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Challenges and Resolutions Update #1

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People, this is less of an actual update and more of a blogger’s walk of shame. I know (I know) that blogging challenges and resolutions are made at the beginning of each year in order to have more fun but I can’t help but be disappointed in myself when I look at how I’m doing. Okay, so not all of my goals are a complete bust and I still have most of the year to catch up but I’ll need to change my tactics if I want to achieve at least a half of these.

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Resolutions

  • I want to succeed at my reading challenges. Hah.
  • I want to read more classics. Abysmal. I read one Little Black Classic which hardly counts because it has 40 pages, I think (it was Christina Rosetti’s Goblin Market, a really great poem – accompanied with several more of her poems that I never read before and I really liked them).
  • I want to finish more series. Okay so I’m not doing too bad with this one. I’ll consider this a good work in progress.
  • I want to get better at using Instagram. Er, no. Nope.
  • I want to read more non-English books. This isn’t too bad. I have already read three 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! :) My NetGalley ratio is currently 82% 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. I have started making some progress with this, so let’s consider it a work in progress.
  • I want to buy less 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, doing okay with this most of the time!

So let’s see: 3 resolutions on track, 3 mediocre ones and 3 fails. Eh, it’s not as bad as you’d think, right?

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Challenges

As I said, I am doing very poorly with the Back to the Classics Challenge (hosted by Karen at Books and Chocolate). My goal was to read six books and so far I can’t even say I’ve read one. I want to change that soon.

2016-Discussion-Challenge

The 2016 Discussion Challenge is hosted by Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon at It Starts at Midnight, and it’s the only challenge I’m acing so far. My goal is to write at least 13 discussions this year.

You can see my discussions here: Supernatural Love Interests, Should Romance Be Realistic?Are Bloggers Really Introverts?, How Are You?, All the Hype and High Expectations.

And I’m participating in the Fairytale Retelling Challenge 2016 again. It is hosted by Mel at The Daily Prophecy. I am failing miserably at this one since I haven’t read a single book to make progress – though I’m waiting for my copy of A Court of Mist and Fury to arrive in the mail.

So. One in three challenges – it seems everything is going in thirds today.

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How are your challenges and resolutions coming along?

Do you feel guilty if you aren’t succeeding at them?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

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Challenges and Resolutions 2016

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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!

My resolutions

  • 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!

BackToTheClassics2016

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…

2016-Discussion-Challenge

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.

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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.

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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! :)

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The Classics Spin #2

classics-spin-1This is my second time participating in The Classics Spin, hosted by The Classics Club. My first one resulted in reading Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which was amazing and terrifying. I made a self-imposed resolution in January to read more classics this year, which hasn’t happened yet, so I’m giving myself a little push.

The point of the spin is that you choose 20 classics you have on your tbr, list them like so, and wait for the lovely people of The Classics Club to pick a random number. I’m using the list from the last post, though I replaced Atwood with a new novel, of course. I have a number of these at home already, languishing on my shelves, so I’m hoping it’s one of them (I put a little (o) next to those I own). The list is a mash-up of “old” classics and some modern ones, including SFF titles I really should have read by now

Anyway, the spin will be done on Monday, August 24, and the book that appears under the chosen number on my list should be read by October 23. There’s the possibility to leave this introductory post in the comments, which makes this a kind of meme, I guess.

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My list (in a totally random order):

  1. classics-spin-2Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (o)
  2. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (o)
  4. 1984 by George Orwell
  5. Dune by Frank Herbert (o)
  6. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (o)
  7. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (o)
  8. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  9. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  10. East of Eden by John Steinback
  11. Ivanhoe by Walter Scott
  12. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (o)
  13. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  14. Beauty by Robin McKinley
  15. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  16. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  17. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  18. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
  19. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
  20. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip

Edit: The chosen spin number was 5, so I’ll be reading Dune

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Which of these have you read? And which are still on your tbr?

Do you read classics at all? 

I’d love to hear from you! :)

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Challenges

This coming New Year is the first that will come to pass since I’ve started this blog in May. And while I’m very satisfied with how it’s been evolving, I’d like to sign up for a couple of challenges – not so much in order to read more books but to do more social stuff and connect with other bloggers. The book blogging community is wonderful and I’d like to use this chance to find more cool blogs to read. I’ll be completing this post with one on New Year’s resolutions, I think.

All of the challenges are meant for the entire year, so I have lots of time to fulfill them all. They might sound like a lot, but I think they won’t be too much as there’s bound to be some overlap and I’m not choosing the highest categories for each of them. I won’t be setting a Goodreads challenge with a number of books, I’ll just try to complete these:

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(Unless you are Snow White)_thumb[3]The Fairytale Retelling Challenge 

Hosted by Mel of The Daily Prophecy (rules on her page!). The goal is to read fairytale retellings in whichever genre / age group you desire. I’m aiming for the Magic Mirror level (5-9 books) but I might re-evaluate my goals a few months later.

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flightsoffantasyThe Flights of Fantasy Challenge

This one is a no-brainer for me given how many fantasy novels I read anyway. The challenge is hosted by Alexa Loves Books and Hello, Chelly and the basic rules are pretty simple! I’m setting a goal of 24 books – I think I can manage that! :) There are additional options with books recommended by the hostesses (is this the right word here?) and they look great!

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Re-Read ChallengeThe Re-read Challenge

I’m always saying I should re-read some book or other, and I actually re-read a lot. This challenge is hosted by So Obsessed With and Belle of the Literati and I feel like it’s perfect for me. I’ll use this post as a sort of guideline, but I may re-read other books. I’m going to set a tentative goal at 12 books, so I should read and write a review for one book each month, allowing me to keep up with the other bloggers who will participate in the challenge.

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dusting-off-the-shelf1-e14189491207621Dusting Off The Shelf Reading Challenge

This challenge is great because I’m a compulsive book buyer (I suspect a lot of us are) and I never manage to read all the books I buy, because there’s always something new and shiny to get to. It’s hosted by Emily at Books & Cleverness and is pretty forgiving with details and rules. These are some of the titles I’ve had on my shelves for over a while now and really want to read in 2015:

  • My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher
  • Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
  • Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • The City and the City by China Mieville
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  • The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
  • Le Combat d’hiver by Jean-Claude Mourlevat
  • Tomorrow when the War Began by John Mardsen
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

These ten titles are something of a guideline, but I’ve got other books languishing around that I might read and add to this category. Again, a goal of 12 books sounds good.

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Apart from these three challenges, I’d like to read more classics (from this list, for example, at least 5 novels), and finish more series – I’m terrible at this.

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As some of these might overlap, I think these challenges are doable in one year. We’ll see if I’m too ambitious by the same time next year! :)

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Are you participating in any challenges?

Or are you a mood reader and want to read whatever the hell you want?

I’d love to hear from you! :)