2017 Bookish Resolutions

Hey all, Dani here.

The tradition this time of year is to make a whole bunch of resolutions for your life, and with a large number of the resolutions we all only make it a couple weeks before we slack or just stop all together. That’s actually why I stopped making lifestyle resolutions like eating better, exercising more, or losing weight.

But making book related resolutions typically works out quite a bit better for me, so I’m just going to run through a few of those I’ve made for myself in 2017.

First up: reading. My initial goal is to read 75 books. I know this is an easily achievable goal, but I also know that if I manage to devour a lot of books quickly I can always increase my goal number. I’ve changed my goal the past several years. In 2016 my goal went from 75 to 100 to 130. More than that, though, I plan to participate in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon in both April and October, because I really enjoyed my experience with the readathon in 2016.

Second: blogging. I will have at least one book related blog up each week. Right now I have several bonus posts figured out thanks to some of my egalleys and ARCs, but I am really going to work to make sure that I maintain my posting schedule.

Third: vlogging. I have been watching BookTube for a while now and have thought that is something I could do myself. I love talking about books with other people. This is going to be the most difficult resolution for me though, because I am so nervous about this. Taking pictures or video of myself has never felt natural or comfortable to me, but I’m going to work through those feelings. With a bit of repetition and practice, I’m sure I’ll start getting used to filming and editing videos. So I’m going to start…soon.

Fourth: writing. This is actually an area where I really did slack in 2016. I did write on a few different things, but I didn’t finish a project or release one to the world. This needs to stop. Writing needs to be a priority in my life too. So, I will get Project Death: Revelation finished and released in the next couple of months. Then I need to get my focus onto the third book in the series. I’d like to have both Revelation and Redemption out in 2017. I guess this is also the area where I mention that I’m participating in Camp NaNoWriMo in April and July, and NaNoWriMo in November.

Fifth: Bookstagram. I loved being an active part of the book community on Instagram in 2016, and I’d like to keep building on that. Book photography is actually pretty relaxing and fun. So in 2017 I’d like to keep building my account, participate in at least a few monthly photo challenges, and just enjoy connecting with all my new book friends.

Sixth: Conventions. For this year I plan to be at a brand new local author event being held by my public library in March. I also am really hoping to make it to BEA and/or BookCon this year. As always, I’ll be attending Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, where I’m looking forward to seeing which authors show up, because I usually come home with a nice haul. And for right now my only author appearance at a convention will be Cincinnati Comic Expo in September; Mousai Books will be teaming up with Colorworld Books and it should be a lot of fun.

Well, I think that’s it for my bookish resolutions. That’s quite a hefty list when you look at it all together. Thanks for being a part of the first year of this blog, and I look forward to talking about bookish and nerdy things with all of you throughout 2017. It’s going to be a great year.

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Cover Reveal – Dreamworld by Rachel E Kelly

Hey all, Dani here.

I feel incredibly honored to be part of #TeamColorworld. Brad and Rachel Kelly are wonderful people and I am so inspired by their story and their dedication to creative endeavors.

Last year Rachel asked me if I would like to help with copy edits for Shadoworld, book four in the Colorworld series. Being a huge fan of the books and wanting desperately to know what would happen next, I eagerly jumped at the opportunity. And I was put through the emotional wringer with the book; it destroyed me in the best way possible, while also making me rather impatient for the fifth book.

Well, Dreamworld is almost out. Right now it is definitely looking like the book will be released by the end of 2016, which is great.

It also meant that once again I was approached about copyediting.

I received a digital copy of the book on Saturday and had to wait for my Kindle app to properly sync up so I could access the book. So, I opened it yesterday, and the document opened to the title page, so I had to scroll backwards to reach the cover page.

This is my absolute favorite cover of the series so far. I can’t stop staring at it. Seriously, it is gorgeous, and I want to share it with all of you.

So, without further ado, here is the cover for Dreamworld:

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Now I just really want to hold the finished paperback in my hands. But that will have to wait a couple more months. For now, I’m going to sink back into the Colorworld series and find out what will happen to Wendy and Co. next. I’ll also see about having a spoiler-free review of this book up in November or early December.

If you want to check out my reviews of the rest of the series, you can find them here: Colorworld, Teleworld, Lumaworldand Shadoworld.