2014 Bookish Resolutions – How did I do?

At the beginning of the year I made up a list of Bookish Resolutions and I wanted to see if I kept with them or if they all fell by the wayside like my usual resolutions – like resolving to work out every day and not order pizza for dinner.

1. Quality over Quantity

I’ve done decently well on this. I read 171 books in 2013 and in 2014 I’m at 126 so far.  I have more 4 star rated books this year than I did last year, as well as less 2 star rated books.

2. More Age Appropriate Books

Honestly I think this is probably about the same. I know I have definitely read more YA than anything else this year.

3. Stay Away from New Series

While I didn’t totally abstain from new series, I did a decent job on this. The ones I did start either already had a good number of the books already published or weren’t ones that  I loved so much that the wait for the next book is agonizing.

4. Be Less Harsh with my Ratings/Come up with a New Rating Scale

While I feel like I’m maybe a little less harsh, I still haven’t given any books 5 stars. I started rating books based on four criteria – Plot, Characters, Readability, and Enjoyability – and then averaging the scores for an overall rating. I feel like that let me rate books a little higher if I really enjoyed them, despite a ridiculous plot or if I maybe thought the book was often  boring, but beautifully written. I’m still not happy with the rating scale, though, and am thinking of mixing it up again.

5. Get Back into Writing Reviews

I really don’t feel like counting these up, but I think for most of the year I’ve done a good job of writing reviews. I also came up with “Reviewing the Unreviewed”, which is a post for each month where I list all the books I read but didn’t review, and give little mini reviews on them.

6. Re-Read My Favorites

I’ve done more re-reading this year, but I still haven’t written reviews on them. Maybe next year.

7. Don’t be Afraid to “Do Not Finish”

While there are still very few books I’ve started and then completely written off, I have done a better job of stopping and re-adding them to my TBR shelf. I may never go back to them, but I might. Either way, I was able to put some books down when they weren’t capturing my attention and move on to something that did.

Overall, I think I did a fairly good job on my Bookish Resolutions. Did you make resolutions for this year? How did you do?

2014 Bookish Resolutions

Happy 2014 everyone! I usually don’t make resolutions because I always seem to give up on them rather quickly, but this year I decided to try. In addition to my personal resolutions, I came up with a few bookish resolutions, too.

1. Quality over Quantity

In 2013 I didn’t mean to read a crap ton of books, but somewhere along the way it kind of became a game with myself to see how many I could fly through. I enjoyed it and read, as I mentioned, a crap ton of books, but not all of them were really worth my time. This year I want to be a little more discerning about what I read.

2. More Age Appropriate Books

I turned 30 in 2013 and most of the books I read were based on characters just a little older than half my age. Now I love YA. And I’ll continue to read the series that I love, but there were a lot I read that kind of drove me crazy more than anything else. I want to add some more adult themed books this year – and when I say “adult themed” I mean based on adult characters.

3. Stay Away from New Series

Now I already have a few books on my TBR shelf that are the first books in new series and if an author I like has one coming out, I’ll read it. But, the wait between books is always agonizing, so if I start a new series, I want it to be one that’s already completely published.

4. Be Less Harsh with my Ratings/Come up with a New Rating Scale

I review books on a scale of 5 stars, basically because that’s what Good Reads has and I used Good Reads before I started my blog. But I’m generally pretty harsh when it comes to rating. There was not one book in all of 2013 that I gave 5 stars to, though there were several books I really, really loved. For some reason or another I decided it didn’t deserve 5 stars. The majority of books I read I gave 3 – 3.5 stars to. I want to have a firmer opinion on whether a book is good or bad and if I like it, I want to show it a little more love.

5. Get Back into Writing Reviews

Over the past couple months I’ve really slacked on writing reviews for anything and I want to write them- and enjoy doing so- again.

6. Re-Read My Favorites

Because of my maniacal reading binge in 2013, I only wanted to read new books so I could add it to my final number. This year I want to go back and read some of those books that I gave 5 stars to back in the day and write some reviews on them.

7. Don’t be Afraid to “Do Not Finish”

I have this compulsive need to finish not only books I start, but series, regardless of how much I actually enjoy it. I just have to know what happens! This year if a book annoys me or doesn’t interest me, I just want to realize it’s not for me and put it away. I can always go back to it someday if I want to. And if I must know what happens, I can probably find a spoilery review. Again, this year is about quality and not quantity.