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Monthly recs: graphic novels and manga

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Happy February. This month’s Monthly Recs Topic is graphic novels and mixed media. I’m gonna put manga into the category, too. And honestly this is gonna be mostly if not solely manga 😛


Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit by Motoro Mase

Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit, Volume 1 (Ikigami, #1)You should read this if you like psychological character studies or 1984.

I picked this one up on a whim and have since been morbidly fascinated. This is not a series for the feint of heart.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Dear Citizen:

Thank you for your loyalty. You’ve no doubt noticed that the world is a troubled place. People are apathetic, lazy, unmotivated. You’ve probably asked yourself

WHY ISN’T ANYTHING BEING DONE TO STOP THIS SYSTEMATIC DECLINE?

Rest assured that measures are being taken. Beginning immediately, we will randomly select a different citizen each day who will be killed within 24 hours of notification. We believe this will help remind all people how precious life is and how important it is to be a productive, active member of society.

Thank you for your continued attention and your cooperation and participation…

Congratulations! You have been randomly selected by the government…to DIE in 24 hours!

Demon Diary by Kara

Demon Diary, Volume 01You should read this if you like fluff

This is a super cute and funny story of a ding dong who has no idea what he’s doing who finds himself the leader of demons. His advisor, understandably, gets frustrated. Seriously this series is adorable.

Goodreads synopsis:

Raenef is the black sheep of the demon court, with minimal knowledge of magic and courtly etiquette. In order to help him claim his birthright as a demon lord, the demon masters send him the wise and noble teacher Eclipse to be his tutor. As Raenef and Eclipse begin their journey of discovery, they find that the bonds of friendship are stronger than the teacher/student relationship.

Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki

Rurouni Kenshin, Vol. 1: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story (Rurouni Kenshin, #1)You should read this if you like historical fiction

This is one of my absolute favorite series ever, people. I love it.

Goodreads synopsis:

A hundred and fifty years ago in Kyoto, amid the flames of revolution, there arose a warrior, an assassin of such ferocious power he was given the title Hitokiri: Manslayer. With his bloodstained blade, Hitokiri Battosai helped close the turbulent Bakumatsu period and end the reign of the shoguns, slashing open the way toward the progressive Meiji Era.  Then he vanished, and with the flow of years became legend.

In the 11th year of Meiji, in the middle of Tokyo, the tale begins. Himura Kenshin, a humble rurouni, or wandering swordsman, comes to the aid of Kamiya Kaoru, a young woman struggling to defend her father’s school of swordsmanship against attacks by the infamous Hitokiri Battosai. But neither Kenshin nor Battosai are quite what they seem.

Priest by Min-Woo Hyung

Priest, Volume 1. Prelude for the DeceasedYou should read this if you like westerns or Constantine

This was a recent acquirement – I picked it up at a clearance sale on a whim, having heard nothing about it but feeling drawn to it because the first volume was actually bloody there. Do you know how rare that is at a clearance sale?!

It turned out to be fantastic 😀

Goodreads synopsis

In the frontier of the American West, a veil of evil threatens to engulf humanity. Servants of the fallen archangel Temozarela are paving the way for their dark lord’s resurrection. One man stands in the way of the apocalypse– Ivan Isaacs– a fallen priest who sold his soul to the devil Belial for the power to fight evil armed with a wicked blade and silver bullets. Ivan will give the heretics a baptism of blood in his pilgrimage for humanity’s redemption.


And that’s it! There are many, many more manga that I could throw up here, but these ones have stuck out the most and aside from Kenshin, I feel like I don’t talk about them enough. 😛

I feel like like these ones could be liked by many people. Happy reading!

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Posted by on 02/10/2018 in Books

 

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#NotAll Booktag

Book Tag

Hello! A tag today – I was tagged by The Orangutan Librarian back in December and my brain decided to put that information down into my subconscious for two months for some reason. So I’m posting today because it rose to the surface!


#notall cover changes – a cover change you liked

Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse, #1)Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, #1)

I mean, I like the original too… and props for them for waiting ’til the series was actually finished before doing a new cover.

#notall adaptations – an adaptation you love more than the book

The Hobbit

CALL ME A HEATHEN. DO IT.

