The Sunday Post : Get your Bookish News – 2016 goals

November 6, 2016 meme, The Sunday Post 33

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kim the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  Grab a cuppa and let me bend your ear (eyes?) for a few minutes with all my bookish news.  This week I am reviewing my 2016 goals!The Sunday Post   divider

Between My Sundays – what happened this week

2016 Goals Review:

I was inspired by Deborah’s post Two months until Christmas last week.  It invigorated me and spurred me on to re-examine my goals for the year.  There is still time to make changes and to end the year on a positive note.  Some goals I’ve been plugging away at all year and others, yeah well, not so much.

 

2016 goals

 

THE BLOGGY GOALS FOR 2016

  • My main goal for the blog is not to lose sight of why I blog.  I do it because I’m passionate about books and want to indulge that side of my personality.  So I want blogging to remain fun, to continue to bring me satisfaction and to be my creative outlet.

UPDATE : I’m doing ok with this one.  Gradually, I’ve removed stress and guilt from the blog and I really enjoy blogging most of the time.  And when I don’t feel in the zone, I back away gracefully from the laptop.  Well maybe not gracefully but backing away happens.

  • Feel free to take blog breaks as needed.

UPDATE: Done!  Which helps with the above goal!

  • My favourite posts are discussion posts, and I want to incorporate lots more of those in the year ahead.

UPDATE : I’ve done some but I could do a lot more.  And I love writing these so I’m going to make it a priority goal for the next few weeks.

  • To be a better commenter.  I used to be better but I lagged a lot in the past twelve months, I want to do more for the blogging community as I have gotten so much from it.

UPDATE : I try!

THE BOOKISH GOALS FOR 2016

  • To only read when I’m in the mood.  No pressure, just read because I love it.

UPDATE : Acing this one!

  • To re-read more.  This is my top priority goal.  I just don’t do it enough and I love that special relationship I have with old favourite books.

UPDATE : Damn it, I can’t think of a single book I’ve reread.  Oophs.  But I am rereading Harry Potter soon so it’s not a dead loss.

  • To buy less, request less and read more of books I already have.

UPDATE : I haven’t bought many books this year and I’ve been using my library a lot more.  Still have stacks upon stacks of my own books to read though!  But that’s a nice problem so I don’t mind too much.

THE PERSONAL GOALS FOR 2016

  • Finish my weight loss journey.  Last year I lost 45 pounds, now it’s time to get to goal!

UPDATE : I keep gaining and losing the same 10 pounds!  Basically I need to FOCUS.  And stay FOCUSED.  Most of all I need to back away from the crisps.  While also making myself back in to the gym!

  • Challenge myself.  Try new things, say YES to opportunities.

UPDATE : I went to some blogging events so I’m counting this as a yes!   And I studied some online writing classes which worked out well, even if I cringed at all the things I’m doing wrong.

  • Focus on finding happiness in the little things.

UPDATE : I’m going to add this to my planner every day and try to really zone in on the small things.  It seems that noticing what makes me happy, makes me feel even happier.  So I want to give my self more of that.

Overall

I’m not doing so bad but I can do better.  My motto for the rest of the year is going to be the one below.

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Second Chance Sunday – What happened here lately:

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Second Chance Sunday – What caught my eye.  Why not go Sunday visiting?

B.B Toady discusses Why She Rarely Reads Author Interviews.  And I agree with her points, they don’t really interest me either unless I already love the author.

Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek reveals her 2016 Bookish Gift Guide With Exclusive Discounts.  So much bookish goodness.  I really want to treat myself to the book ends, they would look so good on my shelves.

Tanya @ girlxoxo shares all the November Book Blogger events.  From witch week to HoHoHo readathon, there is something for all reading tastes.

Tracy @ Cornerfolds chats about The plight of book bloggers in 2016.  All about the BEA debacle.  Which makes me sad as BEA was always on my bucket list but it might now never happen.

Cynthia @ Binging on Books wonders How Do You Reign In Your Tbr?  What madness is this Cynthia!  I full intend to read the fifty zillion books on my Goodreads TBR!   divider

Books I have received to review:

its-begining

 

It’s Beginning to Look a Like Chick Lit is a seasonal anthology.  If you’re interested, keep an eye on Amazon, it’s currently 99c but will be free soon.     divider

Books I have bought:

I’m trying to resist new books and read for my own for a little while. divider

Library Haul:

Home by Harlan Coben

 

Home is book 11 in one of my favourites psychological thriller series.  It has been a long time coming so I can’t wait to be reunited by Myron, Win and gang.  Also it’s my first time trying a Harlan Coben book in audiobook format so I’m looking forward to seeing how that experiment goes.   divider   Finally, why not join me on Instagram?  I use Instagram to capture a flavour of my life via books, nature and colour.  Sharing my Sunday Shelfie today, always one of my favourite photos to take.

