Happy New Year!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Dear followers! We hope that you have had a great holiday season that it was spent with loved ones as well as some well loved books.

We also hope you have enjoyed our collaboration this past year and that the upcoming year will bring you back for more. We love what we do and we are always searching for new ways to make our content more interesting and fun which is why we have expanded our reach to our Youtube page. We will be posting there a lot more this year so please come check us out. 

For those readers that are local we have our ever expanding list of YA author events posted on our side bar and 2017 is starting off with a bang. If you haven't introduced yourself to us yet, please do so. We love to meet new book lovers and talk about books and you can see that is highly evident on our twitter accounts @diamondxgirl and @ravenousreadr as well as our instagram accounts @diamondxgirl and @ravenousreader.

A Year in Review with Christy & 2017 Bookish Resolutions

2016 was one heck of a year for me. A jumped full force into the book world and did some really amazing things! In reflecting on the year, here's what I vow to do in 2017:

  • Support authors who represent the diverse populations I am fortunate to be surrounded by. This means reading more diversely. I'm planning to read a minimum of one #ownvoices new release monthly. 
  • Keep reading comics and graphic novels. My comic book group, Women with Issues, keeps me reading at least one book a month. I also review comics for Forever Young Adult. So I want at least 25% of my read list to be graphic novels next year.
  • In the tradition of long commutes, I plan to consume 50% of my reading through audio.
  • Cull that TBR by reading it! I'm joining Sarah's #RockMyTBR challenge and am planning 25% of my reads around that. 
  • Continue to review every book I read, even if it's just a sentence. 
And now, my 2016 year in review.


  1. What a great post and a great year! I had a pretty good reading year, but unfortunately my opportunities to meet authors are pretty nonexistent. I live in the middle of the Midwest where nothing happens unless I want to travel a good 9-10 hours each way (and those aren't even the big book cons) which isn't an option since I don't really drive except for back roads (panic attacks, long story). I'm trying to do better with reviews myself. In fact, I often consider scrapping the star ratings and just posting reviews. Star ratings are so vague (and curses to Goodreads for not offering half-stars). I also want to engage more with blog posts (like this one), but again, being in the middle of nowhere often leads to only having internet on my phone ...and I'm not one for typing a lot of stuff mobile, prefer to use a computer for that. 2016 came with it's share of disappointments as well (started out decent but really seemed to blow chunks around November for me), plus our business got burglarized on Christmas Eve. So here's hoping to a better 2017. I have a lot of fears about the upcoming next few years, but my physical health is decent and I've got my husband, my fur babies, and my books, so I will survive! :)

    1. Hey Kristy! Thanks for sharing your bookish resolutions and how 2016 went for you. Personally, I think one of the best parts of being bookish is engaging how YOU best want to. Instagram is a great platform for doing all of what you said. The star ratings are definitely misleading and everyone uses them differently. I've switched to posting mini-reviews on IG and sharing my thoughts for a lot of books. You can totally post reviews on GR without stars! They have an option for that.

      Hopefully our recaps and live coverage of events helps you feel a little more connected. We are trying to do more interviews with authors on YT, too.

      I'm sorry to hear your business got burglarized :(. That's really rough. What is your business? I hope 2017 is decent to you, even though we all share the fear of the unknown. Happy New Year!


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