2016 Bloggish Goals

And it’s time to make some new goals for the new year (2016).  As always, I feel like the last year just happened.  A lot of these goals seem repetitive but I am trying to add some new ones and change things up.  If you want to read how my 2015 goals turned out click here.

  1. I plan on reading 100 books this year: I think it’s a fair number, it might be sort of tight since I don’t think I’ll be reading much in January or much of February but I think I can knock back a few short books and novellas to help me reach this goal.
  2. I plan on reading the entire Throne of Glass series (well, the books that have been released): I read the first one a long time ago and had meh feelings about it.  After reading A Court of Thorns and Roses,  I am willing to give this series another chance.  I already bought the books so I’m hoping I can knock it out this year.
  3. I want to interact more in the community: This is something I always strive to do, but work obligations, having a deeply inverted personality, and not wanting to be too snarky get in the way.
  4. Be More Selective: Always something I strive to do, always something I inevitably fail at because I tend to be more generous than I should.
  5. Diminish my 2015 TBR Pile: Oh, do I have a lot of books left from last year to read.  I think I’m going to at least try to knock off two or three books per month in this pile.
  6. Have a Giveaway: Sometime this spring I will be hitting the five year mark of blogging.  I need to clean out my shelves, so I want to give some sort of giveaway.  Again, this will probably depend upon schematics.
  7. Reread, reread, reread: One of my favorite things about 2015 was that I reread a lot of favorites.  I think I’m going to need to do that more often.

 

2015 Goal Wrap Up

It’s time to see if I epically failed or succeeded in my 2015 reading goals.  Expect another post with my 2016 reading goals in the near-ish future.

2015 Goals:

1) I want to read about seventy-five books next year.  A realistic goal, I think given the fact my work schedule can be unpredictable and sometimes I need a breather.  It’s a little bigger than last year’s goal which I finished ridiculously early.]

Win.  I already have read 107 books at the draft date of this post.

2) Try to save more $.  Yeah, probably not going to happen.  I intend to continue my TBR pile feature, to sort of weed out preorders.  My library’s website now features a new release request tab and I’m exploiting it to the fullest. Oh, and I’ll continue to use Netgalley and Edelweiss too.  Though both those sites can be hit and miss-especially Edelweiss.

Fail.  I probably spent more in books this year since I moved and my new local library sucks major ass.  Though, the good news is that I am being more selective in my picks so that’s sort of a win.

3) Go to a book signing.  My eyes are set on the Marissa Meyer signing this winter, since I have nothing signed by her and she’s supposed to do a signing that’s like thirty minutes from where I live-which is better than the hour I usually have to drive to signings.  Also, it’s sort of a retry of a failed goal of 2014.

Win.  Went to the Marissa Meyer signing way back in February.  Here’s a recap here.

4) Try to get into more YA adaptations.  Movies, TV shows, etc.  And try to find good ones-this might be harder than it looks .

Fail.  Really, didn’t have that much time for TV this year.  Plus, none of the adaptions they make really are my speed.  Seriously, what’s wrong with turning The Mediator into a TV show or making a Lunar Chronicles or Anna and the French Kiss movie?

5) Be more forgiving to myself.  If I hate a book or series, I shouldn’t guilt myself into reading x amount of pages before giving up.  If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work.

Win.  I loosened up my DNF policy a little bit and surprisingly I think I DNF’d a little less this year than in years past.

6) Try to limit drunk reviews.  I’m sure they’re going to happen, but I really don’t want to do any drinking game series this year.  Rather, I want to binge read series I actually like.

Win (for the most part).  I didn’t drunk review any series, but I did read a Collen Houck book or part of one and that sort of bumped me down a little bit.

7) Try not to get  sucked up by it’s like so and so.  Remember, it’s more than likely not going to be like so and so.  Don’t buy a book just because it’s like so and so.  If it does mention fandoms your obsessed with, but it has a lot of bad reviews……library it.

Um, sort of fail.  Honestly, blurbs still get to me.  But I’ve ben a little bit more skeptical about them so that’s a plus.

8) Princess Diaries Challenge. Since I’m going to be reading the adult princess diaries book this spring, I need to binge read on the series to catch up.  And that includes the half books.  I also plan on rereading the Mediator series later this year-early next year-since a sequel to that book is coming out as well.

Win.  Already finished both binge reads-though Mediator reread series will continue to be posted next year.

9) Read for Fun. Sometimes I think I read too much to review than just to read.  I think I’m going to try to change.

Win.  I started reading more historical romances after a burn out and that’s not what this blog is really intended for.  So I’m counting it a win.

10) Try to do more innovative reviews.  Yeah, it’s sort of a lame goal.  But still, I always want to make each review more and more creative and still informative.

I really don’t know if I succeeded on this one or not.

 

 

Burn, Rewrite, or Reread: Because Everyone Is Doing It And I Need A Blog Post So….

I’ve seen this challenge post up on several blogs, and decided why not.  I’ll give it a whirl.  Basically, the gist of it is take three books and pick which one you’d burn, reread, and rewrite.  The picks are suppose to be totally random.  So, what I did was  like my predecessors used a random number to pick my picks.  Although, I’ll have you know I had a nasty flashback to my Contracts I class when I went to the random generator site-all of Section A hated that stupid website on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (ah, law school). Like Debby, I’ve decided to do multiple rounds of this because it oddly becomes addicting after awhile.

 

 

Rewrite:

While I gave the Bloodlines finale a high rating, there were parts of it that were a bit on the cheesy side for my taste that I would love to rewrite.

ReRead:

I actually reread the Princess Diaries series recently, and I want to reread them again.

Burn:

I try to forget about this ice skating series and that mother.  Oh, that mother.

 

Reread:

I might continue this series, but I don’t see it happening anytime soon-I do New Adult in moderation-so when the time comes I might want to reflect on the characters in Undeclared.

Rewrite:

I love the idea of this series.  Unfortunately, it falls through many of the same pitfalls that Eastern mythology inspired YA does. But still Korea…it.  had.  hope and potential.  And I’m a devastated reader.

Burn:

The most overhyped piece of crap that the Greek Gods need to smote.  Obviously, it needs to burn.

Burn:

Oh, how Straight Stalk grated on my nerves.  I like Tera Lynn Childs, I really do.  She has a lot of good stuff in her books going for her, but this book..I sort of get why it was self published rather than traditionally published.  But to be honest, I think that instead of self publishing it, it should’ve been sacrificed to the book gods in hope of writing a better book.

Rewrite:

I DNF’d this one.  But I do like most of Browne’s other stuff.  I might’ve rewrote some of the cliches that bugged me the most-the ultra relaxed love interest, that loosens up the supposed overly ambitious heroine.

Reread: 

I need to reread this one and read the rest of this series.  If I remember correctly, this one was eerie and creepy.  And different.

So am I tagging anyone, no.  I just don’t do tags guys.  It’s awkward business.  But if you feel welcome to join go at it.