Happy New Year!

Happy new year

I know it’s not the New Year yet, but I thought I’d go ahead and write this post before I forget. 2014 have been so good to me and my family, and I really hope that we’ll continue to be blessed in the coming year.

I wish you all the best as well, and I’m looking forward to expanding my universe by discovering books that I normally wouldn’t read.


  • To read more of what I like, and not what I’m supposed to.
  • To write better reviews and posts.
  • To read more Indie books.
  • To cross-post my reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, and Chapters.
  • Discover more blogs!
  • To be a kinder reviewer.
  • Remember that it’s not about the quantity of followers.
  • Read more Classics.
  • Reduce my From-the-Basement TBR pile.
  • Have fun!

Thank you for a great year, everyone! I LOVE YOU ALL.

  • Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    Happy New Year! hope you are having a fantastic start to the year!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    • Thanks, Naomi! I hope yours is off to a good start as well. πŸ™‚

  • Happy new year , joy

    To many books, to many books. To many books, to many books * in the to many cooks theme* haha

    I plan to read more classics and more books by or books featuring ppl of color, gender identity and sexuality. ^_^

    • Happy New Year, Ro! I haven’t seen nor heard from you in a while. Good luck to you this year!

  • Christy

    Happy New Year, Joy!!

    • Happy New Year, Christy! All the best to you and your family. πŸ™‚

  • Those are some nice goals! I hope you will acheive them! HAPPY NEW YEAR, dear Joy!! xoxo

  • Great goals! Especially love that last one πŸ˜›

    Happy New Year!!!

    • Thanks, Cayce! Happy New Year to you, too!

  • Become a better reviewer honey you’re already amazing! I love your reviews and how they always convince me to make a purchase. We have alot of similar goals this year, hopefully we can accomplish them all! Happy New Year, thanks for being a great supporter of my blog πŸ™‚

    • Aw. You’re so sweet, Tika! :'( Thank you!

      Happy New Year!

  • Happy New Year, sweetheart!:) Loved all your goals, curious about your basement tbr pile… *wink* Good luck!

    • Thanks, K. I hope you had such a great holiday season.

      Miss you! xoxo.

  • I hope you have an awesome new year as well! I look forward to seeing your reviews and possibly kinder ones next year. I love the idea of reading more indie and working on that TBR pile. I am going to jump onto mine as well.

  • Happy New Year lovely, these are all wonderful goals! I think reading what I like/have bought instead of review copies all the time is a goal for me to help me stay motivated while reading.

    • Thanks, Jeann! Good luck to us, both then. πŸ˜‰

  • ejstevensauthor

    Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

    • Happy New Year, and thanks for stopping by!

  • I love your goals, especially the first one. πŸ™‚ And HAPPY NEW YEAR to you too!!! <3

    • Thanks, Lisa. Happy New Year to you and Becca!

  • Great list!!! Mine are very similar… especially the reduce-my-basement-TBR, my books are down there too, lol!
    Happy New Year to you, my friend! Hope it’s everything you want, deserve, and more πŸ™‚

    • Hahahah! That pesky basement pile.

      Happy New Year to you, and your beautiful family, Margie. <3

  • These a fabulous goals, and ones that I would love to work on as well! My endless goal is to write shorter, better reviews, lol! I’m so glad to have *discovered your blog* and look forward to you reads & reviews and often discovering new authors. Hope you have a wonderful New Years, Joy!! : )

    • Hahhaha! Shorter reviews. Yes, that should’ve made it to my list as well. I tend to keep it to 500 words, but sometimes, I’m just that chatty. Lol.

      Happy New Year, Kim!

  • What a great list!!! And I too have some classics that I plan on reading this year, as well as visiting new blogs. I’m not sure that I can say I will write better reviews as I’m a terrible writer in general but I will try to be consistent in posting them. You aren’t alone…that’s for sure!!! πŸ˜‰ *raises coffee mugs* Happy New Year and to discovering new blogs! *clink*.

    • Thanks, Cristina. I just discovered your blog, so I’m off to a good start! Lol.

      Happy New Year!

  • I think that it is hilarious that you have a “from the basement TBR” hahaha! But yeah all those resolutions are golden! I know you’ve been suffering from bad book syndrome (I literally just made that up) so hopefully you read more books you like in 2015! AND YAY YES having fun is definitely a requirement for blogging!

    I hope you have a FANTASTIC new year Joy!

    • Thank you, Val! You have no idea how out of control my From the Basement pile is!

  • I really loved your first goal about reading more of what you like and not what you’re supposed to. i had that same problem this year, and i felt like everytime i was sent books to review or people gave me recommendations i’d set aside what I was currently enjoying, just to get some of those books accomplished. and classics! that was also one of my goals for the new years as well. thanks for a fun post! it made for great reading this morning with my breakfast!:)

    • I mentioned this to someone a couple of days ago about the difference between reading 20 books and 200 books is picking the ones that you think you’d enjoy, and not the ones someone forces you to read. I hope to change that this year, and read to my heart’s content.