#notall tropes – a trope you’ll never tire of seeing

I think I need to go with orangutan’s post and go with ‘bad’ characters that  have a soft spot. They’re neato

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I feel like they would secretly love getting a hug.

#notall instalove – you instaloved this instacouple

…is it bad that I can’t think of one?

#notall love triangles – an example of love triangle done well

Rurouni Kenshin, Vol. 1: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story (Rurouni Kenshin, #1)

I think the one in here is handled rather decently – this is not a romance manga by any means, so I think that’s why. All the character’s feelings are believable, and it doesn’t take the focus of the story at any point anyways. Gosh I need to reread this.

#notall parents – bookish parents that, you know, PARENT!

I feel like this is going to a be rather prominent answer

#notall villains – a villain you love

Siege and Storm (Grisha Verse, #2)

The Darkling, man. Be still my beating heart.

#notall chosen ones – a chosen one you can get behind

The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)

Going with Kip. And this is to say, that I’ve only read the first three books – there are two yet that I haven’t read. He might not be the chosen one, but don’t tell me that.

#notall hyped books – a book that lived up to the acclaim

The Martian

Love it

#notall *insert favourite genre* – a book you’re not keen on from your favourite genre

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)

2 stars, man. This fantasy was no beuno.

#notall *insert least favourite genre* – a book you liked from a genre you don’t often read

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

Not typically a fan of middle grade. But! This one is pretty swell.


And that’s it! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 02/07/2018 in Book Tag, Books, Uncategorized

 

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January Wrap Up | 18

Wrap Up

Hello! Happy February! I don’t know about you guys, but January went both super fast and super slow for me. It was a weird dichotomy, man.

This year, I’m going to change my wrap ups a little bit. They’re going to be more goal-oriented, looking at how I’m doing on my new year’s resolutions. They’ll still talk about the books I read, but they’re going to do more than just list them and be done with it now. I’ll have the sections divided out so it should be easy for you to skip the sections that don’t interest you!


Books

We are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby

We Are Never Meeting In Real LifeThis was a rather entertaining read – my first purchase and my first read of 2018. It was the first book I bought after my ban was lifted. I was in Connecticut visit a friend right after Christmas and we went to this little bookshop – I decided I wanted a souvenir book that was a bit different than what I normally read, and this was it! I ended up rather enjoying it.

This is a nonfiction memoir type book, and the author is rather amusing. The way she writes and thinks about things had me going back and forth between feeling like I’d get along perfectly with her and not get along with her at all. It was great, reading a new perspective. 😀 I wrote a full spoiler-free blabber on it, in case you’re interested.

3.5 stars

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)This was my favorite read of the month, and it was my longest – I’ve been reading this baby for almost a year now. I also wrote a full spoilery blabber on it detailing my full thoughts, but man, I loooooooved this book.

This is the third book in the lightbringer series, a fantasy series full of neat characters, humor, action, and a cool magic system. I’m just going to link the goodreads page to the first book, if you’d like to look into it. This has quickly become one of my favorite series, ever. It’s so great

5 stars

Descender vol 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen

Descender, Vol. 1: Tin StarsThis is a reread for me, in preparation for reading volume two, which I purchased recently. I loved it just as much this time as I did last time.

It follows a young boy robot who wakes up years after giant harvester robots have attacked the galaxy, and we follow him as he tries to find his human companion family amidst a world that is now hostile towards any form of AI. It’s really good, the art is beautiful, and I absolutely love it.

5 stars

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Blog Activity

TFW: 2018 Reading Resolutions | Books I didn’t get to in ’17 | Forgettable books | Hidden gems

2018 related posts: Beat the Backlist 2018 | 10 in 2018 | Anticipated releases Jan-Jun

Tags: Me in book characters

Blabbers: We are never meeting in real life | The Broken Eye

Total: 10 posts


Neat Things

This section will be other things I did this month that I want to mention. It might be empty some months if I’ve been particularly boring.

I had two different health scares this month, both of which took the better part of the month to deal with, but they both turned out to be nothing! 😀 I’m healthy! I mention this because the stress from these kinda lends to the smaller than normal, for me, amount of books I read this month. I just couldn’t concentrate, man. But I’m healthy!

I went to see The Shape of Water with a friend, and so far it’s my favorite movie of the year. I mean, it’s only January, but hey, I loved that movie. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it.

