Keen as a Bean for 2015

January 1, 2015 Update 60

Can you believe another year has passed? I certainly can’t. It’s flown by. I hope you guys had a beautiful year. A lot of crazy stuff happened in the real world. And the blogging world! There were certainly a lot of ups and downs with the blog in 2014. Definitely some really big downs that we won’t dwell over but, well, Alise and I came very close to kicking the bucket and giving up a few months ago. We were also very close to completely changing the blog’s name and other things but the end of the 2014 blogging year was amazing so we decided against that! And we can’t wait to keep this good streak going into 2015.


What’s happening with Readers in Wonderland in 2015?

If all goes to plan,  MORE reviews, MORE discussions, and MORE features! There’s a couple of new posts we want to introduce. Such as…


Ha, nah I won’t tell you. It can be a surprise. Don’t you love surprises?!

Something I can tell you is that we’ve got a new coblogger!

Everybody meet your new friend, Rachel!

Rachel is a high school student in New York (state). She enjoys reading, diving, and pretending she can passably do all artistic mediums,* (but she probably should not be so quick to say this, as many questionable things could possibly be considered artistic) though she is certainly much better at some than others. She notices from the above that she likes parenthesis.

We’re really excited to have Rachel on board. She’s been chatting with us on Skype for the last few months. Readers in Wonderland is her first blogging experience so let’s show her how awesome the blogging community can be! I hope you like her future reviews and posts!

Our 2015 Resolutions

A New Year’s post wouldn’t be complete without some resolutions.


Be Healthy
I’m pretty happy with my weight but I have like 0% muscle mass and definitely wish to change that. I had a lot of problems with my health last year and my sedentary lifestyle and love of salty food wasn’t helping. Here’s to a better diet and more exercise!

Use Time Productively
I’m terrible at waiting until the last minute to meet deadlines. I’m hoping I’ll have a job soon and as a college student I really need to learn to use my time better and designate some of it to certain tasks that need to get done.

Have a Better Outlook on Life
Stop being so cynical and pessimistic! I always think and focus on the negative side of things and I know I tend to bring others down because of this. I’m going to try and look on the bright side-got any tips?


– Become more involved in the book blogging community.
This is something  I’ve always struggled with because I’m super duper shy and really awkward around people, even on the internet. 2015 is the year I will make an effort to fangirl and converse on social media with you all, as well as leave comments. (I read so many posts, but rarely comment. I’m terrible)

– No buying books.
Well at least minimal buying. I need to put all my money into adult things because I’m renting a house this year! I also have to cut down my tbr because it’s getting ridiculous and make better use of my library.

– Rattle the stars! (high five if you recognise the reference)
Anxiety has stopped me from doing so many things and I hate it. After almost being kicked in the head by a horse last week, I have been faced with my own mortality and am determined not to let anxiety stop me so often this year!


– Finish two novels
I calculated that if I set aside an hour every day to write, I could finish the novel I am working on in four months, so accomplishing this goal would require me to stop procrastinating on my school work (a little bit at least) in order to have that time. I think honestly, this is probably the most realistic of my goals.

– Compete three new dives next season
I would really like to learn and compete the back 1 ½, reverse 1 ½ and front double. These dives are the dives that are sort of the standard dives for an advanced high school diver to compete, and I really want to be able to hit that milestone this year. I think that I did not work hard enough last season on core conditioning, which caused me to be unable to perfect some of my existing dives, so I also want to work harder at that.

– Get more sleep
This goal kind of ties in to both the previous goals. I am totally going to kill myself on the diving board if I do not get at least seven hours of sleep each night. I have already hit the board (not badly, but it was scary) on multiple occasions because I did not get enough sleep the night before a meet, and as I progress to harder dives I will only get easier to hit the board. The way I can get more sleep is the same way I can find more time to work on my writing– by procrastinating less on schoolwork.

Did you have a good year?
Did you achieve your 2014 resolutions?
What are some of your resolutions for 2015?


