Did I Reach My 2019 Reading Goals?

Hello dear readers.

2019 is coming to an end in just a week and a half, and I am amazed by how quickly it flew by.

I remember it was January just a few days ago, and I had set my goals for the blog for 2019.

Jump forward just a little bit, and here we are, nearing the end of December, and I cant believe I have been doing this blog for over a year now.

It has been a fantastic ride, and I can’t wait to get started with 2020!


I had started 2019 with two different sets of goals for myself, reading goals and social goals.

Reading goals were the books I wanted to finish in 2019, and the social goals were the milestones I wanted to hit on social media platforms.

So let’s look at the social goals first to see how I did.


Goal #1: 100 Blog Followers

I am beyond happy to say that I achieved this goal a few months ago. For most of 2019 I was worried that I wouldn’t hit 100 followers. I would check every week, and I would do the math to see how many followers a week I would need to hit the goal, and it scared me a bit. This was the goal I wanted to hit the most, and I can’t wait to see where I can get next year.

Luckily, a few key moments during the year came my way, and I was able to hit my goal, and surpass it even…so thank you to all of those who followed my blog, liked my tweets, or did whatever it was that helped me reach this goal.

Goal: 100 followers
Start of 2019: 32
Current: 136


Goal #2: 250 Twitter Followers

Since Twitter is the social media platform I use the most for the blog (even then, not that often) I wanted to focus most of my attention there to reach the book blogging community.

I had my ups and downs with using Twitter. I connected with a lot of cool people, and had some posts that helped me a lot, but unfortunately I did not reach my goal of 250 followers.

Goal: 250
Start of 2019: 39
Current:
154


Goal #3: 100 Instagram Followers

Instagram was the other social media channel that I wanted to grow on. I’m not a great photographer by any means, but I really wanted to use it as a channel to help grow my photography skills, and interact with people.

I was doing really well for a while. Getting a picture up every week, a few new followers every week, and getting good likes on my photos. Unfortunately things kind of stopped for Instagram. I posted less, got less interactions, and wasn’t exploring content like I used to. Unfortunately, this was another goal I did not reach.

Goal: 100
Start of 2019:
24
Current:
53


Goal #4, #5, and #6

These goals I dropped pretty early on in my attempts. They were goals I thought I would be interested in, but when I tried them they either didn’t pan out well at all, or I didn’t enjoy attempting them.

These goals I am less hurt about than the other three, but I am still upset with myself for having failed them.

Goal #4: 25 Book Club Followers – Didn’t pan out
Goal #5: 50 Twitch Followers – Didn’t enjoy streaming
Goal #6: 25 YouTube Subscribers – Didn’t have as much time to make videos.


Next, let’s take a look at the reading goals I had for 2019.


Here are the reading goals I set for 2019:

January
Lord of Chaos

April
Norse Mythology
Fire and Blood
A Crown of Swords

End of 2019
7 other books

The good news: I did read every named book on that list. I finished up Lord of Chaos, Norse Mythology, Fire and Blood, and A Crown of Swords.

I don’t remember exactly, but I doubt I read all of them by the expected dates.

The real question is…did I read seven other books this year?

As I’m writing this, I honestly don’t think I did, but I’m gonna try to remember them all.

  1. Mistborn #1
  2. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  3. The Devil’s Apprentice
  4. Outlander (Audiobook)
  5. The Path of Daggers
    Other: Where We Feel Human, Exploit Me, The Hole, D’Arnold Finds a Home, The Snow Queen

So no…I didn’t hit my 7-book goal for this year. I managed to get through five books, and a bunch of small books or short stories. All that, plus the manga I read weekly I think adds up to at least seven books, so I may not have hit the numbers naturally, but I believe I got there.


I am actually a lot less upset about my goals than I thought.

I didn’t think I had read that many books at all, and I am okay with not hitting a few of the social goals I had set for myself.

I am mad at myself for not hitting the Twitter and Instagram goals though, and I am going to beat myself up for that and push myself harder for 2020’s goals because of it.


Next week I am going to give you my reading and social goals for 2020. I have a few projects I want to try out, and maybe a giveaway or two. I’ll also have a writing goal for 2020, because I am slowly in the process of writing a book, which I have wanted to do since I was a kid.


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Anyways, if you have made it this far, thanks for the wonderful journey that was 2019! I can’t wait to share 2020 with all of you and grow alongside you!

Bookish News: December 11, 2019

2019 is coming to a close…and with it, we must vote on our favourite books of 2019 right?

Well Goodreads is already ahead of the game, and has given its winners of the best books of 2019 already.

