2018 Goals // Keep Up with my TBR, Work on my WIP, Self-Care (!!!) and tracking my Habits

Have you ever set yourself New Year’s Resolutions and abandonded them two weeks into the new year?

Yeah. I think we can all relate.

I planned to do a 2018 goals post at the very beginning of the year so I could easily go back to it and hold myself accountable for actually keeping up with them.

As you can probably tell, I already failed that task.

I planned to abandon this post altogether because it seemed pretty pointless to post it when we’re already two months into the year. However, it is NEVER too late to set yourself some goals for the year so here I am.

you may have seen Swetlana’s post from last week about her 2018 reading goals which PROVES that it’s not too late!

Let’s hope I’ll actually stick to these goals instead of abandoning them like I do every year.

Reading

  • read 20 books that have been on my TBR the longest (10 Goodreads/10 physical TBR)

BASICALLY… I’m a book hoarder and I buy a lot more books than I can read which means that some of the books I bought 3 years ago are still sitting on my shelves. Unread.

Some examples are:

   

Then there’s also allll the books on my Goodreads TBR shelf that I’ve accumulated ever since I first joined Goodreads in 2014.

My plan for this year is to read at least 10 books that are on the first page of my Goodreads Want-to-Read shelf (aka the ones I added in 2014).

Some of my options are:

   

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  • get one (1) physical ARC by requesting

So far I’ve only ever gotten ARCs via Netgalley or because I’m on publishers’ mailing lists (WHICH IS AMAZING AND I’M SO GRATEFUL THAT PEOPLE PUT THIS KIND OF TRUST IN ME).

What I would LOVE is to get an ARC by actually emailing a publisher and specifically ASKING for a certain book! It’s definitely harder as an international blogger but I’m keeping my fingers crossed???

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  • only buy books by marginalised/#ownvoices authors

I’ve been pretty good at managing my book purchases recently, but I want to control my physical TBR even further.

I want to make sure to not let the books pile up the way they have in the past year. I now own over 100 unread books and that needs to CHANGE.

Supporting marginalised and/or #ownvoices authors is something that I deeply care about and I’ve noticed that I bought more diverse books in the past year than non-diverse ones without realising.

However, I want to get EVEN better at this and only support marginalised authors because they deserve the same hype as established (white) authors!!!

(I’m making an exception to this rule if it’s a series continuation or a book by a non-marginalised author that I’m highly anticipating)

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  • read 3 non-fiction novels

This is most likely going to happen on audiobook because I tend to hate reading autobiographies or memoirs in physical form (they bore me).

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  • read 5 new series

I am SO BAD at committing myself to book series which is why I haven’t read some of the most hyped series out there *cough* ADSOM, The Raven Cycle, The Infernal Devices *cough*

I do own about 15 completed series and a couple of first and/or second books in a series and I realllly want to make an effort this year to read new series or finish some old onces that I’ve started!

I feel like 5 is a reasonable number to begin with and I’m sure I won’t actually finish all of the new series I want to read, but I want to get at least one or two books in!

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  • read the entire Percy Jackson series

Since my friend May loves this series so much, I decided to finally give it a go and see why everyone loves it so much??

I decided not to purchase these books because I’m not really into Middle Grade, but I’m listening to them on audiobook! I’m currently on the 2nd book and I’m pleasantly surprised at how much I’m enjoying these books!

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  • read all of Tahereh Mafi’s and Marie Lu’s books

Everyone knows that Tahereh Mafi is the superior YA author my favourite author of all time but I haven’t actually read Furthermore and Whichwood yet???

And Marie Lu is another one of my favs but her The Young Elites trilogy???? sorry, I haven’t read that one either (i don’t even know what it’s about tbh)

I invite y’all to shame me for this…

Writing

  • write 20k words for Camp NaNo

I have the entire February and March off and I want to devote that time to really get to know my WIP. I wanna know (almost) everything about my characters, the plot, the setting, the world… EVERYTHING.

