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First Book of the Year 2015 with Sheila @bookjourney & New Year’s Resolutions

First Book of the Year badgeHappy New Year!

Sheila at Book Journey has compiled a collage of photos and a collection of links from book bloggers reading their first books of 2015. Check it out if you need some ideas on what to read to start off the new year right!

photo of me reading The LuminariesI received a copy of The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, so that’s my official first book of the new year, but I’m only halfway through Revival by Stephen King (somewhat disappointing so far) and also have a library copy of A Man Called Ove which I’ve been seeing on Best Books and Favorites of 2014 lists. I also have The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan to read for our Mystery Book Club at the library, and my own copy of Me Before You, another one I had hoped to read in 2014. Etc. etc.

Eh? What’s that? Resolutions?

I failed miserably at my TBR Pile Challenge with Roof Beam Reader again this year, and while I’m enjoying reading everyone else’s resolutions, I don’t think I’ll sign on for challenges or make any reading resolutions this year. Just keeping my head above water with work, reviews, and blogging will be challenging enough!

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New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge Sign-Up

Want to sit around and read books and feel like you’re sticking to your New Year’s resolutions at the same time? Try this reading challenge from Joy Weese Moll:

New Year's Resolution Reading Challenge 2014What do you want to accomplish in the New Year? Will reading a book help you reach your goal, keep your resolution, or complete your project? The New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge starts now and goes through the end of January. Start the year off right by reading books that support your goals, resolutions, and projects.

Whether you want to write a novel, start a new career, or be happier, there are books to aid you in your quest. The New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge is to read one to four books that will stimulate action on your goals. Here are the levels:

Resolved: 1 book
Determined: 2 books
Committed: 3 books
Passionate: 4 books

The books can all support the same resolution — you could read four books on getting organized, for example. Or, read four books to help with four different projects — one book on moving to a foreign country, one book on health and fitness, one book on small business, and one book on knitting (on your way to becoming a healthy expat entrepreneur with great scarves).

I’m reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin already as part of a read-along with Joy Weese Moll. Since she said that could count towards her New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge, how can I resist trying to add Getting Things Done by David Allen this month and going for the Determined level?

Both of these books are to help me use my time more wisely and balance my hobbies, habits, have-to-dos, and hope-to-dos better. I own both books, also, so reading them and using them will make me feel less guilty about buying them.

It’s not to late to join in! Sign up at Joy’s blog here.

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