On December

Balloons 2Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful, blessed 2014!

Once again, I’ve been all but gone all month. So, I don’t feel December warrants a monthly review post. There’s really not much to say about the month that can’t be easily determined by simply looking at the archives. And, little to no activity means little to no site stats to mention. I’m OK with that. December is a time for family, for reflection, for thankfulness. Not being active around here is just fine.

I reviewed (and read) more books in December than I did in November — and even met my reading challenge goal over on Goodreads. So, I’m happy with how it all turned out. Here’s what I read and/or reviewed in December:

  1. Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler ~ 5 stars
  2. Everybody’s Got a Story by Heather Wardell ~ 3 stars
  3. Dead Beat by Jim Butcher ~ 4.5 stars (brief review on Goodreads)
  4. Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan ~ 5 stars
  5. Panic by Lauren Oliver ~ 4.5 stars

Looking at those ratings, at least it was a good month! ;-) Choosing a favorite this month is not easy. But, I think Afterparty is my choice.

Looking forward, I’m cutting back on reading for review. This has become too much of a chore for me, so I’m going to be reading more for enjoyment. That means I will be accepting fewer review requests, scheduling fewer blog tour posts, and reading more with fewer and/or shorter reviews. To encourage myself to just slow down and enjoy, I’m setting my reading challenge (via Goodreads) goal to a mere 50 books. We all know that’s far short of what I’m capable of reading in a single year, but this isn’t a competition. I’m not trying to prove anything. I just want to reclaim my joy of reading. I want to share things I truly love with you all and (hopefully) write even fewer negative reviews. I want to love reading like I have for most of my life, and not feel stressed out because I “have” to get something read by a specific point.

So, if I have committed to a review this year, I will do my best to get it read and reviewed on time. I can’t promise anything, though. My focus is on my family, my job, etc. Reading has to be for enjoyment. It’s that simple. If I could make money reviewing books, then I’d be all for treating it as one of my top priorities. But, I cannot — not unless I get hired by some publication for that purpose, and I’m not looking for that kind of thing! ;-)

So, again, HAPPY NEW YEAR to each and every one of you! May you have a wonderful year. And, of course, happy reading!

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FTC Disclosure: All items reviewed were either obtained by me for my own enjoyment or sent (from the author, publisher, publicist, via tour sites, etc.) in exchange for an honest review. I receive no monetary compensation for my posts. All opinions expressed are my own. Any exceptions to this are clearly noted in the appropriate posts.

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  1. Angela Wiebe
    Twitter: clutterboxblog

    I am looking forward to the books you choose to review based in your reading favors and not on what you get! I am sending you a birthday present but I am taking my time finding it because I didn’t want it to be a book! Hope you had a fantastic Christmas!
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