Yearly Wrap-up Part 3: Goals and Anticipations of 2014

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Jamie of The Perpetual Page-Turner is hosting her annual end of year book survey again, and since I had fun doing it in 2012 I figured I’d do it for 2013, too! This time, though, I’ve divided it up into three posts. For easier reading, see?

All wrap-up posts: Part 1 (Books) | Part 2 (http://heretherebebooks.net/2013/12/30/yearly-wrap-up-part-2-blogging-hits-misses-of-2013/) | Part 3 (Goals) | Part 4 (Stats)

Part 3: Looking ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?
Parasite by Mira Grant. A lot of my blogging friends have read it and loved it, and though I’m a little wary about ANOTHER “zombies happen because of viruses” story (from the same author; hello, Feed?), I love her writing so it’ll probably turn out okay.

Oh! Same thing with The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. I was all psyched to get the ARC at BEA and then I never read it! For shame.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?
At first I was gonna say the third Raven Cycle book (no title yet apparently).

BUT THEN omg I found this on Goodreads: Clariel by Garth Nix. Abhorsen #4!!!

“Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen, [...] is the story of the young woman who eventually became Chlorr of the Mask. It takes place about 320 years before the events in Sabriel.
It is set about 300 years before the events of Sabriel, in an extremely settled era of the Old Kingdom, where [there] is almost no threat from the Dead or Free Magic, and the Abhorsens are considered something between an archaic remnant of worse times and municipal rat-catchers.”

—http://www.garthnix.com/

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3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I haven’t really looked into 2014 debuts much (yet) but: Sekret by Lindsay Smith.

sekret 2014Le summary:

Yulia’s father always taught her that an empty mind is a safe mind. She has to hide her thoughts and control her emotions to survive in Communist Russia, especially because she seems to be able to read the minds of the people she touches. When she’s captured by the KGB and forced to work as a psychic spy with a mission to undermine the U.S. space program, she’s thrust into a world of suspicion, deceit, and horrifying power where she can trust no one.

She certainly can’t trust Rostov, the cruel KGB operative running the psychic program. Or handsome Sergei who encourages her to cooperate with the KGB. Or brooding Valentin who tells her to rebel against them. And not the CIA, who have a psychic so powerful he can erase a person’s mind with his own thoughts. Yulia quickly learns she must rely on her own wits and power to survive in this world where no SEKRET can stay hidden for long.

4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?
I suppose The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman! I’ve read the other two Magician books and (mostly) liked them, so I’m super interested in seeing what happened to all the characters after the ending of book two.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?
Okay, so I have more than one thing I want to do. A LOT more than one thing. Whoops!

Reading goals:
1. catch up on the Vorkosigan saga (and then maybe reread them all again)
2. catch up on the Dresden Files series, which means rereading at least five? books.
3. read at least one new release a month. New as in published in 2014 (or late 2013 I guess)
4. read at least 50 TBR books as part of my TBR project (more on that later)

Blogging goals:
1. not chicken out on my super secret blogging project thing. It has to involve other bloggers to really work, and it’s the thought of contacting people (and maybe being rejected) that’s scary. Also, of course, that it’ll be a big flop. But I have to remember that 1. nothing ever happens if you just sit around being scared and 2. if it sucks, probably nobody will remember in a few months anyway.
2. keep up with my reviews. I don’t want to get 30 reviews behind again! This might mean smaller reviews, or list-y reviews, or what have you, but I want to be no more than 3 reviews behind at any time.
3. do more secret stuff, but IRL this time. More on that later.
4. host at least two reading challenges/readalongs/etc.
5. leave at least one comment a day on someone else’s blog; keep up with the comments on my blog.

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So that’s it for Jamie’s survey! Thanks so much for hosting such a fun event each year, Jamie!

Tomorrow I’ll be posting final stats for 2013 and such. Only one more day ’til an entirely new year!

*Graphic at the top of the post is from The Perpetual Page-Turner.

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6 Comments

  1. Whatever your ‘super secret blogging project’ is I am sure people would be delighted to help you out. I find the community usually only says no if they are just too busy.

  2. Godspeed on your secret book blogging project!

  3. I think I should finally get started with the Lev Grossman series. I’ve had it on my TBR long enough. Have a great 2014!

    • Now’s the time to do it, for sure! It’s nice having a whole series to read all at once, too. Makes the unanswered questions less annoying when you have the next book in your hands already.

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