Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Random Thoughts: December 2011 RAK Wrap Up & January 2012 RAK Sign Up

December was a busy busy month, for everyone I am sure. And with that, I waited till the end of December to send of a RAK. As an extra bonus, I picked someone who's birthday fell in the same month.

And so, the book I sent off was:

to Alaiel Kreuz @ Librarian Mouse from Switzerland

I am happy to have been able to participate in RAK last year and will continue to do so this year. 

This month is extra special for me as it is my BIRTH MONTH! Yeap, I am turning a year older but I hope a year wiser too! And my book obsession is as strong as ever.

So if you'd like to send me a birthday pressie, here's my Wishlist! Thread lightly as it's quite long.

Please read carefully & follow all rules!  Thank you!

  • Please sign-up each month that you can participate (and by participate, we mean give as well as receive).
  • Show off your participation by grabbing our RAK button (code is in the right sidebar).
  • Create a wish list (on Amazon, Goodreads, or your blog, etc) and post it in the Google Doc located in each R.A.K post for the month.
  • If you choose to do a R.A.K for someone, check out their wish list and contact that blogger directly for their information.
  • Once you receive a RAK, send an email to [rakbybooksoulmates @ gmail . com] so that they can update the Google Doc. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU SEND EMAILS TO THIS ADDRESS!
  • E-book participation is limited to files being gifted directly to a person from the e-book store. Amazon's Kindle Store is set up to allow this, as well as the Kobo store and we believe Barnes & Noble with Nook as well.
  • At the end of the month, SHOW US YOUR R.A.K by making a "RAK Wrap-Up" post.  This post should include who you SENT gifts to as well who you RECEIVED gifts from :)
OPEN TO EVERYONE including all our International brethren!
Remember, there's always the Book Depository and they offer FREE shipping!

Easy peezy!!

Links you will need:
  • Sign up for January [HERE]
  • See who else is participating [HERE]
  • If you have any questions regarding RAK, please contact them via the following: rakbybooksoulmates @ gmail . com
1. When talking about RAK on Twitter, please use the hastag (#RAK). It makes it much easier to keep track of the conversations, answer questions and/or tweet back! =)
2. When submitting your wish list, please make sure that it is set to PUBLIC viewing. Some people have run into trouble with wish lists that were set to private. We want to be sure that no one is left out of getting great RAKs.
3. Some of you seem to have gotten frustrated because you can't get your links to appear active. This is a very easy fix :) Just make sure that when you enter your link, do NOT hit the Enter key. Instead, hit the TAB key which will send you to the next field on the form. Additional spaces entered after the link will leave the link inactive. However, if this does happen to worries, we'll fix it for you :)

Here's to a new start!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Random Thoughts: New Year, New Resolutions of 2012

Since it is officially 2012, I thought I'd go through last year's resolutions and add on some more new and more realistic ones!

1) To AGAIN be more loyal to my blog and post more frequently and regularly, and to get it redesigned and nice and tidy (which I am currently in the midst of)
      Still awaiting my new blog design addition, keeping my *fingers crossed* it will be soon and really pretty! I think I did better on my posts last year but I still have so much to blog about.

2) To finish up the rest of my college degree, to the best of my abilities
Yes! I have officially graduated, a few months ago actually.

3) To lose 5kg
Err...EPIC FAIL. I think I put on more weight instead.
4) To take up photography seriously
Not achieved. Lots more to be done.

5) To make new blog buddies
Achieved in a way but lots more to go.

6) To save more money for my future travels and spending wisely on books!
Bought LOADS of books last year and now, to read them!

7) To attend more events and workshops
Am dropping this one for awhile, I just don't have the time

8) To travel more and read more 
Done and done! Now to blog about them.

9) To get a part-time job AND learn to drive!
I got a part-time job woo hoo! Not the same goes for the driving though sadly.

10) To be a better person (calmer and more patient)
 People still test my patience but I will continue trying to progress.

11) To clear the clutter that’s in my house
Still working on it! 

On to 2012!

Reading Goals

1. To Read More YA & Dystopian Books
      I have yet to read a dystopian book, crazy much (!?) but I have some with me so it's time to read them! 
      2. To Read The Odyssey, Complete Works of Sherlock Holmes (have had it for years) & Shakespeare (all of which I already possess)
      Been putting these off due to crazy book buying habit and they're just SO LONG!

3. To Read Books before Watching the Movie Versions
People always say the books are usually better, now I want to make it a point to read the books instead of just jumping to watching to movie due to laziness.

4. Blog About Books Read
I like to read and sometimes it comes in a marathon, yet I can never find the time to blog about them, this is the year to change that habit!

Blogging Goals

      1. Blog more! 
      Enough said. What else is a blog for?
      2. Learn to Comment More
      It seems as though I don't read other people's blogs but instead, I really do! But I must learn to show my appreciation for their hard work and spend a few minutes letting them know!

3. Get My Blog Button & Bar And Reorganize My Whole Blog
      Been wanting to move things around and make things easier and more organized and so I will!

Other Goals

     1. Continue My Studies
     2. Learn To Drive
     3. To Lose 5kg
     4. To Improve On My Photography Skills
     5. To Clear the Clutter That’s in My House
     6. To Be A Better Person 

Happy 2012 everyone! Let's work hard at our resolutions this time so that they aren't just words on a post.