Right at the beginning of the year, I published a post detailing some reading challenges and resolutions I was hoping to achieve over the year. I started these off with some great intentions but things have happened and I’ve not been very fastidious in keeping up with them.
In fact, I am pretty certain I abandoned them.
The only one I managed to keep and achieve well into the year was my Goodreads Goal. I set it to the same manageable goal each year, which is 50/60 books, and if I’m right, I managed to hit this in August. I’m glad I did because from then onwards, reading was something I couldn’t really concentrate on and as I have said in previous posts, I fell into a pretty bad reading slump. It sent me into a blogging slump too and I couldn’t face trying to manage all these challenges when life was getting a bit too much to handle.
What were these other challenges?
1. Review more books.
I did write some reviews but I don’t think as many as I intended to. Some of my favourites to write were:
Sometimes a review comes to me and sometimes it doesn’t, and I can’t force myself to sit down and write one if the words won’t come.
2. Only buy books after reading at least 10 of the longest-serving books on my tbr.
I’m pretty certain I failed on this one, especially if you look at the book hauls from this last quarter.
I even failed at reading at least 10 books that have been on my shelves the longest.
3. Read one classic for every 5 YA/ read as many classics as I do YA books
This didn’t happen either. I think I set myself up to fail this challenge because I started off reading two classics that I hated and DNFed – Emma by Jane Austen and Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons.
I did seem to make up for it in reading more adult fiction than normal so I’m not too peeved that it worked out the way it did.
4. Finish any completed series on my shelves.
That only happened if I re-read an already completed series. I started a couple of series this year like Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children and Snow LIke Ashes but I didn’t feel interested enough to keep reading them.
Actually, I’ve told a lie! I completed the Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell (which was a Christmas present from my Uncle last year) but I only managed to read that in one go because my copy is a bind-up of all three books.
Not forgetting to mention that by reading Our Dark Duet and A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab, Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin, and A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas, I finished their respective duologies and trilogies.
5. Read at least 2 French books (original or translated) over the course of the year.
I did start to read a couple of French books but I got a couple of pages through them and I couldn’t concentrate on them. I also wasn’t in the mood to read them and that is dangerous for me considering I’m a mood reader.
6. Read at least 3 to 4 non-fiction books.
A challenge that I did actually complete and exceed!! I read a couple of the Vault of Walt books by Jim Korkis and a couple of behind-the-scenes books of my favourite shows (mainly Murdoch Mysteries and Call the Midwife). I also dipped in and out of some other Linguistic and History books that I own.
That’s that for those challenges.
I also set a TBR Randomiser challenge for this year and I ended up fully reading 3 of the 10 books on my list – The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell, And I Darken by Kiersten White, and Journey’s End by R.C.Sherriff.
For reasons that I don’t really want to get into, I don’t think I will be making many reading or blogging challenges for 2018. The only one I will definitely make is the Goodreads Reading Challenge and again keep that to around 50 or 60 books. I don’t think that making other challenges (maybe apart from a restriction in the book buying department) is for me and I feel much more comfortable when I am reading books at my own pace and not conforming to restrictions that challenges can place on us. I read and I blog for my own enjoyment and sometimes challenges can be fun, but other times they get overwhelming and I don’t want that pressure when there are more important life events happening at the same time.
Anyway, this post is long enough and so I will leave it there.
Did you make any challenges for 2017?
How did you do?
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!