Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Resolutions

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted byΒ That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Bookish Resolutions.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the best when it comes to setting and keeping resolutions, similarly to setting a TBR list I’m just not good with long-reaching goals, so chances are most of these resolutions will be broken before January comes to an end. Still part of the fun of the new year is setting goals and seeing how long they stick. Maybe this year I’ll manage to make them last until December 2018.


Top Ten Tuesday

This year I will…

…Meet or exceed my Goodreads Reading Challenge Goal

This one is a little risky because I’ve possibly set it higher than I can meet. For the past two years I’ve set my goal for 100 books and read around 110, but this year I’ve set it to 125. Still one year I managed to read over 200 books so I know I have the potential reach and exceed my goal.


…Take part in a Readathon

I’ve never done one before, simply because I’m a mood reader and Readathons always have set books or topics to work your way through, and I feel like that would end up working against me. I’d like to try one though, and hopefully if I start off small I’ll be able to complete one as well.


…Cross more books off my Mid Year To-Read Goal

Back at the end of July last year I set myself a to-read goal to get through as many of the books gathering dust on my bookshelves that I hadn’t read as I could. It’s safe to say I failed since I didn’t cross more than a quarter of them off the list, so now it’s become my 2018 To-Read Goal.

Fantasy (1)


…Start learning a new language again

I’ve been wanting to learn another language for a while now and a couple of years ago I actually started learning Italian, but I didn’t get far before I gave up. I’m not too sure why, though it’s likely because I started blogging and that took up all my time.


…Take part in NaNoWriMo and write over 50K words

This is another one that may be a little risky because me and my sister are planning a holiday for the end of November this year. However I managed it last year and I already have a WIP in mind for this year so I’m trying to get as much planning as I can done in the run up to November.


…Get more re-reading done

There are so many books I own, that I loved, but that I’ve only read once, and as much as I love picking up books I’ve yet to discover I want to try and re-read some of my old favourites; the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy is high on my list.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series


…Finish the second draft of my WIP

Right now I am deep in the re-planning and re-researching stages for the WIP I wrote during last year’s NaNo, because that one month of manic writing showed where there were a lot of gaps that needed filling, but from March/April onwards I’m hoping to start working on draft two.


…Take part in Camp NaNoWriMo

Because why not? I’ve never taken part before, and I can’t say I’m 100% sure on how Camp NaNo differs from regular NaNo in November (if you know please let me know), but either way it’s an opportunity to set a mini goal for my current WIP and hopefully meet it.


…Make time for my hobbies outside of reading/blogging

Blogging takes so much time, no one will deny that, and over the two and a bit years I’ve been blogging my other hobbies have fallen in the wayside. I love baking, but it’s been ages since I’ve actually baked anything so this year I want to make more time for my life outside of my blog.

smores-cupcakes


…Keep blogging and reach my three year blogiversary

This is one that’s on my resolutions list every year without fail, and of all the resolutions I’ve made for 2018 it’s the only one I am confident I can keep. I have no plans to stop blogging anytime soon but just in case, at the very least, I want to reach my three year blogiversary in November.


So what do you think? Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, if so let me know what some of your bookish resolutions are or what your personal resolutions for 2018 are.

81 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Resolutions

  1. Good luck with all your goals this year! It’s cool that want to learn a new language. πŸ™‚ I really want to be bilingual as well, but I’ve forgotten allll the tiny, miniscule bit of knowledge I had in both Spanish and French. It’s intimidating to start all over again. I used Duolingo off and on again whenever I get the inspiration though haha

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    1. Thanks so much! πŸ™‚ It certainly seems like a lot of people out there are trying to learn a language (I never really knew how many until I posted this!) but yeah I found it a little intimidating to start all over again this time around. Duolingo is what I’m using to learn Italian, it’s not going too well at the moment but I’ll admit I’m not really inspired at the moment you know? πŸ™‚

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  2. These are some great resolutions! I am the moodiest of mood readers as well, which is why I have also never taken part in a readathon. Maybe I should bite the bullet and join in?
    I also set my Goodreads Goal to a little higher than I would do normally, but I am having a terrible start to the year reading wise and I am already behind! I’m hoping that that will change some time soon XD
    I also LOVE baking! I bake all the cakes for all the birthdays in the family, so I am in the kitchen a lot, but it’s definitely fun to just put some music on and just bake something in the kitchen! πŸ™‚

