April Writing & Reading Goals Check (May Goals)

Last month I decided to do a post with a list of goals I wanted to accomplish in the coming month. Let’s see how I did.

 

GOALS FOR APRIL:

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read Peter Pan for my classic book
✓ Read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for my TBR
✓ Read Gates of Paradise for my TBR
✓ Read The Crown for my TBR
✓ Read Toxic (PLL) for my TBR
✓ Finish Creeper for Camp NaNoWriMo (30K Goal)
✓ Do Book Pics
Do Gates of Paradise Recap for blog

I’m still in the process of finishing up my Gates of Paradise Recaps but since I’ve started, I decided to cross that goal off. I’m a bit behind on posts because of Camp NaNoWriMo. I am pretty amazed that I managed to get everything I wanted done this month.

 

Here’s my goals for next month:

 

GOALS FOR MAY

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read Dandelion Wine for my classic book
✓ Work on Whispertown re-write
✓ Read Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix
✓ Read Web of Dreams
✓ Read Stars Above
✓ Read Six of Crows
✓ Read The Forbidden Wish
✓  Do Book Pics
Web of Dreams recap

 

I’m going to mostly work on reading this month, though I feel like it would be a good time to work on Whispertown considering the subject matter.

 

What were your goals for April? Did you meet any of them? What are your plans for May?

 

jnc

 

 

March Writing & Reading Goals Check (April Goals)

Last month I decided to do a post with a list of goals I wanted to accomplish in the coming month. Let’s see how I did.

GOALS FOR MARCH:

 

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read Little Women for my classic book
✓ Read Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban for my TBR
✓ Read The Heir for my TBR
✓ Read Deadly (Pretty Little Liars) for my TBR
✓ Read Fallen Hearts by V.C. Andrews for my TBR
✓ Read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before for my TBR
✓ Do book pictures for the month
✓ Work on Creeper re-write
✓ Participate in #PitMad on 23rd

 

I did great with my reading goals and actually ended up reading 8 books! I haven’t been doing so hot with writing this year but I am hoping to change that in April.

GOALS FOR APRIL:
✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read Peter Pan for my classic book
✓ Read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for my TBR
✓ Read Gates of Paradise for my TBR
✓ Read The Crown for my TBR
✓ Read Toxic (PLL) for my TBR
✓ Finish Creeper for Camp NaNoWriMo (30K Goal)
✓ Do Book Pics
Do Gates of Paradise Recap for blog

Wish me luck! Do you have any goals this month? How did you do with your goals for March? Is anyone else participating in Camp NaNo?

 

 

 

 

February Writing & Reading Goals Check (March Goals)

Last month I decided to do a post with a list of goals I wanted to accomplish in the coming month. Let’s see how I did.

 

GOALS FOR FEBRUARY

✓ Read at least 6 books


✓ Read The Princess and the Goblin for my classic book


✓ Read Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets (illustrated) for my TBR


✓ Read The Wrath and the Dawn for my TBR

✓ Read A Court of Thorns and Roses for my TBR


✓ Read Dark Angel by V.C. Andrews for my TBR


✓ Read When You Came Back for my TBR/review book


✓ do book pictures for the month


✓ Work on Creeper re-write

✓ Enter Pitch Madness on the 24th

I ended up reading 7.5 books for February. The half comes from a book I decided to read instead of The Wrath and the Dawn, a decision I came to regret when I ended up not enjoying the replacement (Roseblood by A.G. Howard). I ended up DNFing it halfway. Since I invested so much time into it, I decided that I am still counting it as a half book. I am bumping The Wrath and the Dawn to a book I read for sure this summer.

Tomorrow I will do my book pictures. The plan was to do them today but that didn’t happen. So I am still going to count that goal since I know I will have it done by the end of the day tomorrow.

I just haven’t found made the time to write lately. There’s little inspiration for it and that makes me sad. I was sure that Valentine’s Day would inspire me to work on Creeper considering the part I’m on was written near Valentine’s Day (and contains elements of it) when I first wrote it. Hopefully I will be able to make time to work on it in March.

Thankfully my de-cluttering of my apartment is almost complete so I won’t have to spend so much time on that and hopefully more on writing.

I also submitted Not My Fault to Pitch Madness. We’ll see if anything comes of it. And now, my goals for next month!

