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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