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2018: Plotting the Year Ahead, Which Will Inevitably Fail But Here We Are

It's 2018! I don't know how I feel about things!

Things feel...vaguely...better than 2017. But that's mostly because of our lovely tradition of "it's a new year!" which is preeeetty arbitrary in the grand scheme of things, but also since a lot of cultures have calendars, also probably not. This new year MEANS something. And what it means is there is like a 20% chance of this year being better than the shitshow that was last year. 20% because you don't wanna tempt fate, man.

I have plans for this year! Big plans! Mostly regarding books, because obvs.

Last year, counting comic volumes, I read 105 books. Mostly because I was freelancing for much of the summer. This year, I'm starting a project that'll necessitate reading even more nonfiction, which I'm very excited about, and I'd like to finish Martin Chuzzlewit and my book proposal. Ideally both by July, but I'm not married to the Chuzzlewit idea.

My personal library is slowly getting whittled down to middle grade fiction + women's history, which I love. People can have whatever books they want, but I really like the idea of specialization, and those are my two favorite genres right now (my therapist has asked what happened between the ages of 8-12 that would make me love middle grade and it's like MIDDLE SCHOOL, IT SUCKS but she seems to think I should go deeper on that).

When I moved in September, I got rid of over 200 books, and I've slowly been trying to cut down even more, but the easy books went first, so now I'm left mostly with the ones I have either decided help Define Me As a Person by owning (which really is silly because I don't have people over to see them) or that I've convinced myself I really am going to read someday even though I could get rid of them, save the 5x8 space they took up, and just get them someday from the library. BUT THAT WON'T HAPPEN.

Anyway. I bought the Get It Together! With Sarah's Scribbles planner at Barnes and Noble because it seemed like the only planner I would maybe use so let's hope that works.


  1. New year! Hooray for therapy, hooray for decluttering, hooray for cute planners, and hooray for Alice having a great start to 2018. I've followed a very similar process during these past 17 days :)

  2. It could be better! It could! I believe in the 20% improvement

    You gotta post pictures of the "books that define you" just real casual like. Then you can get rid of them but you have these photos of them that you can share.

    Good luck on the planner!


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