1. Read 125 books.
I dominated this resolution! I read 196 book this year, and I think I'll make it to 200 by the end of 2014. For some reason, I was on a reading binge all year! I kept waiting for a slump, but it never happened.
2. Read one non-fiction book per month.
I'm proud of myself because I read 26 non-fiction books this year. I'd actually met my original goal by the time I was halfway through the year, and I'm happy that I continued to make a dent in my non-fiction TBR!
3. Finish seven series.
I completed this resolution and actually finished 15 series this year. Seven were series that I started prior to 2014:
- The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
- The Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi
- The Under the Never Sky Series by Veronica Rossi
- The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series by Laini Taylor
- The Split Second Duology by Kasie West
- The His Fair Assassin Series by Robin LaFevers
- The Anna and the French Kiss Series by Stephanie Perkins
And eight were series that I read in their entirety this year:
- The Bronze Horseman Series by Paullina Simons
- The Deep Valley Series by Maud Hart Lovelace
- The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
- The Katie Parker Production Series by Jenny B. Jones
- The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series by Maggie Stiefvater
- The Lynburn Legacy Series by Sarah Rees Brennan
- The Sevenwaters Series by Juliet Marillier
- The Boleyn Trilogy by Laura Andersen
I love series, so I'm not surprised that I finished a decent number of them this year. But I was a little shocked to realize that I binge read so many series from the very beginning!
4. Request no more than two review books per month.
I'm not sure how successful I was at this resolution. I only "requested" around 20 or so review books, so fell within the two per month limit. So, I was successful in that regard. But that's only if you look at what I requested.
Overall, I read more review books this year than I intended - 60 total. Accepting books from publishers and attending BEA are the two things that definitely tipped me over the edge! I have something planned that will hopefully help me get this under control. I'll count this as completed, but I need to make changes.
5. Read at least five debut novels.
As I said in my resolution check-in at the six-month mark, I should have aimed higher with this goal I completed this one by the end of January! I actually read twenty 2014 debuts, one 2015 debut, six 2013 debuts, and six US debuts for international authors. I didn't realize I'd read so many!
6. Participate in one reading challenge.
FAIL. I signed up for the 2014 Prequel & Sequel Challenge, but I never participated. I read a lot of books in a series (as you can see above), so I technically met many of the reading goals I set for the challenge. BUT STILL.
7. Write one discussion post per month.
This is probably my favorite resolution to make - and to accomplish! This will continue to be a priority for me next year, too, because they're my favorite to write and often get the most traffic. In 2014, I wrote:
- On What I Want More & Less of in 2014
- On Getting Goodreads Organized
- On My Issues with Recommendations
- On Buying Books: Admiring & Acquiring
- On My New Commenting System
- On Different Kinds of Readers
- On My New About Page
- On Thinking Before Tweeting
- On Creating a Blog Post Planner
- On Going to Book Expo America
- On Ditching Feedburner
- On Updating My Monthly Recap Format
- On Cultivating a Curiosity for Stories
- On Talking About Books I Love
- On Finding the Non-Fiction for You
- On the #IShall Twitter Chat
- On Learning to Trust Your Gut
- On Bookish Love and Criticism
- On the Wonders of Wunderlist
- On How Blogging Changed My Habits
- On Whether or Not BEA Was Worth It
Honestly, I didn't realize I'd written 21 discussion posts this year! I'm proud of myself because these also represent some of my favorite things I've written for this blog.
8. Leave 5 comments per week on other blogs.
Overall, I think I did okay with this resolution. I had weeks where I didn't leave any comments, but there were others when I left a lot more than five. It averaged out in some ways, but I think the real success with this resolution was that I stopped stressing about commenting. The purpose of this resolution was to free myself from comment guilt, and I definitely feel like I accomplished that this year.
9. Respond to comments that ask a question or provoke a discussion within one week.
Hmm... I will often respond to questions on Twitter or via email, so it's not like I ignored those comments completely. But I didn't kind of stop responding to comments (for the most part) this year. Honestly, I'm okay with it. I love reading and leaving comments, and responding to them just isn't my priority.
10. Start a new feature on my blog.
Done! I started my Series Speed Date feature this year, which I've loved writing. Since I binge read a lot of series, it's a nice way to highlight them without writing individual reviews.
This year, I also co-hosted my first event with another blogger - Fall Into Fantasy with Alexa from Alexa Loves Books! Next year, I'm co-hosting The 2015 Re-Read Challenge with Kelly from Belle of the Literati. I can't wait! And in 2015, I'll also be starting a new feature with Estelle from Rather Be Reading called You Make Me Feel So Young where we'll revisit some of our favorite childhood reads.
8 Out of 10 Resolutions Completed