Mid Year Check In (2017)

Hi everyone! I don’t know if you’ll remember this from last year, but when I started doing bookish resolutions on the blog last year, I also started doing mid and end of year check in posts to see how I was getting on with my goals. Now as it’s June and we’ve already had six months of this year (How crazy is that? I swear it was January yesterday!), it’s time to check in and see how I’m getting on with my goals! So here we go, here’s how I’ve done with my resolutions so far this year:

  1. Complete the first draft of my novel and start edits

I have in fact completed the first draft of my novel, so yay for that! This Is Not A Love Story came in at a final word count of around 55,000 words. I have started the editing process, so far I’ve only split the story into chapters (as I wrote it all as one long piece) and done some typo corrections, but I’m hoping I will have done more by the end of the year. Still, I’m pretty happy with what I’ve done so far.

2. Complete my Goodreads 2017 challenge

I originally set my challenge at 24 books, 2 books a month, but I’ve put that up as I’ve been reading more than I expected this year, so it’s now at 32 books, one book less than I managed to read last year. I’m currently on 18 books, and 3 books ahead of my challenge, so if I keep up the current pace then I’m pretty confident I’ll meet my challenge goal.

3. Complete my #RockMyTBR 2017 challenge

This one’s going amazingly well for me so far! I’ve read six books from the list so far which is exactly where I should be at this point in the year. I’m pretty confident that I’ll be able to read the other six books by the end of the year.

4. Read more diversely

I’m not really sure if I could say I’ve achieved this goal yet? I’ve still read mostly fantasy this year, most of the authors I’ve read have been female and white (with the exception of the two male authors I’ve read, and Evelyn Skye who is a POC author). I have however had a diverse number of settings, but that’s what you get when you read fantasy books! I have also read quite a few books with LGBTQ+ characters, a few mental health related books (including one with an #ownvoices author) & some books with POC characters, although I think I could do better on that last one. So I think in some respects I’m doing okay with this one, but there’s definitely room to do better in the rest of the year.

5. Read some 2016 releases I missed out on

I did a Top Ten Tuesday list of these at the beginning of the year, and I’ve read 5 of the 10 books that I had on that list, so I’m pretty happy with that and I plan to read more of the ones on the list before the year is out, so I’m confident that I’ll be able to call this one a success at the end of the year.

6. Discover more new to me authors

Of the 18 books I’ve read this year, half of them have been from new authors, so I’m really happy with that! I’m not sure I would call any of them favourites yet, but I would definitely like to read more from some of them, so I’ll call that a success. I’m hoping to find even more brilliant new authors by the end of the year.

7. Read more of my YALC books

So I haven’t done quite so well on this one, I’ve only read one YALC book so far this year! I’m planning on reading another one next month, but a lot of the books I wanted to read for my YALC challenge were books by authors going to YALC not necessarily books I acquired there. I will definitely be trying to add more YALC books into my reading through the rest of the year (though I will acquire even more when I go this year!).

8. Keep growing the blog

I’ve definitely acquired new followers this year which is good. As far as views go, I’m on less than last year but we’re only halfway through the year so I’m not too worried about that. I haven’t thought of any new features yet, I’m thinking about doing a feature on my writing but haven’t thought of exactly what I should write for that (ironically!) so if there is anything you guys would like to hear about my novel, my writing process etc then let me know.

9. Read more standalones

I’m kind of woefully failing on this one? Of the 18 books I’ve read so far this year, just four of them have been standalones. What can I say? I really love series so I naturally gravitate towards them, and most fantasy books (which is what I read the most) seem to be part of a series. I read 11 standalones last year, so I definitely need to read a few more in order to beat that number!

10. Write more

I’ve obviously done a lot of writing this year for my course and for this blog, but I haven’t written as much as I would have liked outside of it. I’m hoping to write a lot over the summer, I have another fantasy book that I’d like to plot, I had an idea for a play that I might like to do and I have several fanfics that have been woefully neglected, so hopefully I will write more over the next few months!

11. Take a break occasionally

I haven’t exactly done that well on this, there’s only been one book that I’ve read that I haven’t reviewed this year! However, I did have a week’s break from the blog when I was in Greece which was nice.

12. Keep enjoying reading and blogging!

This one has been easy! Whilst I haven’t exactly loved everything I’ve read this year, I have still had a lot of fun reading and I’ve loved interacting with people and posting on the blog this year as well, so I think I can definitely call this one a success so far.

So that’s how my year is going so far! 7/12 that I think I can call definite successes so far and 5/12 that need more work before the end of the year in order to call them successes. I think that’s pretty good since before last year I could barely keep one resolution. Clearly making all my resolutions bookish and looking at them more as goals was the way to go! How about you guys? Did you make any bookish resolutions at the beginning of this year? If so, how are they going so far? Let me know in the comments!

I will have a new discussion post for you guys tomorrow, my last one of June, so stay tuned for that!

10 thoughts on “Mid Year Check In (2017)

  1. Rosepoint Publishing 29/06/2017 / 10:11 pm

    That’s a pretty solid list of ideas, many of which I can identify and am working on; i.e., new to me authors, and that’s also led to standalones. I’m also growing my blog and thank you again for being one of my “numbers!”

    • iloveheartlandx 30/06/2017 / 5:32 pm

      Thank you! No problem, thank you for being one of mine šŸ™‚

  2. breenysbooks 30/06/2017 / 2:22 pm

    Wow, it looks like you’ve definitely accomplished a lot so far this year! I enjoy reading posts about book blogger’s and writer’s goals because they always make me feel motivated. I wish you the best of luck with your goals as the year continues, and I look forward to reading your end-of-the-year check in! =)

    I’m new to blogging and book reviewing, and. I was wondering if you had any tips for newbie bloggers and book reviewers.

    If you have the time, please check out my blog @breenysbooks. I’d love any feedback. Have a wonderful day.

    • iloveheartlandx 30/06/2017 / 5:29 pm

      Aww thanks! Well thanks, I’m glad to have helped you feel motivated and I hope you enjoy my end of year check in! I could honestly do an entire post of blogging tips (and might at some point) but I think the biggest things are just to have fun with it, not worry too much about stats and everything because they’re not the most important thing in the world and most importantly you have to find your own unique “voice” because that’s what makes you different from everyone else, that’s something you’ll develop the more you blog though. I will definitely check out your blog šŸ™‚

      • Breeny's Books 30/06/2017 / 9:54 pm

        Thanks so much for the tips! I greatly appreciate them.

  3. anna@herding cats & burning soup 30/06/2017 / 9:52 pm

    It sounds like you’re rocking it! That’s awesome. It’s nice to do a mid-year checkin. I have mine happening tomorrow šŸ˜€ Great to see items getting checked off. Hope you have a great second half of 2017 and get all of these knocked out!

    • iloveheartlandx 01/07/2017 / 11:55 am

      Thank you! Oh cool, I hope you’ve had a great six months. Yes, it is very satisfying. Oh thank you, same to you!

  4. emilymbird 09/07/2017 / 8:02 pm

    Congrats on finishing your first draft of your novel! That’s a HUGE accomplishment. Also one of my goals for the year, but I still got some work to do there.

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