December 26, 2014

2014 Resolution Recap


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:
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

7 comments:

  1. Wow, what an awesome post. Your blog is probably one of my favorite new to me in 2014 blogs that I came across and I'm so glad that I did.

    You introduced Wunderlist to me and I'm so grateful because I'm SO much more organized in not just book blogging but my life. It's an app that I am completely addicted to and in love with.

    Thanks for the awesome year of blogging. I look forward to keeping up with your blog in the new year!

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  2. Hannah, wow!! I am seriously amazed by how successful you were this year, especially with your reading resolutions!! 200 books?! And 15 series? Sorry, what?! I am mind blown over here, I wish I had the ability to binge read so many series. Looks like I'll have to set some of my own resolutions. And your blogging resolutions were so successful, too! I have definitely enjoyed reading your discussion posts every month, please continue them! :) I'm excited to see where you go with your 2015 Resolutions, I'm anticipating a lot of things to be amped up, eh? ;) awesome post, Hannah!

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  3. Congrats on meeting so many of your goals! I'm trying to get better about commenting myself. I do really good for awhile and then I go and fall right back off the band wagon and it takes forever for me to get the hang of it again. I think part of the issue, like you said, is I get to where I'm stressing about commenting too much whether it is stressing about what I'm commenting or stressing about not commenting enough. It can be a bit of a tightrope but I'm hoping to get to the point where it is just a regular part of blogging for me.

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  4. You did great this year and read so many books. I wish I was able to finish as many series. I finished 5 in 2014, but they were mostly duologies. I read two trilogies from start to finish this year and in the middle of a couple more.

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  5. Congrats, you did an amazing job this year!!! Wow! I'm envious of how many books you read and how many series you were able to finish! That's fantastic. And I'd say 8 out of 10 goals completed is pretty darn impressive :) So glad I found your lovely blog! <3

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  6. Congratulations on meeting so many of your 2014 goals! I'm in awe of how many series you read. Your discussion posts are my favourite, and I always love continuing the conversation on Twitter. I THINK I came across your blog in 2014 (pretty sure that's right...) and I have loved following along, watching you grow, and building a bit of a relationship. Thanks for putting in so much time here, and I hope you will be around for a good long while!

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  7. Dang girl, you really rocked those 2014 resolutions! I'm seriously in awe of what you managed to achieve last year, especially for the numbers where you went above and beyond what your goal was. So. Freaking. Cool. I love seeing my friends achieve their goals! Here's to hoping 2015 is just as successful in terms of resolutions!

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