Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is a freebie, so I picked Looking Back at My 2018 Resolutions.
Way back in January at the start of this year one of the Top Ten Tuesday topics was on bookish resolutions for the year. Despite not being great at setting and keeping resolutions I came up with ten, so now the year is nearly over I’m going to look back and see how many I can cross off my list. If I’ve managed to cross off more than half then it’s been a successful year for me.
This year I wanted to…
…Meet or exceed my Goodreads Reading Challenge Goal
This one is still a little up in the air. We still have a few more weeks of December left, so there’s still time, but I am behind on my Reading Challenge Goal due to the epic slump I had last month. I’m going to try my best but unfortunately I can’t cross this one off my list yet.
…Take part in a Readathon
Nope. I keep wanting to but I can never seem to find one which I think will ‘fit’. My problem is I’m a mood reader, and being held to a set TBR list would never work for me. This resolutions is one I’ve failed to cross off for a few years now, so I may end up removing it all-together next year.
…Cross more books off my Mid Year To-Read Goal
Part of me wants to say yes. I didn’t technically read a lot of the books on my Mid Year To-Read Goal but I had a clean out of my TBR list and removed a lot of them then. In my mind it counts because I didn’t specify that I had to read them, and after one maybe and one failed I need a resolution I can say I crossed off.
…Start learning a new language again
This one is a definite nope. I started with the best of intentions in January but before January was even over I’d given up. Maybe this will be one I add to my 2019 resolutions, and maybe I’ll have better luck with it next year.
…Take part in NaNoWriMo and write over 50K words
Ehh, this one is half yes half no. I did take part in NaNo this year, but because of my epic slump (the same one which caused me to fall behind on my Goodreads Reading Challenge) I fell behind on the third day, never managed to catch up, and eventually completely gave up after the nineteenth day.
…Finish the second draft of my WIP
This one is definitely a no. Originally back when I took part in NaNo 2017 my plan was to finish the second draft of my WIP before NaNo 2018 so I could start November working on the sequel. It didn’t happen, and I’m actually going to end 2018 still not having finished the second draft of my WIP.
…Take part in Camp NaNoWriMo
Finally I have a yes (and it’s a proper yes unlike my ‘Cross more books off my Mid Year To-Read Goal’ goal). My target when I took part in Camp NaNo in July was to write 20K words for the second draft of my WIP. Granted I didn’t manage to reach it, but I still took part and I will again next year for sure.
…Get more re-reading done
Another yes. Compared to 2017 I did a lot of re-reading. I picked up old favourites and completed series like the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, and I read plenty of previous books when new ones were released like Illuminae and Gemina before reading Obsidio.
…Make time for my hobbies outside of reading/blogging
Definitely a no. My aim was to start baking again, make time to learn a new language, and maybe even start a bullet journal but none of those ended up happening. I need to work on a way to balance my life properly so I have time for my hobbies outside of reading/blogging so this will be a goal that ends up on my 2019 resolutions again.
…Keep blogging and reach my three year blogiversary
Again another yes. There were a few off days/weeks/months here and there but I kept posting, kept commenting and in general kept blogging throughout all the ups and downs of 2018. I reached my three year blogiversary in November so now it’s all fingers crossed that I’ll reach my four year blogiversary in 2019.
All in all I can say I crossed off four and a half of my 2018 resolutions (the half is if you count that I took part in NaNoWriMo even though I didn’t meet the 50K word goal). If I manage to catch up on my Goodreads Reading Challenge Goal before the end of the year then I’ll be able to say I crossed off five and half which is more than half, so all in all I had a successful 2018.
So what do you think? Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, if so let me know what you picked for this week’s freebie. Did you set any resolutions at the beginning of 2018, bookish resolutions or otherwise, looking back how did you do at keeping them?