Some of these I am not surprised by at all, and some are a bit of a shock.

Check out Goodreads top books of 2019!

Wheel of Time Wednesdays: Script Read Through.

A few weeks ago the cast of the upcoming Wheel of Time TV show did a read through of the script.

Today, a short video was released.

Hope you enjoy!

I’M BACK

So you may have noticed that I’ve been gone from the blog for the past week and a half or so.

I’m not sure if you are worried, but if you were, don’t be because I am perfectly fine.

I am not sick, in danger, or uninterested in continuing the blog, I just wanted to take a break to see how I felt about it.

I wanted to see how my life would be if I took a step away from the blog and just didn’t touch it, or the Podcast for a bit.

The conclusion I came to?

It felt like part of me was missing. I know I had just started this blog a half year ago, but it’s become part of who I am.

It’s become a part of me that I missed for almost two weeks, and I am excited to get back going again.

The schedule will stick to what it was before, except I might do Top 10 for Tuesdays instead of doing the writing prompts that I usually do.

So if you were missing my daily content, you won’t be missing any longer because starting today there will be regular content coming at ya!

I’ve got a few good ideas planned for the next few months and I think you all will enjoy them.

It might not all pan out as I hope, but I’ve got one segment planned that I am really excited for, and I think people might enjoy it a lot too.

Quote of the Day: Blood Eye

In keeping with my regular Friday tradition, I’ve got some quotes from Blood Eye for you, which was covered by the wonderful Sarah Houser this week as a guest post. There were some pretty vulgar quotes, so I limited the number of curse words. Hope you enjoy them!

“A strong arm kills but a cunning mind keeps you alive” 

“Even war gods fear their wives, then, Sigurd reflected sourly. ‘She is already warping my ear for taking three sons into the same fight,’ Harald went on. ‘If I took you too she would make what you did to Olaf look like a kiss on the cheek.’ He frowned. ‘Look now! Her eyes are into us like cat’s claws.” 

“Pagan or Christian a man is never happier than when he has emptied his balls and drunk his fill.” 

“You can go back the way you came, but that course in itself feels stale, for you merely re-live what has already been.” 

Quote of the Day: May 24

It’s raining and very cloudy where I am, but I’m not going to let that put a damper on my mood.

Here’s a few quotes from to help you get through your hopefully sunny day.

“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.” 
― Marie Lu, Legend

“If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system.That’s much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.” 
― Marie Lu, Legend

Why I Like Short Stories

I’ve been interested in reading and writing since I was a little kid, and my go to type of book to read was a nice long chapter book. The thicker the better.

My philosophy was, the thicker it was, the more time and effort were put into it, therefore the book must be good right?

Well that’s not completely wrong, but it does have its faults. Just because a book is long, doesn’t mean it is good, but I would say a majority of them are.

What I didn’t realize until the last few years, is that short stories and anthology series really good. I read them in high-school and university, but they’re usually pretty bland and full of symbolism, plus schools rarely ever pick good reading material.

I didn’t mind short stories usually, but they weren’t my favorite thing, until recently. I’ve read a handful of short stories over the past few years, and I’ve really enjoyed them.

Usually a book with a more fleshed out story is better, because they have answers to all the questions and all of the story lines typically end some how.

What’s to complain about in that case? I’m getting the complete story, I should be happy about it.

That’s true, at least in my opinion, but there is another truth that goes along with it. Just because you don’t get the full story, doesn’t mean the story isn’t good.

There is some sort of magic that comes with creating your own story, or finishing a puzzle, and I think that’s something that short stories inspire in people.

They let people fill in the remaining pieces of the puzzle they started, and give people a chance to finish the story how they want it.

If a short story is done well, it tells just enough of a story to satisfy your needs, but not a complete enough story that it gives you all the answers.

It finds the fine line between mystery and answer. Giving you the steak, and you bring the potatoes.

It’s a near magical thing, creating a short story that makes the reader want more. I put the success of short stories up to a test. If a short story is done well, I imagine at least a half dozen different things that could happen in that story.

If a short story is done well, I go looking for more content from that world, author, or anything, just to help me finish it.

If a short story isn’t done well, that’s all there is to it. The story ends at the last word. There’s no wondering what happened next, there’s no finishing the puzzle. The story lives and dies in its own pages.

You might be thinking that you haven’t read a short story that was good, or maybe you haven’t read one that was bad. Either way, everyone has their opinions.

I’ve read a few short stories that fall into both categories, but its the ones that I crave more of that made me fall in love with short stories.