60 Responses to “Keen as a Bean for 2015”

  1. Amber @ Books of Amber

    Hi Rachel! Welcome!

    Alise, I’m happy with my weight as it is at the moment, but I would really like to tone up. I had been going to the gym before Christmas but I got so busy that I had to stop! I’m starting up again on Saturday though, and I plan on going three times a week (or more).

    BECCCCC, I didn’t know you were renting a house! So. Exciting. I can come and camp on your floor when I eventually get to the country :D RATTLE THOSE STARS, DEARIE.
    Amber @ Books of Amber recently posted…2014 End of Year Book Survey

    • Bec

      For someone who plays with horses twice a week, I also have no muscle. I would work out but ugh effort. I wish I had your dedication for it!

      It’s a house for me to stay at when I’m at uni, seeing as I didn’t get accepted into campus dorms again this year. Whenever you come here you will have a place to stay though!

      I just read that in Rumpelstiltskin’s voice and now I’m seeing him mentor Celaena instead of Elena hahahahaha

  2. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    Welcome to Rachel, I can’t wait to get to know you and your posts in the new year! You’ve joined some really lovely girls and I know they were excited to have you.

    Bec you’ve done awesomely with your book buying ban and I am forever in awe (and enabling) of you. Oh dear, I hope you are okay from your near accident, that sounds really scary. I have anxiety about a lot of things as well, but hopefully you’ll learn to cope. And social anxiety? HELLO you organised an amazing book blogger’s get together!

    Alise, good luck with your health goals for the following year, it’s a big thing to commit to but as long as you work it into your daily routine and keep it realistic, it should be fine. Tips for staying positive? It’s not a black and white being optimistic vs pessimistic. If you have a hard time, it’s okay to talk about it and feel down/upset. As long as you get it out, and then learn to be proactive and focus on the things you CAN do to help the situation.

    Happy New Year girls, and I’m so glad Readers in Wonderland is back in full force for 2015! I’m so glad you guys will be here for a bit to come because I love your blog!
    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence recently posted…2014 Recap & Blogging Highlights

    • Bec

      Aw, you talk us up too much, Jeann XD

      I’m fine! If you play with horses you’re likely to get kicked one day. It’ll undoubtedly happen again sometime.

      You have no idea how scary that event was to organise! I had fun though. We need to organise another sometime.

  3. Jess @My Reading Dress

    I’VE GOT LEARN TO BE LESS CYNICAL AS WELL. I need this tips, Alise. Hit me up if you’ve got annyyyy!!! And have fun with the healthy lifestyle! I cut out a lot of things last year and it’s helped with my health so much!

    OMG Bec, I hope you’re alright! The horse thing *shudders* That’s kind of why I’m afraid of them. But on a more serious note, I hope you achieve your goal. Take charge of 2015!

    Welcome Rachel!!!! *waves* Get more sleep is MY ULTIMATE GOAL IN LIFE. That and no more naps. Wow, I dream BIG (or well..not at all, considering I’m not sleeping that much LOL)
    Jess @My Reading Dress recently posted…Seeking Saturday’s Read #18: Wrapping 2014 Up With A Big Fat Bow

    • Bec

      Oh man, I wish I had time to get more sleep. That would be amazing.

      I can understand a lot of people’s fear of horses, I get a bit nervous around them too sometimes, but it’s never stopped me! I need that attitude for general life haha

  4. Kezia

    Lol I have zero muscle mass as well, Alise! *highfive* As a girl who likes watching sports anime, I’m actually very lazy when it comes to exercising. And my diet isn’t helping either. We both terribly need a better lifestyle haha.

    Not buying any books is gonna be a bit tough, Bec! But I’m pretty sure it will work out since now you have a more important thing to dedicate your money to and that will certainly motivate you better :)

    Hi, Rachel! ^^ We’re on the same boat when it comes to needing more sleep. Though in your case it sounds more severe because you hit your head on the board O_O On school days last semester I only got 5-6 hours of sleep on average now I just can’t go to sleep before midnight. I guess my body has gotten used to it already but it’s definitely bad for my health. Gotta make sure I’m already asleep before 10 pm this semester!

