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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!

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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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Challenges and Resolutions Update #2

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As the year has passed well into the second half, I thought it would be a good time to check what progress I’d made on my challenges and resolutions for 2016. In May, I bemoaned my lack of progress and felt kind of bad that I wasn’t doing as good as I’d thought I would be. But now, I just can’t bring myself to feel bad about this kind of thing – blogging is and should remain a hobby and as long as I’m enjoying it, I’m good. The same goes for reading. Let’s see how I’m doing:

Resolutions

  • I want to succeed at my reading challenges. Well – I finished my Discussion Challenge already but the others are less of a success.
  • 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 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. Nope.
  • I want to read more non-English books. This isn’t too bad. I have already read six (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! :) 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 am doing way better with this. Putting reminders into my Google calendar for each review really helps.
  • 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 the tally is: 4 resolutions are a success, 3 are a work in progress, and 2 are fails. This is better than with my May update, which I’m counting as an overall success! :)

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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 but I don’t know if I’ll manage. We’ll see. I’m such a mood reader it’s difficult to plan my reading in advance, though I’ve had some success with my Summer TBR list.

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 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 Books, and Re-reading Childhood Favourites.

And I’m participating in the Retelling Challenge 2016 again. It is 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, which I’ll be reviewing soon.

So. One in three challenges – not horrible but not good, either. 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.

srcek

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 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?

srcek

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.

srcek

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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Top Ten Tuesday: 2015 Book Resolutions

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely people of The Broke and the Bookish – the number of bloggers who participate is simply crazy and I always find interesting lists there, so go check it out.

This week’s topic is 2015 resolutions and I decided to focus on my blog and reading (I never really keep the personal ones so I’m not sharing!) :)

  1. I want to succeed at my reading challenges. I’ve never done any before as I only started blogging this May, so I kept it simple – and signed up mostly for fun & to meet new people.
  2. I want to read more classics. I often feel like I fall for hyped-up books, only to feel disappointed and unsatisfied with the substance of what I read. I used to read a lot of classics in high school and at the Uni, so I’d like to make a habit of this again.
  3. I want to finish more series. I’m a serial series reader. It’s obvious that if I hate the first book in a series, I won’t go and buy the next one, but there are series I really liked but never got around to finishing.my-bookshelf
  4. I want to update my blog design. A better way to put this would be: I want someone (my brother!) to do this because my design “skills” are nonexistent and it’s just embarrassing that I make my meme headers using MS Word and Paint.
  5. I want to comment more on other blogs, interact more and use social media to their full potential. I really want to take the time to do this because there are so many wonderful posts out there every week. I also feel like blogs are made to be read, despite the fact that I write mine primarily for myself!
  6. I want to read more non-English books. Since my mother tongue is Slovenian I should really make an effort to read more Slovenian books. And I studied French as well as English, so I want to read some French books in 2015 so I stay in touch with the language.french-books
  7. I want to be better at managing my ARCs. I don’t request that many and I never get approved for all of those I apply for but I want to limit myself to those books I’m really interested in. This will, hopefully, result in less “meh” reviews on this blog. I also want to get my Netgalley ratio up (to at least 75 %) so I better start reading!
  8. I want to read less fluff. Perhaps my current situation (having a 4-month-old) means that it’s easier for me to read lighter books, but I know that reading so much romance is like eating too much chocolate. It never ends well.
  9. I want to continue posting three times a week. This seems like a manageable frequency for me and I really like it.
  10. I want to write more discussion posts. I feel like they’re harder to write than book reviews (and obviously harder than memes where the topics are known in advance), so I always appreciate them more when I read them on other blogs.

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 What are your resolutions for 2015? 

Do you keep yours? :)