As the end of 2015 draws close, I thought I should look at how I did with my challenges and resolutions – the verdict is: very well with some, terrible with others. I suspected this would be the case when I made them, but perhaps I’ll do better next year, who knows. I did a similar post back in August and I like the progress I’ve made since then, even if I haven’t been blogging a lot. I’ll be writing another post on challenges and resolutions for 2016 – this one is simply intended as a general overview of what I’ve done this year. I really think it was a good one!
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, *Nice Dragons Finish Last, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Night Circus, *Daughter of the Forest, and I also read *Carry On, The BFG, Shadows, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, The Ruby Circle, and *Nimona, most of which I intend to review soon(ish). This means I COMPLETED THIS CHALLENGE (I set myself a 24 book goal and read 34, I think)!
Dusting Off the Shelves (info): I read Allegiant, Eleanor & Park, Eleven on Top, Twelve Sharp, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, The Mad Ship, Looking for Alaska, Lady Thief, To Kill a Mockingbird and Daughter of the Forest. I set myself a 12 book goal, so I’m one book behind – I might make it, though, we’ll see. I like to think I am insanely competitive – and I mostly try to beat myself at things, so yeah. Here’s my physical tbr list, incomplete, of course, but still hefty. I update it as I go…
Fairytale Retelling (info): I reviewed Scarlet, Uprooted, A Court of Thorns and Roses and Lady Thief and I also read Thorn and Daughter of the Forest, so I made it! (I set myself a 5-9 book challenge). I also wrote about why I love fairy tales and about the same old story.
Re-reading (info): I re-read half of the Sweep series but I haven’t written any reviews yet. I’m counting Sweep as one book, they’re so short. 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, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and I also re-read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, as well as Silver Shadows and The Ruby Circle (for translation purposes). I’m currently re-reading both Uprooted and The Lies of Locke Lamora, both of which I should be done with by the end of the year. If I manage that, I’ll be at 13 books, which means I completed this challenge (I set myself a 12 book goal).
In terms of Classics – which was my self-imposed challenge – I read The Handmaid’s Tale and To Kill a Mockingbird, which is pretty damn miserable as far as challenges go. I didn’t set a number on this one, but I’m pretty sure I failed anyway. Ugh.
I want to succeed at my reading challenges. I’m going to cross this one off because I think I did good, overall.
- I want to read more classics. Oops. I’m keeping this resolution for next year for sure.
- I want to finish more series. Again, oops – and I wrote a post about it. I was actually doing okay with this in the summer but now I started so many new series I don’t know how I’ll finish them all. *sigh*
I want to update my blog design. YES! I did that! And 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 nope. I read 35 Kilos d’espoir which was short but sweet. I’ll definitely be keeping this resolution for 2016.
I want to be better at managing my ARCs. I crossed this one out in August, but I’ve fallen behind again. My ratio should be higher, I think, and I’ll keep working towards it.
- I want to read less fluff. Weeeelll… I have been reading more YA fantasy, but I really should try to read less romance. This really depends on my mood. I didn’t read a single romance for a month and then I had a week-long binge when I read 5, I think. Oh, well.
I want to continue posting three times a week. Mostly done, some weeks I do 2 posts, but I think I’m pretty consistent! – This was my update in August before my life got even crazier than before. I had two or three very slow months, but I think I can keep up a 2-posts-per-week schedule for now. That gives me enough time to answer comments as well. 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 I also enjoy writing these the most. 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, In Defence of Good Guys, Reading Translations, Let’s Talk Spoilers, Comfort Reads, and Second Chances. YAY!
Becky and I did a whole year of Author Addiction posts together, I enjoyed these a lot. We had some freebie months where we picked our own authors, but I really liked the months when we had a common person to write about – it’s so cool to read the different perspectives. We’re putting this feature on the back burner for now and we’re discussing a new one for 2016 but I don’t have any particulars yet, so stay tuned! :)
The Bastard Read-along
DJ and I are hosting a read-along of the Gentleman Bastards sequence by Scott Lynch in 2016. The reviews for The Lies of Locke Lamora will go up on January 5, so join us if you wish! All the details are in the link. I’ve already read the books and am re-reading them – I’ve already started on The Lies and it’s just as good as I remember. If you need me to convince you some more: this is one of my all-time favourite series and Locke Lamora is probably my favourite character ever.
Whew! This post was a pain to write (all the links!) but I like looking back.
How did you do with your challenges? Are you picking any new ones for 2016?
I’d love to hear from you! :)