Looking Back On My 2016 Blogging Resolutions

So back in early January of 2016 I made a post about my top ten blogging resolutions I wanted to achieve for 2016. I had a look at my progress in June and now its time to see how I went!

  1. I resolve to read and review all of CJ Archer’s Freak House books,
    I managed to re-read/complete the Emily Chambers Spirit Medium series, but I failed reading any of the Freak House books.
  2. and her spin-off series The Ministry of Curiosities.
    I didn’t even start this, and now she’s got the Glass and Steele series. I literally can’t keep up with her.
  3. I resolve to ONLY request to review books I ALREADY KNOW ABOUT AND REALLY WANT and not just ‘oh, that sounds good’!
    Until HarperCollins came along with their amazing 2017 HarperTeen haul on Edelweiss, I was doing pretty well with this. I blame HarperCollins. In my defence the haul was a mix of ‘This book is already on my to-reads list’ and ‘I read a book that sounded a bit like this and loved it, I think I’m ready to get my heart ripped out again thanks.’
  4. I worked so hard last year to cut back on all of my review books. This year I resolve to have so few review books on my TBR pile that I can pick and choose my next read off my overflowing bookshelf.
    This is what it’s like to be a reviewer: Oh no, I don’t have any review books! *goes to Edelweiss and requests seven different books. All are approved* Fuck.
    This will obviously be something I try to achieve in 2017, however I have really cut back on the physical copies I’ve been requesting.
    I did actually partially achieve this when I had enough time between review books to enter the Halloween Bingo contest.
  5. I resolve to finish the several series I have waiting on my Sequels shelf.
    I honestly pulled one of the sequel books out, but I got distracted by review copies and then the Halloween Bingo. I haven’t achieved this.
  6. I resolve to re-read the Harry Potter series, starting with the beautiful illustrated edition!
    I totally started reading it! However, it’s such a big book I can only read it sprawled on my bed, and only when my husband isn’t with me, which isn’t often, so I haven’t even got to Hagrid on the motorbike yet.
    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
  7. I’d love to start my Page (To Screen) to Stage segment, about books that became musicals (via films). This means I need to resolve to read more primary sources. And watch more films. And listen to more musicals. Yay!
    I’ve discovered a bunch of new musicals, but they’re not necessarily based on a film based on a book. Anyway, this is a giant fail. I will, however, be featuring more musicals on the blog in 2017.
  8. I resolve to buy less ‘filler’ books – I want to buy books I really want, not just because they are in the $2 bargain bin. Srsly I have no room for a new bookshelf.
    Like I said in my mid-year freak out, this has only really worked because I bought all the stock I wanted and the bargain bins haven’t really been updated with new/interesting stock.
  9. Last year I resolved to be one of the lucky few chosen to take part in a major blog tour for one of my favourite authors in 2016. I’ll be taking part in Maria V Snyder’s Night Study blog tour on 21st January and as a Snyder fangirl I’m pretty stoked to have been included.
    This turned into more of a ‘only tour books you’re reading/excited for’ instead of whoring out the blog for advertising. I was invited a couple of blog tours and I volunteered for a few. This year I took part in: Maria Snyder’s Night Study, Mary Weber’s Siren’s Song, Richelle Mead’s Glittering Court, Randa Abdel-Fattah’s When Michael Met Mina, Sara Raasch’s Frost Like Night, and PC Cast’s Moon Chosen. I consider this a win for the blog.
  10. I resolve to shake the blog up in 2016 and soon I’ll have an announcement about that!
    This happened when Taneika and I joined forces to create Young Adult at Heart! Unfortunately we’ve decided to amicably split ways – our focuses are too different to continue blogging together. Remember to follow Taneika on Instagram and Youtube!

Looking back, I think I could have done a lot better at these. I’m going to work even harder next year to achieve the ones I didn’t this year!

What about you? Did you make any resolutions for 2016?
Did you achieve or fail them?
What do you think about my resolutions and my achievements and failures?








About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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One thought on “Looking Back On My 2016 Blogging Resolutions

  1. Shay

    I’ve figured out that I don’t do well in years that I make too many reading resolutions. Now I try to keep it to about three or four.

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