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I want to have a general outline finished by April so I’ll be set for Camp NaNo.

It’s pretty easy for me to write 1k words a day so I am hoping I’ll be able to actually pull through this time and really focus on writing in April! I think 20k is pretty manageable and my fingers are already ITCHING to write.

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  • finish the first draft of my WIP (???)

I feel like with Camp NaNo and the actual NaNoWriMo I’ll be able to do this??? Maybe???? Fingers crossed??? Help me??????

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  • win NaNoWriMo

I participated in NaNo for the first time in 2017 and it went pretty terribly because I wasn’t prepared AT ALL and I quickly lost interest in my WIP.

It’s also a MESS.

me looking at my WIP

This is why I want to focus on actually writing an outline because I think it will help me be more organised when it comes to actually writing my WIP and KNOWING what to write.

For some reason I can’t just “let the characters take over and write their own story”. I need to have at least a faint idea of where I want the plot to go.

I want to either work on WIP #1 for NaNoWriMo or, if I happen to have #1 finished before that, my f/f contemporary.

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  • invest time in writing every day

I’m not sure how busy I’ll be with uni next term, but I wanna try to write 3-4 times a week or find certain days where I’ll have some free time that I can devote to writing.

I want to take this whole ~writer~ thing seriously!!!!!!

Blogging

  • worry less about the blog, it’s just a hobby!

WORD.

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  • reach 1000 followers

I was gaining a lot of followers when I first started my blog, but ever since I took a big hiatus (and a lot of smol hiatuses after that), I haven’t been very active in the community which is why my follower count didn’t go up.

I want to be more interactive again and actually comment on everyone’s posts and make conversation and MEET NEW PEOPLE.

I know followers aren’t important and they don’t really matter to me if I’m honest, but 1,000 followers is an INCREDIBLE accomplishment. It would give me at least a little validation that what I’m doing here isn’t pointless :’)

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  • write my reviews (on Goodreads)

I’m honestly the worst Goodreads user ever.

Whenever I finish a book, I write one sentence and say “RTC!!!!!!”. Sure, hun.

y’all @ me

I want to go through my old reviews and ACTUALLY write reviews for the books I’ve read (and can still remember what they were about).

I don’t post reviews on my blog unless they’re ARCs, but I definitely want to review more on Goodreads. I won’t write reviews for every. single. book I read because who needs that kind of pressure???

And knowing that I have to review a book after reading it makes the reading experience a lot less enjoyable for me….. This is why a lot of my all time favourite books don’t have reviews because I just.. can’t/don’t want to review them.

Anyway, NO MORE RTCs!!!

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  • get to 100% on Netgalley

I… recently went on a requesting spree on Netgalley and apparently the Gods decided to be kind with me because I got accepted for ALL OF THEM.

(I’m actually SO excited because all of them were 2018 releases that I was ACTUALLY anticipating/wanting to read soooo YAY!)

Now I have 10 books to read before I finally reach that precious 100% so wish me luck :’)

((also no more requesting sprees unless it’s books I actually want to read))

Life

I have a few goals that go together so I’ll be making seperate lil lists for them!

My main personal goal this year is to be more aware of my mental health, to realise when things are going downhill and to take care of myself when it’s needed.

That includes:

  • less social media, more real-life
  • take on new challenges & face my anxiety (if possible)
  • make mental health my priority

I want to make sure that I’m doing what’s best for ME. Not anyone else. I don’t want to pressure myself into doing anything, but I also want to be able to show my anxiety the middle finger and work through it?? If that makes sense??

Basically taking care of myself and my mental health is what’s most important to me this year.

2018 is supposed to be the year of self-love and bettering myself mentally and physically ❤

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  • DON’T LET THINGS PILE UP!!!

Oh jeez. This is becoming my new life motto.

This is something that I’ve struggled with these past few months. I got so careless with EVERYTHING. Uni work, studying, blogging, reading, my life… things have been rough.

an acurate representation of all the piled up things in my life

I tend to be someone who ignores all my responsibilities until last minute and instead of facing things as soon as they happen, I let them pile up and it ends up making me even less motivated to work through them.