My mom turned 60. Which is a weird thing to think about. Buh, she needs to knock that off. No more aging, bad!


Reading Goals

  • Complete my Goodreads Challenge of 40 books: 3/40
  • Complete my 10 in 2018 list of books: 0/10
  • Keep book buying low (6-8 books/season):
    • January-March purchases: 2
    • April-June purchases:
    • July-September purchases:
    • October-December purchases:
  • Get my physical TBR down to 270 books: 302

 

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Series I want to read this year | Cover love | Book and bookmark | First backlist read of 2018

 


Blog Goals

  • Post seasonal (not monthly) book hauls

Two books purchased so far, so I’m good here. 😀

  • Maintain a S-W-S posting schedule (with the occasional extra post if I’ve got neat things goin’ on)

I did this pretty well for most of the month, but I dropped out for about a week or so as my health issues took over my attention. -_- I’m hoping not to miss a single day this coming month, though.

  • Keep my To Do list of pending tags under five items at any one time

Currently it’s at zero! Caught up!

Done!

  • Write blabbers for at least 1/3 of the books I read

2 out of the 3 books I’ve read so far have gotten blabbers!


Personal Goals

  • Exercise two times per week

I was good with this one for a while, but with my health issues going on, it kinda fell off. Basically, my heart was acting up – palpitations, murmurs, etc. I didn’t want to stress it out more with exercise. But, as of Tuesday I’ve been deemed decent! So I want February’s wrap up to say ‘Yes I did this one!’ for this section.

  • Log all meals in MyFitnessPal

I hit my 800 day streak this week! I’ve been missing meals for the last couple days, but I can retroactively go back and log them, so I’m good here too when I do that.

  • Make a wedding/honeymoon scrapbook

Haven’t even started, homes.

  • Make a budget

See above!

  • Start saving for a house

See above!

  • Take care of my health as issues arise

This one I am on top of! 😀 Been to Dr’s for two issues and both were wrapped up within a few weeks.

  • Learn Python and R

Not yet!

  • Maintain a Duolingo streak

Currently at a 77 day streak!


And that’s it! I really like how this wrap up turned out – I like sharing a bit more than ‘I thought this book was great’ and I hope you found bits and pieces of it entertaining as well.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 02/03/2018 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks | Blabber

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks
The Lightbringer series, Book 3
846 pages
Hardcover/audio book
Read Feb 16, 2017 – Jan 12, 2018
Spoilery blabber

This series just keeps getting better and better.

I first read The Black Prism, book one in this series, a year ago – it made my top books of 2017 list, as did its sequel, The Blinding Knife. And while it took me nearly a year to read this one too, that didn’t mean I loved it any less. This series is one that I savor. I actually ended up restarting this book half way through, which is why it took me so long. I originally was reading a physical copy, but I missed the narrator’s interpretation: Simon Vance does a spectacular job narrating this audio book. He’s just fantastic. He hooked me onto following narrators, like, looking for books narrated by a person, and then listening to that book specifically for that voice. I looooove Simon Vance’s voice. So as I said, I savor this series while I read it. It’s just so delicious and wonderful and I wanna be in it forever.

My favorite thing about this series is the magic system and how it’s incorporated so very deeply into the economy, the government and the well-being of pretty much everyone. Being able to draft luxin is probably the most marketable and influential skill one could have – even if they were complete shit at everything else, being able to draft a bit of blue or a bit of red would feed them and likely their families as well. It’s just fascinating.

And my second favorite thing is the cast of characters. All of them, whether I love them or hate them, they’re good characters. Like Kip for instance – he went through a lot of character development in this book. He went from being somewhat unsure of himself but slowly getting there, to a leader of a group, smoochin’ girls and feeling sure of himself. Leading accidental revolutions! Killin’ people! Kip is a good egg.

john nobleAlso, Andross Guile is a right git, man. I love him. He’s such a bastard  I think what makes him so wonderfully awful is that in his mind, he thinks he’s doing what’s right. Like, his driving force behind his actions is the desire to see his country run in a way that would bring peace. And I mean, technically, it will, but like… that’s a lot of lives, man. He’s so intelligent, so manipulative, always one step ahead of basically everyone else. I love him, but I wanna through a brick at his head. Augh he’s just so great. I’ve totally fan-casted him too. John Noble, all the way. He’s definitely my Andross Guile. And I don’t know yet if his uh.. goals, become darker in book four, but from the events at the end of book three, I’m thinking they might. I think he’s the best kinda-noble-villain I’ve ever come across. Definitely Lawful Evil.

