Happy New Year!

I know this isn’t on my usual scheduled days, but I couldn’t help but write a brief post to wish everyone a very happy New Year!

2017 was both amazing and difficult for me, as I am sure it was for most people. I can’t believe my blog currently stands at 73 follows! For most, this probably sounds like a tiny number, but to me it is mind blowing that 73 people are crazy enough to follow my blog and be pulled into my mad mind. So thank you!

My goals for reading were surpassed in 2017, as I read a total of 200 books when my goal was only 101. And some of those books were actually pretty good. When it comes to 2018 reading, I have no set plans but I definitely hope to read a lot of books (my goodreads goal is 102 books).


My goals for writing this year were hit and miss. In my own deluded mind, I had hoped I would have succeeded in publishing a book by now, but that was not to be. On the other hand, I wrote more this year than I probably ever have before, doing multiple rewrites on one book and completing two first drafts for two others. So I’d say it was a good, if unexpected, writing year.

Of course, I also wanted to be a successful writer by the end of 2017, which definitely didn’t happen, but then again I didn’t completely lose my mind so, again, I’m going to count that as a win.

Where I live it is currently -16 °F and both the cars my family owns are broken (one with a flat tire and the other with a dead battery). Thus, I am stuck in the semi-warm house bundled in layers of sweaters and blankets.


It has been a very interesting Christmas season for me, especially since I was sick with the flu over Christmas and everyone in my house caught it from me (sorry to my mother and sister). I literally felt like I was dying while it blissfully snowed outside on Christmas Eve.


But in the end I’ve survived and gotten mostly better and am ready to run into 2018 with optimism (and a warm coat).

This is a more humorous post then my usual ones, but I wanted to do something really fun for the New Year. Of course, the Chinese New Year isn’t until February 16, but that’s beside the point.

When it comes to my blog this year, I’m hoping to focus on reading and reviewing more older books (those books that have been on my TBR forever but I never got to). I just finished Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (review for that will be coming out this Wednesday) and I want to focus on reading more classics (I received both Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov for Christmas). While I’ll definitely be focusing on books instead of writing this coming year on my blog, that does not mean I won’t be putting up a random writing post once in a while.

What are your plans and goals for 2018? If you have any recommendations for classics you think I should read, I’d love to know them? Let me know down in the comments, follow my blog so it may consume your soul, and, as always,

Best wishes in your life full of adventure,

And Happy New Year!!!!

Madame Writer

4 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. All the best for 2018! I am also going to be doing a ton of book reviews this year. Keep writing and I look forward to reading what is to come on your blog.

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