Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 Year in Review

 Taken from 'Quote Queens' on pinterest.

Can you believe that 2013 is over?!!  It's crazy how fast it went by!  There were some really great times (having Julia!) and some really sad times (losing my grandpa) in 2013 but for the most part, it was a great year!

I did okay with my reading goals.  My original goal was to read 75 books and I met that goal!  However, I set a secondary goal of 90 books for the year and I only got to 88.  Oh well, I had a LOT going on this year!  I also did a good job of buying fewer physical books and I purged my book collection again.  I still had a TON of books to move in August but it was better than it could have been!  I didn't do a good job of keeping up with the blog nor did I read very many physical books that I owned (only 12!).

For 2014, I am setting my reading goal low.  I know things are going to be really busy for the next few months and I don't want to stress myself out.  I hope to read 50 books, which is an average 4 books a month.  That is really doable for me.  I also plan to read at least one physical book from my personal collection each month.  There are so many books on my shelf that I haven't read and I need to do something about it.  I also want to try to stick to my TBR list this year.  There are a lot of books I have been meaning to read for a long time and have put to the side to read new/review books and I don't want to do that this year.

That brings me to my last reading goal.  I really want to read what I want to read this year.  That means cutting back on review books.  I only accept books for review if I want to read them but it seems like I keep putting off reading books I want and read review books instead.  38 of the 88 books I read this year were review books.  I have committed to reading and reviewing a few books but am going to lay off the review books for a while (unless it's something so awesome I can't turn it down!).

I am unsure what the future of this blog is.  I'm starting to feel like it is a huge time commitment.  I am not the greatest reviewer to begin with but lately, my reviews aren't at the level I want them to be because I just don't have the time.  I also don't have time to comment as much as I'd like.  For whatever reason, I have a really hard time commenting on other blogs from my phone.  I am kind of burnt out and am not sure I want to continue so I am taking a break.  I have committed to several blog tours over the next couple of months and will honor those commitments but I am not going to be around very much (honestly, I haven't been around that much lately anyway).  I will still comment on what I am reading but it will probably be more in the form of 'mini review' posts instead of full fledged reviews.  I just need to step back and re-evaluate how I feel about blogging.  It's been a great couple of years but life has changed a lot and I'm just not sure if this still fits.  I hope to figure that out.

Sending best wishes for a very Happy New Year!

1 comment:

  1. I know exactly what you mean about review books. There is something about receiving free books to read, but it's completely changed my reading habits. I read far less of the books I used to, and never reread books anymore, and part of me misses that. I do try to say yes to less, but it's so hard sometimes. Here's to hoping weboth manage to read more of what we really want in 2014!


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