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    1. Ha, moodiest of mood readers is a good way to describe my reading habits as well! πŸ˜€ But I figured why not, if it’s a massive failure then I’ll know for the future and I can still say I tried.
      At the moment I’m on track with my Goodreads goal so I’m feeling positive for the rest of the year, but who knows we have only just finished January haven’t we?
      Baking is something I am definitely going to get on this month (didn’t have time in January for a variety of reasons) but definitely a lot of fun so I can’t wait to get back into it again! πŸ˜€

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      1. It’s definitely a fun way to change things up and it’ll be interesting to see if it works for you. I’ve tried it a couple of times in the past, but I never stick to what I said I was going to read soooo… πŸ˜‚
        Just make sure there are enough people around to eat everything you bake πŸ˜‚

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  3. Hi Beth!! Love these goals ❀
    I participated in Camp Nano last year- Basically it is like Nanowrimo except that you can set your own word count goals. I set my word count goal at 50K anyway so it ended up being pretty much the same experience as Nanowrimo haha πŸ™‚ They also sort you into cabins where you can meet other writers who are also undergoing the challenge. Best of luck on revising your novel. Hope that is going well πŸ™‚
    That is awesome that you will be learning a new language! I love how expressive the Italian language sounds, however, I can only name some restaurant dishes haha :') My goal is to brush up on my Mandarin (which is worse than my English at this point lol!)
    Those cupcake pictures made me hungry haha πŸ™‚ Let me know how your baking goes and if you come across any good recipes! I love baking too!

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    1. Thanks so much Sophie! πŸ˜€ ❀
      Oh so it's almost like NaNoWriMo but just in a different month. Sounds interesting and I can use it to get me motivated to write more of my WIP because I think in the months when it's on I'll actually be on the writing stage if I stick to my planning schedule. It sounds like fun so I'd love to try it and thanks again. It's going all right so far but I'm currently still just planning, it could be another story all together when I come to try writing it again.
      Ohh, Mandarin would be amazing to learn, I think one of my friends can speak that and it's actually because of her that I want to learn another language.
      I definitely will, I haven't managed to bake anything this month but next month for sure I will be doing something! πŸ˜€ ❀

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      1. That’s exactly what happened to my novel between drafts – it turned into a whole new novel all together haha! I suppose that is a good thing, because your story will become better, right? πŸ™‚ Good luck with your planning and I really hope to be able to read your novel one day!
        Mandarin is an amazing language, however it is tricky to learn haha πŸ™‚ In general it is a lot of work to learn a new language so best of luck to both of us πŸ™‚
        Happy baking ❀ Looking forward to hearing about your baked treats!!

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      2. I do think the changes I’m making will make my WIP even better. It will be interesting to go back to the very beginning and see just how much it’s changed though. Thanks Sophie and yes one day if it is ready to read I will let you know as well. πŸ™‚
        Thanks so much, I feel like we’ll need all the luck we can get; both of us for learning a language and me for getting started on baking again! πŸ˜€ ❀️

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      3. Haha yes I am curious (and also nervous) about rereading the first few drafts of my novel because of how different they probably were πŸ™‚ Do let me know when you finish your novel and would like a second pair of eyes on it ❀ All the best on your research/planning!

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      4. Honestly the more I’m planning this draft the more I’m dreading going back and reading my NaNo draft because it does feel like a completely different story now (so many more characters have been added).
        Thanks so so much Sophie, I’ll definitely keep that in mind. πŸ™‚ ❀

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      5. I think you don’t have to go back and read your first draft if you don’t want to, unless there are certain parts that you liked and want to keep. You can just start fresh πŸ™‚
        Also what I find is that when I reread an old draft – sometimes it is better than you think!

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      6. In my experience, there are scenes that I forgot that I wrote which I ended up really loving, scenes that weren’t as impactful as I remembered them to be, and scenes that I still liked the second time around πŸ™‚ Hope that you will enjoy this part of the process!

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  4. Wonderful list, Beth. I love the one about learning a new language. Italian is definitely a nice pick. I’d totally want to learn more languages too. It’s just so cool to be able to understand and speak multiple languages. People get shocked pretty quickly too. Their faces are priceless! πŸ˜› Also love the one about doing more hobbies besides blogging and reading. Hope you’ll be able to maintain all these resolutions throughout 2018. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thanks so much Lashaan! πŸ˜€ Learning a new language has been on my list for so long, it’s definitely been a resolution of mine before I can say that for sure. And honestly it had to be Italian just because I love the country so much that I’d love to be able to speak the language as well. Ha, yeah I can imagine people’s faces are priceless! πŸ˜€
      Thanks Lashaan, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that’s for sure. πŸ™‚

