Thursday, 1 January 2015

Bye 2014, Hi 2015


2014 went by so fast and in the latter half of the year in particular I fell into a bit of a reading/blogging funk. But I'm still pretty happy with how I went on my challenges, the only one I didn't reach was the Australian Women Writers Challenge (bummer!):

Aussie Author Challenge, hosted by Booklover Book Reviews
Aim: "Kangaroo" level. Read and review 12 titles written by Australian Authors.
Achieved: 15 books.

Aim: I want to read 20 books by Australian women this year. 
Achieved: 15 books.

Aim: "Stenographer" level. Listen to 10-15 audiobooks.
Achieved: 35 books.

New Release Challenge (a personal challenge)
Aim: Read at least one new release a month, a total of 12 books published in 2014.
Achieved: 18 books.

Goodreads Challenge
Aim: Read 75 books.
Achieved: 89 books.

As for 2015 - I've decided I'm not going to sign up for any challenges, I'm just going to read what I feel like and see how I go. I've been umming and ahhing over what to do about my blog and I've come to the decision that I'm only going to blog if I feel like it. No pressure. That means no challenges. Well, except the Goodreads Challenge - which I've set to 100 books this year! But that doesn't necessarily require a review for every book, so hopefully it won't be stressful (although I am a little nervous about the number tbh). I plan to keep track of my reading on Goodreads still and will probably note down thoughts on each book there, but I don't know if I will aim to do full reviews for every one as I have tried (and failed) to do in the past. The goal is to do what I feel like, what makes me happy. It's all about having fun, after all. We'll see what happens! That said, I do have a couple of reading goals I will probably (hopefully) blog about regularly:

-The Heyer Project. I want to read through all of Georgette Heyer's Regency novels in chronological order. It will probably be mostly through audiobooks.

-V.C. Andrews Recaps. I started this last year but got distracted by other things - but I'd like to continue doing it this year, starting (again) with Flowers in the Attic.

So that's my plan for the year. Low key and hopefully fun. 

Happy 2015!


  1. 35 audiobooks is amazing.

    Happy new year! I hope blogging about what you feel like rekindles your love for blogging. Cheers.

  2. I only do the Goodreads challenge. Last year I decided to be more laid back about reading/blogging and didn't review everything anymore. I did always put a 2-3 sentence blurb on GR though - just to keep track of my thoughts about a book.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  3. Looking forward to your VCA recaps :-)

  4. I've never done a challenge apart from GR, they just seem like too much pressure. Especially when my brain makes even the smallest thing feel insurmountable. But well done, you have achieved a wide variety of reading.

    I tried a Georgette Heyer narrated by Richard Armitage but I just couldn't get into them. They're certainly very popular at work though.

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