In relation to that, these next smol goals are supposed to help me NOT to let things pile up:

  • do homework as soon as I get it (=same day)
  • catch up on the week’s uni load by the end of the week
  • start studying for exams A Lot earlier
  • always leave a comment on posts I’ve actually read
  • reply to comments before they pile up/as soon as I read them
  • do some blog-hopping every morning/evening

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These next few things are all things I keep track of in my monthly habit tracker.

I find that I actually TRY to achieve these things every day because I like the feeling of being able to cross these things off in my tracker! I could do better in the stretching/working out department tho :’)

Next to reading, writing and blogging, these are some of the other things I keep track of daily:

  • stretch every day
  • workout (my goal is 3-4 times a week)
  • no electronics by 10:30
  • play more piano
  • have a self-care day once a week

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I know that these are A Lot of goals, but I have them written down in like 3 different notebooks and I’ll try my best to achieve them.

Y’all better wish me luck (and yell at me if you catch me straying from them).

Also I just wanted to let you guys know that there won’t be a new post next Tuesday/Wednesday (I don’t even know what my own schedule is lmao).

I’m getting my wisdom teeth pulled next week and I’ll be pretty banged up for quite a while so I just want to spend the week recovering and bingeing loads of TV shows and read all the books! Hope y’all understand ❤

I might be back next Saturday depending on how I feel!


Have you set yourself New Year’s Resolutions this year? Or do you have any reading/writing/blogging/life goals that you want to achieve? Which books are your high-priority reads in 2018? Do you plan to participate in NaNoWriMo? Are you someone who say “RTC” a lot? :’) Let’s chat in the comments!

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54 thoughts on “2018 Goals // Keep Up with my TBR, Work on my WIP, Self-Care (!!!) and tracking my Habits

  1. ew wisdom teeth are you gonna take a video of yourself all high on whatever drug they give you

    DJSKFKKADH I’m so excited to learn more about your WIP like ??? this is my only goal in life, to learn about & read my friends’ novels. also there’s Camp NaNo in July too if that interests you or might help you finish a first draft???

    also yes I will hold you accountable to your self-care goals. I really need to just make a habit tracker again because then I actually do what I’m supposed to do to be taking care of myself. and yes!!! I need to stress less about blogging & do my HW right away (but lmao that’s not gonna happen)

    ARE YOU READING ALL OF RICK’S BOOKS OR JUST THE FIVE PJO ONES BC YOU SHOULD READ ALL OF THEM also don’t blame me if you like them bc I don’t like MG either bUT I READ THEM WHEN I WAS SMOL OKAY

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    1. no i won’t bc i won’t be high thank u very much

      omg i love u i wanna plan and write but i’m so demotivated why is writing so HARD. idk i’ll probably have exams in July so I won’t be able to participate!

      THANK YOU. just send me a message every week telling me to pamper myself and i will. AND SAME I LOVE MY HABIT TRACKER it helps me so much. lmaooo

      IDK I’M ONLY DOING PJO FOR NOW but also let me know what other ones there are bc i’m confused can’t keep up THERE’S TOO MANY. omg no don’t worry i actually love them??

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  2. Best of luck with your goals. I was nervous to actually request ARCs but I’ve tried it a couple times now and so far things are going well. I think you should have a good chance since you’re an international blogger; I hear the odds are better than US ones. I will vouch for you if needed too 🙂

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  3. It’s never too late to talk about your 2018 goals, well… except when we’re in 2019, haha.
    I hope you’ll get to read The Wrath and The Dawn and that you will love it, Jackie! I really enjoyed this series A WHOLE LOT ❤ And yay for requesting physical ARCs, I believe you can do this and will do awesomely, just as well. You are so great and have an amazing blog and write great reviews and deserve ALL THE THINGS. ❤
    Ughhhhhhh I'm so like you about Goodreads, I always write review to come, then forget to update it and everything else and I am just.so.bad. at Goodreads hahaha. Let's hope we can do better this year ❤
    YES self-care is so important and I have to agree with you on these resolutions, I really need to do the same myself, or try to, at least, haha 🙂
    BEst of luck for all of these x

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    1. hahaha trueee 😂 oh man I‘ve been meaning to read Wrath & Dawn for soooooo long but I‘m so happy to hear that you love it omg it makes me even more excited to read it!

