Recapping 2017 and looking ahead to 2018
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out with the OLD: 2017
Although I will not meet my Goodreads Challenge goal of 125 books, I’m over 100 and very happy with my reading year. I kind of embraced the “read what I want” motto in 2017 and it worked out really well for me… except I do have a giant stack of review books to read/listen to. And while I’m good at reading, I’m really really horrible at writing the reviews.
As for challenges, I took the less is more approach in 2017. It sort of worked. My #2017HW was a disaster, mainly because I tried for 2 books a month, when I should have left it at 1. I only passed the first report card. And technically I failed #authorluv because I did not meet my goal – but I read so many books by JA Huss this year, so in my mind it’s a win. I also did our Can You Read a Series in a Month challenge two times and both times I did well. So yeah, less is more is a good motto for me!
in with the NEW: 2018
I will continue reading what I want to this year, for the most part. I do, however, want to start making a dent in that review pile. I’m not going to obligate myself to huge number of them or anything, that’s how I get into trouble. But when I’m picking out my TBR list books or just the next audio to read, I’m going to try and look at the review pile first. But I’m not going to put myself into a slump to read review books that are way past due anyway.
As for challenges, I’m sticking with the less is more motto, but I’m going to try and do them more fully. For example, I was a horrible COYER participant in 2017. I never could even tell you what I had read for COYER, let alone reviewing. This winter COYER I’m really trying and I plan to keep it that way.
Here’s the Challenges I will be participating in, for sure:
- Can You Read a series in a Month (coming in April I think…Michelle?)
You’ll notice that these are only my challenges. I feel bad, because I really like to support other bloggers challenges, but once I start signing up just to support others, I get majorly overwhelmed. That doesn’t mean I won’t participate in other challenges throughout the year. I will probably do Kimba’s Challenges in March and May, for example. But no other year long ones, for sure. I’m keeping my eyes posted for month long challenges that fit my time and wants though 🙂
Posts in July & August
Books Michelle & I reviewed in July and August
- [13 Jul] Laced In Lies by Colleen Helme ★★★★
- [17 Jul] Rhythm and Bluegrass by Molly Harper ★★★½
- [20 Jul] Earls Just Want to Have Fun by Shana Galen ★★★★
- [21 Jul] No Limits by Lori Foster ★★★½
- [24 Jul] Blood Cross by Faith Hunter ★★★★
- [27 Jul] Holiday in Death by J.D. Robb ★★★★½
- [29 Jul] The Lost Legacy (The Supernormal Sleuthing Service #1) by Gwenda Bond, Christopher Rowe, Glenn Thomas ★★
- [31 Jul] November 9 by Colleen Hoover ★★★★★
- [3 Aug] Curiouser and Curiouser by ★★★★½
- [4 Aug] Ice and Embers by Melanie Karsak ★★★★½
- [7 Aug] Midnight in Death by J.D. Robb ★★★
- [8 Aug] The Secret of the India Orchid (Proper Romance) by Nancy Campbell Allen ★★★★
- [10 Aug] 44 Chapters About 4 Men by B.B. Easton ★★★½
- [11 Aug] The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware ★★★★★
- [14 Aug] Conspiracy in Death by J.D. Robb ★★★★½
- [17 Aug] Royally Screwed (Royally, #1) by Emma Chase ★★★★
- [21 Aug] Loyalty in Death by J.D. Robb ★★★★½
- [28 Aug] These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly ★★★★
- [28 Aug] Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry ★★★★
- [28 Aug] Fall of Night by Jonathan Maberry
- [28 Aug] Don't Tempt Me by Lori Foster ★★★★½
What are your reading and challenge goals for 2018?
Thanks for stopping by to Check out my recap of 2017 and what’s to come in 2018
Have a great day and Happy Reading!