The other characters too, get a bit more screen time for us to get into their minds. Zymun even got a bit. I think, at the moment, he’s the only character who’s really underdeveloped. All I’m picking up from him so far is ‘chaotic evil just because’. I have yet to discern his motivations, so hopefully that’ll happen in book four, now with him as Prism Elect. He has to get more chapters from his POV right? Right? wah.

Liv as well, I kinda missed reading more from her POV. She didn’t get many chapters this time around but the ones she did get were rather satisfying. Obviously she’s been in rank with the color prince for the past what, two books? Finally, finally, she’s seen sense. Goodness. And now she has to go crawling back to the Chromeria in hopes that she can be forgiven. I know that if they don’t wanna forgive her, her dad would take her in in a heartbeat (her dad btw, is one of my favorite characters. He’s just such a hulking teddy bear cutie pie).

I’m predicting she’ll run into Kip’s group, they’ll do a bout of ‘can’t we trust her?’, she’ll do something to prove herself, and then all will be well. Watch, I predict it.

 

And then finally, we come to The Order of the Broken Eye, the group the whole book revolves around. This group is such a weird, mysterious thing. And Weeks definitely led me into a false sense of security concerning them. I thought, ‘Oh, they’re trying to infiltrate via Teia and doing assassinations via Murder Sharp (who is the weirdest guy by the way) but lol nope. Nope nope, the ending of the book absolutely blew me away man.

Best ending ever. We find out that Ironfist, one of my favorite characters, the one that everyone seems to trust implicitly, has been in on it the whole time. The whole time. And Grimwoody man. I was at work when I was listening to the end of the audiobook – I listen while I code.

And so I’m sitting there, working and listening, and this big plot twist drops. And I sit there and my fingers still on my keyboard and my eyes bug out. And in my otherwise silent room with my two coworkers, I basically yell, ‘OH NO WAY.’ And then I pause it, get up and take a lap around the building because I just couldn’t handle it, man. I needed to move! My brain was like WHAT IS GOING ON?!

I love those kinds of endings. They’re the best.

So yeah, I loved this book.

5/5 stars

 
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Posted by on 01/20/2018 in Books, Review

 

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We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby | Blabber

We Are Never Meeting In Real LifeWe Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby
275 pages
Nonfiction/Memoir
Read Dec 27th 2017-Jan 4th, 2018
Spoiler free blabber

I bought this book because of the cat.

I was in Connecticut, visiting a friend who had moved away a couple years ago, and we were perusing the shelves in a local bookstore in New Haven, CT, when I decided I wanted to buy something different. I had been eyeing a few fantasy novels that have been on my radar, but who knows when I would get to them. So I wanted something that I knew nothing about, that would remind me of the trip due it being different to what I normally gravitate towards.

And then there was this book: bright yellow with a soggy cat on the front. And it spoke to me. I grabbed it, skimmed the back and saw that Roxanne Gay had blurbed it and that was enough for me. I bought it and began reading it that night.

This book was pretty much what I expected it to be, once I read more thoroughly what it was about. It’s one of those books that makes me want to write a book full of my blabberings, because that’s what it is. It had elements I found similar to Yes Please, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) and many other modern memoirs of women living in various states of life. I tend to like those kinds of books, so I ended up rather enjoying this one as well.

Samantha Irby strikes me as a person that I felt, what, partially similar to? I guess? Parts of her writing had me in hysterics from how close it hit to home. I was laughing way, way too hard at parts of this book, and the urge to meet this woman and shake her hand was really strong. Other parts I didn’t relate to, so I read those bits with interest, getting to see another perspective on things that I held a different opinion on, and expanding my world view at the same time.

Hey, it’s almost like we’re two people with our own thoughts and feelings, haha.

Overall though, I liked this book. Irby goes through various different stories of her life. A couple of them had me laughing so hard, a couple of them had me reading them out loud to my husband, trying not to crack up while I read, and seeing him shaking his head and smiling at me, waiting to see if I’d crumble under my giggles.

