Friday, January 12, 2018

New Year's Resolutions Tag

It's not really New Year's time anymore. Kind of close, but we're almost two whole weeks into 2018 by now, and most resolutions have either been set in stone or broken by now. (Don't ask me for data to back up that assertion, I don't have it.) But now is when I'm going to do New Year's stuff on this blog, because my laptop literally broke on New Year's Day and I haven't gotten a new one yet. It's on its way, but it's gonna take a little while longer, which means I can't just be working on my blog all day every day. 

So, without further ado, here's my version of the New Year's resolutions tag, which I found here, a bit late but with all the best intentions.

1. An author you'd like to read that you've never read before I really want to read something by Roshani Chokshi! THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN has been on my TBR for ages, and ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME is coming out this year! I'll be pretty disappointed if I don't get to either of those.

2. A book you'd like to read Um...all of them? One that I really thought I'd get to last year was HOW TO DISAPPEAR by Sharon Huss Roat, but I just haven't been able to find a copy! I really hope I can read it soon.

3. A classic you'd like to read I found a challenge that I didn't have time to put in my challenges post, but I'm going to try to read LES MISERABLES this year! There's a challenge this year to read one chapter every day, since there are exactly 365 chapters. I'm already a bit behind, but hopefully I can catch up and finish the book by the end of the year!

4. A book you'd like to reread Oh, there are so many great books I need to reread! One of my top priorities, though, is THE CHANCE YOU WON'T RETURN by Annie Cardi. I can't believe it's been nearly three years since I read it the first time!

5. A book you've had for ages and want to read This really depends on your definition of "ages" - I'm gonna go with at least a year and a half, because that's how long I've had my copy of THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU by Lily Anderson. And it was near the top of my TBR for so much of that time! And I somehow just never read it! That needs to change.

6. A big book you'd like to read I really need to get to BEFORE THE DEVIL BREAKS YOU by Libba Bray! All of the Diviners books are so long but so good.

7. An author you've previously read and want to read more of I really want to read more Kasie West books! She had three new releases last year, and I somehow haven't read any of them - and she has another one this year! I really need to catch up.

8. A book you got for the holidays and would like to read I got an absolutely gorgeous-looking copy of WILDWOOD by Colin Meloy, and I've heard such good things that I really want to get to it soon!

9. A series you want to read, start-to-finish I really want to read Rick Riordan's Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series! I guess technically I've started it - I read maybe the first two chapters of the first book - but I think it counts for this anyway.

10. A series you want to finish that you've already started I've got to finish the Discworld series. I was reading them slowly and steadily starting about six and a half years ago, but a year or so ago, I just stopped with two books left because I'm in denial that there are never going to be any more books. But those last two books look so good that I can't hold off forever! Am I going to cry about it? Absolutely.

11. Do you set reading goals? If so, how many books do you want to read in 2018? I do set reading goals! As of right now, I've set my goal for 2018 to 125 books because I want to keep reading a lot, but I don't want it to be a scramble at the end of the year like it was a few weeks ago.

12. Any other reading goals? I actually made a post near the end of last year with all of my reading goals and challenges for this year - I'll just link to it here! Basically, yes. Probably more reading goals than is good for me, but I like them anyway.

What are some of your reading resolutions for 2018? What's a book that you really thought you'd get to last year that you haven't? 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

December Wrap-Up and My Second Blogoversary

Well, it's the end of another month, and of another year. But there's something else that today second blogoversary! Two years ago, I started this blog with my top ten books of 2015 (which...I'll be honest, not all of those are favorites anymore), and I never dreamed that blogging would have introduced me to so many people or books or opportunities. I haven't been around much these past few months, but I'm really hoping that this third year of blogging that I'm starting (wow, it feels so weird to write that) is going to be even better than the ones I've had so far.

Obligatory blogoversary party/dance gif:

Last year, I did a giveaway of one of my favorite books of the year. I'm not doing a giveaway in this post, but I'm considering doing a belated one in the new year - let me know if that would be something you're interested in!

Onto this month's wrap-up. I had to read a lot this month to make up for falling behind. And I'm not going to talk about every single book, because do you really want to hear about 10 separate Star Wars picture books? There are a couple at the very end that I haven't quite finished yet, but I'm going to do that before the end of the year if it kills me.