    Lastly, happy new year!! <33
    Kezia recently posted…2015 Goals & Resolutions

    • Bec

      I hear ya with all that health stuff. I’m as bad as Alise with it all.

      If I survive this ban it’ll be a miracle. The lack of money is certainly great motivation.

      Can’t go to sleep before midnight?! I can’t stay up past midnight! Even when I’m on holidays. Good luck getting to sleep!

      Happy New Year!

  5. Terri M.

    The key to being happier? Making sure you are doing things that you love to do as often as you can around all the stuff that you have to do (like going to school or going to that job that pays the rent). I find that the more time I spend doing my hobbies (reading, working on my blog and horse back riding) the easier it is to deal with the hard stuff.

    Terri M., the Director
    Second Run Reviews
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    • Bec

      Thinking of good things every day is something I need to start doing! It’d be nice to look back on them all on particularly bad days.

  6. Sara L.

    So glad I discovered your site last year, ladies! You’re doing a superb job so far. :)

    Rachel: Welcome to Wonderland! Looking forward to reading your reviews and other contributions to the site. And good luck with your novel(s)!! I’m working on one myself and hoping to finish the first draft by the end of February.

    Alise: One small thing I’ve been doing every day for the past couple years has really helped me maintain a more positive attitude. Every night before I go to bed, I write down or verbalize one thing I’m grateful for. It seems so simple, but it’s worked wonders (no pun intended). Maybe that’s worth a try?
    Sara L. recently posted…New at DIY MFA Today: Identifying a Novel’s Themes Using the Title and the Blurb

    • Bec


      That sounds like a great idea! Writing it down so you can look at all the good things later would be a good way to get through bad times I think.

  7. Leigh @ Little Book Star

    Hi Rachel! Welcome to the book blogging community! I’m really excited to read your reviews and other posts. :) Hope you all had a great new year! My resolution for this year is to also buy less books and become more involved in the book blogging community. Also, I think your blog is perfect the way it is, and I can’t wait to see more of your posts and wow new features!? I’m excited! :D

  8. Tara

    I too would like to not let anxiety prevent me from living my life. I have friends teaching in the UK and I wish I could let myself go for the experience.
    It is nice to see a new voice on Readers In Wonderland. This is by far my favourite book blog so I am excited to see what 2015 has in store for this blog.
    Keep it up!

    • Bec

      Anxiety is such a pain. Really, it should just go away. Life would be much easier then.

      Thanks! I hope you like what’s to come!

  9. ShootingStarsMag

    Welcome, Rachel! I hope you enjoy the book blogging world. :)

    Alise: focusing on the positive is always good, but it CAN be difficult. I’d suggest thinking about one happy/positive thing that happened every day. My mom has a journal where you do that- write down one thing that made you happy that day!

    Bec: I’m pretty shy too, and I have social anxiety that has gotten a lot better…but it’s hard. I think talking online is much easier for me, so just take baby steps. Leave comments, talk to people via social media. It gets easier!

    ShootingStarsMag recently posted…Review: Murder at the Book Group by Maggie King

    • Bec

      Keeping track of good things seems to be a popular tip!

      My anxiety is slowly improving but there’s still heaps of things I can’t do because of it and it’s so frustrating! Online isn’t so bad but I still worry that I’m going to say something stupid, etc :/ Fangirling, though, I have no problems with XD

  10. Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

    Welcome to the blogging community, Rachel! :D

    First off, girls, I love all of your goals and have to agree with most of them. xD

    Alise: I need to be healthy, too. I’m under weight (I don’t even know why, since I eat more than my friends do) and under height. And it’s very embarrassing. I also have the crappiest time management and am a professional at procrastinating. I should stop. And I’m a pessimist! Every time I do something, I picture the worst possible outcomes instead of the best ones, and hopefully we can both change for the better this year!