      Omg Marie stooooop you‘re making me cry 😭😭💖💖 but thank you for being so kind and believing in me!!! I needed that pep talk XD

      omg i know right?? I love using Goodreads but i‘m so BAAAAAD at it! Fingers crossed :‘) and I completely agree! Thank you so much and I hope you get to do some self care too! ❤️

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  4. I would totally recommend reading The Book Thief, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I really loved each of those books!
    I think your plan for your WIP is really great, good luck!! I find I ALWAYS lose interest in my WIP if I work on it for too long…it’s so frustrating! And NaNoWriMo was a disaster for me too, I hope Camp NaNo will work out better for us!
    Good luck with your goals (and with getting your wisdom teeth out) ❤

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    1. Ahh that‘s so good to hear! I‘m currently reading To All The Boys I‘ve Loved Before and I‘m LOVING it!!! I‘m so excited to continue and see where the story will go ❤

      Oh thank you! And I‘m like that too! The beginning of a WIP is always so easy because it‘s a new project and you‘re excited to start working on it but it becomes extremely hard to find the motivation to continue to work on it 😭 Good luck for your next NaNo/Camp!

      Thank you soooo much Charlotte 💖

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  5. good luck!! OMG THE PERKS IS SO AMAZING. AND ALSO TATBILB!! and the book thief! PLS PLS READ THEM. i’m so sentimental about all those books now lolll

    haha goodreads,, i’m so bad at remembering to post reviews. it’s not even funny. rtc is basically on every review i post…😁 i’ve been getting better recently, but i don’t really post full length reviews much. i’m hoping to do my own nano this summer when i actually have free time! SO EXCITED I CAN’T WAIT. or i might join camp nano WHO KNOWS.

    that’s so great that you want to support marginalized authors! that’s such cool goal! i think i might join you on that one!

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    1. omg omg omg I‘m reading TATBILB right now and IT‘S SO CUUUUTE. I didn‘t know what to expect going into it but I LOVE IT SO FAR.

      oh my god mads (is it ok if i call you mads?) SAME. I‘m like the worst Goodreads user EVER which is why I‘m trying to get better this year but.. fingers crossed haha :‘)

      OH YAY GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR OWN NANO or Camp NaNo or whatever you decide! It‘d be so cool if we created a big Camp NaNo cabin with alllll the bloggers so we could motivate each other! ❤

      yeah I just think it’s incredibly important and I really want to focus on that! thank you so much!

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  6. I don’t set new year resolutions because I know I won’t stick to them but this year I have set one goal. I want to finish some of the backlisted series that’s been sitting on my TBR for a very long time like Winner’s trilogy,The Remnant Chronicles etc., It’s kinda hard with all these amazing upcoming new series.but I’ll try my best.

    Anyways, I hope you achieve all of your goals and good luck! 🙂

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    1. That‘s entirely relatable! Oh my god, that is also one of the things I want to achieve this year! I have way too many backlist titles on my TBR and I keep buying more and more instead of reading them! And I agree especially because there are SO MANY incredible releases this year, it‘ll be so tough 😂

      Thank you so much Raven! You too ❤

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  7. GOOD LUCK! GOOD LUCK! GOOD LUCK!
    These are some great goals you have Jackie! I’m so excited to see how far you get this year (which will probs be super far, because you’re that fabulous!) Reading my own shelves is one of my biggest goals this year since my Netgalley splurges have been too frequent! I really hope some publishers send you physical ARCs!!! And best of luck on your writing! I can’t wait to read your book one day 😉

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    1. THANK YOU RENDZ. Hahaha thank you for believing in me but we‘ll see how things go. I doubt I‘ll achieve all of these 😂

      Omg same I find that I read a lot more digital books/eARCs instead of my own shelves which is why my physical TBR continues to grow! Thank you so much, you‘re too sweet ❤️

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  8. These are some great goals. All The Light We Cannot See is an amazing book so is The Book Thief and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Taking a day out a week to focus on your mental health is a brilliant goal and I think I should try that as well.