Highlights from my reading month:
  • A SEMI-DEFINITIVE LIST OF WORST NIGHTMARES made it onto my favorites list!
  • I caught up on a couple of comics series thanks to my library finally getting a bunch of new volumes in.
  • I read MY LADY JANE about a year after all the hype and it was super funny!
  • I finished two books that I started months ago - THE SECRET KEEPERS and STYLE - and the time gap didn't interfere with how much I liked them at all!
  • The public library near my school had an entire display of Chanukah picture books that made my heart so happy, and I found two about Chelm that were absolutely delightful: CHANUKAH IN CHELM and THE JAR OF FOOLS.
I'm not writing about my challenges here because I just did a yearly wrap-up post for those, which you can find here. I ended up finishing most of my challenges, but the couple that I didn't manage to get through I was really behind on. Here's to more realistic goals for next year!

How was your reading year? What was your favorite book? Did you have any last-minute surprises? What's your first read of 2018 going to be? Tell me in the comments! 

Saturday, December 30, 2017

2017 Challenge Wrap-Up and 2018 Challenge Plans

I didn't finish all of my challenges this year, so I'm going to do more challenges next year! That makes sense, right?

In all seriousness, I think that this year's challenges are going to help me set more realistic goals for next year. In a lot of those cases, I didn't really know what a realistic goal would be, so I just picked a number. A lot of my challenges for next year are related to ones I did this year, so I can build a more doable goal from what I actually ended up reading.

2017 WRAP-UP

Goodreads Challenge: I'm going to say I completed this one, even though I technically haven't done it yet. I'm so close, and the books that I'm planning on reading before the end of the year are so short that I think I can manage it. So 140 books, done!

Backlist Reader Challenge: This one was a fail. My goal was 60 books, and as of right now, I've read 42 (which is a whole lot better than it was looking even a month ago). A few more of the books that I'm planning on reading to finish up the year will count for the challenge, but there's just no way that I'm going to make it to 60. Oh, well - lesson learned!

Series Enders Challenge: A success! My goal was 3-5, and I've read 7. I might even get in an 8th before the end of the year! Granted, only 4 of them were finishing up series that I started before this year, but I'm still counting them. I won't next year, though - more on that later.

2017 Debut Author Challenge: I was a little worried about this one, but I did it! My goal was 12, and I ended up reading 13.

Read It Again, Sam Challenge: Another success! I read 19 books, which overshot the low mark for the highest tier (16). Granted, a ton of those were A Series of Unfortunate Events, but it still counts!

2017 Discussion Challenge: Quite possibly my biggest failure. I wrote 6 out of my goal of 11-20 posts. I'm not sure whether I'm going to formally do this challenge next year, but I definitely want to do better than I did.

2018 GOALS

Goodreads Challenge: I'm setting my sights a little lower this year because I don't want the frantic rush at the end of the year like I have right now. I can always raise the number later! My current goal is 125 books.

Beat the Backlist Challenge @ NovelKnight Book Reviews: I'm doing another backlist challenge, but this one has an important difference - any books published before 2018 count. This year, I didn't get to count 2017 or 2016 releases, which got pretty difficult. I'm still going to try to include a lot of pre-2017 releases in this challenge, but including the 2017 ones is going to make this a lot more doable. That's why I'm setting my goal high (but achievably so) for this one: I want to reach 70 books.

Nonfiction Reading Challenge @ Doing Dewey: I always say I'm going to read more nonfiction, but I never end up reading as much as I want to! So this year, I'm joining a challenge to hold myself accountable. I want to read 20 nonfiction books.

NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge @ Bookish Things & More: I've gotten a little behind on my review books lately, so this will be good incentive to catch up! I don't know how many books I'm going to get approved for throughout the year, so right now, I'm only aiming for the bronze level of 10 books. If I get approved for enough, I'd love to go up to the silver level, which is 25 books.

Finishing the Series Challenge @ Celebrity Readers: I'm actually getting a little stricter with myself for this challenge! I noticed that I read a lot of series in their entirety this year, but didn't actually finish a lot of older series. This challenge specifies that I have to have started the series before 2018! On the other hand, it also includes catching up on series rather than just completing them, which will open up some more opportunities. Right now, I'm aiming low with the C-List tier of 1-4 series, but hopefully I'll be able to do more than that!

2018 Debut Author Challenge @ That Artsy Reader Girl: Not changing much from last year! I want to read 12 books by 2018 debut authors. If I did it this year, I'm pretty sure I can do it next year without too much trouble.

Read It Again, Sam Challenge @ My Reader's Block: I think this one is going to be a bit trickier this year because I have no plans to reread a 13-book series. Right now, I'm aiming for the A Trip Down Memory Lane level, which is 12+ books.

How did you do on your reading challenges for the year? Which ones are you doing next year? Are we doing any of the same ones? Tell me in the comments!