Happy New Year!

Happy New Years and cheers to 2018! We had a blast celebrating the end of the year with friends and our boys. Couldn’t ask for a better night. I did attempt to make Champagne Jell-O shots and I have to admit I was pretty proud of my attempt. I’ll list the recipe right below here:

Heat 1 1/4 cup champagne, 1/2 cup sugar, 1tbsp of lemon juice, and 3 envelopes of gelatin over high heat for about 2 min. Lower the heat and stir everything for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add 1/4 cup more of champagne, and 1/4 cup vodka. Add to nonstick pan and chill for at least 2 hours or more. Remove from pan and cut. Add your sprinkles and celebrate!


I am expecting a lot from 2018- growth in friendships and relationships, new experiences, trying new things, traveling and having fun. Specifically, I hope to keep writing in this blog and taking fun creative pictures for my Instagram account (@roastedromance)

Bookwise- I plan to participate in the Unread Shelf Project and read more from my books that I already own. I hope to expand my reading choices (don’t worry still plan to read and send awesome romance reviews and news your way!) by stepping out of my comfort zone at least twice a month. Check out The Literary Birds for more talk on being well read and how I came to think I needed more of this in my life. Whether it’s non-fiction or a genre I have never read, I’m leaving that up in the air. I did set my Goodreads goal at 50 but I’m not going to kill myself if I don’t reach it. Although it would be highly unlikely that I won’t.

I am editing to add a link to a pretty cool diversity reading list that was mentioned in the comments that can be found on: Zaina B Booklover’s blog so be sure to check it out!

January TBR list is already underway. I did get this amazing planner from LittleInklingsDesign on Etsy. I think she has sold out for the year but it is definitely for the book reader.

I don’t usually set resolutions as I mentioned in a previous post but I will add in addition to those goals I would like to save up to purchase a nice camera and lens.

I hope you all of a wonderful 2018 and that you make those dreams come true. Be happy, be positive and work hard. Have fun!

I’ll go get to reading now and be on the lookout for some reviews coming up soon!

10 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. Britt! I’m so happy you were inspired from my post! A good way to “read” some non fiction is via audio book! I find that it’s a much easier way to keep your attention! Also I am having some major inspiration from your journals! I so need to become more organized. Those jello shots look so amazing! Here’s to another year of friendship! Xoxo Jessica

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  2. lol – I’ll try to remember. I love the planner, couldn’t be more perfect for a book blogger. Love especially the double page for the books you’ve read. It will look really cook when it’s all filled in.

    I love the idea of being a well rounded reader. For me, it really helped when I listened to NPR, it was shocking how fast I was able to talk about all kinds of topics. It also helps when you read the newspaper online each evening. I don’t think reading an entire book about a topic I don’t agree with would be the right thing for me, but I admire anyone who does this challenge.

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    • Ahhh! Got it! Sorry I’m clumsy with the technology sometimes! I LOVE the planner. I am trying to color code it for release days, blog tours, cover reveals etc. More organized in 2018! 🙌🏻

      I need to start listening to NPR. I do agree that reading an entire book where I just don’t fundamentally agree with the topic would be hard- but a news article or segment might be more doable. At least to start off with. I think just being open to explore topics that you aren’t comfortable with or don’t agree with speaks volumes in itself!

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      • I loved NPR, they often showed both sides, and they never really went out and said we only believe in this or that. They had segments about the world, politics, interviews – incredibly interesting. And it’s perfect if you are on your way to work etc. They also have a podcast, where you can listen to certain episodes after they aired.

        I make it an habit to go through google news at least once a day. When I see articles that interest me I’ll stop and read. But just by going through the headlines you are aware of what’s going on and that’s the first step. Getting into the topics comes next.

        I love the color coded planner idea. Would love to see the end result. 😀

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