The First Book of 2017 and One Word

Sheila at Book Journey has been doing this for a long time, and I always seem to jump on the bandwagon late.

I had thought I would be absorbed in a short story collection, Sandlands by Rosy Thornton, but it turns out that I’m too absorbed in the audio of Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run.

Sheila also has become a powerhouse supporter of the One Word resolution, and if you read her entries and how she comes up with her word, you’ll know why. There is a certain serendipity to her selection process.

I have tried to come up with a word before and failed to do so due to commitments and other issues that end up taking over. This year, however, my word is DELIBERATE.

  • Adjective: done consciously and intentionally
  • Verb: engage in long and careful consideration

I’ve had a rough year of over-committing myself, and it led to a lot of disappointments. I want to take more time to consider the opportunities before me before I commit to them. If I take too long to think and miss out on something, so be it. It was probably not right for me.

I love to help people. It’s part of who I am, but it shouldn’t be all I am. I need to do things that make me happy, too. One of those things is a renewed focus on finishing writing projects (I may not finish them all, but finishing one would be a huge step forward).

I also need to be more deliberate in my word choices and actions. I need to mean what I say and practice what I mean. I need to do this for myself and my family. It’s going to be a hard road this year, but I’m up for the challenge, so long as I carefully weigh all that is before me.

What’s your first book and one word this year?


  1. I don’t participate in the One Word but really enjoy seeing others posts on this and the reason for their selection. Enjoy the Springsteen book!

  2. Topazshell says:

    I hope you enjoy the short stories.

  3. bermudaonion(Kathy) says:

    I’ve never been a big Springsteen fan so I’ve been holding out to see what others think of his book. Happy New Year!

  4. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) says:

    Great word! It sounds like you’ve given it a lot of thought. You know my big goal for the year is also to focus more on writing. At least we can motivate each other. 😉

    Happy reading!

  5. Suko http://www.sukosnotebook says:

    Serena, I think you’ll enjoy your first book, or should I say audio book, of the year. I haven’t read it, but boy does it sound good.
    You’ve chosen an excellent word. I have not chosen one, although I am drawn to ‘relax’ this year (and I’d really like to spend more time relaxing with a book; I spent too much of 2016 hurrying about)! Anyway, have a terrific week.


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