2016: How Did I Do?

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Today I’m taking a look back on the 2016 resolutions I made last January to see what progress I made on these goals. I honestly haven’t looked at these resolutions since I first made them, so this will be as much of a surprise for you as it will be for me!

untitled-design-21. Read at least 24 books. I definitely completely this one! As of right now I have read 67 books, which is a lot more than I initially expected to read. I would say that about half of these are probably books I had to read for school, but reading is reading!

untitled-design-22. Read more classics. I just did a quick count, and out of the 67 books I read this year 18 of them were what I consider to be classics. I’m really happy with that number, especially since they generally take me longer to read because I like to take my time with them.  

untitled-design-23. Read more nonfiction/memoir. According to another quick count, I read 23 nonfiction books/memoirs in 2016! I can definitely thank my coursework for that high number. I feel like I found a new appreciation of nonfiction in 2016, which to me is a success in and of itself.

Charles Dickensuntitled-design4. Read more works by Charles Dickens. SUCH A FAILURE. I have yet to read another book by Charles Dickens and it makes me so sad. (Hint: sneak peek of my 2017 resolutions!)

untitled-design-25. Read at least 3 books in Spanish. This past semester I took a Spanish literature class in which I read three novels and countless short stories in Spanish, so this goal has definitely been achieved!

untitled-design-26. Organize my bookshelves. YES. Though I still have to donate quite a tall stack of books that have been sitting on my bedroom floor for months, I recently organized all of the books that I do not. Also: I GOT A NEW BOOKCASE. It’s glorious and shaped like a staircase and I love it so much.

a game of thrones coveruntitled-design7. Finally read A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. ANOTHER FAIL. I just can’t seem to prioritize reading this book. (2017, I’m looking at you to pull through!)

untitled-design-28. Read more of the books I own. Though I have acquired quite a few books over the past year (I just can’t help but gravitate towards used book sales!), I have made a conscious effort to read the books I already own while on breaks from school. Besides the occasional used book sale, I have also tried to limit the amount of books I buy. For example, I didn’t ask for any books for Christmas (so much self-control!).

untitled-design-29. Read slowly. This goal will always be a work in progress for me, but I think it’s say that I did make some improvement in this area over the past year. For instance, I’ve consciously chosen to take my time reading longer books such as Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow and Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. It’s not perfect, but I’ll keep working on it!

untitled-design-210. Have fun! YES!! One of the ways I spruced up my bookish life in 2016 was by creating a bookstagram. I’ve had a blast taking photos and connecting with other readers on this fun platform. And, as always, blogging has made reading an amazing experience!

All in all, I’m really happy with the progress I’ve made achieving many of my 2016 resolutions. Hopefully I can be just as bookishly successful in 2017!

How did you do with your 2016 resolutions, bookish or otherwise? What were your most fun, challenging, and rewarding goals to work towards? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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24 thoughts on “2016: How Did I Do?

  1. I did… okay? on my resolutions? I read a lot, but I didn’t read many classics, which I hope to do more of next year. And I reviewd at least half of the books I read. But in terms of non-reading goals, I managed to go running about 4 times a week, and I did pretty well academically too. Thanks for sharing this! Also, apart from a Christmas Carol, what is a good first Dickens book to read?

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    1. Woah, I’d say that running 4 times a week is definitely a success haha 🙂 I’d say that Great Expectations is a good first Dickens book to read. I’ve also read A Tale of Two Cities, but that’s a bit more confusing. Great Expectations is such a great story! ❤ Happy New Year!

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  2. Well done on achieving most of things you set out to do!
    I am attempting to read more classic for 2017, and as for Game of Thrones…I have yet to start it, and there is so much I need to read that I doubt I will ever read and finish it!

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    1. It’s so intimidating! Not only is it super long, but it seems as though the plot/characters are really complex as well. I’m hoping to at least GoT a try in 2017… fingers crossed! 🙂

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    1. Thank you!! I’d love to read more classics and nonfiction in 2017 as well. I feel like I could always read more from those genres because there’s just so many great books out there. Happy New Year! 🙂

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  3. This is AMAZING Holy! I don’t often make NY resolution and even if I do, I NEVER look back at the end of the year hahaha 😂😂 congratulation on achieving most of these resolutions, it seems that you had such an amazing year! ❤ this year I also plan to read more of the books I own because my TBR stack is getting higher and higher and I started to feel guilty of buying more books hahaha and yeeeeesss to reading GoT!! I really hope you get around to that at some points, I knew I wouldn't hahaha the size is too intimidating for me! I couldn't even catch up on the tv series hahaha 😂 as for my 2016 resolution… I didn't remember what but one of them was to graduate from uni on time, and I did so I considered this a pretty great year 🙂

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    1. Thank you!! I definitely need to read more books from my physical TBR stack as well because it’s getting pretty out of hand at this point haha 🙂 It’s difficult when I’m away at college because I don’t have a lot of time to read for fun and then when I come home during breaks I get the itch to buy more books… it’s a struggle! Anyways, I hope you have a fantastic 2017! ❤

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    1. Thank you!! I feel as though reading more nonfiction will always be a goal of mine, even if I don’t officially write it down. There are just so many books that I want to read! Hope you have a wonderful 2017! ❤

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  4. For some reason, I resolved to read 3 classics and 10 nonfiction books. I ended up reading maybe 3 nonfiction books and maybe 10 classics. (oops) Some things didn’t happen at all, and some I went above and beyond. Congratulation on reading 67 books! I think I read about 100 but I don’t really know. (Also I’m not in college so 🙂 )

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    1. haha that’s the thing about New Year’s resolutions– you never know where the new year will take you, even when it comes to reading! 🙂 Congrats on reading so many books!! I hope you have a wonderful 2017!

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  5. Glad you were able to accomplish so many of your goals! Glad that you were able to read more books than you thought, organize your bookshelves, and most importantly, have fun! My overall resolutions went well: I prioritized self-care and staying true to my values, which was great. Hope your 2017 is fabulous!

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    1. Thank you!! 🙂 Prioritizing self-care is so important– I feel like that’s definitely something I can work on in 2017. I hope you have a fantastic 2017 as well!

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  6. Good job! I’m jealous of all the classics/memoirs you’ve read! I set the same goal for myself (the classic part) and I didn’t read a SINGLE one. Whoops. I’m going to try again this year, adding the memoirs and biographies to it 🙂

    Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook

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    1. I’ve gotten really into classics lately, but I’d love to read some more nonfiction in 2017 as well. Let me know if you end up reading any good memoirs/biographies that you’d recommend 🙂

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  7. You did amazing! I hope you do just as well on your 2017 resolutions. I didn’t set any goals or resolutions for 2016, because my youngest was born in Dec 2015. I had no idea how much I would have time for, but I think I did better than I would have expected!

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