Before embarking on a new journey, I think reflecting on past journeys is important. In this case, I’m dedicating some time to reviewing 2014 before I fully delve into 2015. It helps that I set clear goals at the beginning of last year, so I’ll focus on those.
Goal: 2 non-fiction books per month
Assessment: I read a total of 18 non-fiction books last year. That’s an average of 1.5 books. While I was short of 6 books, I definitely read more non-fiction books out of my own volition than in any of the preceding years. I call this one a success.
Goal: 1 German book per month
Assessment: Well, this is embarrassing. The grand total is 2. On the upside, that is 2 more than in 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010. Looks like I need to be a whole lot more intentional about this in 2015. At least I’m pretty sure I will read the second and third books following Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier because I loved the first book and I want to continue reading them in their original language.
Goal: 1 classic book every 2 months
Assessment: I’m kinda stretching the boundaries as to what books can be counted as classics. Thus I’m counting 2 such books. Again, I should be much more intentional about this. For the coming year I have concrete titles lined up, so I think I will be much more successful this time round.
Goal: 100 books this year
Assessment: I knocked this one out of the park with 132 books. A lot of that has to do with the fact that after graduating from university, I had a lot of free months during which I didn’t work. I doubt I’ll be able to achieve that feat again this year. Work keeps me busy day and night, so I’m actually hard-pressed for time to read nowadays.
Goal: Expand my features
Assessment: I experimented a fair bit with features over the past year. I introduced Book Cover Culture and Photography. Both of these features will continue in 2015. I also was fairly diligent with my weekly recaps, Retrospect. Since I don’t have as much time anymore to collate all the interesting posts from the blogosphere, I think I’ll switch things up and only link to the top five posts that catch my attention. For very extensive link-ups to other bloggers and even book-related news, please check out Christina Reads YA and Oh, the Books!
Goal: Be more active on the blogosphere
Assessment: I like to think I was rather sociable over the past year. I did meet a whole lot of new and wonderful people, so this went well. Plus, I’ve plunged into the world of bookstagram. That also opened up channels for me to get to know more people beyond the lovelies I already knew.
Goal: Make sure I keep having fun
Assessment: I still enjoy blogging, so I don’t think I failed to have fun.
For a detailed breakdown with all the books that I counted towards each challenge, you can refer to the master page of my 2014 challenges. To summarise though, here’re the numbers:
- 2014 Standalone Reading Challenge — Read 20 out of 15 books
- 2014 Rewind Challenge— My initial goal was 24 books. I reached that very early in 2014, so I upped the goal to 60. I reached 48.
- 2014 Series ChallengeSeries Challenge — Finished/got up to date with 7 out of 6 series.
- 2014 Goodreads Reading Challenge – Read 132 out of 100 books