In 2015, I did fairly well with my challenges and resolutions. I would have liked to complete/keep all of them, but I think we all know when we’re setting these that it’s a useless wish. So this year’s list of resolutions isn’t as different from the one I made last year – but I’m only keeping one challenge (the fairy tale one) and trying out two others. We’ll see how that goes!
- I want to succeed at my reading challenges. Obviously.
- I want to read more classics. This is also one of last year’s goals and since I failed miserably I now also found a challenge to go with that – hopefully, this will kick me into classics-reading mode. Hopefully.
- I want to finish more series. Oh man. This is probably one of those never-ending resolutions that will always make it to my list because I’m horrible at this. But I’ll put it this way: I have to finish 3 series before I start a new one (this is where I sort of keep track of the series I’m reading). I’m counting a series as “finished” if I’ve read all published books so far (even if we’re still waiting for new parts – so basically I have to be up to date with a series for it to count).
- I want to get better at using Instagram. I really like it (here’s my account) and I want to go from posting every once in a while to a more regular routine.
- I want to read more non-English books. Again, a repeat from last year when I pretty much failed at it. I want to read at least 10 – either Slovenian or French originals or translated books from other languages.
- I want to keep up-to-date with my ARCs. I did really well during the summer and then completely fell behind when I had my mini-hiatus in the fall. So here’s the rule: I have to review 3 ARCs before I request a new one.
- I want to post more of my reviews to Goodreads. Especially with the ARCs, that’s so important.
- I want to buy less books and read more of the ones I already own. Ugh. Let’s go with the 3 to 1 ratio again because both my physical and e-tbr lists are becoming unmanageable.
- I want to post at least twice a week. I wrote “three times” last year and I did pretty well with that, but I can tell you now, 2016 is going to be one crazy, crazy year (I can’t share everything with you yet, but I start hyperventilating every time I think of what’s to come). So I’m keeping it down to two posts a week, maybe I’ll schedule ahead and see if that takes some pressure off things, I want this place to stay a sanctuary where I have fun and chat about great books with great people.
Aaand that’s it. I think. Now, for the challenges!
This is the Back to the Classics Challenge, hosted by Karen at Books and Chocolate. It has categories you have to fulfill – so books have to be specific and you can’t count a book in more that one category but I did a bit of thinking and I think it will work. I think I’m going to go with SIX books, which is the minimum, as far as I can tell, and if I reach that early on, I’ll see if I can read more, but let’s start small, shall we? Here’s one of my classics tbr lists – I’m fairly certain I can find six appropriate books here to fill the categories. I might even read a French classic or two for this, it’s been a while…
I did really well with discussions last year, but I decided to participate in this challenge anyway – more to discover other cool discussions (they are the type of posts I like reading on other blogs, especially on blogs I just discovered). The 2016 Discussion Challenge is hosted by Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon at It Starts at Midnight, two very lovely ladies. Since I wrote more than 12 discussions last year, I’m going for the second category, the Creative Conversationalist (13-24 discussions). We’ll see how that goes.
And I’m participating in the Fairytale Retelling Challenge 2016 again. It is hosted by Mel at The Daily Prophecy. I completed it in 2015 (I was just lousy at linking up my reviews) and I’m going with the Goose Girl level (5-9 books), which I think is more than enough to start.
Apart from that, you all probably know by now that DJ and I are hosting The Bastard Read-along, so this is another challenge for me, as I have to finish re-reading the books on time. I don’t think this will be a problem because they’re freaking amazing, but I thought I should mention it here, too.
What are your resolutions and challenges for 2016?
Do you ever bite off more than you can chew? Does it bother you if you fail at resolutions and challenges?
I’d love to hear from you! :)