    Bec: I feel so anti-social all the time, in real life and on the internet. I also have resting bitch face which is probably why most people are scare to talk to me. I find it funny, but I should try to be friendlier this year, in the blogosphere and in real life! Love the rattle the stars goal. ;)

    Rachel: Ahh I have so many novel ideas in mind, but I never finish writing them! Usually, after three chapters I give up and start over. This year, I want to finish even just HALF of a novel. Totally agree with needing more sleep. On a normal school day I get 4-5 hours of sleep, which is probably why I’m really cranky in the mornings. >_<

    Good luck with your goals, girls! Happy 2015!
    Aimee @ Deadly Darlings recently posted…A Deadly Christmas: 2014 Recap + 2015 Goals!

    • Bec

      You must have a crazy metabolism or something! I know some people that are the same.

      Picturing worst outcomes is part of makes my anxiety bad. I really should learn to think more on the positive side too!

      Rattle the stars is the best goal on there! And the one that will be the hardest for me to achieve, I think.

      I have a story that I haven’t touched in more than two years now. I wish I had the motivation finish it, or even just write!

      School makes it hard to get enough sleep. You have to much homework to do, then there’s the blogging to do!

      Happy New Year!

  11. Mel@thedailyprophecy

    Welcome Rachel! All your personal goals sound amazing. Rattle the stars, I know how you feel. I’m also trying to conquer my anxiety things and I’ve done so many new thing sin 2014, it’s an amazing feeling when you step over your fears. Good luck and kick butt in 2015 :D
    Mel@thedailyprophecy recently posted…January link-up Retelling challenge.

    • Bec

      I can imagine what conquering anxieties would feel like! I just wish I could actually do them and get there. It’s so very frustrating, but I have to do it sometime.

      I hope you keep conquering your fears and have a great 2015!

  12. Cait @ Paper Fury


    Good luck with all your goals, you three. And YAY AND WELCOME to Rachel! Diving is amazing. Oh wow. I completely admire you. 0.0 Sleep is also good and I totally should get more, but yes. No. I don’t. Heh. I also plan to write at least 2 books this year. But we’ll see. I also need to edit and I’m trying to figure out what needs the most attention!
    Cait @ Paper Fury recently posted…Do You Read Chapter Samplers?

    • Bec

      AND I GET THAT REFERENCE. I wonder if it’s possible to have an entire conversation of just references. That would be awesome.

      You write a crazy amount, Cait! I’m so jealous of your writing speed! I need that for writing my study notes XD

  13. Kelly

    I didn’t get that reference *grabs Cait up above me* tell me what she means! I want to rattle the stars too *sobs*

    YAY! A coblogger! I want one of those too. I AM one, but want one for my own. I’m really greedy, and probably not making that much sense actually. It’s hot, so I can blame the heat. Phew. Crisis avoided.

    I’m on one of those book buying bans too. Horrible things really.
    Good luck poppets with your goals and my resolution is to comment on your posts more often, rather than reading them and slinking away.
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    • Bec

      *whispers* Throne of Glass, Kelly, Throne of Glass

      You could collect an army of cobloggers, Kelly. Have them ALL.

      Bans are the worst. How dare our lack of money deny us happiness.

      I need to comment on your posts more! I am also guilty of reading and enjoying them but not expressing the joy I get from them :)

  14. Kyra

    Welcome Rachel! I hope you enjoy blogging, it’s a truly wonderful hobby and the community is amazing! :)

    Alise, I also want to try to get more fit! I have absolutely no muscle at all, and one of my goals this year is to start exercising more! I’m also quite pessimistic and I really want to have a more positive outlook on life. :)

    Bec, I also have anxiety and it gets quite bad at times but this year is the year I really want to work on controlling my anxiety and start doing more things. Also, glad you’re fine and that the horse didn’t inflict any damage! <3

    Rachel, I'd also like to try and write a book this year as it's something that I've always wanted to do. I really need to try to get more sleep but there's just so many books I need to read haha! ;D

    Good luck with all your goals! :)
    Kyra recently posted…December Wrap-Up and January TBR Pile

    • Bec

      Fitness and muscle is something I’ve been wanting to have for ages but have never had the motivation to do. Maybe 2015 will be the year I finally get there!

