Challenges and Resolutions Update #3

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December is here and it is time to take stock of what I’ve been doing on this blog in 2016. Given that I had a baby and worked a lot, I think I did well with these, even if I didn’t necessarily stick to all of them.

Resolutions

  • I want to succeed at my reading challenges. I finished my Discussion Challenge and I’m really proud of that. I will definitely be participating in next year.
  • I want to read more classics. I didn’t do well with this one. I read one tiny Penguin Classics edition of Christina Rosetti’s poetry and I re-read Pride and Prejudice. I’ll be keeping this resolution for 2017.
  • I want to finish more series. Okay so I’m not doing too bad with this one. I’ll consider this one a mediocre success. I also dropped some series because I decided not to purposefully read bad books anymore, which was pretty liberating.
  • I want to get better at using Instagram. Er, no. I’m still posting stuff from our trips and some Lego creations, but I haven’t been all that consistent.
  • I want to read more non-English books. I aced this one, I think – especially compared to previous years. I have read eleven (I think?) non-English titles (though one was an English translation of a Finnish book).
  • I want to keep up-to-date with my ARCs. YES! I am doing great at this. Woop! :) I’ve kept my NetGalley ratio above 80% for the entire year and I am not requesting many books, only those I’m genuinely interested in. YAY!
  • I want to post more of my reviews to Goodreads. Yes. I am doing way better with this. Putting reminders into my Google calendar for each review really helps.
  • I want to buy fewer books and read more of the ones I already own. I’m not QUITE keeping to my 3-to-1 ratio but let’s say I’m making some progress.
  • I want to post at least twice a week. Yep, apart from the break in November, which I needed badly, I’ve kept this up!

I’d say I was pretty good with these. I’ll have to think of new resolutions for 2017!

srcek

Challenges

2016-Discussion-Challenge

The 2016 Discussion Challenge is hosted by Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon at It Starts at Midnight. My goal was to write at least 13 discussions this year and I made it!! So this challenge is definitely a success and I will be participating in it next year for sure – it makes me write better posts that get the most engagement and I also met some great new people through it!

You can see my discussions here: Supernatural Love Interests, Should Romance Be Realistic?Are Bloggers Really Introverts?, How Are You?, All the HypeHigh Expectations, Watching People, Reading Novellas, Super Long Books, What Makes a Fantasy, Reading Bad BooksRe-reading Childhood Favourites, and Friends.

And I participated in the Retelling Challenge 2016 again. It was hosted by Mel at The Daily Prophecy. I am failing this one – I thought A Court of Mist and Fury would count towards this challenge but it really isn’t a retelling of anything as far as I could tell, despite the fact that the first part of the series was a loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I also read Son of the Shadows by Juliet Mariller – the first book of the series was a retelling (The Daughter of the Forest), but this one just isn’t. So the only retellings I’ve read were Lock & Mori, a YA contemporary version of Sherlock Holmes, and The Wrath and the Dawn.

See – I won the challenge that isn’t dependent on my mood swings and current tastes in books. I think I’ll choose more challenges of this sort for 2017. More on that next week!

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How did you do with your challenges and resolutions?

Do you feel guilty if you didn’t succeed?

What challenges will you be joining in 2017?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

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  • Greg Hill

    I didn’t do any challenges in ’16 and I decided I wanted to do some next year, so I picked three. I could do more but I can totally see myself slacking off and not really paying attention as the year winds on, so it’s probably better if I stick to just a few! Looks like you did good this year though! I need to be a lot better at crossposting to Goodreads. SMH

    Discussions are great and Shannon/ Nicole’s discussion challenge has been awesome this year. Looking forward to seeing what challenges you pck for 2017!

    • Yeah, I agree, it’s better to stick with two or three challenges and do them well, instead of picking loads and forgetting all about them.

      And cross posting to Goodreads and Amazon is the worst. I hate doing it but I feel like I should at least put up the ARC reviews so other people can find them.

