We like to start the new year with some goals to foster some positive energy and give us things to look forward to. So here are some of our goals for 2023.
One Book I Definitely Want to Read This Year:
Erin: I hope I’m not wrong, and the re-release of Alexis Hall’s For Real is this year, because I’ve been holding off on buying and reading it during every listless “What should I read?” moment I’ve had since the announcement that it’s getting republished…
Holly: I cannot handle the shame of failing a third time, so I’m going to be more generic and say that I’d like to read through more backlist of authors I’ve enjoyed.
Ingrid: I want to find someone new–I tend to stick with Indie/author requests and the older big names, and it might be fun to do some extra research.
One Topic I Definitely Want to Write about This Year:
Erin: I think I’d just like to harness the energy I had to write about any topic that I had at the end of 2021.
Holly: What Erin said. I have so many half-written pieces in my Smut Reporting folder.
Ingrid: I just want to do a few thoughtful pieces. I don’t even care what.
One New-To-Me Author I Definitely Want to Try This Year:
Erin: This is a tricky one, because lately everytime I hear the Internet gushing about an author, I’ve gone into some contrary mode of “NO! I WILL ONLY FIND OBSCURE AUTHORS!” So maybe the answer is authors I’ve not heard of yet? Maybe I’ll finally read something by Kate Canterbary. She seems like a writer of tropes I would be interested in reading.
Holly: I’ve been meaning to read Jodie Slaughter since I bought White Whiskey Bargain. Which was, like, three years ago.
Ingrid: I’ve only read the one Nora Roberts so I think I might need to dip my toe in those waters.
One Theme I Want to Discuss for a Buddy Read This Year:
Erin: Woke up married! Himbos! Something totally fun and entertaining!
Holly: I just need to figure out how to get Erin and Ingrid to buddy-read a Kinsale with me.
Ingrid: Oooo I like Woke Up Married. Maybe some “one-night stand but now we work together”?
One Miscellaneous Reading Goal Will Make Me Happy This Year:
Erin: I’d like to spend my energy on mood reading, so I might dial back the ARCs.
Holly: Actually writing down some notes for the books I read but don’t review, so that I can remember them when Erin asks us for things to add to very specific niche lists.
Ingrid: Remember anything at all about anything I’ve read.
We’re going to keep doing buddy reads (Erin’s cooked up some fun themes for us this year!), as well as Superwendy’s TBR challenge. Maybe we’ll do another Smashdown. But our main goals are to have fun and stay sane.
Let’s get excited for some new smut! Here’s what we’re reading in January