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I love New Year’s resolutions. I’ve made them every year for as long as I can remember. Do I keep most of them? No, but just writing a list of resolutions is helpful. I get to think about everything I want to change and everything I want to stay the same. Resolutions help me reevaluate my life.
At the beginning of 2016, I made a list of reading and blogging resolutions. After I posted the list, I promptly forgot about it. I knew that I made resolutions, but I didn’t remember what they were. I thought it would be fun to look back and see if I accomplished any of them.
My 2016 reading resolutions
Resolution: Read more translations.
Outcome: Accomplished! In 2015, I read two translations. In 2016, I read six.
Resolution: Read 100+ books.
Outcome: Accomplished! This is the first time in recorded history that I read over 100 books in a year. I did it by making reading a priority and watching less TV.
Resolution: Read older books.
Outcome: Accomplished! Only six of the books I read last year were published in 2016. I think I did a good job of staying far away from the hype train.
Resolution: Discover more books on my own instead of relying on bloggers for recommendations.
Outcome: Fail. I didn’t spend much time in bookstores last year. When I did go to bookstores, I mostly came home with books I first saw on blogs.
Resolution: Read more poetry, plays, graphic novels, nonfiction, short story collections, and books from small publishers.
Outcome: Um . . . success and failure? I read more poetry and plays in 2015. In 2016, I read more graphic novels, nonfiction, short story collections, and indie books than in 2015.
Resolution: Read more classics.
Outcome: Accomplished! I mostly focused on classic horror, but that counts right?
Resolution: Find “bizarre” books.
Outcome: I’m not sure. This goal is pretty vague. I guess I’ll proclaim myself successful because I did read some strange stuff.
Resolution: Read more prize-winning books.
Outcome: Does buying prize-winning books count? I paid attention to many of the major literary awards, but a lot of the winners are still sitting on my TBR shelf.
Resolution: Zero by ’17.
Resolution: Read the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson and the Unwind dystology by Neal Shusterman.
Outcome: Half accomplished! I read (and loved) all the Unwind books, but I DNFed Mistborn. It was too dense for me.
2016 Blogging Resolutions
Resolution: Keep going. (Just keep swimming . . .)
Outcome: Accomplished! I had to take several hiatuses, but I’m still here. You haven’t killed me yet, blog!
Resolution: Learn to use Twitter.
Outcome: Slightly accomplished. Twitter and I will never be friends. I’ll keep trying.
Resolution: Promote the blog (and don’t feel bad about promoting the blog).
Outcome: Fail. I discovered that I don’t know how to promote a blog. What do my fellow bloggers do to get followers? I’m not even sure how many followers my blog has.
Resolution: Comment more.
Outcome: Accomplished! (But I still feel guilty). I’m not the best at replying to comments on my own blog, but I do comment on other blogs every morning. It’s what I do while I eat breakfast. One hand for food, one hand for typing.
Resolution: Review more under-hyped books.
Outcome: Accomplished! One of the most common comments on my blog is “I’ve never heard of that book.” I think this means I’m doing my job.
Resolution: Write more discussion posts.
Outcome: Accomplished! My goal was to write 12 discussions in 2016, and I did it.
Resolution: Support new bloggers.
Outcome: Accomplished! I now follow over 1000 book blogs on Bloglovin’. Whenever I find a book blog with only a few followers, I follow it. If I don’t follow you on Bloglovin’, let me know so I can correct that.
Resolution: Maybe more personal posts?
Outcome: Accomplished! I feel like I talk about myself constantly on here. You guys love reading about me, right? (Please don’t answer that question.)
Resolution: Be positive and spread the bookish love.
Outcome: I gave it my best shot. I hope my blog posts made somebody laugh, or think, or pick up a book that’s outside their comfort zone.
Resolution: Take pictures of books.
Outcome: I tried. I learned that I kinda hate book photography. It’s a lot like making graphics, which I also hate. I’ll stick to nature photography.
Let’s discuss: Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Did you meet your 2016 goals?