New Year...New Start

Happy New Year!

Well, 2013 I'm ready for you! I'm feeling quite positive about the new year after 2012 was just so bleurgh. My poor little blog ended up going a bit to pot too, but I'm ready to put that behind me now and start again.

So I've done a little housekeeping and have a new look, inspired by the beautiful spring I'm hoping will be right around the corner (I told you I was was feeling positive).

I've always been a book blog, since way back in 2009 when I very first created this blog (and wrote and deleted posts for a few weeks before daring to put it out there) 2013 though is the year I'll probably mix it up a bit and get a bit more personal. I've recently taken up sewing and I'm attempting to learn to cook (because at the age of 35 I want to do more than open a jar a pasta sauce!) so I'll probably be posting about that.

I've also decided to try and embrace a more frugal lifestyle. I think we've all been feeling the pinch, I know I have, but it's more than cutting back. I just suddenly realised one day how utterly pointless a lot of this buying is. I decided that in 2013 all that wastefulness is going to stop, and I've promised myself I won't be buying anything new unless I really have to, and then I'll see if I can get it pre-loved first. Oh ok second hand.  I'm not going to start lecturing anyone, but I might record my highs and lows (and as a former shopaholic I'm sure there'll be plenty) here. Anyway, the sewing/cooking/frugality...it kind of all ties in together to a hopefully more simple, straight forward lifestyle. Let's see how I go!

But there'll still be books! Both Lucy and I are ready to get back to talking about books again, and I have a couple of new ideas going round my head for fun features. It'll be a much more relaxed approach, but I'm looking forward to it.

Anyway, I've rambled enough. First book of 2013 is Cat Clarke's new book Undone-which is FANTASTIC! So here's to a year of good books, edible meals and a healthy bank balance :D

What are your plans for 2013?-Share below...




8 comments:

  1. I'm mixing in a photo a week with my 52/2013 photography project in amongst my bookish posts. Some people are doing a photo a day, but I don't think I can keep pace with that!

    Regarding the sewing and cooking, maybe you'll be able to get some sewing and recipe books to review? I had one or two last year and they were fun to review :)

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    1. I'm lucky enough to be an Amazon Vine member so have picked up a few good sewing/cook books there :D

      I'd definitely like more photo's on the blog..I'm a bit addicted to Instagram at the minute.

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  2. It'll be good to have you back! I definitely think adding a more personal edge to the blog would be cool, and I love your new look. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with :)


    Cait x

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    1. Aww thanks Cait! I actually don't know where 2012 went :S

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  3. Good to see you back Vicki :o) I think taking a more relaxed approach to blogging is a fantastic idea and I'm looking forward to reading your non bookish posts (and of course the bookish ones too LOL). I love your new header & layout! One of my goals this year is a blog re-design, it's LONG overdue!

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    1. Glad you like the new look Sarah! I love a blog redesign :D

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  4. Lovely to have you back Vicki. You have been missed. xx

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  5. Happy New Year! Great to see you back and I love the new look. Really looking forward to reading both your bookish and non-bookish posts. Here's to a fab 2013 x

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