New Year. New Blog. New Books.

POSTED ON January 1, 2016 BY Austine IN General

Happy New Year! Wishing you all a splendid start to 2016, and I can’t wait to see what the year brings. With the new year comes a new look on the Literarian, as well as a new set of books!

It’s been a while since I’ve been active on the blog. College and book blogging aren’t always the easiest to balance, along with two jobs and dreams of grad school. Such is life, right? But with the new year brings a new name and this blog. I’ve reviewed books since 2011 and more recently, I didn’t have the chance to review enough to maintain things around here. With a lightened schedule, now, and a new priority list, it’s time to bring back the books!

A 2015 Reflection

This year began with continuing reviews on the old blog. Reading a new book every few days, working through the second half of junior year, and spending time with friends. As the months progressed, priorities shifted. I received an internship to work at a zoo for the summer and I had time for my hobbies, but not nearly what it was. School took over.

Fast-forward to summer. Junior year was over and I was living in a strange city for 4 months on my own. First time for everything but it really helped me see that I could do it (a blessing in disguise, I suppose). I read a ton of books and just let myself live. Work during the day. Online class in the evenings. Marvel movie/show marathon and reading in between. It was a hot summer, unbearable at times, but it was good.

This fall semester has been the hardest to date. The classes were tougher, the responsibilities seemingly endless, and the threat of the approaching future looming overhead. But it was also a good few months. Some of the best I’ve had, and I knew I had to keep that momentum of good things going. I’ve regretted putting blogging aside since March but I think it’s time to bring it back.

Goals for 2016

With the coming year I have goals for both myself and the blog, some interconnected:

  • read/review 2 books a week (to keep my mental sanity)
  • write at least half of a draft to a new novel
  • maintain social media pages better
  • stay caught up on all my shows (and there are a decent amount
  • post on the blog 3 times a week
  • get into graduate school

There aren’t a ton but I’ve learned setting too many goals is just overwhelming. So here’s to new goals, a new chapter in our lives, and a new year of book blogging!

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