      Thanks for stopping by, Emily!

  • I absolutely love these goals and I love your blog, you are so much fun and your review are always so well said and thought out! I am so thankful that I have gotten to know you and for all your wonderful reviews and comments! I wish you the best in the upcoming year and I can’t wait to see what it holds book wise and review wise. <3

    • *sobs* Thanks, Ali. You are the sweetest. I also love coming to your blog. Your reviews are always succinct, and on point. Happy New Year!

  • Ahh, New Year’s resolutions. I don’t even try with those any more, though kudos to you for at least attempting. Instead I’ve gotten into the habit of retro-actively naming the year past after some running theme. 2014, for example, turned out to be ‘the year I got off the ground’. 2013 was ‘the wasted year’. 2012 ‘the year of progress’. etc. I’m starting to think I need to work on my names.

    Anyhow, wishing you a good New Year! Also, I think I’ll manage to get one last post out today which will mean I completed 8 books! Hah, that still feels so small. Oh well, what can you do? >.<

    • Hahahah! Love it. πŸ™‚ You should elaborate on those years! I imagine it would be a brilliantly, hilarious post! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  • This is a fantastic list, one that completely applies to me as well. I always have a little bit of guilt when it comes to review books, trying to stick with them even if they’re not working for me, and I just need to let some of that go and let myself read more of what I really want to read. Also, I DEFINITELY need to cross post my reviews, I’ve gotten really bad about that. *sigh* Blogger fail πŸ˜‰

    • Isn’t it, though? I mean, by the time we posted our reviews on the blog, I hardly have the mental energy to go to other platforms and post them there as well. Though, if I really think about it hard enough, what’s difficult about copy and paste? Lol.

      Thanks for stopping by, Jenny! Just followed your blog. πŸ™‚

  • Happy New Year to you and your family! I’m so with you on your goals number 1,2, & 6.

    • Thanks, hun! Happy New Year to you as well!

  • I think classics are my ‘guilty displeasure’ if that’s a thing xD
    HPPY NEW YEAR! In my part of the world, there is eight hours left of 2014.

    – Love, Felicia

    • Happy New Year, Felicia! Reading classics is difficult, yes. Sometimes, it takes me a week to get through one. I want to get rid of that stigma this year.

  • HAPPY NEW YEAR πŸ˜€ I hope you have the most amazing day today Joy. <3 with lots of awesome family time πŸ™‚ And I hope 2015 will be the best year for you. *Hugs* <3 And omg, your goals. So much love. Especially this one: "To read more of what I like, and not what I’m supposed to." HAH. I just read two ARCs, both were 1 stars for me, but read them because of Macmillan, and because of blog tour in a few days :p I should never have read them. Sigh. So yess. I will try this goal too in the new year πŸ™‚

    • It is a tough one, isn’t it? But hey, just stay true and hope for the best. Happy New Year, C. <3

  • Happy new Year!!!!

    My goals hm…read more of my own books!

    • Happy New Year, Linda! Your goal is pretty much my goal every year. πŸ™‚

  • Awesome goals for 2015! I completely agree with reading more of what I want, finding more blogs, and reducing the TBR pile! I hope you have a great start to the New Year!

    • Thanks, Christina. I hope you’re enjoying your mini-break! Happy New Year!

  • Happy New Year!!

  • Happy New Year Joy! I so want to read more my own books too, I know this in particular I’ve been sticking to all my ARC books and this is probably the reason I’ve been in a funk all the time :/ And you’re posts are amazing all the time! Wishing you and your family all the best for the new year! πŸ™‚

    • Happy New Year, Jas! I finally got your Christmas card!! You are the sweetest, kindest, wonderful friend I haven’t met. <3

  • Happy new year lady! LOL I can’t have goals, it’s not important because I never do what I want to. But I hope 2015 will be a beautiful year.

    • Hahah! I know right? I’m the same. So that’s why I generalized my goals so I don’t have to feel bad about at the end of 2015. I’m keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed. Lol.

  • K

    I’d also like to write better posts and more of a variety of posts! πŸ™‚ Good luck with your goals! <3

  • I realized when I was prepping my end of year post(which will be late going up lol) that they’re err so many reviews I had forgotten to crowd payday to Amazon and goodreads…do I need top work on that as well!

    I’m all for Redding more of what you want and not what you’re supposed to. But uhh which ones do you consider supposed to reads? Your review books?

    • Review books? Books whose buzz is created by a well-oiled marketing machine? I don’t know…lol.