 

GOALS FOR MARCH

✓ Read at least 6 books

✓ Read Little Women for my classic book

✓ Read Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban for my TBR

✓ Read The Heir for my TBR

✓ Read Deadly (Pretty Little Liars) for my TBR

✓ Read Fallen Hearts by V.C. Andrews for my TBR

✓ Read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before for my TBR

✓ Do book pictures for the month

✓ Work on Creeper re-write

✓ Participate in #PitMad on 23rd

Wish me luck! Do you have any goals this month? How did you do with your goals for February?

jnc

January Writing & Reading Goals Check (February Goals)

Last month I decided to do a post with a list of goals I wanted to accomplish in the coming month. Let’s see how I did.
GOALS FOR JANUARY
✓ Read The Bell Jar for my classic book

✓ Read at least 6 books

✓ Read Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) for my TBR

✓ Read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up for my TBR

✓ Read Red Queen for my TBR

✓ Read Heaven by V.C. Andrews for my TBR

✓ Read Frost Blood for my TBR/review book

✓ do book pictures for the month
✓ Work on Creeper re-write

I got through all of the books plus an extra one (a OnePiece manga) and I plan to do my Book Pics tomorrow. The only thing I did not get to was writing and I hope to get more accomplished next month. I have been really focusing on de-cluttering my apartment so I figure once I am finished I will have much more time to write. I’m halfway through!

GOALS FOR FEBRUARY
✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read The Princess and the Goblin for my classic book
✓ Read Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets (illustrated) for my TBR
✓ Read The Wrath and the Dawn for my TBR
✓ Read A Court of Thorns and Roses for my TBR
✓ Read Dark Angel by V.C. Andrews for my TBR
✓ Read When You Came Back for my TBR/review book
✓ do book pictures for the month
✓ Work on Creeper re-write
✓ Enter Pitch Madness on the 24th

Wish me luck! Do you have any goals this month? How did you do with your goals for January?

 

jnc

December Writing & Reading Goals Check (January 2017 Goals)

Last month I decided to do a post with a list of goals I wanted to accomplish in the coming month. Let’s see how I did.

GOALS FOR DECEMBER
✓ Read Oliver Twist for my classic book
✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read The One for my TBR
✓ Read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan for my TBR
✓ Read Winter for my TBR
✓ Read Dexter’s Final Cut for my TBR
✓ Read Dexter is Dead for my TBR
✓ do book pictures for the month
✓ Write a Christmas short story

 

I feel pretty good about my progress considering how busy they were with work, the holidays, and two weeks of being sick again! I feel overall I did great with my reading goals for 2016 in general but this year I want to focus more on writing, too!

 

GOALS FOR JANUARY 2017
✓ Read The Bell Jar for my classic book
✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) for my TBR
✓ Read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up for my TBR
✓ Read Red Queen for my TBR
✓ Read Heaven by V.C. Andrews for my TBR
✓ Read Frost Blood for my TBR/review book
✓ do book pictures for the month
✓ Work on Creeper re-write

 

Wish me luck! Do you have any goals this month? How did you do with your goals for December? Or 2016 in general?

 

jnc

2017 Reading Goals (and 2016 Goals Check)

2016 is almost over (Thank God!) and with it, the promise of a fresh start and new goals. After I finish my current book, I will have read 104 books for 2016–4 books over my Goodreads Challenge! I’m pretty happy about that because I haven’t been able to meet the GC goal for years.

I did pretty well with my reading goals for 2016. I’m going to do a quick check on how I did before moving onto my new goals. This is going to be a long post so buckle up!

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100 Books — I read 104!

12 Classics — I read 12!

 

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6 Series in 2016:

 

1. Divergent series–I finished the first three books (I finished Divergent last year) but didn’t get to the short story collection, Four. Since it is a short story collection, I’m still counting this series as read, especially since I didn’t particularly care for that character. I might read it in 2017, but that is a low priority at the moment. So, complete!

2. Selection series– I re-read the first book and read the next two. So I finished the original trilogy but not the companion books, which are about the main character’s daughter, or the short story collection. I’m going to count this as halfway done and try to finish the rest of the books next year.

3. The Lunar Chronicles— I re-read Cinder and then Scarlet, Cress, and Fairest. I am currently reading Winter and have little doubts that I will not finish it. The only thing left is the short story collection so I am counting this series pretty much complete! I plan to read the short story collection next year, though.

4. The Infernal DevicesComplete!

5. Dexter series– Complete! I read the first four last year and finished the next four this year.

6. The Bill Hodges Trilogy– Complete!

I also ended up finishing the trilogies for Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian as well as The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey.

So I read 5 of the series I planned and half of the other. I also read 2 other trilogies I hadn’t planned on reading. As someone who has struggled finishing series and trilogies, I feel very accomplished and okay with my progress on that for this year!

