MONTHLY TBR: Emily’s December TBR and Goals

So after my less than stellar showing with my November TBR, I really want to try and make a difference here in December.  I have so many books I want to read, and honestly, what seems to happen each month is that I fall into this Kindle vortex and read all the ebooks and never come close to holding a physical book in my hands.  It’s seriously getting to be a serious issue, and one of the many reasons why I’ve cut down on my book buying the last few months.

Aside from cutting down on the buying of books, I also cancelled nearly all my book boxes.  I’m down to only Book of the Month, which I said I wasn’t going to keep, but then I saw the books for this month, and whispered to myself, “One more month can’t hurt…”  That being said, I was speaking with my friend April the other day and realized that I have 60 BOTM books on my shelves.  I’ve read TWO.  As she pointed out, I could read one a week for a year and still have some left over.  So for December, I included a few of those on my TBR.

I have a few ARCs to read for December as well, but those are all for this coming week and then I’m free to read whatever I’m in the mood for until the start of the new year.  So without further ado, here’s what I’m hoping to read this month.

December TBR

  1. Wrangler’s Rescue – BJ Daniels (ARC)
  2. Make You Mine – Tia Louise (ARC)
  3. Jock Rule – Sara Ney (ARC)
  4. Next in Line – Amy Daws (ARC)
  5. Hotshot Doc – RS Grey (ARC)
  6. The Kiss Quotient – Helen Hoang (BOTM)
  7. How to Walk Away – Katherine Center (BOTM)
  8. The Great Alone – Kristin Hannah (BOTM)
  9. The Chalk Man – CJ Tudor (BOTM)
  10. Nine Perfect Strangers – Liane Moriarty (BOTM)

Other than those ten books, I’m going to keep the rest of my month pretty open.  I think sometimes I put too much pressure on myself with the number of books I decide I’m going to read, and do not give myself enough room to shift things around.  There’s still a few more books that I’d love to get to, like a few I picked up at the library, and the Fallen Crest series that Charli has been raving about now for seriously ever.  With the holidays coming up, I don’t want to be stressed about books, so I’m going to keep it light and see how things turn out.

As for my goals, I did really well in November and met all of my goals except for the one regarding my TBR.  For December, I’m going to share with you my goals again because I think it’s a good motivator for me to get them out there in the public and hold myself more accountable.

December Goals

  1. Complete at least 75% of the books listed on my TBR.
  2. Stay on track with WW’s and finish out the year by reaching my first “larger” goal.
  3. Wrap gifts and get out Christmas cards by the end of the second week of the month.
  4. Continue to clean and purge basement so that it can be used during the holiday visits.
  5. Create a “me space” downstairs where I can take pictures and enjoy organizing my planners and journals.
  6. Spend as much time with family as possible and remember to be thankful to have them all in my life.

My biggest goal in December is definitely the basement.  I’ve already been working on this for about two weeks now, and I feel like I’ve just tipped the surface.  I’m probably further than I think I am, and once I get to the organizing part of the job, I’ll feel like I’ve actually made some progress.  We’ve made several trips to the Salvation Army already, with a few more in our future.  The most exciting plans I have for the downstairs area, is a space for me.  We live in a relatively small 3 bedroom ranch home.  The boys share a room, and my daughter has the small bedroom to herself.  I work from home so our bedroom serves as both a bedroom/library and an office.  I’ve utilized every possible space in the upstairs, and I need someplace that I can go to take pictures and spread out my bookstagram stuff.  Right now, I set up my soft box and get out my background and supplies every single time I need to take a picture, and then immediately put it back away.  It’s getting cumbersome, and exhausting and I want to solve that problem.  I know it won’t be perfect downstairs, and I’ll have a lot of work to do repainting furniture and bookshelves and such over the next few months, but if I can at least get a functioning area in place, I’ll be more than happy!

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