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  9. I’m glad you wrote this post! I think, for new years resolutions to actually work, posts like this are super important. Even if it’s a couple weeks later or whatever, we’re still holding ourselves accountable and able to see our progress, which is super exciting! Best of luck with your goals! I think you’ll hot it out of the park with NaNo too 🙂 I’m like you, I need an outline to find my way, and once I do the writing is 100 times easier!

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  10. I am not good at keeping track of series myself and I haven’t read any of the popular series (Mortal instruments,Raven Cycle,Percy Jackson and so many) so I started with a goal to finish a series every month this year and I have been doing very good.Best of luck with your goals, Jackie ❤

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  11. Good luck with all of your goals! There are a lot, but they also seem super doable, so I’m sure you’ll have no problem with them! For the physical ARCs – look for the publishers that 1) have a division in your country, and 2) who you’ve reviewed books from already (be it Netgalley, or just ones you got yourself) and link them in your email. That’s what worked for me as an international reviewer.
    I love your writing goals also. You’re making me want to consider tackling some writing goals myself, though they didn’t make my resolution list this year.

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  12. So many, many are so very, very familiar, haha. I was on 97% on NG and now I’m like.. 73% or something. Stupid requesting sprees and no self-restraint did me in big time on that one.. Luckily they’re all spread out from now till July so I still feel like I’m good, to be honest.

    As for goals: I LIVE FOR GOALS. And challenges.
    My boyfriend will be giving me -nobodyknowswhat- if I read 75 of the unread physical books that were in my bookcases on January 1st. So there’s my first challenge. I also want to get my unread books down to 100. Started at 151 and I think I’ve upped it since but hey.. I still have ten months, right?
    I have tons more reading goals but that’s.. reading goals..

    I also set some goals for my social media / blog but those are more “hopes” than actual goals, if you know what I mean? It’s not like I’m all over the place trying to reach it. I just HOPE I get to certain numbers and that’s it. If it isn’t the case, so be it. :’)

    Apart from blogging / reading, I also want to watch 75 of my own dvd’s. They’ve been neglected and.. well.. I want to just rewatch them and then decide whether or not to keep them. All the nostalgic, old movies.. I’ve watched a couple by now and the acting is SO BAD compared to what we get now, haha. I honestly have so much fun watching them and then deciding whether they’re worth keeping or not. [Seriously, why is that so easy when it comes to movies but torture when it comes to books?!]

    I often write “RTC” on Goodreads when I’ve finished a book but at the end of every month I go over the last books I read [aka the books I read that month] and check what reviews are still missing. :’) It’s also THE moment where I simply update all my reading challenges / goals and stuff like that so yeah.

    If you succeed at requesting a physical copy I seriously WANT TO KNOW WHERE YOU FOUND THE GUTS. I always want to but I’m like.. I don’t know. I’d hate to get rejected or simply not being worthy of a reply AT ALL. Being an international blogger is so hard sometimes.. :’)

    Good luck on all your goals!! ❤

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    1. Oh my god SAME. I just saw all these titles that I was excited for this year and I requested all of them! I didn’t expect to get accepted for all of them though 😅

      GOALS ARE THE BEST. Although I struggle with sticking to them! That’s an incredible goal! I also want to bring my physical TBR down to a specific number but I can’t decide on a reasonable number 😂 and that’s relatable!

      Omg I wish I had that big of a DVD collection! I’ve been purchasing a lot more dvds recently of some of my favourite movies so I always have them with me! Hahaha that’s good then! But I totally get it, I’m always SOOOOO picky with books but everything else gets thrown away without thinking twice XD

      Oh that’s so smart! I should start doing that tbh.