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  5. Good luck with your goals!! I definitely think you can reach your GR target- and it’s worth challenging yourself a bit πŸ˜€ Ah I hear you about learning a language! Good luck! And it’s awesome you want to do Nano πŸ˜€ And I like that you’ve put make time for other goals- including baking πŸ™‚ And I’m sure you can get to your three year bloggiversary πŸ˜€

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    1. Thanks so much. πŸ˜€ Yeah I’m keeping my fingers crossed for my Goodreads Goal, but I’m determined and I think that will help in the long run to achieve it. πŸ™‚ NaNo is a priority of mine at the moment, and yeah now I’ve been blogging for so long I want to be able to make time for other things as well as blogging. πŸ™‚
      Thanks again. πŸ™‚ ❀

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  6. Your three year blogiversary is coming up in November? I know it might be a little bit early for that… but wow, early-congrats! πŸ˜† I’ve found that, with blogging, I’ve definitely had less time to do my other hobbies… but I love writing and blogging so much that I haven’t minded that at all πŸ˜‹ You should definitely pick up learning a language again! I’m currently learning Mandarin, Cantonese, and Japanese, and it is so satisfying whenever I overhear a conversation in one of those three languages and understand what those people are talking about 😊 It also makes traveling much more fun, in my opinion, if you can speak the language (or at least make basic conversation) with the locals in the country you travel to. Good luck with your resolutions!

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    1. Yep, three years blogging this year which already feels like a major achievement for me. Also thanks in advance Zoie. πŸ˜€ Less time but yeah I feel the same way. I’ve enjoyed blogging so much I haven’t really minded as much but I’d like to get back into some of my old hobbies again now I’ve been blogging for so long and have a semi-routine for it all.
      I’m currently trying my hand at Italian again, I’m using Duolingo so I’ve gone back to the beginning of the course and seeing how it goes. πŸ˜€ That does sound satisfying, here’s hoping one day I’ll make it that far with Italian as well then. πŸ™‚
      Thanks so much Zoie! πŸ˜€ ❀

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      1. Duolingo is such a great app for getting into learning a language again, especially since you only need to spend five to ten minutes a day on that app to relearn vocab words. 😊 The app allows no excuses even on the busiest of days! πŸ˜† Have fun with learning Italian!

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  7. These are great resolutions! I only recently came across the term ‘mood reader’ but it’s definitely me — even if it makes me think I should be able to feel other people’s emotions, haha. But I’m terrible at setting TBRs or making decisions about books in advance. I just read what I feel like reading, so I find a lot of book blog memes kind of challenging to participate in as a result. They all want me to plan things and I’m just chronically disorganised.

    What language are you thinking of learning? I’m working through the Irish course on Duolingo at the moment — I made a promise that I would actually try and stick with it this time, having previously attempted it and not got very far.

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    1. Thanks so much. πŸ™‚ Oh I’m not sure where I discovered the word mood reader but I almost feel like I’ve always known it and known it applied to me you know? Yeah that’s what I’m like as well, if I read what I want to read when I want to read it I’m more likely to not fall into a reading slump which is something I always want to avoid.
      I’m currently learning Italian, and yeah I’m using Duolingo as well. It’s a great app and seems to be working well for me so I’ll wish you a lot of luck with learning Irish too. πŸ˜€

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      1. Nice! I did a GCSE in Italian but all I remember how to say is “Sono il solo investigatore consulenza nel mondo” — which, bad grammar permitting, means “I am the only consulting detective in the world”, and is thus not that useful a phrase…

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  8. These are great resolutions, Beth – and wow, you are able to read so many books a year despite working full time. You’re incredible. I hope you will meet your goodreads goal and even surpass it πŸ™‚
    Those cupcakes are making me so hungry ahah. It is hard to make some space for other hobbies and passions when blogging is so time-consuming, but also important. I hope you’ll manage to do that! πŸ™‚
    Best of luck for all of these resolutions πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks so much Marie! πŸ˜€ Yeah I’m keeping my fingers crossed I’ll be able to meet my GR goal this year. I’m ahead at the moment but I am reading a very long book currently so I may fall behind a little sooner rather than later. πŸ™‚
      Ha yeah I get what you mean. I’ve come up with a schedule to manage blogging and writing, I just need to work out how to fit my other hobbies in somewhere as well. I’ll get it done at some point but probably not this month that’s for sure.
      Thanks again! πŸ™‚ ❀

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  9. Love your goals! I’m trying to do more readathons this year and will be starting my first of the year on the 20th. We’ll see how it goes ❀
    For me this year I really want to work on my photography for both blogging and Instagram, it's something I enjoyed many moons ago but never really took it in this direction before so it'll be fun to learn. I also want to do more buddy reading.

