This year I did pretty well on some of my resolutions, and not so well on others… like the whole reducing my TBR thing? Horrible. I don’t want to talk about it.
Anyway… it’s as good a time as any to see how well I’ve done on these resolutions, with less than two weeks to go in the year. I am officially on winter break now, having survived my first semester of adjunct-hood, and I’m looking forward to doing all the reading over the next few weeks. Still, it won’t be enough time to make a difference in how successful (or not) I was in completing these resolutions.
- Stick to my TBR list. I meant this in the sense of “read what is already on my TBR rather than picking up some random book you just heard about”. Didn’t really happen. I’m a mood reader, and while I can stick to a TBR, it’s not unusual for me to pick up something I bought yesterday and let a book I’ve owned over a year sit there on the shelf longer.
- Start trading in or giving away books that I will never read or will never read again. I’ve done pretty well on this one. Every couple of months I go through my books, and I’m trying to be strict with my criteria – if I can’t see myself reading the book again, I get rid of it. I might have to be stricter and donate books that I can’t see myself rereading within a couple of years, or even one year, or something like that.
- Wait a month before buying a book that I am interested in reading. Nope! I give it more like a few days before I go buy the thing.
- Stop buying an entire series before I know whether I like it or not. Nope! I currently own at least 7 complete series I haven’t started. I don’t like the idea of starting one, loving it, and not having access to the next books. It’s weird and unnecessary, but there it is.
- Get my TBR under 200 books. LOL NOPE. I don’t know what it was at the beginning of the year, but it’s over 500 now.
- Read more classics. I read a couple of classics, but not that many. I’m not concerned with this, since I’ve already read so many.
- Read more graphic novels. Yes! I actually did this. I read around 20 graphic novels this year.
- Put myself on a book-buying budget. Hmmm… if I have a very loose definition of “budget”, then sure. But actually, no; I tried to limit myself earlier this year and it lasted about a month, but then… no.
- Write more about what I read. It’s hard to quantify this when my writing about books is here, on Goodreads, and on Instagram, so maybe? Based purely on my blog, I failed at this.
- Finish reading Harry Potter. I didn’t get this one done. Next year.
- Use the library more for fiction. I did pretty well with this one, especially over the summer. It’s always a nice feeling when you read something from the library and realize you would have hated to spend money on that.
- Read more. YES, I DID IT. In fact, I need to calm tf down a bit because I’m currently at 168 books, including rereads. At a certain point I stopped paying attention to my Goodreads goal because I kept raising it, and easily surpassed it. I think next year will be about quality, less quantity.
So I guess I was fairly successful, in regards to what I read, but not so much in terms of keeping my spending and TBR under control. I think it is something I am coming to accept. I already have ideas for next year’s goals, and they are fairly different. Funny how a year can change your priorities.