      Oh it’s difficuuuuuult. I’ve sent a couple emails before but never got a reply and I used to get super sad but now I’m just like meh, whatever :’)

      Thank you so much! 💖

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      1. Hahaha! That’s like the worst and the best all at once when that happens! I tend to request more than I can handle as well since I just.. expect half of them to be declined? Whenever that doesn’t happen, I start freaking out instantly because HOOOOW do I read them all in time?! :’D

        AGREED! I’m still focused on mine but I think I’ll probably start slacking in a couple of months to then freak out when the end of the year is nearing.. As usual.. :’) There simply isn’t a reasonable number for a goal like that.. It always feels like “you’re pushing it” since we keep buying books no matter what we say or promise.. :’)

        My mom was getting rid of ALL her dvd’s since she didn’t have any device to play them on anymore. We decided to take a look at them and claim all the ones we want to [re]watch. Which equals having half a bookcase stuffed with DVD’s. Confession: I added the dvd-watching goal because I want them to claim LESS space in my BOOKcase, hahaha.

        I need that meh-attitude when it comes to requesting ARC’s as well, haha. Maybe I should just go on a mailing-spree and get rejected so much that it doesn’t hurt me anymore eventually. But that sounds like torture.. xD

        You’re welcome! ❤

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      2. Omg same Netgalley overwhelms me more often than not XD

        Hahahaha that is so relatable! A small part of my book shelves are used to stack my CDs but I’m thinking of just getting rid of them so I have more space for BOOKS. They’re already stacking up on the floor so god knows I need it XD

        I’d totally try that. It will feel like a punch in the gut at first but you’ll just be immune after 500 rejections (or so they say) 😛

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      3. Right?!

        See! I’m sooo glad I’m not the only one, haha! Just keep the favorites and find a box to put them in or something!
        I’m still doubting whether I’ll watch one of my dvd’s tonight, play Sims or read. Oooh the struggles!

        That sounds torturous and not tempting AT ALL but okay. xD

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  13. Not to jump on the bandwagon of people yelling at you to read *Insert Famous Series here* but WHY HAVEN’T YOU READ RAVEN CYCLE YET WHAT ARE YOU EVEN DOING????? IT’S BEAUTIFUL AND THE CHARACTERS? OH MY GOD.
    *Clears throat* But, if course, take your time. We’re all very civilised here in the book community (lol jk).
    No, but really, I have to catch up on a lot of books too! I want to start TMI because the first time I read City Of Bones, I didn’t want to continue it but now because I love The Dark Artifices so much, I want to give it another try. And same with Infernal Devices!
    Also, I don’t even need to mention how MUCH I relate with the pending work, Jackie. It’s like the worst kind of a problem. But I’m sure you can tackle the tasks one by one.

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    1. hahahaha oops sorry! But I do plan to at least start The Raven Cycle series!!! I TOTALLY GET IT THO I ALWAYS YELL AT EVERYONE TO READ MY FAV BOOKS, IT’S FINE XD

      oh I hope you’ll enjoy TMI then! I read it ages ago and honestly don’t remember much so I might reread them before I read The Infernal Devices!

      omg I know right??? It’s the worst thing ever but I do it nonetheless. Guess we’ll never learn XD Thank you so much!

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  14. Good luck not letting things pile up Jackie!! I feel like I have a million piles and can’t even see many of them because those piles stretch into the distance… You have some seriously good goals here and I hope you can accomplish them… I’m rooting for you to read series (I need to do that too!)

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    1. SORRY NOT SORRY she’s mean to me all the time so i have to be mean back i guess

      yes!! you are an awesome friend and I’ll be looking forward to your screaming lmao

      OH YAAAAY I WILL I’M ALREADY SO EXCITED FOR CAMP NANO and lmao I don’t even HAVE any snippets yet I’ve only just started re-figuring out my characters/plot etc

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