It’s almost the end of the year again, which means I need to see how much of a
failure success I was at my 2014 reading/writing goals. I do this in part because it helps me plan out my goals for next year and in part because it’s a good time to reflect.
1) I want to read at least fifty books. I know that I’m downsizing from last year, but life has been extremely hectic as of late. I really would like to read at least as many books (if not more) than I read last year, but I have to be realistic about these things.
I actually went up and above this. Currently, GoodReads shows that I’ve read 150 something books (this does not count rereads). This year I’ve been going through spurts where I have lots of reading time and then I have not so much time. Even though my target number was abysmally small, I still think it was a good goal.
2) I want to participate more in the blogger community-via commenting, doing blog tours, participating in memes, etc. Probably going to be a difficult one for me to accomplish because of time restraints. But I am going to make an effort.
Sort of. I have put an effort in commenting more. I do participate in the Top Ten meme, but I haven’t really done any blog tours. And since this is more of a review than a promotional blog I think that’s okay.
3) Torment myself by reading another horrible series. Hey, I survived House of Night. Obviously, that means I’m a bad ass or that I’m glutton for punishment.
Over achiever on this one. I did two bad series (The Tiger Curse Series and the Fuentes Boys trilogy). I really don’t know if I’m going to put myself through another one of these drinking games next year.
4) Complete my Nostalgia Book Challenge.
Um, I did a modified version of that. That counts as something. Right? I was going to actually do this, but I couldn’t find all the books I wanted. So instead, I’ve been periodically reading books with a pub date of pre 2010.
5) Look into more cost effective strategies for reading-using the library more, think about investing in Oyster, check Netgalley and Edelweiss more often.
Utilized more, but not enough. Didn’t invest in Oyster since I hear it’s not really Kindle compatible. Thought about getting Kindle Unlimited but a lot of the titles screamed meh to me. Therefore, I am still using the library as my most budget saver item.
6) Slowly but surely start removing old content from my GoodReads account since I don’t want that site having access to my content for obvious reasons.
Well, I tried giving up my GR account but it’s not working. I am posting reviews there, but I’m not as active on there as I once was.
I still need to use Leafmarks more. I do post my reviews to Booklikes regularly.
8) Actually finish my WIP and start another WIP AFTER I finish writing a detailed outline, so that I won’t get stuck.
Sort of. Still editing that WIP. But I did start another WIP during NaNo but with a very loose outline.
9) Go to a book signing this year.
Didn’t happen. I was going to go to a Stephanie Perkins and Kiersten White signing, but I got a sinus infection and was in bed that day. I do plan on going to a signing next year (hopefully).
10) Try to read more new authors.
This one was actually accomplished. Very, very, easily.