Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 - Looking Forward


Happy New Year! 

As we start a new year, I thought this would be a perfect time to set a few goals and make plans for the year.


This Blog
I started my blog in December of 2013 so I have been at this for just over 3 years.  I have made some changes over the years but overall, I am really happy about where my blog is at this point.  I would like to do more at times but I do what I can fit into my life.  

In 2016, I started joining in on a couple of weekly memes from time to time and I plan to continue that into the new year.  I also scaled back the number of blog tours that I participate in this past year and I plan to continue at the same pace as I ended the year.

One thing that I hope to do better at in 2017 is spending more time visiting other blogs.  I did really good at times in 2016 and horrible at other times.  I am going to work at being more consistent.

Books
I am going to try to reduce the amount of stress tied to reading in 2017.  Last year, I barely met my Goodreads goal and it stressed me out.  I am setting my goal low at 100 books this year.  I have read at least 100 books every year since I started participating in the challenges in 2012 so this should be a problem.  
Last year I had hoped to catch up with all of the old ARCs that I behind on.  I started the year with a 72% ratio on NetGalley and ended the year at exactly the same place with even more books that need to be reviewed.  Right now I have 103 books to read from NetGalley, 12 books from Edelweiss, 1 book from Blogging for Books, 3 directly from publishers, 5 books from LibraryThing Early Reviewers, and 10 from Goodreads giveaways.  That is 134 books for those keeping track.

I decided to join the Bloggers Shame Challenge hosted by Herding Cats and Burning Soup and make a real effort to get caught up.

Books that I am looking forward to in 2017

My Life
I am really pretty happy with where my life is in general and don't want any big changes.  Of course, I wish I had more free time and a winning lottery ticket would be welcome but I am all in all really happy with where I am in my life.  I do want to try to be a little healthier in 2017.  I have a weakness when it comes to baked goods and I do need to learn to put down the cupcake and eat a piece of fruit instead.  I do take the dogs for a daily walk but I really need to find a way to be more active.  A new community center is opening in my town in a few months and I am hoping that the fitness center there might be a good option for me.

12 comments:

  1. Happy New Year! I know what you mean about needing a winning lottery ticket...I need a bigger house for my books! I'm having to risk the stress of an increased reading goal to force myself to read during the day and deal with more tbrs. I hope it doesn't backfire. I also need to lose weight and look after my health. I'm tired of being tired! Lets hope for good health, reduced stress and more books this year!

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  2. Good solid plan there and great that you're sitting pretty for the most part. Ha, yes, a winning lottery number wouldn't go amiss.

    Mm, I'm looking forward to a couple of those books, too.

    Happy New Year, Carole!

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  3. Good luck with your goals! I need to do better with eating healthy, too. I set my Goodreads goal at 100 books, which might be high for me, but I can always change it if I start failing.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  4. I lowered my reading goal last year for the same reason and it was so much better! It gave the freedom to tackle some chunksters that I had been afraid to read because I might not meet my goal. I'm in a similar place personal life too and it's nice to be content though I'd be okay with that lottery ticket too! Happy New Year!

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  5. I am sort of in the same boat with NetGalley. I've gotten so behind with ARCs. My percentage is at 75% and it drives me nuts. I've never actually won any of the giveaways on Goodreads. I've entered a bunch but never won. lol! I just reviewed a Blogging for Books book a week or so ago and I'd had it for months. Horrible. I still have 200 books as my goal tho....I must be a glutton for punishment. I am going to try to get more read from my TBR list this year tho..and read more of a variety. Last year I read mostly romances. I want to mix it up this year

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  6. The Blogger Shame Challenge would be ideal for me if I were doing challenges this year. I wish you luck with the challenge! I set my Goodreads goal this year ridiculously low--at 13 books for the year. I tend to always set it low because I don't like to read for numbers, and then I always go over. This past year it was 52 and I read 65. I hope you have a very Happy New Year, Carole!

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  7. I am also pretty much keeping my yearly goal of 150. I could do more but I overtime I increase my target, I fail to reach the goal time and again. Isn't it funny how that works? Anyway, I didn't sign up for any challenges this year but like you, I'm making a concerted effort to make sure all the review copies gets read and reviewed first.

    Happy New Year, Carole!

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  8. I lowered my goal too. I just hate having stress. I hope you make a dent in those review titles!! I am at 80% but one book away from losing it lol. I want to be healthier too. Good luck wth all your goals. Happy New Year!

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  9. I think your goals sound great! I set my Goodreads goal lower last year and hit it in September. I was happy with that and definitely felt less pressure and happy to bypass it by a good number by end of year. I'm doing the same this year :D

    Good luck with all of your goals and reading, too!

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  10. Happy New Year, Carole! I hope 2017 will be fantastic in every way :)

    I didn't lower my Goodreads Goal, even if I barely made mine last year. I hope I'll have more time, but really, I just might reconsider in June and lower it - I don't want my reading to be stressful.

    You have a lot of ARCs!! I am not very good at staying away from Edelweiss and NetGalley, but I really aim to get less of the ARCs this year, not more...

    Have a wonderful week and happy reading.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  11. Happy New Year Carole!

    You have me intrigued with Devil in Spring, I'm adding it onto my TBR! :)

    Miranda @ Miranda's Book Blog

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