January 1, 2013

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year & Reading Whatever the F*ck I Want

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Did you all have an amazing holiday season? I hope so!

This year I signed up for The Book Blogger Holiday Card Exchange hosted by Leeswammes' Blog & Stiletto Storytime.

Cruddy iPhone pic

It was so nice to find cards (and bookmarks and bookplates!) in my mailbox from some of the coolest bloggers around! Thanks so much to Laura from Devouring Texts, Chris from Chrisbookarma, Trish from Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity, & Laura from The Scarlet Letter. You know what I usually receive in my snail mail box? Bills. Credit card offers. Christmas cards are a lot more fun!

Hey look! Another cruddy iPhone photo!

I also participated in a Secret Santa Exchange from The Broke and the Bookish. Thanks so much to Krysta for the books and the goodies. Unfortunately she doesn't have a blog and I don't know how to find and thank her! If anyone knows my Secret Santa please pass on the word. Books and chocolate! Is there anything better? Nope. (Krysta, if you're reading this: THANK YOU!)

Hot damn you guys! It's 2013! Resolutions? I've never been good at those. I usually don't bother making any because I hate to set myself up for failure at the beginning of a shiny new year. However, I do have a reading philosophy for 2013: 


I did sign up for one challenge. I broke down before the stinking year even began. It is a TBR pile challenge so I don't think it counts! (Certain people might not agree. But those people are not the boss of me!) Other than that one? No more challenges. No no no. I'm going to read what I feel like, when I feel like it. I mean it! Check out the post, grab the button. Read whatever the fuck you want. 

Go forth readers! Go forth and have an ass kickin' 2013. Read a lot, love a lot, surround yourself with beautiful things and beautiful people. You deserve it.



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  1. Hell yes to your post title. I think (?) my 2013 resolution is to be more efficient but we'll see on that one.

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    1. Hell yes indeed! This is going to be a good year!

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  2. Hahahaha! I love the idea of The Year I read whatever the f*ck I want. I'm already dedicated to some challenges for this year. Maybe next year I'll do this one.

    Happy New Year!

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    1. Isn't it great? I feel all stress-free and happy just thinking about it :)

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  3. Yay! If I do say so myself, your new button is pretty bangin'. ;)

    I am so excited to not have to worry about whether what I'm reading "counts" for something. It's pretty liberating.

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    1. I feel all relaxed and awesome about my upcoming reads...whatever the fuck they may be!

      Thanks for the button girl, it is most definitely bangin'!

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  4. Ha! LOVE it. The to-read pile should be a joy, not a chore. Happy New Year, and enjoy every single book!

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    1. Right?! Right!! Thanks and same to you :)

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  5. Amen, chicka!! I plan on doing the exact same thing this year! Here's to a great 2013!

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    1. This year is going to be AMAZING. I just know it :)

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  6. I'm just going to say I fully endorse your 2013 reading philosophy. I proclaimed that somewhere along the way and haven't turned back. I don't do review copies unless I really want to read the book, I don't sign up for challenges, and read whatever the (bleepity-bleep) I want to. You go!

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    1. I forgot to mention that in the post above that I'll be doing the same, only accepting books for review if I really REALLY want to :)

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  7. Ha, I love the title of that challenge! That's pretty much my entire philosophy. ;-) Happy New Year!!

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    1. I'm so happy about it I can hardly stand myself. Pleased. As. Punch! Happy New Year to you as well :)

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  8. I love that badge! I hope you have a fun and carefree reading year in 2013 :)

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  9. I think I just stared at that Read Whatever the Fuck You Want badge for about two minutes, trying to figure out if it really is a unicorn standing on a shark rug, with a golfing bird on its head... Either it's the best challenge badge ever or I'm still drunk from last night.

    Cheers to 2013!

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    1. Ha ha! Isn't it the best? I really need a t-shirt ;)

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  10. Haha! It's the mascot for my blog, the Dodisharkicorn. He shows up to spice up slow moving plots and eat the books we hate. :)

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  11. I gave up reading challenges a few years ago when I found myself bound to lists of books. I've since traded them in for readalongs but at least that way you're in it with other people like a social book club? So I do have a few books planned for this year but otherwise nada!!

    Happy New Year!

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    1. I feel so liberated! So relaxed and free..ahhh, it's a great feeling :) Happy happy New Year to you too Trish!

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  12. Lol - I love it! I'm doing challenges, and plenty of them, but I plan on reading what I want and fitting them into challenges, not the other way around. And I'm trying to stay strong on not requesting ARCs - then I won't feel obligated to read anything.

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    1. ;) I plan on taking it easy on the ARCs as well. If I really want to read something I will. If not? I won't! Easy Peasy :)

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  13. Yep! Here too. Choices.. choices. Sooooo many beautiful books!

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    1. The choices are overwhelming enough without adding the pressure of challenges right?? This is going to be a great year :)

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  14. What lovely gifts! I'll have to remember the Christmas card exchange next year. I haven't participated in any challenges yet, but I have my eye on two for 2013. We'll see how it goes. Have a blast reading whatever the f*ck you want :)

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    1. The card exchange was so much fun, I can't wait to do it again :) Have a great year of reading Angela!

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  15. I think your resolution fits a TBR challenge well, it's a compliment to it rather than erring away from your plan. Some great gifts there, I see why you've now got Capote on your list!

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  16. I mostly end up reading what I feel like reading at that moment, even if I sign up for challenges (which is probably why I always fail). I hope you enjoy the experience. It can be really liberating!

    Happy 2013!

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    1. LOL, I suppose that is why you fail challenges ;) It's a good reason though! Happy 2013 to you as well Iris!

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  17. Zipless, challengeless reading. Sounds fun. :)

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  18. It's always nice to get something in the mail besides bills, isn't it? Looks like you got some great cards and gifts!

    The thing about TBR challenges . . . You are reading books you WANT to read. So it fits in well with your plan to read whatever you want this year. :-) I wish you luck and hope you have a great year in reading!

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    1. Anything other than bills, yes! :) Thanks dahling, right back at ya!

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  19. I think "The Year of Reading Whatever The F*ck I Want" would be great on a t-shirt! And maybe a coffee mug. :-)

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    1. I couldn't agree more!! I'm going to bug the creator about that! :)

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  20. I'm with you!! I gave up challenges the year before last and this year was much much more pleasant in the reading area!!!

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    1. I'm so happy about this, I can't even tell you!! It's great to hear that others have done it and enjoyed it!

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  21. LOVE it! Thanks for the laugh and I agree. Read what makes you happy!

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    1. That's what I'm all about this year :D Happy happy carefree reading! Yay!

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  22. I am totally going to participate in the YORWtFIW!!! Ii'm still doing a few challenges but for ME not for anyone else and I'm also going to only read author/publisher books that I want to read only. I kind of feel like it's a lifestyle choice, not just a year goal.

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    1. Omg yes, a lifestyle choice! Basically I just want to read the way I did before I started blogging. I don't want to think about it so damn much, lol.

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  23. Haha, love this post! I usually avoid challenges for this reason. My reading habits are eclectic, and whenever I sign up to do a particular challenge, although I like connecting with other bloggers, I get resentful at being constrained in my reading. Here's to 2013, and reading whatever the fuck we want!

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    1. Thank you Andrew! I know just what you mean!! :) Here's to 2013 indeed!

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