  • It really does sound like you’ve done well this year. Even though not ever goal was met, there is definitely some great progress. I did fairly well with some of my goals. I’ve met almost all of the reading goals, although I am currently a few books behind on my Historical Romance Reading Challenge. But I haven’t done too well updating older posts which I wanted to do. And I definitely need some work in the social media aspect.

    • Thanks, Quinn! :)

      And congratulations on meeting your reading goals, that’s fantastic!

      Updating older posts is a good idea, though I’m not entirely sure I want to read stuff I wrote more than two years ago, I think I’d be horrified by what I published online.

  • I want to wean of ARCs and read a lot of older books and reread old favorites and learn to schedule posts beforehand so I’m not always leaving it for the last minute. Good luck to both of us!

    Nereyda│ Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist

    • Yeah, reading older books and re-reading favorites are both good plans. But scheduling posts is a must – I sometimes manage to write three or four posts and I have a buffer for a week or two, but then a week goes by and I write zero posts and I fall behind again. Scheduling definitely takes some stress off blogging.

  • Jolien @ The Fictional Reader

    I think you did really well! I’m also keeping a classics-resolution for 2017. I read Pride and Prejudice for the first time this year, and actually enjoyed it -which I didn’t expect. So I want to try more classics!

    • Thanks, Jolien!

      I hope P&P will inspire you to read more Austen, you know I’m a fan. ;)

  • Yay, go you doing reasonably well at your challenges and resolutions. I mean, you can’t win them all, right? I definitely found that the discussion challenge was way easier than any reading challenge I did. It seems I get bored when doing reading challenges. I’ve got two on my radar for next year. I’m thinking the Modern Mrs Darcy one and the Shelf Love Challenge… but then I’m not sure. I’m doing a lot of scouting out before I decide.

    As for your resolutions, they’re always an ongoing thing. Sometimes you’ll rock them (like reading non-english books and staying up to date with your ARCs) and sometimes you’ll slack a bit (I definitely did that with conquering my TBR). I would worry about not reading that many classics, either. They aren’t going anywhere so you can try again next year. Maybe try and read so many pages a day or a week and you’ll slowly get through one.

    • You know, the Modern Mrs Darcy challenge sounds great! I think I’ll add it to my list. It definitely sounds doable and yet it provides some guidance.

      And reading a certain number of “classics pages” a week is a good idea! I might have to implement that strategy to get myself moving. Jane Eyre, here I come! >.<

      • That was my thinking too. It’s manageable and hopefully it’ll get me all excited about reading again. I’ve gone through another mini slump. I feel like the last quarter of this year has been taken up by mini reading slumps. It’s a nightmare.

        I thought it was a good idea. I read a post a while ago about how if you read so many pages a day you can get through big classics like War & Peace in under a year. I figure change it to a weekly figure and you’ll be sorted.

  • The challenge I did this year was NaNoWriMo (first time), and I succeeded in my goal of finishing up a novella. Next year I hope to write a full-length novel for NaNoWriMo. 50,000 words in a single month sounds daunting, but I’m eager to give it a try!

    • Ah, congratulations on finishing your novella! I like NaNo very much, I’ve participated for two years now and it’s definitely hard. Camp NaNo in April and July is good, you get to pick your own writing goal there. Good luck with your writing!

      • Thanks, Kaja! I forgot Camp NaNo is coming up next. I’ll have to give it a try this year. Good luck with your resolutions, and getting the classics read! (I really should attempt a classic, but new books keep coming and taking my attention away) :)

        • Thank you!

          And yeah, shiny new books keep distracting me, too. It’s the curse of book lovers. ;)

  • It definitely sounds like you did well, especially considering you also had a baby! I also kind of came to a decision about not wanting to read bad books anymore and have tried to stop requesting/reading books that I’m 99% sure I’m going to dislike or only going to mildly enjoy but not love, so I also ended up not continuing some series that I previously had planned to.

    I’m a mood reader too, so I’ve never joined any challenges other than the GR one and the discussion challenge. Genre challenges and whatnot seem like they’d just cause me stress. But at least the discussion challenge is fun! I’ll be participating again next year too :-)