Out of my list for 16 Books I Want to Read in 2016, I read 13! Not bad! I didn’t get to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Red Queen, or Crank so I will attempt to read them next year.

I also did a list (see above link and this one is right below that one) of 16 Books on my Shelf that I Want to Read in 2016 and I read 12! I feel that’s pretty good and will try to get to the ones I didn’t read next year.

Overall I feel like I did pretty good on my reading challenges! I will probably do a post a little later on about what my favorites for 2016 and my classics were.

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Reading Goals for 2017

I want to take a little more time with my reading this year as I felt that I was rushed all through 2016 in regards to my reading goals. I’m keeping it as simple as  I can this year. My Goodreads Challenge will be to read 80 books. That puts me at reading 6-7 a month, which is do-able for me depending on my selections.

I’m going to attempt to finish the books I did not get to in 2016 that I had on previous lists:

  1. Afterparty
  2. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  3. Crank
  4. Smashed
  5. Red Queen
  6. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

I had a lot of fun branching out and reading a classic each month for 2016 so I am extending that to this year as well.

12 Classics in 2017:

 

  1. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  2. The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
  3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  4. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
  5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  6. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
  7. The Twin Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien
  8.  The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  9.  Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  10.  Dracula by Bram Stoker
  11.  The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  12.  Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

 

7 Series to Read/Finish in 2017:

 

  1. Harry Potter by/inspired by J.K. Rowling (First two illustrated editions, Books 3-7, and the guidebooks, plus the Fantastic Beasts Screenplay). I also plan to look through the Unofficial Cookbook and make one or two recipes per month as well as watch all of the movies.
  2. Casteel series by V.C. Andrews (A re-read)
  3. The Selection series by Kiera Cass (The short story collections as well as the two companion novels).
  4. The Dust Lands by Moira Young (I’ve decided to re-read the first book because I couldn’t remember what had happened, as well as finish the two books after)
  5. Jasper Dent series by Barry Lyga (I’ve read the first two but plan to re-read them as well as the conclusion)
  6. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard (I have three more of the actual novels plus one of the spin-offs)
  7.  Cahill Witch Chronicles by Jessica Spotswood (I read the first book in 2016 so I will just be finishing the next two this year)

I will also be reading as much of the Animorphs and OnePiece books as I can squeeze in but since they are both long, I am willing to work on them over a longer period of time. I felt that I would also narrow down to one list of 17 books to read this year rather than a list of new books I might or might not own as well as a list exclusively of books I owned–it ended up being a little complicated and I’d like to have more spaces for surprise reads this year.

17 Books in 2017:

  1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  2. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  3. This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston
  4. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  5. Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves
  6. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  7. Rooms by Lauren Oliver
  8. The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
  9. Rage Within by Jeyn Roberts
  10. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
  11. Meg by Steve Alten
  12. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  13. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  14. Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson
  15. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
  16. Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young
  17. Vicious by V. E. Schwab

 

So those are all of my reading goals for 2017. If you made it to this point, thank you so much for your patience! I know it was a long one. How did your reading goals go in 2016? What reading goals do you have for 2017 and what books do you hope to get to? I’d love to know. Here’s to hoping that 2017 is as successful for reading as 2016 was!

 

jnc

November Writing & Reading Goals Check (December Goals)

Last month I decided to do a post with a list of goals I wanted to accomplish in the coming month. Let’s see how I did.

GOALS FOR NOVEMBER
✓ Read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer for my classic book
✓ Read at least 8 books
✓ Read The Elite for my TBR
✓ Read Invisible Monsters for my TBR
✓ Read Uses For Boys for my TBR
✓ do book pictures for the month
✓ Write for NaNoWriMo

I am so happy that I got all of my goals completed! I finished a book for NaNoWriMo, already have my book pictures done, and read all of the books on my list. Hopefully December’s goals will go well too! I am especially hoping to finish up the Dexter series and Lunar Chronicles. I know December is a busy month but I have also gotten most of my Christmas gifts purchased so maybe I will have more time than usual.

Here’s my goals for next month:

GOALS FOR DECEMBER
✓ Read Oliver Twist for my classic book
✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read The One for my TBR
✓ Read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan for my TBR
✓ Read Winter for my TBR
✓ Read Dexter’s Final Cut for my TBR
✓ Read Dexter is Dead for my TBR
✓ do book pictures for the month
✓ Write a Christmas short story

Wish me luck! Do you have any goals this month? How did you do with your goals for November?

 

jnc