One of my favorite parts was the cat, Hellen Keller, whom the author brought home mostly against her will and then grew to grudgingly love. Helen was hysterical. The way she was narrated reminded me of every single female cat I’ve ever owned. She had such a ‘tude, I loved it.

Samantha Irby’s book will stick with me, I think. And that’s what I wanted when I bought it – a good experience reading that I could associate with hanging out with my friend in that one bookstore in Connecticut. So thank ya Ms Irby, you gave me a good few days as I read your writing, trying to keep my cat Nina from walking on the book like you had to finagle around Helen cat.

3.5/5 stars

 

 
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Posted by on 01/14/2018 in Books, Review

 

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Beat the Backlist 2018!

Beat the Backlist

Hello! Today I’m announcing my participation in the Beat the Backlist Challenge, hosted by NovelKnight!

This is a neato thing that I came across the other day and decided that it would be perfect for me!

It’s one of the neatest challenges I’ve ever come across – what you do is sign up and you’re assigned to one of four teams. Each team earns points and at the end of each month, a member of the team with the most points wins a book of their choosing! So there will be twelve winners total – this thing lasts all year! 😀 (and the sign-ups are open all year, hint hint)

To earn points for your team, all you have to do is read books that were not published in 2018! So it’s perfect motivation to me to read the backlog of unread books on my shelves. None of the books I own have been published this year, so I have about 300 potential reads to go through! Any book counts – rereads, manga, novels, nonfiction, all of it! The only limitation is its publication date. 2017 or earlier, peeps.

So when this post goes live, I’ll use it to officially sign up and then come back and edit it and insert my assigned team! 😀 So if you’re reading and there’s no team here yet, you’re reading it super early and I haven’t been assigned yet, hawhaw. Otherwise if there’s a team here now, then I have one!

My Team:

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Other things to note:

There will also be weekly instagram prompts all year to go along with the challenge, which are listed here!  I think this will be a fun thing to do! 😀

My goals:

  • Dedicate at least 2/3rds of my books read in 2018 to this challenge
  • Participate in at least 2/3rds of the Instagram prompts (btw, shameless plug: add me on Instagram, I wanna see all your lovely books)
    • (if you add me, be prepared to also see cats, coffee and alcohol)

And that’s it! Happy reading! 😀

 
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Posted by on 01/06/2018 in Announcement, Books

 

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2018 Reading Resolutions

2018 Reading Resolutions

Typing an ‘8’ at the end of the year is weird.

Hello! Welcome to the future! Today’s post is technically a Top 5 Wednesday post, but considering I have more than five and don’t want to limit them or make a separate post for the rest, they’re all going in here and that’s just how it’s goin’ down. I’m also going to post my non-book related resolutions, but I’ll separate that out into a different chunk so you don’t have to read it if you don’t wanna.

So without further blabbering:


2018 Reading Resolutions

Book Related:

  • Complete my Goodreads Challenge of 40 books

Last year, I set a goal of fifty books, which I achieved, but at this point in my life I don’t actually have too much time to read, which is a bummer. So to reach my goal this year, I found myself gravitating towards shorter books, just to hit the goal. I have so many huge, juicy fantasy novels I wanna read, so lowering my goal will allow me to mentally handle it better, hawhaw.

  • Complete my 10 in 2018 list of books (will be posted Jan 7th and retroactively linked here)

Last year, I made a 17 in 2017 list, which I finished about half of them. So, I’m going to transfer all the ones I didn’t finish onto this year’s list and add a couple more that are really speaking to me at the moment.

  • Keep book buying low – no more than 6-8 books every three months
    • Gifts do not count towards this.

This past year, I put myself on a buying ban for three months, cold turkey. So at this point I’m kind of used to having no new books, I guess. So now that I’m off the ban, I want to focus on lowering my TBR. This will only be helped by limiting how many books I buy. No more 10, 11, 12 books-per-month hauls!

  • Get my physical TBR down to 270 books. It currently sits at 301.

Yeah yeah I know. 270 is still a lot. At least if the apocalypse happens, I’ll have plenty to read while zombies swarm the streets.

