Wow, I can't believe that it's been about a month since I've blogged. The Bartels's house is really frantic this time of year. Drew and Tyler started wrestling and we are spending at least one day out of the weekend at youth tournaments. Hailey is in full blown show choir mode and those competitions will start this weekend and will consume the other day of the weekend for me. Drew, Tyler, and Ryan all decided to play club baseball and while Tyler hasn't stopped playing baseball from last year, Drew and Ryan will be starting practice here soon. Not to mention it's performance evaluation time at work, which means getting to write 10 lovely evaluations for my team. This is my explanation for not reading or blogging.
I finally got to finish my first book of 2014 this past weekend, staying up until 3:00 am then getting up at 5:30 am to get the boys ready for the wrestling tournament. That was a rough day. After a good nights sleep on Sunday, I rebounded and read a short story and another book on Monday. Rachel wasn't kidding about The Selection Series by Kiera Cass. Awesome series and looking for the release of the next book and short story.
Melissa's goals for 2014:
1. More blogging. I'm reading all of these books, so I need to take the time to blog about them. I'm not committing to full blown reviews, but more ranting and raving about them.
2. Find more diamonds in the rough! I love discovering new amazing authors and recommending their books.
3. This one will be hard, but I think I should probably FINISH one biography.
4. Beat my record, set in 2013, of 83 books and 23,301 pages.
5. Write a book. I've been wanting to do this for a while now and honestly it scares me. My boys are not the greatest readers and it's impossible to get them interested in reading. I don't understand since I always have my nose in a book and love it. I think they get this from their father. Eventually, I want to write a children series that will grow and develop with them. Baby steps though, I need to start small and write just ONE book.
Rachel's goals for 2014:
1. To read 50 books. She was a couple books short from completing this goal for 2013 so she wanted to try again for 2014.
2. Review 20 books on our blog and do some giveaways.
3. Try out an audiobook. Rachel hasn't ever listened to an audio book of her own freewill but she wanted to give it a try for 2014 since her daily commute is around an hour long.
4. Read at least 5 book by self published indie authors.
5. Read at least 5 books that she owns or that she borrowed from someone. Time to tackle all those books just gathering up dust on her bookshelf.
Make sure to tell us what you have for your 2014 book goals/resolutions!