Oh wow, happy end of 2017!
I can’t believe how fast this year has gone. I’ve been very busy but still managed to get back on track with reading, blogging, and some other book related activities. It has been a great year.
I did it guys! I beat my goal.
Well, I did fairly on in the year so I’m just super happy that I didn’t give up afterwards. I think setting a low goal was really helpful and definitely lowers the stress so I’ll be doing the same in 2018.
I think some of my favourites that I think you should check out were Stake Sauce, The Girl with All the Gifts, Taproot, Bubblegum, Motor Crush, The Bone Witch, Saga, Ice Massacre, and The Princess Diarist.
I’m writing this before the year is even over so its worth mentioning that I’m part way through some books too.
I think its likely I will finish reading Ice Kingdom before the year is over or on the 2nd Jan as its an eBook and I have a long train journeys ahead of me. I won’t be taking any books with me to my boyfriends due to lack of room so the others will not be finished.The other books I’m reading are Find me by Laura van den Berg, Do Andoids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, and The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray.
I’m actually really proud of myself for the amount of reviews I’ve written, I do still have a backlog but I’m getting there.
I think I’ll aim to have them all finished by the end of January.
Aside from my reviews I’ve also posted a few other things.
I’ve announced the January and Series read-alongs with my book club
I took part in the Naughty or Nice Book Tag and the Mr Men and Little Miss Tag
started looking at my old haul posts: 1 and 2
signed up to take part in Beat The Backlist
made a few posts about #SpooksandTea and a summary of my book club
wrote a piece on how best to use your Goodreads shelves
shared my love for the creators of my banner and icon
looked at my NetGalley shelf
got awarded the Blogger Recgonition Award
wrote and designed my dream loot crate
I made a to be read pile for the year and do you know what? I failed.
I read a total of 3 books from it.
This was the stack but all I read was The Princess Diarist, Ice Massacre, and Ice Crypt. Ooops.
I also said I wanted to finish off some series…
– Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray
– Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman
– Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr
I’m reading the last of the Gemma Doyle trilogy now so… yeah I failed that.
And I wanted to finish off books I started in 2016:
– Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
– Darkest Mercy by Melssa Marr
– Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
I also wanted to successfully participate with at least 2 read-a-longs with my book club, because I’m great at arranging them but just fail to ever take part, especially during the set time. I’m proud to say I did this!
My last goal was to keep on top of review copies. I started off so strong at the start of the year but I as I became more active on Twitter I ended up with more review copies. Of the 29 books I got in 2017 I’ve still got 13 left to read and review. I uh, I’ll get round to them okay!
I think I took a break for a tiny bit but it averages out that I managed this. Either way I’m counting this as a success because I’ve definitely upped my blogging game.
I also want to get back into photography. ❌
I mean I used my phone camera a lot more to photograph books but not my DSLR oops.
Another blogging thing that would be pretty good is if I could reach a minimum of 500 views on each post. ❌
I was doing really well on this before I moved to WordPress but not so much now I’m building up my following again. So even though I’ve failed this I’m definitely really happy with the move and seeing a stead rise in viewer activity here.
It’d also be good if I could actually put time aside to visit other blogs more regularly so I feel like less of an outside in the blogging community ✔️
Again, the move to wordpress really helped me with this.
Added to the previous one I want to remain active on Twitter (and possibly reach 1,000 followers there) too because the community there is really great and I’m always finding out lots of new and interesting things thanks to them.✔️✔️
I’m so impressed I did this!
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