Looking back and looking forward

So, New Year’s has come and gone, and it has been a solid two months since I last posted anything on this blog. So maybe it’s about time that I fixed that!

Looking back

2016 has been a year which for me wasn’t a great reading year and an even worse blogging year. I’ve struggled and failed at my goodreads goal of reading 52 books. I only read 45 books in 2016 and I don’t even know how few of those I’ve reviewed (and I’m not inclined to check the stats on that one either!). It has been a year for me personally where I have also struggled to find what I want to blog about and how to go about that. But besides blogging I did do a lot of fun stuff this year. I went to Ireland and La Gomera, I ran a 10K, had a real good time with my friends, and turned 25 to boot.

Looking forward

Nobody can look into the future, but that won’t stop me from trying to set some sort of goals for 2017. Once again I set my reading goal for 52 books (and have yet to finish reading my first book of the year, so it’s looking good on that one already!). I also want to get back into running (because I haven’t run since that 10K and that’s just a shame!). I also hope to find my blogging mojo again as well as my love for reading.

The bigger picture

2016 has been a year in which a lot of things happened globally speaking, and from looking at the news most of if wasn’t all that good (or I can just go ahead and say that a lot of it was really bad actually). So I just wanted to say that I think 2017 should be a year where we try to look at the positive things in life, without ignoring the bad, and find a way of giving our life meaning in profoundly positive ways. Let’s not let hate become part of our life, but find love wherever we go.

 

Have you set any reading goals for 2017? What are your thoughts on 2016? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Reading Resolutions

So last year I made some reading resolutions and this is me talking how I did on them and perhaps even setting some new goals for the oncoming year. Let’s get to it!

I want to read

1.  100 books in 2013.

This is definitely something I was able to do! At this moment I have  113 books on my goodreads counter.  I have to say that I’m really happy that I got around to reading all these books, but at times I really didn’t like this goal all that much. I mean that in the sense that in those moments where I was trying to decide between a really big book and a smaller one, I would always go for the smaller one. Though that’s not a bad thing in itself I don’t like shying away from the bigger books. I love a good huge book! And some of these shorter books really weren’t all that great and it’s after reading one of those lesser books that I long for the bigger books that I know I would have loved if only I had picked them up (I’m looking at the next game of thrones books).

2.  at least 5 classics, some of which I have been wanting to read for a very long time now.

I really have to go back and check my list of books read to see if I managed to complete this challenge. That just proves how much I was into completing this challenge (it’s not that I didn’t want to, I just seemed to have forgotten about it by the time February rolled around).The classics I have read this year are:

  • The hobbit
  • Jane Eyre

And that seems to be it. I thought I had read more, but apparently that was last year. I did read some books that should be classics already (all of the Harry Potter books, a few books in the Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy books and the first book in the Narnia Chronicles). Do these books count towards classics? Because if they do I totally nailed this goal. Otherwise I failed badly.

3. half of the unread books I have lying around in my room.

I haven’t read all that many books that I had lying around in my room, I mean a few, but nowhere near the 47 I had when this year started. And I bought a lot more books during this year. So it’s safe to say that I failed this one big time, especially since all of the books I listed back then have yet to be read save 2.

I  want to review

4. at least half of the books I read, preferably more.

I’m not going to count this one out, because that’s just not worth it, but I really think I pulled this one off because I tried to review most of the books I read this year.

5. two books per week

There were two blogposts every week but I’m sure that at times they weren’t all book reviews. But there were always two bookish blogs a week so I think I’m allowed to say that I was able to do this one!

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Out with the old and in with the new! Time for new resolutions! Though to be fair I think I’ll have a pretty busy year ahead of me (a long internship and afterwards hopefully a full time job) so I really don’t know what kind of goals I will be able to complete. I don’t even know if I want to set myself a number of books to read this year. I just want to have fun reading this year and not feel guilty if I don’t get around to it all of the time. That’s actually just what I want for 2014: to have fun reading and have fun talking about the books that I love.

So this year it’s time for some more mellow resolutions to keep things fun.

    1. Read at least 50 books
    2. Review at least 50 books
    3. Have more book-related discussions
    4. Branch out into many different genre/don’t get stuck in one type of genre

I know it’s not much and it’s really nothing special, but I just didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself to read. I think I’m very likely to get well over 50 books in a year but this just gives me space to read certain larger tomes.

 

How did you do on your new year’s resolutions? Do you have new resolutions for next year?