HELLLOOOOO, 2014! A 2013 Book-ographic & New Year’s Resolutions

Happy 2014, y’all! I just want to say a big THANK YOU to both old and new readers of Paper Breathers; I’ve learned so much from you, and you have no clue how grateful I feel that you’ve stuck around for all my long rants, clumsy book reviews, and random bursts of feels. I haven’t been as active in the book blogging community as I’d have liked because of real life (and I think that will be the case for the next five years, unfortunately), but I’ve truly enjoyed talking to those of you who have taken the time to stop by. 🙂

My recap of Paper Breathers in 2013 will be a short one because I only started this blog three months ago, but it’ll be interesting to see how these stats change over time…

2013bookographic
Made with infogr.am

And finally, here are my new year’s resolutions – I’ve picked out three that are easy enough to remember, and that apply to both my online and offline lives. When I check back at the end of 2014, I want to be able to check off each of these resolutions and proudly say, Yes, I did do that this year. Yes, I can keep the promises I make with myself.

  1. BE POSITIVE / Pick out good aspects of every book; smile everyday and recite Mary Oliver’s “Why I Wake Early.”
  2. BE BOLD / Try new genres; rant more; ask more questions.
  3. CHERISH TIME / Schedule things and use my planner more; sleep more; procrastinate less.

What are your new year’s resolutions? What are you looking forward to in 2014?

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13 thoughts on “HELLLOOOOO, 2014! A 2013 Book-ographic & New Year’s Resolutions

    • Thanks, Kim! I should have mentioned that I made the graphic from infogr.am... spared me hours of work, haha. Already on my way to being more productive!

  1. Okay, at first I was going to cry for you since I saw the 1 and a 1/2 stars for your average book rating, and then I realized that it was out of three stars, not five 😛 I hope that you will be able to find more good books this year, and maybe even make the average rating over 50% 🙂 I usually really enjoy all the books I read (which you probably already know), so my average rating is probably around 80% or more, haha.

    Your goals are great! Especially the one that includes ranting more. I love rants 😉 Have a great year, Sophie!

    • Oh no, I’ll have to change that next time! I don’t know why I used a three-star system since it could be easily translated to five stars. >_< I'm hoping for a better book year too! When I was on Goodreads, my average rating was 3 stars, so I'm not TOO far off of my norm, but I wish it was higher. Gotta be more selective (or less critical)!

      And thanks! That's one goal I'm definitely looking forward to. Happy 2014 to you too!

    • Aww, thanks Katie. 😀 I’ve enjoyed reading your blog, and I always come away with more books for my to-read list. I can’t wait to see what new books 2014 will bring our way!

  2. Super cool stats! I love making stats, though mine never look half so cool as yours do. 😉 This year I’m trying to be bold with my reading too. I read just YA, so I want to branch out and try more MG or Adult. Who knows?! I might love them. (Never know until you try, right?!) Good luck with your goals for this year!

    • Thanks, Cait! Stat-making is so much easier now with all the free programs that are available online, haha. And branching out is a great idea – I’m all for trying new things! I’m looking forward to seeing your reading choices this year. 😀

  3. Last year, I read books mostly by male authors. I hope to change that this year. I also want to try reading a nonfiction book but it’s so hard to convince myself. Have a great 2014 reading year!

    • Yeah, I found my author gender stats a bit weird; I don’t pick books by author gender though, so I’m not too concerned about reading more from one gender or another. 🙂 And I thought you do read non-fiction? Memoirs count, too! 😛

      Have a great reading year to you too!

      • Oh, yes! One and only memoir from Murakami 😉 Other than that, I can’t seem to get past 10 pages of any nonfiction book -.- I started reading Quiet by Susan Cain last year but did not finish. I guess I have this ‘phobia’ after being so disappointed with a nonfiction book a couple of years back.

        • I actually just finished reading Quiet! And maybe trying a different type of non-fiction (ex. history, chef memoirs, essays, etc.) would help? Hopefully you’ll run into some good non-fiction soon.

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