2016 Goals

So a new year has come upon us, which means it’s a time for everyone to turn to a new page and start fresh. Myself, and this blog are no different. Before talking about the new goals, I wanted to take a moment and look back at the goals made this time last year and see if I actually completed them or not.

2015 Goals:

1. Read 40 books. This was a complete success! I completed 42 books in 2015. Therefore, I will be bumping up my reading goal this year. More on this later.

2. Read less popular books and more indie books. I think I can mark this goal as completed compared to 2014 where all of the books I read were well known and popular, 26% of the books had less than 1,000 ratings on Goodreads. Not too shabby.

3. Write more book reviews and, overall, write more blog posts. I think this goal was a success for the most part. There were a decent amount of posts written on both blogs during 2015. Although, this goal will definitely have to change in the new year. More to come later.


Alrighty, now onto the 2016. I’m going to divide them into bookish related goal and include a couple of personal ones as well.

Bookish Goals:

1. Read 45 books. This will be tough, but I am up for the challenge. Audiobooks and short books, here I come.

2. Write posts that I actually want to write about. This might need a bit of explanation. The past year, there were a few expectations I held in my mind. One of them being that book reviews needed to be a thing on my blog. Yet, I actually don’t like writing them. I would take weeks, sometimes months in a few cases, to write out reviews because there was no passion or excitement to write them. So this year, I am going to focus on writing posts that are quite the opposite and do get me excited and all riled up to write about. Book reviews might still be a thing, but they will be few and far between

3. Give some love to the older books at least 2 years old. Having read a bunch of blogs and videos on Youtube, tons of people talk exclusively about new releases yet never anything older. So I am hoping to read some older books, and slowly take myself away the new book hype.

4. Actually read the synopsis. Pretty much any book that I get from the library I, A) either have heard tons of things about and take the book out purely based on the fact that a large number of people have read it and B) Buy or borrow a book purely based on the cover. I glance at the synopsis but that’s it. My eyes make contact with words but nothing more than that. This needs to change, because I end up reading a bunch of *meh* books that once read, actually don’t appeal to me.

Personal Goals:

1. Takes those vitamins. Anyone else get in a routine of always taking their vitamins but one day ruins everything? Then no vitamins are taken for days on end. Or, in my case, months?

2. Get on the treadmill at least 15 minutes a day. It’s not that much to ask for, so hopefully this will be an easy goal to complete

3. Let it Go and do stuff *cue singing*. Jokes aside, as a person with social anxiety, fears of judgement and the inability to predict outcomes, the anxiety will sometimes limit myself from participating in social events or getting to know others. If only by a little bit, this needs to change because we only have one life.

4. Actually study for classes, goddammit.


Non Fiction November TBR

Pic from abookolive and nonficbooks

(Picture from Gemma @nonficbooks and Olive @abookolive)

Hey readers!

One day I was perusing through my Youtube subscriptions and saw time to read upload a Challenge TBR for Non-fiction November, intrigued I checked it out. Turns out Gemma from Nonficbooks and Olive from abookolive are hosting a reading challenge throughout the month of November. The premise is simple. Read some non-fiction books in November, an amount more than what you’re accustomed to. Or you can complete some challenges. Those are pretty simple. All you have to do is read a non-fiction book on the topic of history, science/nature, culture/society and biography/memoir.

Looking at the books I need to read for class I decided to join in. Bonus, the books also complete the challenges.


Show Me a Hero by Lisa Belkin


Not in my backyard — that’s the refrain commonly invoked by property owners who oppose unwanted development. Such words assume a special ferocity when the development in question is public housing. Lisa Belkin penetrates the prejudices, myths, and heated emotions stirred by the most recent trend in public housing as she re-creates a landmark case in riveting detail, showing how a proposal to build scattered-site public housing in middle-class neighborhoods nearly destroyed an entire city and forever changed the lives of many of its citizens.
— Public housing projects are being torn down throughout the United States. What will take their place? Show Me a Hero explores the answer.
— An important and compelling work of narrative nonfiction in the tradition of J. Anthony Lukas’s Common Ground.
— A sweeping yet intimate group portrait that assesses the effects of public policy on individual human lives.

This Borrowed Earth: Lessons from the Fifteen Worst Environmental Disasters around the World by Robert Hernan


Over the last century mankind has irrevocably damaged the environment through the unscrupulous greed of big business and our own willful ignorance. Here are the strikingly poignant accounts of disasters whose names live in infamy: Chernobyl, Bhopal, Exxon Valdez, Three Mile Island, Love Canal, Minamata and others. And with these, the extraordinary and inspirational stories of the countless men and women who fought bravely to protect the communities and environments at risk.

Will you be participating in Non-Fiction November?

*pictures and synopsis of books are copied from Goodreads.com.