Monthly Archives: March 2017

January + February Books

March 2, 2017

I read a total of 17 books in January and February! I can’t really believe it, but making the commitment to read for at least 30 minutes every day has really paid off. I’ve also been taking advantage of Audible and the free audiobooks from the library – that helped me read a lot of books.

January – 7 books

  • Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson (audiobook)
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (audiobook)
  • Euphoria by Lily King (audiobook)
  • The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester (audiobook)
  • Modern Lovers by Emma Straub (audiobook)
  • The Royal We by Heather Cocks (ebook)
  • All the Time in the World (audiobook)

February – 10 books

  • The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (ebook)
  • Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
  • 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (audiobook)
  • Siracusa by Delia Ephron
  • These Are the Moments by Jenny Bravo
  • Girls in the Moon by Janet McNally
  • Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave (audiobook)

As you can see, I was heavy on the audiobooks in January and heavy on the paper books in February. Part of this is that I spent most of January trying to read The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. It’s a 850 page book and I made it halfway through before deciding to set it aside for a while and read some other paper books. I’m absolutely planning on getting back to it (probably in March) but considering I spent half the time I was reading it staring at my accumulating book pile and feeling bad for it, I made the right decision.

Standouts from this list include Modern Lovers, Brooklyn, Dark Matter, and The Handmaid’s Tale. Next month I’ll be better about doing proper reviews, but this will have to do for now!

12 Week Goals: Q1

March 1, 2017

(It’s a bit late for this post now that we’re two months in, but I figure better late than never!)

My friend Rachel was the first to tell me about the idea of a 12 week year. Basically, you approach each 12 week segment as its own “year” and set goals for that time period. I thought about what I wanted to do for the whole year, and then I broke down these goals into ones that are possible to complete in 12 weeks. When the twelve weeks are up on March 25, I’ll take a few days to come up with goals for the next 12 weeks, and then I’ll start again!

So without further ado, here are my goals that I made at the beginning of January:

  • Read 18 books
  • Complete Whole 30
  • Train for + complete a half marathon
  • Lose 15 pounds
  • Go through bank statements to cancel unnecessary subscriptions
  • Create a sustainable budget + spending system
  • Outline entire novel
  • Write 30 blog posts
  • Complete BBG
  • Get two articles published online
  • Stay up to date on 2017 Project Life
  • Declutter and organize craft supplies
  • Clean out closet + donate clothes
  • Clean ten boxes from the attic

I’ll update you on how things are going at the end of March!