around to in 2016 - I’m going slowly but surely through it. I’m still on that self proclaimed Netgalley ban though. Minus one ARC for 2017.
  • Maybe try photography - I saw a really pretty fan at Dollar Tree the other day and I kind of want to buy it just for bookish photography. Problem? The best camera I have is the one provided by my university and I don’t actually have a stellar room for photography purposes…. Basically, this one is a toss up. (I did not buy that pretty fan.)
  • Donate old ARCs I don’t want - I recently found a book donation box at my university. MY ARCS CAN GET A NEW HOME NOW. I kind of want to write cute little notes on the inside cover for the new owner(s) to read. (Now if those get found on eBay, it is not my doing. -_-)
  • Novel Newcomers - Be more on time this year. Also, how does one host a Twitter chat? I think I’m going to wing this one. One would think the amount of Twitter Chats I participate in will make me knowledgeable enough to host one. “Hello, my name is Sophia and I don’t really know how to host a Twitter Chat.”
  • Fifth Blogoversary? - Why, yes, Bookwyrming Thoughts will have existed for five years this year. Huzzah! Also that 1000th post… o_o
  • Thing I might have forgotten to mention - Um… I have a decent memory but I forget sometimes. I’m covering all the bases.

Lupe
  • Learn to Time Manage - I have a job and I go to college. As classes get harder and work gets busier, I truly need to sit down and think about what I need to accomplish on my free time. For example, I should read a few chapters for an hour and watch YouTube videos for another hour.
  • Find the golden gem - I need to find and read that one book. I just need one book that will blow me away and get me back into reading. I want to read a book that will blow my socks off and amaze me to the extent that I need to read more.
  • Get a 4.0 - I was so close this semester to that 4.0 GPA, but I’ll definitely work harder to reach that goal.
  • Read More! - Duh. I’m gonna shoot for reading a book every 2 weeks or so. I have to be realistic and I have thought about this for the past few days. I think reading a book every 2 weeks is reasonable and will put me back on track.
  • Slowly start reading Adult/New Adult books - I want to venture into this new genres and truly see if I will enjoy these novels more than YA. I will still read YA, because it’s still fantastic.
  • Be more active on my ACTUAL blog - If you’ve seen my blog, I haven’t posted something in FOREVER. I’m more active here than there, but I this is definitely something that I need to work on for 2017.
  • AVOID PROCRASTINATING - Yeah, it’s true. I’m REALLY bad. Anelise has NOT reached my level of procrastination. I just need to stop avoiding to do things and just do it.

2. Mini TBR

Anelise

Sophia
  • Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas - Aye, we should make this a readathon or buddy read. Or trio read. Lupe hasn’t read this either, but chances are, the two college kids will probably fall behind more than accomplishing any reading. (Poor Anelise.)
  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco - The only 2017 ARC I have. I want to read a Chupeco book and now is my chance. ^_^
  • All the books I never got around to in 2016 - I have to. Okay, I want to. MY NETGALLEY RATIO IS AT RISK. Well, actually… it’s not at risk because of the timeliness from earlier books… I’m not bragging. (But I will be at risk if I don’t read them so… it all adds up?) 
  • Whatever my little bookish heart desires, which can be… anything.

Lupe

What about you guys? Any favorite reads? Any resolutions? Any anticipated reads? Favorite gif? Let us know!




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The Bookwyrms originally started as a solo blog with Sophia before being expanded to a group blog in late 2014. We're a diverse group of three who enjoy reading, sharing our thoughts/opinions with other readers, and fangirling over the books we have a passion for. The fangirling typically expands to other things as well, like chocolate, for instance.

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