Happy New Year from River

photo~*~ Happy New Year ~*~

Wow. I am SO glad that 2013 is over. It was probably one of the hardest years of my life. I’m actually not sure what to say other than a lot happened, not all of it good, BUT some major goals were met and if things play out like I hope they do, 2014 should be an awesome, life changing year. But I’ll keep that to myself for now and just hope that in a few months I will be making a super exciting update. 

2013 was the YEAR OF READING. As I’ve posted about in the past, I’ve been a huge reader all my life, but due to a lot of things I just wasn’t making it as much of a priority as I used to. And that’s really what reading is about… making it a priority in your life. If you don’t make time to read, then you probablyyyyyy aren’t going to do it. And this year I did. As much as it was a return to a hobby that I LOVE, it was also an escape from a lot of the shit that was 2013. 

Hilariously, in my first post of 2013 I made a list of the 62 books that I WAS.GOING.TO.READ. And I ended up reading 22 of them. Now, if you want to see the 135 books that I DID read, check out my goodreads challenge

2013 was The Year of ARCs. I discovered eARCs thanks to my lovely Sam, and after some months of struggling to figure out what publishers wanted from me, I finally managed to get pre-approved for some major publishers and I am now rolling in the ARCs. So much that I had to make a system for READING all of them. And thus my crazy ARC schedule was born. Basically, on goodreads, I have a shelf for each month. Then I tag the ARC with the month BEFORE it comes out (out in May? Tag it for April!) and then at the start of each month I read ALLLLLLLL the ARCs before going onto published books. So far it’s working REALLY well. 

So here are my ARCs for January. I’ve actually already read 3 on the list and DNFed 1. So here are the ones that I’m going to be cracking away at starting from tomorrow!

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But right now I’m just re-reading The Raven Boys & The Dream Thieves because I’m on vacation and I’ll do what I want to and GANSEYYYYYYY. 

Happy New Year guys! I hope everyone is able to ring it in with someone they care about, and that 2014 (year of the horse) is kind to everyone (myself included!!!)


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