      We can conquer the anxiety! I’m so very glad the horse miss. It was a very close call!

      Good luck with your own goals!

  15. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Hi Rachel and welcome to blogging! I hope you love it :)

    Well, as much as I can relate to the stresses of blogging when real life gets crazy I AM SO HAPPY YOU LADIES ARE STILL WITH US! You’re one of my favorite blogs and I’d be very sad if I lost you *sniff*

    Lots of lovely resolutions here, I wish you all the best of luck with all of them. I used to be focussed on the negative and on the pessimistic side myself. The best advice I got to change that was to just force yourself every day to list out the positive things about your day. It can be simple things like: got to sleep in, grateful for running water for warm showers, a nice meal or some down time…it sounds overly simple but the more you make yourself notice good things, the more you’ll see :) Oh and I’m also shy and horribly awkward, even online. I also want to work on being more social on Twitter and stuff like that! I wish you all an awesome 2015 filled with fun and lots of bookish goodness ♥♥!
    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews recently posted…Stacking the Shelves *43*

    • Bec

      I think I’ll forever be shy. I don’t know how NOT to be shy. Shy is now part of my personality, unfortunately.

      We can’t wait to show all you guys!

    • Bec

      Thanks! So many people kept telling us how much they loved the name which definitely made us question what we wanted to do. It took us months of discussing to decide!

      I hope we can tackle all and tackle it well!

  16. Molly Mortensen

    Yes 2014 went crazy fast. Also I love the title of this post! I’m so glad you didn’t quit!

    Good luck with your resolutions! I so wish I knew how to be optimistic Alise!

    I’m the same as you Bec! I had a blog for almost a year before I had the guts to comment on random other blogs. I wish you a brave new year! (no book buying will be so hard!)

    Welcome Rachel! (I’m a fan of parenthesis too) Diving is so cool! (now that sounds like scuba oops)

    2014 stunk for me so that means 2015 is going to rock, right? I didn’t succeed in my resolutions so they are my resolutions this year too. Mainly finish rewriting and write more.
    Molly Mortensen recently posted…Top Ten Most Anticipated Debut Novels For 2015

    • Bec

      THANK YOU! Alise and Rachel didn’t believe me when I said this title was awesome XD

      2015 has to be good!Good luck with it all!

  17. Ashana Lian .

    First of all – I love your header! Congrat on Rachel joining your team. It was what attracted me in the first place. I love your goals (the three of you). They quite similar to mine. Health is really high up on my list this year, as I’ve neglected it a lot with the stress of changing jobs and so on.

    Bec wrote about a book buying ban – it’s so funny because mine just ended. I bought SO many books this year! Not keen to buy more until I’ve read the ones I’ve got. I really liked this post, thanks for sharing!
    Ashana Lian . recently posted…Trilogies and Series Challenge || 2015 Link Up

    • Bec


      My ban was supposed to end at Christmas but circumstances changed and now it has to be extended again :(

      Good luck with your goals!

  18. Angie

    I love love the comment about anxiety stopping you from doing things. I have talked about this on my blog the past few months because I deal with anxiety all the time. I don’t work even because of it and I really want to stop letting it rule my world. One of my goals this year was to do Yoga to help out with anxiety, but there has been so much snow and bad roads I am off to a bad start! ERRR… but I’ll get going on it soon.
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    • Bec

      Damn weather getting in the way of things! I hope the yoga works for you :D I plan on doing some sort of pilates or other exercise to try and see if that helps at all.

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