Thursday, January 11, 2018

Discussion: Did I Actually Keep My 2017 Resolutions?

The 2018 Discussion Challenge is hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction & It Starts At Midnight


I make resolutions every year, but I’m not always the best at keeping them. I posted my 2017 resolutions last year, so let’s see how I did.



Did I Actually Keep My 2017 Resolutions?







Resolution: Read at least 100 books.

Result: Accomplished! I read more in 2017 than I have in any other year. Probably because 2017 was the first year since I was 4 years old that I wasn’t in school. School really interferes with your reading. In 2017, I had no required reading to slow me down. I got to read whatever I wanted. That was an unusual experience.









Resolution: Read more nonfiction.

Result: Accomplished! I read some pretty spectacular nonfiction. Here are a few of my favorites.













Resolution: Stay eclectic (read outside my comfort zone).

Result: Kind of accomplished? I read a lot of nonfiction, some fantasy, a YA romance, some experimental fiction, some poetry. Those aren’t usually in my comfort zone. I read a lot of stuff that was in my comfort zone, though.









Resolution: Reread Harry Potter.

Result: Accomplished! I re-watched all the movies, too.









Resolution: Find diversity.

Result: Accomplished! I probably could have done better in some areas. I’m pretty good at finding books with diverse characters, but I do very little research on the authors who write them. Most of the books I read were written by white American people.


Want to see more of my reading graphs? Click here!







Resolution: Promote small presses.

Result: Massive failure. I don’t have the resources to do this in a meaningful way. I read a few books published by small presses, but I didn’t really promote the presses. I discovered that books by small publishers are:
  1. Expensive.
  2. Hard to find second-hand.
  3. Require research. I spent a lot of time trolling publishers’ websites and looking at all the interesting books I can’t afford.


Maybe I’ll try this again someday.


Only 15.13% of the books I read last year came from small publishers or indie authors







Resolution: Promote the older posts on my blog.

Result: Mostly failure. I did get much better about remembering to Tweet links to my posts. Still, nobody reads the older posts on my blog. Or my Tweets, now that I think about it.









Resolution: Complete the Blogging From A To Z Challenge in April.

Result: Accomplished! I managed to post every day in April and find a topic for each letter. I kind of want to do the challenge again this year, but I probably won't. I’m not sure if I’ll have time. It took me months to write those posts last year.









Resolution: Organize my discussion posts in a logical way.

Result: Accomplished! I now have a Discussion Library. It’s up there ^, under the header. All my opinions about stuff are in one place.









Did you make resolutions last year? Did you keep them?








36 comments:

  1. You did great overall, it is hard to find small press books though. Do you follow Kristen at Metaphors and Moonlight? She reads a lot of indie/self pub!

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    1. Yes, I follow Kristen. I should probably check out her blog more often. I spent some time on it yesterday, snooping around.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  2. I spent years experimenting with genres and stuff but for the most part I now stay in my comfort zone! I pick up the odd interesting sounding book outside that if I see it on a blog but this doesn't happen often. I do have to spend to buy the self published stuff as they are expensive and don't turn up in charity shops-that's the down side to them. I can only afford it because I don't spend on anything else! I need to try and join in that A-Z thing in April as it looks like fun. I'm taking expansive notes on every book I read and DNF so it is easier to do my charts and stuff in December.

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    1. If you do A to Z, good luck. It was really challenging for me. I trade for my books at used bookstores, so it’s nearly impossible to find stuff from small presses.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  3. It looks like you did a great job on your resolutions! One of my goals this year is to read more nonfiction.

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  4. Great job on your resolutions!! <3 Reading 113 is AMAZING, go you! Also hahaha that cat is meeee I'm honestly so bad at reading outside my comfort zone nowadays. xD

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    1. Thanks! I try really hard not to have a reading comfort zone, but I always seem to get pulled back to the same things.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  5. Wow you did a really amazing job on your resolutions!! I want to read more non fiction too. Sound of Gravel is on my TBR.

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  6. Wow, great job on your goals! I'd say overall you did amazingly well because even the one you say you 'failed' at you still made a great attempt at. I am personally so bad at remembering to Tweet links to my posts--I'll remember for a solid week or two.. and then completely forget. Maybe this year! Glad you had such a fantastic year of reading! And not having school definitely opens up reading time, it's so nice.