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    1. Thanks so much, and oh that’s great to hear. Good luck with the one you’ll be starting on the 20th, I hope you do well with it. πŸ™‚
      That’s a great goal to have for this year as well. I feel like I see so many amazing bookstagram pictures on WordPress that I’m always inspired, but I tried it last year and it didn’t work out for me. I really hope you manage to achieve all your 2018 goals Kayla. πŸ™‚ ❀

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  10. I’ve stayed away from readathons bc I’m a mood reader as well and now I’m kind of regretting it, as it’s just that much harder to make time with my life the way it is currently. It does still sound like a wonderful thing to do though (and fun as well, given all the chats on Twitter!) so I hope you get the chance to do one this year. ❀

    I also tried to learn Italian I think two years ago but didn't get anywhere far, haha. I think I can say some words in the language but not much else. What resources are you using/will you be using?

    And I feel you re: reading/book blogging taking up so much time. Being on hiatus for aaages has kind of made so much time for me that I (almost) don't know what to do with myself, so I've busied myself with other projects/work instead. I'm planning to get back into it, but I don't think I'll spend as much time here as I used to. Good luck with making time for baking, and I can't wait to hear about all your baked goods. πŸ˜›

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    1. I really hope so too. You’re right they do look like a lot of fun and I guess book blogging is one thing new I started (granted a while ago now) that I love so I’m hoping Readathons will be the same despite my mood reading tendencies. I get the whole it being trouble finding time thing though. I’m sometimes kind of amazed that I manage to balance reading and blogging along with everything else going on in my life.
      At the moment I’m using Duolingo, once I’ve reached the end of the course I’ll have to think of my next steps but it’s going well so far I think. πŸ™‚
      That sounds good, and I guess it must have been nice to get back into some other projects/start some other projects. I’m trying to come up with a proper schedule for my time, I have blogging and writing balance it’s just fitting other things in at the moment. πŸ™‚
      Thanks so much Reg, hopefully soon there’ll be news regarding me getting back into baking, and I hope you have a good year as well! πŸ™‚ Do you have any resolutions for 2018? ❀

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  11. I also want to reread more of my old favorites this year. It’s such a comfort to go back to them, and yet I rarely do so because I keep being distracted by new books being added to my TBR pile.

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    1. It really is, and I’ve been surprised by some of the things I’ve forgotten when I have gotten around to some of my old favourites. It’s almost like reading them for the first time all over again! πŸ˜€ Ha, yeah new books do tend to draw my eye more often than not as well. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks so much Dani. πŸ™‚ Yeah I’ve got back into it and I’m determined not to fall back out of it. At the moment I’m finding the planning the hardest, I seem to be stuck on naming my characters at the moment but I’m slowly making progress so that’s something! πŸ˜€
      Oh good luck with Korean, and yeah definitely need to get back into baking again soon. πŸ™‚

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  12. Lol you’re so on top of your writing compared to me. I just had one resolution that was to make an outline of something.
    Also, I’ve gotten on a language learning kick, and I think it’s super fun. I use duolingo, and if you practice every day, it really helps. Je parle un petit de frances! That probably wasn’t right, but you get the idea. Great post!

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    1. Ha, yeah I recently rediscovered my love of writing so I want to try and fit as much of it in this year as I can so I don’t lose my inspiration again. πŸ˜€ Good luck with your outline.
      Yeah I’m using Duolingo as well. I’ve gone back to the beginning of the course to try and refresh my knowledge and I’m trying to do a little bit everyday because you’re right I think that really does help. πŸ™‚
      Thanks so much Bella! πŸ˜€

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  13. I love your resolutions…even I want to participate in a readathon as I have never taken part before. Also, I want to re-read a few books this year. I hope you fulfill these resolutions. All the best!β˜ΊοΈπŸ‘

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    1. Thanks so much, yeah Readathons sound like so much fun don’t they? Here’s hoping one day we’ll both actually get to take part in one, and here’s hoping we find the time to re-read old favourites as well. Thanks again! πŸ˜€

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  14. These are some really good goals Beth! Baking more is on mine too! So far all I’ve baked is brownies this year, but I plan to do more! Learning a language sounds fun! I hope you get better with your Italian… that is, if that’s the language you’re planning to learn. I’ve been learning French, ah well I should say my whole life, buuuut I’ve been trying to get serious with it for the last year since I have to read it every day at work πŸ˜› Do you use Duolingo?

