2017 was a year to be reckon with. Beyond the obvious, political environment, on a personal level, on all levels, this year was one that I would prefer to use as a learning lesson. So, just as warning, this will be a long post.
BOOKS, BOOKS & MORE BOOKS
I reached my Goodreads goal of 200 books this year :D Super excited about that because not only did I not reach it last year but I hit constant book walls this year. Between books that couldn’t keep my interest, books that did not live up to the hype and my own expectations and finally books that were poorly written, my book year has been full of highs and lows.
However, I did hit some fantastic reads, some good reads and some pretty covers, that I want to share.
Crown Books for Young Readers Published Sept. 12, 2017 384 Pages
Algonquin Young Readers Published Sept. 19, 2017 272 Pages
HarperCollins Published July 25, 2017 288 Pages
Why were these books fantastic reads? They were engaging, diverse, honest and creative. The plot kept me on my toes, the characters had development and growth. The world, in which the story is set, felt real like opening my front door. Some of these reads fed my love of history and mythology, while other fed my love for a sappy love story. Either way, my fantastic reads of 2017 are highly recommended.
Dutton Books for Young Readers Published Sept. 26, 2017
Kodansha Comics Published Oct. 25, 2016 304 Pages
Why were these books good reads? They didn’t hit all of my points previously mentioned in Fantastic reads. But they did keep me engaged for most of the book and I loved the character. Also these good reads, have a very strong foundation and although not 5 Pickles perfect, I am happy to have read them and read the next book in their series if it applies.
Margaret K. McElderry Books Published Sept 26. 2017 300 Pages
Algonquin Young Readers Published Sept. 19, 2017 272 Pages
Flatiron Books TBP Jan. 30, 2018 368 Pages
What’s a year in review, if I don’t display some gorgeous covers. Some of these books I have read, while others I have not been able to get to yet. But aren’t they just beautiful to look at!
WHAT TANYA HAS BEEN UP TO THIS YEAR
So as mentioned this year has been a unexpected force that put a lot of things in perspective. Firstly, I was able to visit my husband in Japan for two weeks and I was able to go to Dominican Republic this year as well. Both were amazing and it made me realize how attainable traveling can be, if you put your money in order. Because of these adventures, I have the wanderlust bug and actively planning a bunch of trips for 2018.
On a emotional level, I have been a mess. I have been missing my husband dearly and the toll of living on the other side of the world was heavy. It’s still heavy but it is much more manageable. We made celebrated two anniversaries this year. 6 years when we started dating or when I stopped being a butt and said sure (October 3rd) and 4 years when we said I do (December 6th). I tend to get a bit emotional when its comes to my Husband because when we met when I was emotionally and spiritually in bad shape. He stuck around even when I didn’t want him to. He means a lot to me and I can’t wait until his deployment is over and he is home for good.
On another note, school has been kicking my butt and the back and forth of if I should even keep going with my masters degree has been a unanswered question for months now. I am leaning towards banging out this final year (InshaAllah) but I am just not into this classes like I thought I would be. But I did better this semester, so hopefully I can keep that going.
I struggled a lot with past Tanya and current Tanya. Past Tanya was getting bored and tired of being in the past and wanted to explore some newfound freedoms, while current Tanya is not for that mess. But because of certain life changing decisions it was hard to stop those thoughts and move forward with the obvious right and better choice. Past Tanya has taken a step back and I pray that it will be for good. Because when I say she was a mess…smh just so messy.
I learned that self-care is needed not every once in a while but all the time and that it can take different forms. For me going to the library or bookstore, taking a bath and disconnecting from social media, have been the best methods I have learned and used a lot this year. I am still growing in this area because me and emotions aren’t the best of friends but I am proud of myself. I had less panic attacks than I did in 2016, so that counts right? Lol
On a second note, I saw my first ballet, went to a Harry Potter experience, watch old anime in a movie theater, met new people, started wearing lipstick, won a few arc giveaways and a bunch of other stuff. Although this year had some downs, the highs were highs but most importantly I lived and got to thank God for that everyday.
As of today I have the following followers on each channel I run:
Instagram: viewsfromthe_desktop : 78 Followers
WordPress: motif by Tanya : 122 Subscribers
Twitter: @motifink 408 Followers
I have been participating in various twitter chats and hash tags. Social media is taking a lot of my time and I had made it my mission that every month, I will take a week vacation from it. However, despite the overload, I have been putting myself and Motif by Tanya out there and it is visible in the increase of followers. I even began writing monthly updates and topic specific blogs. During this year (2017) I forgot how much I enjoy writing and started making time for it despite my growing responsibilities. I love this renewal and in 2018, I tend to work on my writing more.
What Tanya Wants 2018
There are several goals I am reaching for this year, book related and in real life.
- Start posting regularly for Quick Five© interviews
- Begin posting The Frustrated Reader© monthly
- Clear out my arc queue on Netgalley
- Attend book conventions and festivals
- Book Con
- Bronx Festival
- Y’all Fest
- Book Expo
- Novateen Book Fest
- Well Read Black Girl Fest
- Begin posting on either Amazon or Goodreads
- Start a YouTube channel
- Bday Cruise
- Pray 5 daily prayers on time
- Quran reading
- Learn Arabic
- Start rockclimbing again
- Learn to fence
- Learn to bake bread and make a pie from scratch
- Learn to drift & drive a stick
- Begin freelance writing
- Move up in my current company
- Own a business
What Tanya Wants New Releases: January 2017
Now what can be a end of the year, beginning of the year wrap up without my anticipated reads for January 2017 :)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Published Jan. 2018 256 Pages
I do plan on participating in #unreadshelfproject2018 but with so many new reads I am waiting for this year, I am going to modify my goal. For every 3 tbr books, physical and digital, that I have, I will read one of wants. Sounds fair right :)
I know that this was a long post and it could have been several posts spaced out during the week but it was great therapy. What is that saying, speak it into existence? Not only am I doing that but praying first and foremost. Is this considered a new year’s resolution? Naw not really. Motif by Tanya is a book review and author interview website but it is also my baby that I put a lot of time in. It’s time to make her stand out and if that means showing a little bit more of me every so so then so be it.
Peace and Blessings, Ya’ll <3