Monthly Musings and Year End Wrap Up – December 2014

January 2, 2015

MonthlyMusingsThis is a where I look back at what I read (or tried to read) during the past month. I also plan on highlighting my experiences in any book club reads I from the month as well. I will always start with any books I would label as a surprise find/under-read books so if anyone missed my reviews for them, and don’t make it to the end of this post, they’ll be easy to find.



How is not just December, but all of 2014 finished already?? December was a slower month for me reading and review wise, but overall, it’s been a good year. Technically my blog started over a year ago, but initially it was just a place for me to store reviews that I wrote for other sites. In May I decided I enjoyed having my own space enough that I upgraded my blog and started really try to run my own blog and not just use it as storage space. I am quite happy with that decision. It takes time, so months I do better than others, but I enjoy it and all the bloggers I have met because of it. Sharing love for books and exchanging ideas, reactions and new finds is a what makes me want to keep on doing this. So, to everyone out there that takes the time to stop by and read my rambling thoughts: THANK YOU!!  And of course, publishers that deem my rambling posts worthy of receiving ARCs? THANK YOU as well. You all are rock!


Review Summary [December]

Tough Traveling with the Tough Guide Tour [December]


I was quite happy to participate in a Mind Meld on SF Signal this month. This was my question What was your favorite live action or animated genre television show of 2014? What made it so enjoyable? You can go read the responses. Some really interesting/cool picks. But, I still stand by mine. 🙂

Looking Forward to January 2015

I have some amazing books on tap for January!! I’ve already read The Providence of Fire by Brian Staveley and Golden Son by Pierce Brown, two January releases that are setting the bar for 2015 awfully high. A few more I plan to read this month:

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I added a 2015 Anticipated Releases page that I will update through out the year. It has anything I’m looking forward to this year, and links to reviews as I complete them.


Goals for 2015

  • I am going to up my goal to reading 60 books a year. I’ve always set it at 52 before and I exceeded that the past few years (and it’s way less than so many bloggers). For me 1 book a week is a very manageable amount. There are weeks where I will read 2 or maybe 3 books, and other times where it might take me a few weeks to finish a single book. I read books for fun, not for stress, but I think 60 is doable. If I exceed it, kudos! More reading fun for me! If I don’t reach it, hopefully I still get 52.
  • Blog wise, my goals are to write a few more non-review posts. I have ideas for discussion posts, but often don’t make the time to see them through. I’d like to try and make these a more regular feature (or at least try a few more times to see how it works out).
  • Do more Flashback Friday reviews to add reviews for books I read before I started blogging
  • Keep up my Backlist Burndown effort. I love reading new releases, but I also want to make sure I read some of the previously published books that I know I will love.
  • I also want to start hosting giveaways. I’ve yet to try one, but I think that’s going to change. Hopefully soon.
  • Lastly, I’d like to look into having guest posts or author interviews. I have interviewed one author, but not for my blog. I actually really enjoyed it and was quite impressed with how friendly and responsive the author was.


How I did for 2014 Goals

Goodreads Goal of 52 books. Read. Met. Exceeded.

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2014WoGFBannerI am showing 1 book short for the 2014 Worlds Without End Women of Genre Reading Challenge. I know I have read more than 12 new to me women authors, but some of them were not available to enter. I had thought I still found 12, but when I looked today, I hadn’t, which makes me a little sad. Oh well.









This one may have been a bit of a gimme because I selected the Pick and Mix one. All I had to do was  read 12 genre books. Easy. Done. Maybe next year I will try for something a bit more challenging.






  • Nathan (@reviewbarn) January 2, 2015 at 12:12 am

    I like flashback book posts too. You feel free to toss a few of them in.
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  • Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy January 2, 2015 at 11:21 am

    I am also going to be creating some new and different types of reviews. I love your idea of Backlist Burndown, although I’m going to call mine something different of course, LOL! I also glad to see another blogger who doesn’t have time to read 4,000 books a year (ok, I’m exaggerating a bit…) I only read 74 books last year and I really wanted to hit 100. Your stats make me feel much better!
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  • Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum January 2, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Oh, you finished Providence of Fire! Was it hard to put down? I think I read all 600 pages in like 3 and half days, it was pretty amazeballs.

    And I may have to adopt your “Backlist Burndown” idea for 2015. I’m going to try and not overwhelm myself with review books this year, hopefully giving me some time to catch up with personal reading and series I am behind on.
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  • Tabitha (Not Yet Read) January 3, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    I might have to try that women and roll your own challenge, but I remember when signing up that I was aggravated that not all the books I wanted to add were on there and that aggravated me too much lol.

    60 is a fabulous goal amt your blogging goals sound like some great goals, I look forward to seeing new things from you. 🙂 I’m really trying hard to read more backlist books I already own as well.
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  • Lynn January 4, 2015 at 8:46 am

    I’ve always aimed to read 100 books – but, I suppose I kind of cheat in that I try and choose a couple of smaller books to make up the numbers – so, you can read about five slim books in the time taken to read Words of Radiance!! I only just made the 100 this year though.
    I like your backlist idea – it seems quite popular – perhaps you should make it a monthly meme and ask people to share their backlist book? Just a suggestion (sorry, realise these things all make extra work!!)
    Lynn 😀
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    • Lisa (@TenaciousReader) January 4, 2015 at 1:34 pm

      I actually mentioned making the Backlist Burndown a meme in one of my replies above. And you know what? I think I’m going to do it! If no one links up, well then, I will have at least hopefully made a dent in my backlist, which is still good. 🙂

      I read some graphic novels for the first time this year, probably why I got above 52 🙂 I think I’m going to have to do some more this year as well 🙂
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  • Anya @ On Starships and Dragonwings January 4, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Yey! You had a really successful year and I’m so happy to have met you :D. I’m really excited to read those discussion posts when you have the chance to write them and I’m so pumped to do Backlist Burndown with you since that is one of the big things I want to do with my reading this year!
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  • Danya @ Fine Print January 4, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    First year book bloggers, unite! *Fist bump* I’ve had a lot of fun with it but you’re right, it does take quite a bit of time! I do like that it makes readingThat Worlds Without End women in genre fic challenge looks really interesting; I especially want to read more sci-fi by women (and in general).
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