I've got all the books. I know that the way to success is setting goals, planning your work, working your plan. Napoleon Hill, Dale Carnegie, Francis Martin, Zig Zeigler - I've read them all.
But this isn't that kind of goal.
In fact, less & less of my life is set up with that kind of goal. I understand the value &, if inspiration strikes, I will fall back on those techniques. But for 2017, I'm setting some goals that are less about achieving & more about being.
Stop doing shit I don't want to do.
Believe that "I don't want to" is a completely valid reason. Maybe not the most important reason, but still a valid point to consider!
Keep reading the things I love & stretch to add a little more non-fiction, poetry, & the classics.
Remember the things I enjoy. Sewing, puzzles, cooking, hitting things with sticks - those are all things that I want to do more - I just have to remember to DO THEM.
I think that's it. Yeah - I wanna be healthier, be more accountable, clear out clutter. Floss more. There's always that list. But my goals are about happiness, calm, family, & peace. Right now, as our world shifts around us, those things seem the most important.
Oh yeah - my reading goal. That's why I STARTED this post. I like to see how many books I've read in a year. A good way to keep a tally is the Goodread's goal. But because it's more about record keeping than about achieving a goal, I always dither about the number. If I set it too low, I end up changing it over and over. But heaven help me if I set it too high & feel like I'm somehow FAILING at reading? Last year I set it at 78. That's 1.5 books per week. I ended the year at 119, so that was definitely a safe number. So I wanna bump it up this year. I thought 8/month would be good. That's 2 per week, almost. But that is 96 and my favorite number is 97 so, duh, time to round UP.
5. Read 97 books this year. Or more. Or less. Whatever
You have goals for the year? Wanna hang out & work on a puzzle? Whattya gonna read this year? Can I borrow it when you're done? Oh - and no matter what - remember that I care about you. Things feel uncertain (at best) right now. We need to stick together. I see you. I'm here for you. Really. xo sash
How did I find the first book? NO IDEA! Goodreads or Amazon or Bookbub... I seem to add to my TBR list everywhere. So THANK YOU to the universe for this one:
Which is the fourth in a series, but it totally didn't matter. I was HOOKED on the story, the setting, & the characters. The lead is a strong woman - flawed but not ridiculous, with passion & problems & massive skills.
So I quickly devoured:
And this great little novella: They were ALL delightful. The audible versions are great fun. They are perfect cozy romps & I hope that Gretchen Archer is busy writing the next installment. I can hardly WAIT to see what's next!! xo sash
Don't be mislead by the title. This will NOT be a list of Halloween (Samhain) appropriate books. I don't do scary, creepy, spooky, or terror. Remember, if you can't imagine the book being translated to the screen by the Muppets, then it's probably too scary for me. I'm referencing the not-at-all-spooky Samantha Stevens - the main character from the Bewitched TV show. Ah.... what a great show. One of her many powers was the ability to twitch her nose & make time freeze. Completely stop! She (& whoever needed a quick talking to) would continue on while the rest of the world was on pause. Then, a finger snap from Sam, & everyone finished sipping their martinis & wagging their fingers at Darwin.
I've always wanted this power. Just think of it! In addition to meeting deadlines with ease, just think of the NAPS I could take! Chores wouldn't interfere with fun times because I could just hop into a time bubble, clean the bathroom, take a shower, have a cup of coffee & snap back into the time stream! And the books! My to-be-read list grows every day. I read a lot & pretty quickly, but I can acquire new books even faster. All those authors out there adding to the literary world - how can I possibly keep up? tinkle-inkle-ink - instant reading bubble. Such a heavenly daydream... But it is just a daydream. Aside from the obvious flaw in this plan - my inability to stop time or even, truth be told, wiggle my nose - there are other issues. As mentioned, I read a lot. Science fiction has covered this particular power many times. Whether by supernatural, mechanical, or quantum means, this power has popped up in The Twilight Zone, Arthur C. Clark anthologies, Star Trek, Harry Potter (sorta), From nuclear war to aging & insanity, this plan is always doomed. So I can't read all the books. Dang. But I can read a LOT of books. And knowing that I can't read them all might free me up to dive into the pile wherever and whenever I want. Which is convenient since, you know, that's already what I do. I should probably reset my Goodreads Goal for 2016 too. I blew past that & there are still 3 months to go. xo sash
A new book & new-to-me author that I'm excited to check out. Metro Diaries - 2 releases on September 1st. Here's what the press packet says:
Give life another chance. Laugh a little longer. Let go of your past. Hold onto what you love.
In short, LIVE rather than just exist!
Some told, some untold, some heard & some unheard - this collection of stories will make you look at life in a different light & make you ponder over its definition of it till now. And what reviewers are saying:
After touching your hearts with 'Metro Diaries - Love Classics' she is back now with stories that will redefine life for you!
The stories in Metro Diaries - Love Classics are free from any trappings of youthful slang and fashionable language stunts. These young adults are speaking to the readers with Namrata’s maturity shining through, and Namrata’s ideas of love. - Sakshi Nanda
The language is fairly pleasant to read and the elaborate discussions between characters in each story must have taken a lot of work – because the most difficult job of all authors is to bring out human emotions in proper words. Thankfully, Namrata has concentrated upon it very well! - Dhivya Balaji
About the Author: Namrata is A Lost Wanderer who loves travelling the length and breadth of the world. A published author in various anthologies and magazines she enjoys capturing the magic of life in her words. She is forever in pursuit of a new country and a new story. I'm planning to read a LOT this weekend, & this book will be at the top of the list. - sash