As we’re starting a new year, I thought I’d take a moment to reflect and look back at last year’s resolutions.
Read 64 books – I 100% did not achieve this one, I read less than half of this number of books. However I did have big exams and then a very busy summer before starting A levels, all of which was super time consuming leaving sadly no time for books! I think looking back, I was perhaps a little optimistic so for 2017, I’m aiming to read 52 books, which is 1 book per week, which should hopefully be more manageable and achievable for me, bearing in mind everything that’s going on in my life.
Read 3 classics – Hahahahahahaha, no. I miserably failed this one, unless you count the French classic I’m being forced to read for A Level French and am approximately 75% of the way through. This is one that I’m not that bothered about. I’d love to read some of the classics that are already on my shelf but I don’t feel the need to force myself to read books because others feel they are ‘better’ than my usual YA.
Join in with some reading challenges – I joined in with some reading challenges, I didn’t do very well at the #RockmyTBR challenge or any of the bingos I signed up for, however I did take part in the Dewey’s 24 hour readathon, where I read a lot and had great fun. Overall I’d say I managed this one but I need to commit to longer challenges rather than just 24 hour ones!
Request ARCs sensibly and read and review them in time – Since I didn’t really read or blog that much during 2016, I obviously didn’t really request many ARCs but I think I managed to review the ones I did within the time. That means I think I succeeded at this resolution however that’s only because I didn’t read many ARCs so I couldn’t forget to review them!
Review half the books I read this year – Since I didn’t read many books this week, this one should have been easy, however I didn’t quite manage it. I did make a conscious effort to review more books so even though I didn’t quite manage this, I didn’t do badly.
Post twice a week – Looking back, this one is almost laughable. I don’t know how I thought I might manage to post twice a week but I definitely didn’t manage this one. For 2017, I think I’ll set an aim of posting at least once a week, a target I think is much more attainable for me yet still a bit of a challenge.
Always reply to comments – This one I started off well at however once I took long periods off blogging I wasn’t replying to any comments. I tried to go back and reply but I’m not sure I managed to respond to every single one. This resolution will be one I will be remaking and trying even harder to keep. I love every single comment I get and they really motivate me so I want to ensure I reply.
Join in with blogging events – This is perhaps the only one that I think I was particularly successful at. I joined in with 2 bloggiestas and the Love-A-Thon as well as the Dewey’s 24 hour readathon, all of which were great fun so I look forward to doing even more great events with the blogging community.
Serenity Books has created this new awesome tag called the ‘Bucket List Tag’. Here are the rules:
- Write the rules in your post
- Thank the person who tagged you
- Write ten things that you wish to do in the future
- Tag 5 other bloggers to do this tag
I was tagged to do this by the writing hufflepuff so thanks to her!
- Write an entire novel.
- Go to a book or blogging con.
- Post everyday for a month.
- Have a blogoversary.
- Go on the Harry Potter tours in London.
- Go to Rome and Pompeii.
- Read an entire novel in French.
- Read 100 books in a year,
- Go on a road trip around America and visit the settings of my favourite books
- Dye my hair.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme host by The Broke and the Bookish. I must admit I found this list quite tricky to write, however after many hours of thought, I think I’ve got it. So here we go, this week’s top ten:
1. Pushing the Limits By Katie McGarry
2. The Fault in Our Stars By John Green
3. Anna and the French Kiss By Stephanie Perkins
4. Fangirl By Rainbow Rowell
5.Throne of Glass By Sarah J. Maas
6. Paper Towns By John Green
7. Harry Potter By J.K. Rowling
8. Before I die By Jenny Downham
9. If I Stay By Gayle Forman
10. Noughts and Crosses By Malorie Blackman
My second book challenge this year is the Language Freak Summer Challenge. I am aiming for beginner level, reading one book in a foreign language. I am going to read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in French. I have only been learning for French for about 4 years, so I am not sure if I will be able to read all 349 pages, but I will give it my best shot. This should hopefully teach lots of interesting new French words, I better have my dictionary at the ready!
I found this challenge on:
So check it out! (And wish me luck)