Happy New Year from Rather Be Reading!

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From our book-filled homes to yours, we wish you the happiest New Year! We hope 2013 is filled with lots of love, tons of amazing books, and great new memories!

Last year we made bookish resolutions for 2012. We thought it would be fun to do the same for 2013. Here we go!


  1. Read 100 books. I know I read 160 this year, but for most of the year, I was commuting almost 2 hours each day + that’s not the case anymore. Plus I want to concentrate on reading some classics and also conquering some larger books that have been sitting on my bookshelf for a long time. I’m not going to worry too much about numbers this year.
  2. Think long and hard before I buy a book. It’s not a shock that I’m sort of a shopaholic. Books have really taken the place of the clothes I used to buy + leave tags on in my closet for months and months. By the time I hit December I was just noticing way too many brand new books going unread and I didn’t even LOVE the titles. I want to have a nice collection of books but I also need to calm myself when it comes to opening my wallet. (It’s out of control!!)
  3. Go to my first book conference? As much as I would love to go to ALA, I’m not sure if it’s going to happen. Oh, if I was a millionaire. But I am hoping to be around for BEA this year + finally meeting some fantastic people? I do have to say going to book readings around town is certainly a wonderful alternative.
  4. Taller bookshelves! We just moved into an apartment a few months ago, and all our furniture is very short. And our ceilings are very high. At the moment I have one wide bookcase, and two little ones in the bedroom overflowing with books. With piles on our floor and window sills. I’m thinking something like this or this? Plus I could multi-use the shelves for dishes and things.
  5. Hope for lightbulbs. I need some new [blog] ideas to hit me! It’s been awhile since I’ve had a good one. But I would love to do more posts like our themed gifts packs + things like that…
  6. See Magan again! I’m hoping hanging out with Magan will become at least a yearly thing… but I’d feel better if we just KNEW when it was going to happen… Time to start planning a trip!


  1. Read 100 books. I don’t quite know what to expect of myself in 2013 since, ya know, we’re going to be fostering a child soon. That will definitely change things a lot for us, but for now, I’m going to set my goal at 100 and see what happens!
  2. Give myself a book budget. I need to set a spending limit and stick to it. I let my kindle fill up with titles I didn’t get to right away in 2012 and bought books that are sitting in neat little piles on my bookshelves that are still unread.
  3. Attend another book conference in 2013. I really, really want to go to ALA Annual. Chicago?! I’ve never been there. And guess who lives there? Some of my faves – Anna and Tara. Must. Make. This. Happen. More than anything, I want to continue meeting my blogger friends in person!
  4. See Estelle. As you know, E and I live in two different states, New York (her) and Texas (me). Though we talk and text every single day, I want need to see her. If I could, I’d book a plane ticket to NYC right this second. This should really be priority numero uno.
  5. Complete our author list. This was a fail for me in 2012 since it was one of my resolutions. We still have letters I, N, U, X, and Y remaining. Any book suggestions by authors whose last names begin with those initials? HELP!
  6. Continue sharing and passing along books. I’ve tried really hard to share books with friends and donate others to organizations to a) share the awesomeness and b) help de-clutter our house. I want to continue doing this to make sure that you don’t see me on a future episode of Hoarders.


We are so excited to embark on a brand sparkley new year with all of you! Your support and enthusiasm when
it comes to Rather Be Reading has been so amazing, and we can’t thank you enough! Here’s to 2013!

8 thoughts on “Happy New Year from Rather Be Reading!

  1. Stormy says:

    I really like the goal of setting a book budget–allows you to still buy books without overbuying. I always tell myself I won’t buy anymore books until I read X number of books, but that never works because sales and deals always come along and I can’t pass them up, so then I go on a book buying binge.

  2. April Books & Wine says:

    YES! Go to BEA! I want to meet at least one of you. 😀

    I bet you both can easily hit 100 books.


    Decluttering is the best, I hope to pass along plenty of books as well in 2013.

    Happy happy new year, y’all.

  3. Alexa Y. says:

    Happy New Year to both of you girls! I’m so glad that I was able to spend time with you both (in person too!), and I’m very glad indeed for the friendships we share. 2013 will be even more remarkable than 2012, I’m sure!

    E: I am totally with you on your #2. I need to stop buying books without really thinking about if I want them or need them in my personal collection. A lot of my money in 2012 went to books, and I would like that to change in 2013! Also, I’m totally in agreement about #5 – I need more blog ideas!

    M: #3 – I hope you go to Annual – I’m thinking of attending that instead of BEA. It would be awesome to hang out! And #6, I feel the same way!

    Lots of love girls xo

  4. Hannah @ So Obsessed With says:

    Estelle, I love that your goal is to read 100 books, even though you read 160 this last year. I made mine 100 books, too, for similar reasons. I want to read more classics, as well as re-read, and don’t want to get so caught up in my goal that I stop enjoying what I’m reading.

    Magan, I love your goal about sharing and passing along books. I need to get better at this! I’m terrible at sharing books that I love because I’ve had many experiences where I never get the books back. HOWEVER, I love the idea of passing along books I enjoyed but don’t necessarily want to keep. What a great way to keep myself from hoarding books and hopefully spread the book love!

    And both of you ladies, yay for the resolutions to “think long and hard before I buy a book” and “give myself a book budget” I’m trying to do the same thing this year. Honestly, I’m really trying to limit myself to only buying a book if I plan on immediately read it. I don’t want to go on a complete book ban, but I really do want to get my book spending under control.

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