Wow, how has the year gone by so fast? It’s the end of August, people, and I feel like it should be April or something. But I still have more than four months of blogging to go in 2015, so I thought I should do a little review of how well I’m holding on with my reading challenges and resolutions.
Flights of Fantasy (info): I reviewed (favourites are starred) Hounded, Shadow Scale, World After, The Thief, *A Darker Shade of Magic, *Half the World, Angelfall, *Stardust, *Heir of Fire, Gates of Thread and Stone, *Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, *Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, *Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, *The Accident Season, Perfect Ruin, *White Cat, End of Days, *Uprooted, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Hidden Huntress, Soulless, Kiss of Deception, Half a War. This means I’m up to 23/24 books, which is still ahead of schedule, YAY! One more and I’ll be finished with this challenge!
Dusting Off the Shelves (info): I read Allegiant, Eleanor & Park, Eleven on Top, Twelve Sharp, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, The Mad Ship and Looking for Alaska which is 7/12. This means I’m still behind the schedule – barely! I’m working on it (see this post)!
Fairytale Retelling (info): I reviewed Scarlet, Uprooted, A Court of Thorns and Roses and I wrote about why I love fairytales and about the same old story, but I’m still behind schedule (3/5-9 books) but I have high hopes of meeting my goals with this one!
Re-reading (info): I re-read half of the Sweep series but I haven’t written any reviews yet :( I wrote a mini review for How to Entice and Enchantress. Here are the others: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and I also read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire but haven’t reviewed it yet. Since I set a goal of 12 books, and I’m currently at 6, I’m still behind, but not by much (I’m counting Sweep as one book, they’re so short).
In terms of Classics – which was my self-imposed challenge – I read The Handmaid’s Tale. This isn’t going well! Ugh. I’m participating in The Classics Spin, though, so I’m supposed to read Dune by Frank Herbert by the end of October! :) I’m also currently reading To Kill a Mockinbird by Harper Lee and I’m really enjoying it!
- I want to succeed at my reading challenges. Ok with some, really bad with others.
- I want to read more classics. Oops.
- I want to finish more series. Again, oops – and I wrote a post about it. I’m trying to do better, though!
I want to update my blog design. YES! I did that! And after four months, I still love how it turned out.
- I want to
comment more on other blogs, interact moreand use social media to their full potential. I don’t know about the social media part and the full potential part but I have been commenting more on blogs and I love interacting with other bloggers!
- I want to read more non-English books. Ahh. This is a tough one. I read 35 Kilos d’espoir which was short but sweet. Nevertheless, I will try to read some more books in these four months!
I want to be better at managing my ARCs. Yep, I’m doing OK with this one. My NG ratio is at 70% all the time – I don’t request new books if I’m below that – but I could go higher, I guess.
- I want to read less fluff. Weeeelll… I have been reading more YA fantasy but I really should try to read less romance. But I’m in a bit of a romance-slump anyway so things are looking up.
I want to continue posting three times a week. Mostly done, some weeks I do 2 posts but I think I’m pretty consistent! I want to write more discussion posts. Aaah, this is the one I’m really proud of! I’ve written several discussion posts that drew really nice reactions from my readers! <3 Here they are: Why I Love Fairytales, Reading Fantasy in a Tiny Country, The Same Old Story, Are You Into Safe Sex?, Finishing Series, Sh*t Just Got Real: My Physical TBR Pile, On Jazz (And Maybe Modern Art), Fan Fic (+ A Ramble On Harry Potter and Sex), Just Another Love Triangle. YAY!
How are you doing with your challenges and resolutions? Do you like to review yours or do you put them out of your mind as soon as you write them down?
Did you read any good books that would fall into my categories lately?
I’d love to hear from you!