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    1. Thanks so much Meghan. πŸ™‚ Here’s hoping we both manage to get more baking done this year then, you’re already a step ahead of me if you’ve made brownies this year. πŸ˜€ Thanks again, and yeah Italian is the language I’m learning, or trying to at least. I use Duolingo yeah so I’ve gone back to the beginning of the course to refresh the knowledge I’ve likely forgotten already. Do you use Duolingo for French, or another language? πŸ™‚

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      1. You’re welcome! And technically… technically I baked them Dec. 31 of last year, so it doesn’t really count! πŸ˜› But I think I might bake cookies this weekend!
        Yes I use Duolingo for French, I’m very determined to finish all the lessons… I think I have 30 lessons left (or whatever you want to call the little circles haha!) I hope it works for you. I feel like it was really easy to use, but since I already have a base in French I found it easier… plus I found that they didn’t really go into how to conjugate a verb; I feel like if I didn’t already know how to do that I’d be lost. I hope the Italian language is easy to grasp! πŸ˜€

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      2. Well, I guess December 31st is close enough to the new year to kind of count (again you’d still have me beat because the last thing I made was a cheesecake on Christmas Eve)! πŸ˜€ Cookies sound good though, do you know what recipe you’ll be trying out yet?
        I call them lessons, and wow thirty doesn’t seem that many (I’m not sure how many I have left but it’s more than 30 I know that for sure!) I think for me Duolingo is a good place to start, but I’ve always been aware it is a start you know, I don’t think you can learn a whole language properly just using Duolingo (though I could be wrong, I can’t say I’ve got too far with Italian yet). πŸ˜€

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      3. Haha, no I don’t. I don’t think cookies are in the works this weekend. Life is getting in the way, and then I’m going on vacation the following week: I think it’ll have to wait until February!

        I’ve been using Duolingo since last May so I’m almost a year in. I agree I don’t think you can learn a whole language using the app. It has taught me how to string French sentences along though. I always want to translate straight from English but I now understand it doesn’t work that way. So my comprehension is 90% better, but I still can’t speak it.

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      4. Oh that’s a shame, but I get what you mean. I’m on vacation next week as well and I won’t have time to bake anything before I go. πŸ™‚
        I think Duolingo is a good starting point, like you said gives you an idea of how to string sentences along, but you need something else on top of it. It’s just finding out what that something else is. πŸ™‚

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      5. Oh well, February is brand new month, plus I have a three day weekend that month, that should mean some baking!
        Want to hear something funny: I went to the library this morning to pick up Six of Crows… the cover looked a little different and there was a French title underneath (I thought it was kinda cool) turns out I asked for the FRENCH version HA! Can you believe that! There was no way I was going to be able to comprehend and enjoy it!
        But yes, definitely a starting point! πŸ™‚

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      6. That’s plenty of time for baking yes. Hopefully I’ll be able to find some time as well. πŸ˜€
        Oh that is funny, but I guess if you’re trying to learn French there’s no better way than ordering a book in French to read! Here’s hoping you manage to get your hands on the English version soon though. πŸ™‚

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  15. I love your resolutions! I know what you mean when you say you’re a mood reader, I’m the same way. I like readathons, but I never really do the challenges. I just like hanging out with other bookish people on social media that also do the readathon, do reading sprints and just read as much as possible!

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    1. Thanks so much! πŸ™‚ Yeah on one hand being a mood reader can be great but on another it makes it hard to stick to TBR lists and Readathons where the books are set. Still I want to try, if only to say I managed it you know? They sound a lot of fun, and it’s be nice to speak to more people who are taking part in Readathons to get that buzz as well. πŸ™‚

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  16. mmmm baking is so wonderful ❀ Also, languages used to be so important to me, they are so beautiful! I need to put forth effort again and refresh my Spanish, and work on French.

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    1. Thanks so much Kristin. πŸ™‚ I picked Italian because it’s one of my favourite countries so I thought ‘why not’? I haven’t got very far but yeah I have the Duolingo app as well and that’s been working pretty well so far. πŸ™‚
      Thanks so much, and if you like I’ll see if I can find the recipe and send it over to you, or post it on here when I start baking again. πŸ˜€

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  17. I love how many writing related goals you have! I’m pushing myself to write and draft better as well. πŸ™‚ And those CUPCAKES.

    Please send some. ❀ They look amazing.

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    1. Honestly I wasn’t sure where to start, I still don’t think I am. I downloaded the Duolingo app which I think works quite well. Once I’ve got through the course on that I’ll probably have to research my next steps or something.
      Thanks so much, baking is something I love so I definitely need to get back into it! πŸ˜€

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