Hello 2013: My word of the year, plus reading resolutions


As soon as I decided to choose a word of the year, I knew what it had to be: love. Love has been on my mind a lot recently, and I’d like to keep it there all year long, to try to live every day with as much love as I can. How’s that for a resolution?

I thought it would be fun to make a few reading resolutions this year, to shake things up a little here at Shelf Elf. I know that they have to be fun ones though, or else they won’t happen. Here’s what I’m thinking:

  1. Read 1 grown up nonfiction book a month. This is very ambitious for me. I am embarrassed at the absence of nonfiction in my life. (Or at least a really long article from a smart magazine. I’m allowed a max of 4 articles, ‘kay?) A girl has to stay brainy.
  2. Reread at least one favourite book. I always say I will, and I almost never do.
  3. Find a new adult mystery series that is addictive and happy-making.
  4. Read 2 classics that have been on my list for a while.
  5. Read a few books recommended by my fella that I wouldn’t normally pick up otherwise. He has good taste, and is a more wide-ranging reader than I am, so I should take advantage of that.

I’m already a few days late, so I’d better get a move on, right? I’m thinking I’ll start with #1, and I can’t think of a better book than this:


(Perhaps I need a sweet sparkly “love” sign, to remind me of my word of the year? If I do, I’ll get one here, from Melinda. She makes adorable banners. We got one for our wedding).


1 thought on “Hello 2013: My word of the year, plus reading resolutions

  1. missprint

    I’ve been seeing a lot of “word of the year” posts. I still haven’t picked my own but I think “Love” is a very good choice.

    As to a mystery series: There are only three or four books right now but might I suggest Cassandra Chan’s Gibbons and Bethancourt books starting with THE YOUNG WIDOW? It’s one of my favorite mysteries.

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