End of Year Check In (2017)

Well guys we did it! We made it to the end of 2017 and the world hasn’t imploded, so I think we deserve high fives all around for that! Since it is the last day of 2017, I am going to be looking back on the goals I made all the way back at the beginning of January (January, remember that strange far off month all that time ago that has somehow come around again?) and seeing how well I did on them this year. So here we go, this is how my 2017 goals have worked out:

  1. Complete my first draft of my novel and start edits-SUCCESS

I did in fact complete the first draft of my novel, all the way back in January. I did some editing, I could have done better on the editing, I’m not going to lie, all I really did was split the novel into chapters and spell checked it, but that is a start, so I’m counting this one as a success and hoping to achieve more on This Is Not A Love Story in 2018!

2. Complete my Goodreads 2017 Challenge-SUCCESS
Yup, this one is also a success! My original challenge at the beginning of 2017 was 24 books but I had wiped the floor with that before I even made it to the end of the summer this year, so I kept upping it until I had a final challenge of 35 books. Not only did I read those 35 books, I bettered it by one and finished my 36th book today! I beat my 2016 goal by 3 books so I was very happy with that. Hopefully I can do even better in 2018!

3. Complete my #RockMyTBR 2017 Challenge-SUCCESS

I knocked one book off my #RockMyTBR list before the end of the year as I attempted to read it and just couldn’t finish it, so my aim was to complete the other eleven books from the list, which I did in fact do (finished the last one today), so I’m counting it a success even if I had initially wanted to read 12.

4. Read more diversely-Success, but could do better

I’m kind of counting this as a half one? I could have done better on reading from different genres (majority fantasy this year) and more POC authors (I only read books from 4, Evelyn Skye, Tara Sim, Heidi Heilig and Neal Shusterman), but I don’t want to write it off as a complete fail, I did read books by authors of different sexualities, two books by authors who were #ownvoices for the mental illnesses portrayed in them and within the books I read, there were many diverse characters, characters of different ethnicities, characters with mental illnesses, characters with different sexualities, characters of different gender identities and characters with disabilities, so in that respect, I actually did okay. I would like to do better next year though, with reading more #ownvoices books.

5. Read some 2016 books I missed out on-SUCCESS
I made a list of ten at the beginning of the year that I wanted to get to and of those ten, I read eight, so I’m counting that as a success, plus there were a few other 2016 releases that I read that weren’t on my list.

6. Discover more new to me authors-SUCCESS
I read 36 books this year, and of those books, 17, so almost half, were from authors that I had never read before. These were of varying success, I wouldn’t say I’d read books from every single new author I read this year again, but I have definitely discovered some new favourites, so that’s great!

7. Read more of my YALC books-FAIL

I failed miserably on this one, but oh well, you can’t win them all! Of the books I read this year, only two of them were ones that I had picked up at YALC. Still, I will not be deterred, I am determined that next year, I will read a lot more of my YALC books and will be able to call this resolution a success by the end of 2018.

8. Keep growing the blog-SUCCESS
As of right now, I have 723 followers for this blog, which is definitely more than I had at the beginning of the year, so I’m extremely happy about that! My blog was also more viewed this year than last year, by a significant amount. I’ve done blog posts involving people from the YA community this year which have gone down really well, so I’m hoping to continue that next year. I attempted to run my own reading challenge this year, but that didn’t go too well, so I might not do that again next year. I have also started a new writing feature, only one post so far, but I’m going to be focusing on growing that one even more next year.

9. Read more standalones-FAIL

Yeah, of 36 books this year, I read 5 standalones. 5. That’s kind of puny and I read more than twice that number of standalones last year. I think I may just have to accept that the fact that I read mostly fantasy means that it is unlikely I will ever read a huge number of standalones in any given year as they are mostly part of series!

10. Write more-SUCCESS

I’m happy to say I’ve done a lot of writing this year. Aside from my blog and work for Uni, I’ve also started writing a new novel (incomplete as of yet, I will be trying to finish it in 2018) and I’ve written 16 articles for The National Student between August and December of this year, so I think I’ve done pretty well on this one.

11. Take a break occasionally-FAIL

Yeah, I’m not good at taking a break from the blog, I only really took one week properly away from the blog this year, whilst I was in Greece, as I wouldn’t really count the weeks where I was essay writing rather than blog writing as a break. Still my blog kind of is my de-stressing space, so I guess you could say I am unwinding by doing this? I don’t know!

12. Keep enjoying reading and blogging-SUCCESS
Okay, so 2017 has been a total shitstorm for the world, but it’s been pretty good for me personally, I’ve enjoyed the books I’ve read (for the most part), I’ve got to write some really fun things for the blog and I’ve had fun chatting with other bloggers, both here, on their blogs and on Twitter, so I think I can call this one a definite success.

I’m really pleased with how I’ve done on my goals this year. 8.5 (counting #4 as the half) goals complete out of 12, is pretty satisfying! There’s always some things that I don’t completely manage to achieve, but I’m happy with what I have done and this gives me room to improve for next year. I think 2017 has been a great year here on the blog and I’m hoping that 2018 will be even better! How about you guys? Did you make any bookish goals at the beginning of the year? How did you do on them? Do you have any plans for goals for next year? Let me know in the comments!

You will find out my 2018 goals in a few weeks, when we have the Top Ten Tuesday topic about it, but in the meantime, I will have a book review and a wrap up of my #RockMyTBR Challenge for 2017 to welcome in 2018 in the next few days, so stay tuned for those!

8 thoughts on “End of Year Check In (2017)

  1. Liz Whitehouse 31/12/2017 / 5:04 pm

    Look at your with all your successes. Sounds like a great year.
    I hope 2018 is kind to you!

    Happy New Year, Liz @ Travel in Retrospect xx

    • iloveheartlandx 31/12/2017 / 10:03 pm

      Aww thank you! It was, not for the world, but for me it was anyway! Thank you, you too. Happy New Year 🙂

  2. AngelErin 01/01/2018 / 3:12 am

    That’s a lot of successes!! Way to go. 😀 Happy New Year and I hope you have a great 2018.

  3. Wendleberry 01/01/2018 / 6:07 pm

    Congrats, you did great by the sounds of it! Tell me your ways – my goal this year is to be writing more, more, more!

    • iloveheartlandx 02/01/2018 / 11:41 am

      Thank you! Haha I do a degree that’s mostly based in writing and my hobbies involve writing pretty heavily, so I’m doing it most of the time!

  4. Rosepoint Publishing 02/01/2018 / 4:15 am

    Congratulations, many more successes than fails! Best wishes for another successful year in 2018.

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