Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 Challenges Wrap-Up Post

Yeah, so once again I failed miserably at most of my Challenges.  :-(  Except for two, my Goodreads Challenge, I did have to cut down from the 250 books goal I had the past two years that I met and exceeded.  This year I dropped to 215, but I made it, and exceeded it at 217.  Once again, let's recount all my challenge failures and one success:

My goal was to do four discussion posts.  I only got two done, even though I kept thinking up ideas.  I ran out of time, which is partly from failing at some other goals.  If you want to check the two discussions I did, they are:

Now this one I was successful at, in fact, my goal was six, but I got thirteen done.  Here is the list:
  1. Everlife by Gena Showalter
  2. Chaser by Kylie Scott
  3. True Storm by L.E. Sterling
  4. Down Shift by K. Bromberg
  5. Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  6. Worth the Risk by K. Bromberg
  7. Bright We Burn by Kiersten White
  8. Dominate by Amy Daws
  9. Beautiful by Christina Lauren
  10. Love You S'more by Beth Merlin
  11. Pucked Love by Helena Hunting
  12. Royally Endowed by Emma Chase
  13. Beneath the Truth by Meghan March
So yeah, did well with that one.

Now this is one that I really need to do better with, I keep adding more books, and not reading them!  My goal was 12, that's only one per month, but I only got 5 done. 

  1. Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
  2. On the Plus Side by Alison Bliss
  3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  4. Felony Ever After - A Domino Anthology - 13 Authors - 1 Story
  5. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

So, I had three resolutions, and I did well with one, mostly, and the others are works in progress.

1.  My first goal was to complete one of my Works in Progress.  I did, I finished my short story.  So that is good.  But I need to finish editing it.  So that is maybe going to be a goal/resolution for 2019.

2.  My 2nd goal was to read books that were suggested to me by friends or relatives.  I had three I planned to do.  First, I had a friend ask me if I liked Marvel or DC better, and all I could go on was the movies.  So he picked one graphic novel from DC and one from Marvel for me to read and compare.  All I got done was the Marvel one, which was a Captain America one.  And I wasn't thrilled.  I still plan to read the DC one though, just to compare.  My third recommended book was one by Kurt Vonnegut.  And yeah, didn't read it.  I do still want to read that.  Plus I have a new romance reader friend that has recommended a book I did end up buying, so I probably need to do this again next year.

So boo hiss to me and failing last year.  I'm still working on my Challenges and Goals for 2019, so be on the lookout for that post tomorrow!  Well, at this point, later today, since it's only 20 minutes till 2019 where I am.


  1. Wow, 217 books is seriously impressive, that's nearly twice what I managed. Well done Lisa and happy new year to you :)

    Megan @

    1. It's less than the last two years, but still I made my goal, so I'm happy! Thanks for visiting and happy new year to you as well!

  2. I think you should give yourself more credit! You totally smashed through one of those challenges, and ending series can be so difficult. You read SO MANY BOOKS. I don't know how you do it? I also really love that you did make progress in all your challenges and goals and that's what I call winning to me ;)

    1. I'm not in school. And now that I'm a librarian, I don't have papers to grade. Plus I've usually got books going on my phone, and a physical book, and often on my e-reader, not to mention an audiobook in my car these days. Thanks for helping me see the positives! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I agree with the other commenters that any year where you read over 200 books is not a "failure"! It sounds like you might be one of those people that just wants to read what you want to read, when you want to read it. I am as well, so I think it's fine. Enjoy your 2019 reading!

    1. Yep, I do more DNFs now, most of the time they are book tours that I've signed up for. I don't sign up for it if I don't think it sounds good, but sometimes they don't work for me. Thanks for visiting!

  4. I'm highly impressed that you read more than 200 books. I read 118 which I think is a record for me. See what I read in December at Girl Who Reads

    1. Thanks! Although I assumed with Goodreads letting us count rereads this year towards our total read, that I would end up with at least as many as the year before, so it still surprised me to not make it. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Awesome number of books read in 2018! I met and exceeded my Goodreads challenge, so I doubled it for this year. Love your blog, Lisa!

    1. That's awesome! I didn't bump my goal up any from last year, just going to stay the same. We'll see how it goes once I stop working at the bookstore. Thanks for visiting!


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