Friday, January 3, 2014

What to Expect in 2014

There has been quite a lot of looking back at 2013 around here lately. I listed the Top Books of the year and posted a review of the year as a whole. Today, though, it's time to start looking forward!

I want to give you a little hint of my goals for Read.Write.Repeat. for 2014 and what you can expect as a reader. Let's keep it simple this morning with just a few bullets:

  • There will probably be less book reviews. Ugh. I know. This one is the worst, so I figured I should get it out of the way up front. This is not at all because I want to cut back on reading. I don't! I want to increase! I am, however, starting grad school on January 13. Between that, my full time office job, my part-time adjunct professor job, my new part-time tutoring job, and my general desire to have a life and be a good wife, I am anticipating some cut backs in the quantity of books read. 
  • That being said, I want to work even hard to increase the quality of books read. I will be continuing with the 100 Best Novels challenge. You can hopefully still expect about two of those books per month. On top of that, I want to use the limited reading time I have to really focus on great work. I am going to be doing my best to avoid duds this year. I know they are unavoidable to a certain extent, but I'll do my best!
  • Movie Monday will continue. These bimonthly posts have been fun. I hope you are enjoying them, too. If you have any requests, let me know.
  • I really hope to have more reader involvement. I know I have some great readers out there and I want to hear from you more! I hope to have more giveaways and opportunities for interaction. Most of all, I want to hear from you about what you want to see at Read.Write.Repeat.
  • Speaking of readers, I want to increase readership. I have a few ideas about how to do this, but my general goal is to double readership in the next year. I think it's a totally possible goal, if I work at it. All I need is one viral post, right? Haha.
  • There will definitely be more book tours. In fact, you can expect the first one of the year on Monday. I've found this is such a great way to get exposure to new authors. 
  • I would like to organize some sort of group reading program. I want us all to either read through something together or do like a summer reading program together. What do you think? What kind of program would you participate in? 
  • Everything will continue to be about books! You will never have to worry about this turning into a personal blog. Kevin and I have a separate blog for that (one I'm horrible at updating). Read.Write.Repeat. will always, always be a blog for readers. I promise.
What do you want to see here in the next year? I'm eager to hear your opinions and ideas. Let's make 2014 the best year yet!


  1. Interesting. Well, i'm going to start Orwell's 1984 tomorrow. I don't know if you've read or reviewed it, but I'd probably be curious to hear yoyr views in due course.

    1. It's still on the waiting list. I bet I'll read it this year!

  2. I would love to be in a reading group! I think a group on goodreads is an easy way to start, with scheduling to have a google hangout or some sort of actual discussion time would be so cool! Loving all of the updates by the way, congrats on grad school!

    1. A Goodreads group is a great idea! I'm starting to formulate some ideas, so I'll have to get some more input from you :) Glad you're enjoying reading!

      On a completely unrelated note, we totally need to catch up. We really missed seeing you guys at Christmas. Skype date?