Sunday, January 7, 2018

2018: Wildly Imperfect

It's the start of a brand-new year. It's a chance to start fresh, to start anew, to try new things, a do-over.

In the past few weeks, I've been busy here on my blog, posting my list of favorite reads of 2017, my favorite children's picture books of 2017 and announcing our Cybils finalists, choosing my word for the year, and planning my reading for 2018.










I started out 2018 like I start every year; I finished ten books the first day. It's a technique (trick?) I use every year to kickstart my reading. I finish off the year's reading at the end of November and I start reading ten books that I can finish on the first day of the new year. Here's what I've finished in 2018 so far:





I committed to writing every day for ten minutes this year. No goals. No careful criticism of what I write. Just writing. Every day. Ten minutes. #WildlyImperfect.

And thank you, Helen of Helen's Book Blog, for sharing the calendar from Great Britain's Action for Happiness. I hope to follow the calendar in 2018.






What are you reading today?



What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week. 
 It is now being hosted here.


Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is now being hosted at The Book Date.


24 comments:

  1. I like that 'Happy New Year' calendar. Good things to practice. I'm gradually reading a little more each day. Got kind of sidetracked with my husband's surgery, but we're settling in to a new routine for now. Will hopefully learn when he'll be able to drive and go back to work after visiting the surgeon tomorrow. In any case, 2018 is starting off very well.

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    1. I'm very happy you are back to reading and blogging.

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  2. I love the idea of the calender! It also doesn't look very hard to do. Good luck with it. :)

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  3. I love the calendar! I bought The Happiness Project "tear off" calendar this year for the same kind of mindfulness practice. And I have to admire your 10 books read to kick the year off right!! I just finished my first! lol! Enjoy your week!

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    1. I like the idea of The Happiness Project tear-off calendar. Good luck to you.

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  4. Yay! I'm glad someone else is doing the happiness calendar. I've been pretty good so far and on the days I haven't done the exact "task" I've done something along the same lines, which is just fine with me.

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    1. Yes, it's okay with me, too. Sometimes I need ideas. Sometimes I have ideas.

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  5. Great Happy New Year Calendar! You also have a creative way to begin the New Year. Enjoy!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  6. I like the Happy New Year Calendar! Enjoy your upcoming week. :)

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  7. I love it! You got the Happy New Year Calendar from Helen, and she got it from me. So we'll be doing it together, in a sense. Here's my post about it:
    http://bonniesbooks.blogspot.com/2018/01/mindfulness-resolutions-or-are-these.html

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  8. Looks like you had a great end to 2017 and a great beginning for 2018! I downloaded the calendar. Thanks for sharing it. Happy New Year!

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  9. Love the calendar. You are off to a great start for 2018. Hope you have a great week! Happy New Year!

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  10. The happy calendar looks like a great project and good writing prompts!

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  11. Happy New Year! Looks like you are off to a good start. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  12. That Happiness Calendar, i’m going to have to look for the rest of the year, too!

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  13. I like your ploy to get your reading off to a great start each year. And they all look such interesting books, off to explore a few of them.

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  14. I just finished Carnegie's Maid, by Marie Benedict, the author of The Other Einstein, and I am now reading The Master Key, by Togawa

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  15. Thanks for stopping by. I do save a few books to finish on January 1st but I read up until the last week of December. Thanks for stopping by earlier.

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  16. Great calendar! I love your book list too. Of all the books you read in 2017, which was your #1 favorite? I've been trying to think of all the books I read in 2017 to see if I would recommend any to my book club and I realized that 2017 was the year of comfort books for me, mostly books that were part of a series. I hope to branch out in 2018.

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  17. I love that you had 53 books for your favorite books. So hard to just pick 10 when I do the top 10 lists. I like that calendar too! Hope you're having a great week!
    Check out my Sunday Post

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  18. Always love stopping by. Should come by more often. Looking forward to reading #WildlyImperfect. Might stick around a moment and see all that's going on with you.

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  19. What wonderful plans!!! I wish I could make plans, but when I do life just keeps getting in the way. As I age, I am working my way OUT of being such a planner and just taking on goals as they pop up. I don't think this is a good thing, for when I leave this earth, I'll be right in the middle of everything and leaving a lot of loose ends. LOL

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