Jan 1, 2014

[Imaginative Discussions] - Lyn Looks Back Over Her 2013 Goals



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Last year, I made a list of goals I wanted to accomplish in 2013. Before I make a list of new goals for the year, I wanted to return to the list and score myself for 2013. I believe it is important to look back and see how I tallied up overall for the year.  This will help me set more realistic goals for the future, and understand myself better as a blogger and a reader. I also want to see if I can give myself a gold star.



Goal: Read 100 books
Pass/Fail: FAIL
I only read 54 books. That is less than what I read in 2012 (78). Graduating and taking up a full time job put a dent into my reading time. Also, living in a hotel and becoming depressed as hell didn't help me at all.

Goal: Read more classics
Pass/Fail: FAIL
I hope to turn this trend around next year with Forgotten Fridays.

Goal: Put a cap on book buying
Pass/Fail: PASS
I actually did buy less books this year. Lack of space and paying for storage deterred me from going wild at the book stores.

Goal: Stop book hoarding
Pass/Fail: FAIL
However, my apartment and storage unit still look like a used bookstore.

Goal: Expand my horizon
Pass/Fail: PASS
Maybe not to the extend of my imagination a year ago, but I did detour outside of my comfort zone. Like I mentioned before, Forgotten Fridays is going to become a huge help this year in stepping outside of my usual novel stomping grounds.

Goal: Start clearing out my TBR pile
Pass/Fail: FAIL
I failed big time.

Goal:  Stop starting books and losing them
Pass/Fail: PASS
I did stop losing my books (oddly enough, with two huge moves).

Goal: Use the local library more
Pass/Fail: FAIL
I tend to forget to return them, and the library is really out of the way. I also have limited time to visit, thanks to the stupid hours at my current job.

Goal: Stop collecting Kindle Books
Pass/Fail: PASS
I did stop buying so many Kindle books this year. Yah, me!

Goal: Blogging
Pass/Fail: PASS/FAIL
Up to you guys.

FINAL SCORE: 5/10

NO GOLD STAR FOR ME
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16 comments:

  1. Well, it's not TOO bad. I think you passed with blogging of course! :) If I had some of these resolutions, I would have failed on them too. I bought/got even more books than last year and my TBR pile is HUGE. That's why I'm doing the TBR pile challenge and I've set myself a goal to buy less books than 2013. *fingers crossed*

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    1. Thank you, Mel! I need to stop buying books as well. It is just such an addiction, you know?

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  2. I say you get a pass for blogging and you can give yourself that gold star! Honestly, I know what it's like to have a million other things on your mind, so 54 books is still an achievement, even if you didn't quite meet your goal. Though I wish you luck with it for this year. :) It's great that you managed to read more out of your comfort zone in 2013 - that's something I hope to do more of myself. A lengthy book-buying ban is something else I need to consider. :P

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    1. I hope to keep pushing myself to read more books in the following year that are not strictly YA.

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  3. I think considering all of your life changes you did really great on your goal for reading. It's hard to find time for books when your life is in upheaval.

    While you might not get a gold star, I think you at least deserve a silver one for accomplishing some of your goals!

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    1. EEK! I have no idea how I missed this. Thank you for the silver star - I hope this year makes for a better reading time!

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  4. Blogging totally passes!!! *covers you in gold stars*

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  5. I love how you did pass/fail on this post!!! I will say using your library can be quit easy if it's like mine. I just put things on hold using their website walk in and grab it and walk out. They even have self check out so I never even speak to anyone. simple and easy!!

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    1. My big issue with the library is location. I am away from home 12 hours a day, and my library is not easy to venture to. I never have time to go, it seems.

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  6. I think making 50 percent of your goals is pretty good. I need to go back and reevaluate my 2013 goals now. And I'm with you on the library thing. Not only do I ALWAYS forget to return books on time, but I can rarely ever find the book I'm looking for:/

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    1. I am going to lowball my goal this year (52) and see how I do.

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  7. Your Forgotten Fridays feature will be fabulous, especially since I have so many older books on my shelf to read. Good luck with reading more classics!

    Ha, how could anyone stop book hoarding? I'm awful at that. I've put myself on a book buying ban, but I don't know how that's going to go. Three days in, and I haven't bought anything yet. That's good, right?

    You definitely passed book blogging!

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    1. I have warmed up to FF, and I already have a list of potential books for the future!

      Thank you, Amber!

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  8. Awwww, I am sorry that you didn't pass more of your challenges, but I feel like you learned a lot. SO it's all good. This is a step you needed to go through. I hope 2014 is a better year with no or less depression. And at least you have Kara and Bekka now. You ladies can help each other through the hard times, which is perfect. BEST OF LUCK THIS YEAR!

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    1. Thank you, Christina. I have learned quite a bit over this year.

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