I started this last year on April 1st. It’s part of reddit’s fantasy subreddit activities. It’s been lots of fun so far! 😀 And I hope to finish it up and start the next one as well.

I just found out about this today! It’s a challenge that has you focus on books that were not published in 2018… meaning literally everything on my shelves right now. For full details, click that linky I’ve put in the bullet point! Otherwise, as stated, I’ll post my ‘official’ participation thingy on Jan 6th. 😀

Blog Related:

  • Post seasonal (not monthly) book hauls

As stated earlier, I just can’t maintain the vast amount of books I was buying every month. Can’t do it.

  • Maintain a S-W-S posting schedule (with the occasional extra post if I’ve got neat things goin’ on)

I started this schedule mid way through 2017 and it has suited me well so far, minus November when I was doing nanowrimo. I like it.

  • Keep my To Do list of pending tags under five items at any one time

Currently it’s at zero (I think), which is good. I’m all caught up!

This is one I’ve had trouble with in the past. I’ll just let this list build up for like, six months without updating it, then I have to go through months of posts to do it. 😛 So doing this will help with my santiy, hawhaw.

  • Write blabbers for at least 1/3 of the books I read

I feel like I don’t write enough blabbers. This past year, my average rating of a book was 3.9. So like… meh to it was good. The books that really stuck out did get blabbers. There were just a lot that didn’t speak to me, though. -_- So I’m hoping to pick books that give me a lot to talk about.

And that’s it I think! This is a pretty good list, but it should be attainable with a little bit of self-discipline. I don’t think I’ve named anything too strenuous, which is the point: My goals should be realistic, otherwise I’m just gonna get discouraged. 😛

So if you’re just here for the books, this is where you pop out – I’m gonna switch to more personal resolutions now. 😀 Happy reading!


Personal Resolutions:

  • Exercise two times per week

This one is probably my most needed goal. Anyone who has met me knows that I could stand to exercise more. Currently, I’m lucky if I do once a week. So I figured picking a solid times-per-week to exercise will grow a habit if I can stick with it, and then I can increase from there. But I wanted to start slow so I’m not overwhelmed.

  • Log all meals in MyFitnessPal

I’m actually fairly decent at doing this already. I have a 700-something day streak going on at the moment, but I just need to get to actually logging all meals more consistently.

  • Make a wedding/honeymoon scrapbook

I bought the stuff to make this scrap book shortly after returning home from my honeymoon mid-August, but I have yet to actually put anything in it. I feel future-me will really appreciate it thirty years down the line.

  • Make a budget

With my husband’s and my paychecks coming in every month, at the moment we’re just kinda paying things as they come up. So far, with just the two of us, it’s going ok. But, we’ll need to do financial planning at some point in our future, so making a budget to start now will only help us. My student loans have just started coming in, too, so I need to look at how much money we actually have left every month now.

  • Start saving for a house

This one kinda goes hand in hand with the previous one. We’re renting, currently three months into an 18 month lease. I’d like to be able to put a down payment on a house by the time this lease is over… So that’ll be a 2019 thing. But I want to start saving now, if possible.

  • Take care of my health as issues arise

I recently was able to get health insurance again when I started my job, and as of Jan 1, I’ve switched onto my husband’s (his is decidedly better and cheaper), so I want to handle health issues as soon as they pop up, maybe even do preventative physicals and stuff. I’m definitely the ‘ignore it and hope it goes away’ kind of person, and I know that will eventually come to bite me in the butt. So I want to be more uh… on top of it, I guess.

  • Learn Python and R

This is a career-oriented goal. I’m a software developer, currently working in C# and .NET. I also know SQL, Java and C++. I’d really like to learn Python and R, though. I feel like the direction I want my career to go would benefit from those. Ideally this goal will go hand in hand with creating an online portfolio of projects and spiffing up my resume.

  • Maintain a Duolingo streak

Currently, I’m around a 50 day streak, I think. I’m refreshing my German, which I know a roughly tourist-level amount of. I’d like to be able to speak it conversationally though. Once I finish the Duo tree again (I’ve done it before but they added extra lessons) I want to branch into the translation side of the site and further my vocabulary.


And that’s it! I’m going to include little updates on all resolutions, booky and personal, in my monthly wrap-ups to keep myself accountable and let me know where to focus.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 01/03/2018 in Books

 

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