Like many others, I won’t be too sad to say goodbye to 2016! I mean, in many respects it was a pretty crappy year. Losing Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds at the very end nearly pushed me over the edge.
I also faced some blogging challenges this year. Not only did I have numerous technical difficulties with Blue Host and WordPress.org (I seriously thought about quitting blogging altogether about…hmmm ten or eleven times during the year), but I became SUPER busy in my personal life and took on a volunteer job that has eaten up much of the time I usually spend reading and blogging. I am planning to stick with that job for one more year (my daughter will be a senior next year and I want to keep supporting her as long as I can), but after that I hope to have lots more time to read!
But despite the challenges, my love for reading speculative fiction and sharing my thoughts about it, looking forward to upcoming releases, drooling over gorgeous cover art, and getting excited when I get that one special ARC never left. Sure, once in a while I do dread writing reviews, because let’s face it, writing reviews isn’t that easy, right? But I get over it, and I write them anyway.
I only set two reading challenges for myself this year, and I didn’t completely finish either one. But it only makes me more determined to do better next year. By the time this post goes up, I will have completed reading 70 books (according to Goodreads) which is much lower than I expected.
But I did pretty well on my Women of Genre Fiction challenge, and I’m aiming to do better next year. Here’s how that challenge looks at the end of 2016:
As for next year’s goals, they aren’t much different from previous years, lol.
- Read more books. (And get the hell off Facebook and Instagram!) I’m tempted NOT to set a GR goal this year, but I probably will. I might set it low so I don’t feel too bad when things go wrong.
- Look for a new hosting site. Seriously, I know Blue Host is supposed to be one of the top hosting sites, but I’m not that impressed. Twice this past year they’ve had their site hacked, and my blog went down for hours and hours. It also went down randomly many times throughout the year for only a few minutes at a time, but it’s been quite annoying, especially when I get emails from Jetpack telling me my site has gone down. If anyone can recommend a REALLY GOOD hosting site, please let me know!
- Tackle my backlist books. I say it every year, but I never follow through. I want to catch up on books I’ve missed out on, books I just couldn’t fit in. Books from new authors I discover and now I want to go back and read everything they’ve written! Let’s give this another try, OK?
- Stop requesting so many review books. STOP. THINK BEFORE YOU SEND THAT EMAIL/SAY YES TO A PITCH/CLICK THAT DAMN REQUEST BUTTON ON NETGALLEY!! Seriously. I know how many books I’m capable of reading in a year, and yet.
- Try to fit in some literary fiction! It’s one of my secret loves, non-fantastical, non-speculative, non-fantasy/science fiction stories. But since starting this blog, I’ve read exactly ZERO literary fiction. We’ll see…
- Visit more blogs, leave more comments, and do better at replying to comments. When I get really busy, the first thing to go is replying to comments and visiting the bloggers who leave comments. (Although this doesn’t apply to the blogs I follow regularly. If you’re one of those, and you know who you are, I am pretty good about leaving comments for nearly every post.) I want to be more social, but it takes A LOT of work to be social! When blogging starts to feel like work, I shut down.
OK that’s enough for now! I always look forward to starting the year off fresh, and setting goals is a good way to focus.