Hi everyone! We made it to the end of the year, who’s relieved? This year has actually been reasonably good for me, the lockdown of January-March honestly feels like it was a different year because the rest of the year was so much better in comparison! I don’t want to say I have high hopes for 2022 because that feels like jinxing it, so much as last year, I’m going in with a cautious sense of optimism that we won’t being going back to full 2020 levels of hell.
Anyway, as I always do at the end of the year, I’m going to look back at the goals I made at the beginning of the year and see how I did with them:
- Complete Goodreads Challenge Goal-SUCCESS
Okay so I haven’t technically finished this one yet, I’ve got two more books to go, but I plan on finishing another VE Schwab comic and my final audiobook of the year, so I feel pretty confident that by tomorrow, I will have finished my challenge. I’m really proud that I’ve actually made it this year to be honest, because I’ve been in such a slump all year, so reaching 24 books, whilst only slightly more than half of what I read last year, feels like a big achievement given my reading mood this year. Hopefully I will get a lot more read in 2022!
2. Complete my #RockMyTBR Challenge-FAIL
Yeah I hold my hands up here, this one just didn’t happen this year and I wasn’t going to force myself into reading books I wasn’t in the mood for, so I guess in that respect it was kind of a success, because I judged my mood and didn’t force myself into reading books I didn’t feel like? But yeah I didn’t complete the challenge. Hopefully next year’s challenge will go better?
3. Finish current round of edits on This Is Not A Love Story-FAIL
I mean this one wasn’t a complete fail as I did do some edits on This Is Not A Love Story this year, but yeah I didn’t finish. I kind of stalled out after lockdown ended in March because I just had a lot more to do with starting my new job, job applications and having much more of a social life, so edits kind of fell by the wayside. I’m hoping to pick back up with this again in 2022.
4. Get Netgalley Ratio to 80%-FAIL
Okay this one was always going to be a long shot, and I just wasn’t really feeling any of my Netgalley books this year because of my reading slump, so I didn’t make it there, in fact I think it’s slightly lower than it was, at 68%. But I’m not going to feel guilty about not making it to an arbitrary number, I wasn’t feeling my Netgalley requests this year and that’s okay.
5. Catch up on 2020 releases-SUCCESS
Okay, so I only read 2 from my list of books, but I added another two books that weren’t on my official catch-up list and since I didn’t put a number on this goal, only that I wanted to catch up on some 2020 releases, I’m going to count it as a win, because I have read four more 2020 releases than I had last year.
6. Read more new to me authors-SUCCESS
Given that I’ve read far less books than I usually would this year, I’m very pleased with how many new authors that I read this year, I’ve read 13 new authors this year, which means just over half of my 2021 reads were from authors that I’d not read before. There are even a few that I’m definitely planning on reading more by, which is really how I measure the success of this goal!
7. Continue reading more by authors of colour-FAIL (read some, but could have done much better)
Yeah I didn’t do as well on this one as I’d have hoped, 6 out of the 24 books I read this year were by authors of colour, which is about half of what I managed last year, and is still only a quarter of my reading. Obviously numbers aren’t everything, and my reading overall was much lower than it has been in the past, but I would like to read much more by authors of colour next year.
8. Read more non-fiction-SUCCESS
I’m ending the year with 3 non-fiction books having been read, which doesn’t seem like a lot, but I only read one non-fiction last year, so it equals my previous best number of non-fiction read, which was in 2019. Maybe next year I can push the boat out and make it to four? Also all three of the non-fictions I read this year made it to my Top Nine of the year, so clearly I do like non-fiction and need to read more.
9. Try to have Writing Corner posts more regularly-FAIL
So yeah, this one didn’t work out at all as planned, I didn’t post any Writing Corner content at all this year, I’ve just struggled so much with finding guest posters for it and I never intended for it to be something that I was largely coming up with content for! Anyway, I’ve just not had the time this year, or many writing related topics I’ve wanted to talk about, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to get more of these done next year. If you’re a writer in any way and you’d like to contribute to this feature, please let me know!
10. Don’t buy any physical books from Amazon-SUCCESS
Okay so technically I did buy one physical book from Amazon, but I’m still counting this is as a success because by and large, I bought all my books this year from Waterstones or Bookshop.org and the one book I ended up buying from Amazon, I had tried through other outlets first, but my Blackwells order was cancelled due to some payment error and the book I wanted was out of stock and then I tried to get it from Forbidden Planet, but due to supply chain issues, they didn’t have it either. All that being said, the only time I used Amazon this year for a physical book was when I had no other option, so I’m not going to penalise myself for that, as I do feel I genuinely did my best to avoid using Amazon for my books as much as possible this year!
So there we go, that’s how my goals went for 2021, 5 out of 10 were successful, so yeah it’s not my best year ever in terms of completing my goals, but I don’t want to be hard on myself, I managed to complete some goals, and that’s better than nothing. How did you guys do on your 2021 goals if you made any? Do you have any plans for goals in 2022? Let me know in the comments!
I’ll be back tomorrow with my final post of 2021, the annual End of Year Survey that I do every year, so keep an eye out for that at some point tomorrow.