The Start of a New Year

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I can’t believe we’re almost coming to the end of this year! I know it sounds clichéd, but it really does seem like only yesterday that I was writing the same kind of post last year. I don’t want you to bombard you guys with stats, since you’ve probably been getting a ton of these posts coming into your inbox, but ‘ve noted down a few achievments for the past year and stuff I’m excited about for the future.

Looking Back at 2014

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    • This year, I rekindled my love of words.. The library came into excellent stock, and I came across excellent books. This was the year I discovered Rainbow Rowell, The Mortal Instruments, The Grisha…the list goes on.
    • Not only did I fall back in love with reading – I also fell back in love with writing. I wrote and read stories far more frequently, and I even started a project during NaNoWriMo. My love of poetry was rekindled by the wonderful Topaz Winters (no, I’m not going to stop mentioning this!) and from there I’ve been bewitched by other beautiful poems. I’ve written a few of my own, too!
    • I read my first comic…ever? After much bugging. I was finally convinced by my friend to read the webcomic Nimona, and I am SO GLAD I DID. I binge-read all the available pages on a Wednesday afternoon and then had to suffer the next few months on just two pages a week. TORTURE. Anyway, I’m feeling a bit bereft now that it has ended, so if you guys have any recommendations then those would be great to hear.
    • I’m the same height as my mum. FINALLY. I don’t think I’m going to be a tall person exactly, but my one goal is to be taller than my mum. And we’re the same height!
    • I discovered the fandom. It’s a really fun community, but sometimes it bugs me that people tend to forget the flaws in books/movies.

Looking Ahead to 2015

    • I want to learn how the American school system works. It is just SO DARN CONFUSING. Even after reading all these books about kids in high school (?) I still do not understand which age corresponds with which year. (And honors classes?? What are they?)
    • I want to do a Goodreads reading challenge. I only just got my GR account, but I’m going to start at 60 books for 2015 and see how I go.
    • I want to finish a writing project. Preferably the one I started during NaNo, but you never know! I don’t want to block myself in 😛 To be honest, I just want to keep writing – as long as I keep practicing and improving and enjoying, I don’t want to stop
    • I want to watch some of the older episodes of Doctor Who on Netflix. I came onto the bandwagon way too late, and now I’m suffering.

And of course, there’s a whole load of books and movies like:

    • Nimona! In paperback!
    • Frozen Hearts, by the aforementioned blogger and teen writer Topaz Winters
    • ACOTAR and Throne of Glass #4
    • Fairest and Winter
    • CARRY ON SIMON GUYS IT’S HAPPENING OH MY GOSH
    • Insurgent, Mockingjay Part II, Big Hero Six, The Scorch Trials
    • News of Paper Towns and Eleanor & Park movies?

And, finally, I want to keep blogging and I want to keep happy. 🙂

Happy New Year! How was 2014 for you? Do you have any goals for the coming year?

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19 thoughts on “The Start of a New Year

  1. Oh my gosh YES I’m so excited for Carry On Simon! While I was reading Fangirl, I remember really, really wanting to read one or two of her fanfics. I haven’t read Eleanor and Park yet, but I’d like to sometime soon.

    As for webcomic recommendations, Ava’s Demon is really good. It’s been on a bit of a hiatus lately because of problems with the website, but it’s back now.

    • Yes, I can’t believe Carry On is becoming a thing! I really enjoyed Eleanor & Park – I go between it and Fangirl for my favourite Rainbow Rowell book.

      Oooh, thank you for the recommendation. I’ll go and check it out now!

  2. Okay, in response to your thing on American school systems: Grades Kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, and fifth are all Elementary School (so basically, ages 5-about 12). Grades sixth, seventh, and eighth are all Middle School (so 12-about 13/14) and grades ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth- more commonly referred to as freshman year, sophomore year, junior year, and senior year- is High School (so ages 14-18). Don’t worry I have trouble with ages and years too, and I live in America! 🙂 Honors classes, I think (not in high school so really, no clue) are like advanced classes? Not really sure.
    CARRY ON SIMON YES SO EXCITED

  3. I actually managed to be as tall as my mum a couple years ago, but I have yet to grow beyond that :S Yay for mutual friend Topaz! I’m also going to try a Goodreads reading challenge this year for the first time, so *high-fives* Happy New Year!

    • *returns high five* Happy New Year to you as well!
      I don’t think I’m going to be a particularly tall person, because of small hands & feet and such, so my one goal was to be taller than my mum.
      I hope that I can manage to keep track of the books I’ve read on GR, hehehe!

  4. YES. I’M AS TALL AS MY MUM TOO. Such happiness I feel from these *ahem* little important things.

    Paper towns! Mockingjay! Carry On! Fairest and Winter! We have a lot of mutual things to look forward to 🙂

    I joined GR too, so let’s see how these challenge works out. Happy New Year ❤ ❤

    • I KNOW IT’S SO EXCITING RIGHT?

      😄 So much is happening in 2015, squee! I’ve probably left a ton of things of that list, though, because my memory is somewhat selective.

      I have such trouble keeping up with GR, because I read books quite fast during the holidays. Like, I don’t want to go on GR after I read right before bed, and by breakfast the next day I’m finished. 😑 I shouldn’t complain, though… HAOPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AS WELL!

      • I read so many books, and don’t write nearly enough reviews. Sometimes, I have to force myself to actually write a paragraph. Othertimes, I end up writing flaily essay-long reviews.

        It’s hard keeping up with GR, I can say that much xD

  5. OMG yeeessss about the paper towns and Eleanor & Park movies! You have made my evening with that news and by the way I love your blog therefore have nominated it for an award. Check out my last post for details 🙂

  6. I have no idea how that American school system works either. XD It’s completely different in Australia, plus I actually homeschooled so pfft. I’ve given up on ever writing a book that depends heavily on school. I will just fail. heh.
    These are quite good resolutions! And YAY for falling back in love with writing! For me, I had to do that a few years back. Maybe 2 years ago now? But seriously, I nearly quit. 0.0 Now I’ve changed how I approach writing completely and I absolutely love it again. :)))
    *whispers* I love stats and achievement posts! I think it’s AWESOME when people post them!
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

    • I don’t really understand what happens with all the nicknames – it’s like, numbers are too easy to remember, so let’s just give school years a whole load of different names! But thanks to another comment, I do actually have a vague knowledge now.

      It’s so great being a part of writing and being able to talk to other writers! I’m glad that you’re enjoying it too, hehe.😄

      And the WordPress round-up is just…so…preettyy… [GOLLUM MODE ACTIVATE]
      It’s a pleasure to read your blog, thanks for stopping by on mine!

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