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    1. Thanks! I’m impressed that I did so well with remembering to Tweet links. I think I only forgot a few times.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  7. Good job on keeping most of your resolutions! You rocked the most important one -- rereading Harry Potter. :)

    Small presses are expensive! I have a hard time supporting them because they cost so much and I usually don't get as much enjoyment out of one of their books as I do with a book from the big guys.

    I mostly stuck to my resolutions, but I didn't do as well as you did. I think I'll do better this year!

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    1. Haha, I loved rereading Harry Potter. I kind of want to do it again this year, but I have so many unread books on my shelf!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  8. All in all, it sounds like you've done a pretty great job with your goals! I love the meme you've shared under rereading Harry Potter - it did give me a chuckle.

    Good luck with your bookish goals for 2018.

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  9. Great job! I haven't even gone back to look at what I posted as my goals for 2017... I probably should lol.

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    1. I was scared to go back and look at mine, but I ended up doing pretty well.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  10. I don't research authors before I read either. I base my decision on the book unless it's an author I've read before.
    Good luck for 2018.

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    1. I’m trying really hard to read authors from different parts of the world. It’s hard because it takes some research, and I’m a lazy human.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  11. You did really well, you must be feeling pretty proud of yourself :-)
    I tend to check authors before choosing books because of my WorldReads challenge (blogging about 5 books from a different country each month). I'm coming up two years on this now so the 'easy' countries are already done. It's fun to read round the world though.
    I didn't do so well on my blog comments last year so will try harder this year. I'm a bit shy and lurking is the easier option!!

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    1. I lurked on blogs for about 2 years before I got brave enough to comment, so I understand! I’ve been thinking of doing some kind of “Around the World” challenge. I need to get away from US authors.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  12. You did great with eclectic reading and nonfiction reading. The A-Z Challenge kicked my butt the time I tried it, so I'm super impressed you made it through so well. And now I'm thinking I need to organize my discussion posts too. Nice work!

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    1. Thanks! The A to Z Challenge almost killed me. That’s why I’m probably not going to do it again. I want to live!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  13. You did a fantastic job with your resolutions last year, AJ! You picked some really great books to meet most of these and I know that several books are sitting on my tbr because of your reviews.

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  14. Sounds like you did well... but I never make resolutions so I always keep them :)

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    1. Not making resolutions is the easiest way to keep them. :)

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  15. I didn't do well on my blogging resolutions. Actually, that was the topic this past week for Beyond the Books. You did really well on your resolutions though. Great job!

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  16. You did an awesome job! Your goals were more ambitious than mine, so color me impressed. I did well on my reading challenges, but failed miserably with reading my own books (25/352, ouch!). And BTW, I read your tweets.

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    1. Haha, thank you for reading my tweets! Some of them are pretty idiotic.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  17. Yayy that you kept a ton of your resolutions! I completed...like 50% of mine.😂 I'm a bit terribly ashamed ahhhem. But hey, any progress is still some haha. (Also I do understand the pain of small presses. I bought a small press book this year and paid like $25 for a paperback [HOLY HECK] and it came and turned out it was 250 pages?!? I mean. I want to support more small-time or indie authors but I am nOT rich so that's not going to happen again.) *cries*

    I love your pie charts!!

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    1. Thank you! I really want to support small publishers, but I’m not rich enough. If my blog was bigger, maybe they’d give me review copies, but I was scared to ask, and I wanted to support them with money. It just didn’t work out.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  18. Sounds like you killed it at most of your goals! I really need to do something to promote older posts. I never promote them, but I sometimes think about how some of them are actually pretty good and I'm sad that they're sitting there gathering dust in my archives since no one reads them anymore :-/

    Funny, I've noticed that big pub's books are more expensive, at least ebooks. And they're harder for me to get review copies from since my blog isn't that big. So I end up reading way more self pub and indie books. But yeah, if you read print book, they're more expensive, and I hate that :-/

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    1. I mostly read print books, and I usually can’t pay full price for them, so I have to get them used. At used bookstores, it’s easier to find stuff from big publishers. I’m sad about that.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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