Happy New Year: Looking Back at 2017/Resolutions

Up and Coming

2017 has ended on a positive note for me. I’ve actually learnt to look back at what I’ve achieved and feel proud. For one thing: I now have a Masters!

How about resolutions for this year? Getting in shape and finding a job in my dream industry are two of them. They’re not the type that I feel I can blog about, however. I don’t want to spend my time writing about how I’m sending off applications, for starters!

My main aim, however, is blog related. I want to keep more up to date with reviews this year. My first target is to get to that golden 80% ratio on Netgalley (you may have noticed some extra reviews flying out over the last few weeks).

But I also want to get more books reviewed on time. I request them, then get caught up with blog tours and older books and miss the magic three-month time period where book publicity has the biggest impact. I review, not only because I love it, but because I want to help out the authors any way I can. A review is better than no review, but actually getting it out on time would be even better.

I’ve bought myself a blogging diary for this year, with the intention that if I schedule in new reviews as soon as I request them, everything else will be organised around them and I won’t double-book myself. This is going to be challenging simply because I still have so much that I want to read and/or review, but its not a target if I don’t have to work hard for it, right?Up and Coming 1

I also decided that I wasn’t going to do an entire post dedicated to last year’s reads: most of them were reviewed anyway so you know how I feel. Instead, I just want to look back at my reading achievements of last year as a whole:

Deadly Burial 1

Books Read: 92

Pages Read: 33,271

Shortest Book: Deadly Burial by Jon Richter: 129 pages

Longest Book: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K Rowling: 766 pages

Average Rating: 4.1 stars.

I think that is a reading achievement to be proud of! Of course, I always have to challenge myself, meaning I’m going to see if I can beat that this year!

Blackwing 1I would like to mention a couple of books that I really enjoyed. Despite the hype around Blackwing by Ed McDonald, this book lived up to expectations. Brilliantly written and a definite recommendation.

The Nadia Laksheva Spy Thriller books by J.F Kirwan were also a massive hit for me. Fast-paced, excellent characterisations and strong writing: I adored them and think everyone should read them!

My last statistic from last year is my most popular book review: Friend Request by Laura Marshall. I’m not sure how/why, but this review seems to have exploded. Is everyone reading/enjoying this book?

There we have it: some goals, some reflections and some enthusiasm for this year. Happy New Year, everyone!


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