Currently Obsessed With: The Looking Back At 2014 Resolutions Edition

I know I can’t be the only one who is completely horrible at following through on New Years Resolutions, and given it’s the end of the year, I thought I’d take a look back and see how many of them I followed through on (and how well I followed through). Yesterday’s Top Ten Tuesday post made me want to revisit the ones I made back in January, so I went back to the Top Ten Tuesday post I did earlier in the year for the 2014 resolutions I made.

  1. Re-read more.  I don’t keep track of what I re-read, but I know I did some.  Maybe I need to keep track of what I re-read and when I re-read it so I have a better idea of how much I’m re-reading and what I’m re-reading.  Still, I did it to some unknown degree, so that’s good.
  2. Read what I have.  I actually did pretty good with it.  I bought quite a few books and read those, of course, but I did make more of an effort to read what I have.
  3. Listen to more audio books.  I read less audio books than I did last year.  I have so many that I need to listen to.  I really need to listen to more books.
  4. Feel less self-conscious about book-related things.  I’m pretty I’m more self-conscious about some of my reading habits.
  5. Stay on top of behind-the-scenes book blogging stuff.  I succeeded in varying degrees.  It comes and goes, but I’m also okay with not putting pressure on myself to stay on top of things at all times.
  6. Write reviews as soon as possible after finishing the book.  I stuck to this for the most part, but it was pretty hard when I was going through that reading slump.
  7. Comment more on blogs.  I started off fairly well with this, but then…I just kind of stopped.
  8. Adding in more personal posts.  I have my monthly recap posts, and sometimes I do a movie review or some other bookish but not book review post.  I actually did pretty well with it.  Well, better than I expected.
  9. I totally suck at exercising.  I had periods where I kept up with it, but what I really need to do is keep track of it, because that’s when I actually seem to do better with it.
  10. Trying new things with crochet.  I started a blanket that I still need to finish, but at least I started a big project.  I’m really proud of the Princess Anna hat I made for Halloween, and I also made fingerless gloves which is also something I don’t normally make.  And I made a capelet!  I also learned how to do foundation single crochet and the ripple/chevron stitch, and I really want to learn how to do more things, and make different things, because there are so many awesome things to make.

Of course, I did better with some things than with others, but I did accomplish some of what I wanted to do this year. Hopefully, next year, I’ll have better luck.

Happy new year!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Goals And Resolutions For 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke And The Bookish.  Every week, bloggers from all over share their own top ten list based on the topic of the week.  You can find all Top Ten Tuesdays here.

Top Ten Goals For 2015

I can’t believe it’s almost 2015 already!  It went by really fast, and it’s weird to think that I’m setting new goals for myself. There are so many things I want to do next year, and here are some of them.

Reading:

  1. Read More Diversely.  This is my top priority this year in terms of reading.  I really need to get of my reading comfort zone a little, and read all kinds of books by and about all kinds of people.  I am going to consciously choose a few books a month about a character or written by an author that is not like me- whether it is race, religion, or sexual orientation (or any number of ways, but those 3 are the first 3 that come to mind) I NEED to do this.  Recommendations would be helpful, if you have them.
  2. Also: buy less books and read more of what I have.  I don’t know how well it will work, but I know for sure that my audible credits are going towards reading more diversely, since the other formats I own tend to be not-so-diverse.
  3. Feel less reading guilt.  The guilt I feel in terms of so many things really takes over sometimes, and I need to be not-so-hard on myself.

Blogging/Writing:

  1. Comment more on blogs.  I know I said this last year, and I started off great, before getting completely derailed.  I so need to start commenting on blogs again.
  2. Work on world-building/characters and maybe an outline for last year’s NaNoWriMo novel.  Last year, I realized I really wanted to re-write it (as I was writing it), because I couldn’t work on the world-building ahead of time for the life of me.  I have a much better idea of where I want things to go now that I’ve written a first draft, so working on that should be a lot easier now.

Crochet:

  1. Learn how to do an adjustable ring.  MY LIFE WOULD BE SO MUCH EASIER IF I COULD ACTUALLY DO THIS.  Do you have any idea how many projects I avoid because I don’t know how to do it?  You probably don’t, but it’s quite a few.
  2. I also want to learn how to do new stitches this year.  I really need to try different ones just to change things up.  Still, I did do a little bit better since I tried a few new things.  Like starting a blanket, and learning the ripple/chevron stitch. And I learned how to do foundation single crochet!  The learning new crochet things will continue next year.

Other Goals:

  1. Exercise.  Everyone’s favorite cliche for resolutions.  I had random periods of doing it, but that went out the window when I sprained my ankle.  Actually, it did way before that, but do you want to know when I actually felt motivated to exercise? When I couldn’t because of my ankle.  Now that it’s better, I will (hopefully) do this!
  2. Use the nail polish I have!  I have a ton of nail polish, mostly because I have the Julep subscription box, and I get nail polish every month (well, every month I don’t skip).  On the plus side, I tend to not buy nail polish at Target or wherever, because I have a lot.  I really want to wear a different color every week, because I have so many colors I don’t even wear (or wear once or twice, and then I’m done).
  3.  Drink more water.  I don’t drink a lot of water- I drink things like tea and juice and soda and coffee, so I want to start adding in some water.
  4. I see all of these great craft ideas on pinterest, and I never do any of them.  I want to start making some of them.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2014

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke And The Bookish. Every week, bloggers from all over are invited to share their own Top Ten List based on the topic of the week.  You can find all Top Ten Tuesdays here.

Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2014

I can’t believe we’re a week into the new year already!  We could do bookish or non-bookish, and it somehow seems appropriate to do a combination of the two, since there’s a lot I want to do this year!

The Bookish:

  1. Re-read more.  I had this as a goal for 2013, and was good about re-reading books I’ve read since I started blogging back in 2011. But I didn’t re-read any of the print books I have, which was my original goal.  Still, I do want to re-read more this year, because it’s so easy to get caught up in catching up on the new releases.
  2. Read what I have.  With my Nook, it’s super-easy to buy books, and then never read them, so I really want to read the books I have.  At least some of them.  And as a side note, I would like to be a little pickier with the ARC’s I request from netgalley, because it’s super-easy to request books, which leads to requesting too many, and that leads to me feeling overwhelmed by ARC’s.  Basically, I need to pay attention to what I have, and actually reading them.
  3. Listen to more audiobooks.  I’m not the best at actually listening to the books I get through audible, and while I did get a little better with it last year, I really need to go on an audiobook binge this year.  Because they are pretty awesome, and they keep me from going slightly insane during the day.
  4. There are quite a few book-related things that I feel self-conscious about, and I really want to work on that, because I don’t like it, and it makes reading not-so-fun.  I’m hoping to actually talk about some of them this year, so hopefully, that’ll help a little.

The Book Blog-ish:

  1. Stay on top of behind-the-scenes blogging stuff.  Because being behind on stuff is not fun, and it makes my life easier when I stay on top of things.
  2. Writing reviews as soon as I can after finishing the book.  There were points where I got behind on reviews because I didn’t write them right away, and that made reviewing a little more difficult because certain things weren’t fresh in my mind. Writing shorter reviews every once in a while helps…and the possibility of not writing a review every once in a while could be an option this year.
  3. Comment more on posts/be a part of the book blogging community.  I really want to comment more and be a little more involved in the book blogging community, so I will do this!
  4. I want to do add in some personal stuff.  Like, I do book reviews (obviously) and the Top Top Tuesdays and the Gilmore Girls recaps, but I also want to add in some here’s what I’m up to/currently obsessed with-type posts.  Because I used to them, and now I can’t remember the last time I did one, and since I miss doing them, I think it’s time to start doing that again.  At least every once in a while.

The Cliche/Non-Bookish:

  1. Exercise!  I had a bit of a reality check a couple months ago, when I had a physical for work and…and weighed more than I ever expected.  I’m so out of shape that I can only handle 5 or 10 minutes at a time, so baby steps for now! Also: if anyone feels the need to ask me how exercising is going…that’s okay, because I might need someone annoying me with questions about how it’s going.
  2. Try new things with crochet.  I’ve moved past the scarves and coasters part of crochet, but sometimes, patterns scare me. When I try them anyway, they aren’t as hard as they originally seem, and limiting myself because patterns look scary is stupid.

2013 Resolutions: How Did I Do?

2013 was a pretty good year,  and I thought I’d talk about how I did with the bookish goals I set for myself way back in January.  I feel like I’m a bit late to the year-end wrap-up party, but now seems as good a time as any to do it!  Like I said, I set these goals a year ago, and though I’d re-visit them to see how I did.

Goal #1: Re-read books on my physical bookshelf

I didn’t really do this, and Goblet Of Fire and Speak are the only books I remember re-reading.  So re-reading the print books I have didn’t really happen…but I did do a bit more re-reading of some of the books I have on my Nook, so re-reading wasn’t a total loss.

Goal #2: Vary my reading a little more

I actually did really well with this!  Netgalley helped a lot, because I found some really interesting non-YA books through them.  I definitely plan on balancing my reading material, but…I did get a little away from YA this year, and I miss it.  So now I just need to balance the two!

Goal #3: Plan what I’m reading a little more

I pretty much ignore this goal, except for ARC’s I was reviewing, so I could have them read in a reasonable amount of time, so the review could come out at a good time (like, around it’s publication date).  I really need to start following through on the Top Ten Tuesday seasonal reading lists.  If nothing else, I should follow through on those.

Goal #4: Actually Finish Series/Get Caught Up On Them

I did okay on finishing, and it wasn’t until later in the year that I started re-reading series to catch up on them.  I definitely need to work on this, because I’m horrible about finishing them…or even keep up on them.  I did start to re-read a few series towards the end of 2013, so I’m hoping I’ll keep up that momentum!

Goal #5: Hoard less books and read them more.

Yeah…having a Nook has turned me into a book hoarder, and while I still need to work on actually reading the books I get, I feel like I have gotten better with this.

Goal #6: Buy less books and use the library more

This one totally didn’t happen.  I did use the library a bit, but not as much as I was hoping.  Still, I have plenty of books to read, so it’s not like I have a shortage of reading material.

Goal #7: Comment more!

I was totally going to comment more on blogs.  I feel like I started off pretty well, but at some point, I just kind of stopped commenting on other blogs.  I really need to do that this year.

Goal #8: Listen to more audiobooks

I did better than I was expecting on this one!  I still have plenty of audiobooks to listen to, but I have been on an audiobook kick lately, and that’s helped!

Goal #9: Use more cookbooks

This one didn’t really happen…can I blame it on pinterest?  Because that seems like a really good idea right now…

Goal #10: Read more classics

I read only one classic- The Outsiders.  And honestly?  I don’t particularly care if I read any this year.  I did attempt to read a few, but I had to DNF them.  It would be nice to read a few, but it’s also not one of my goals for this year.

To Sum Up…

I did better on some than on others, which kind of surprised me for some reason.  I have a post coming about my goals for this year, some of which are bookish, and others…are not.  I have a couple that I may or may not talk about throughout the year, but for now, it seems pretty likely I will be talking about them.