So, that’s  my week wrapped up.  Happy Reading to all.      Talk to Trish:  How was your week?  Do you make goals and if you do, how often do you check in on them?    

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33 Responses to “The Sunday Post : Get your Bookish News – 2016 goals”

  1. Maureen Beatrice

    That’s awesome Trish! You did really good on your goals! Very impressive. And how fun to evaluate your goals. That’s definitely something I should also do since I don’t even remember what kind of goals I set.. Maybe I didn’t even set goals this year?! I’ll check it out!!

    Have a great week and happy reading!
    Maureen Beatrice recently posted…The Sunday Post #33

    • trish

      I probably wouldn’t have a clue what goals I set only for I wrote a blog post about them! It’s a good way of staying accountable!

  2. Deborah

    Oh I’m glad the blog post inspired you. It’s rare I have a positive take on anything!

    I love your goals and think you’re doing well. The one about blogging and remembering ‘why’ you / we blog really hit home. I’ve been stressing a lot lately about what I think I haven’t done. But I’m realising I’m putting a lot of unnecessary pressure on myself in that respect!
    xx
    Deborah recently posted…Weekly check-in

    • trish

      I think we all put ourselves under that pressure Deborah. That’s why I had to write it down and make a goal of it. It sounds so obvious but it’s easy forget that it’s just a hobby.
      Thanks for the nudge to re-examine my goals!

  3. Greg

    Nice shelf pic! And I agree with a lot of your post goals. Discussion posts are kinda my favorite too and I’m trying to incorporate those more. And taking breaks- we all need ’em and knowing when to back away for a bit is a good thing.

    Have a great week Trish!
    Greg recently posted…Sunday Post #167

    • trish

      I love all the comments that come from discussions posts and even on other blogs, I love reading the discussion and all the comments underneath. I just need to get some written!

  4. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    I hadn’t heard of the BEA thing, Trish. And I went to BEA in May of this year. I have no idea if this will actually happen or not – if they will limit ‘non professionals’ or if they want to try to make things a little different.
    There are many other conventions, though, and I have to say that I have had more fun at some conventions that were more geared towards bloggers, and that the authors who attend the RT Convention, for example, are there to interact with their readers… so maybe your bucket list item should just slightly change its name?
    Your new books look great, and I love that you’re re-evaluating your goals as we near the end of the year.
    I love discussion posts, too, but I have trouble coming up with good topics…
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews recently posted…Bought Bagged and Wrapping it Up #158

    • trish

      Thanks Lexxie, that’s very interesting about RT Convention and I’ll definitely put it on my list to look more closely at it. My main focus is that there would be lots of bloggers I know at it.

    • trish

      I’m sure we all fail on some! Too easy to get a bit over ambitious in Jan but it’s good to see I have at least made progress on some of them.

  5. Samantha

    Good job on your goals!! I need to request/buy less and read what I have more…I’m so bad about it!
    I have been getting rereads in via audiobooks! I love listening to my favorite books during my commutes!
    Samantha recently posted…Sunday Post: Week 44

    • trish

      I got in a few rereads via Audiobooks last year too and it was a great way to squeeze them in! I must start doing that again.

  6. Laurel-Rain Snow

    Great goals, Trish! I am also trying to read more of my own books…and I love blogging still, so no need to step back yet. But I know that I can….

    I got a copy of Home this week. Eager to read it.

    Thanks for the links…the one about BEA has been circling the blogosphere, and I don’t know what to think. The only time I went to BEA (in 2008), I wasn’t even blogging. I went to sign copies of one of the books I’d written.

    I haven’t had any desire to go since, as I don’t like crowds…lol.

    Thanks for sharing…and here are
    MY WEEKLY UPDATES
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    • trish

      I just always had a daydream about going to BEA and meeting loads of book bloggers that I already know. Oh well there are lots of other events and I must look into them a bit more.

      I’m enjoying Home so far.

  7. Berls

    You’re doing so great with your goals Trish! I’m not brave enough to evaluate right now… But I know I’m not doing as well as you.

    BEA – i think what sucks is that the publishing industry is basically saying they don’t value bloggers. But, to be fair, there have been some bloggers acting really unprofessionally and selling arcs. I know that’s the minority, but a few can really ruin it for the whole. Personally, I liked BEA and felt it was more affordable than RT for example, but I missed the time I got to spend with authors and bloggers at RT. So it’s a toss up for me.

    Have a great week!
    Berls recently posted…The Sunday Post | Oh No!

    • trish

      I could be doing a lot better Berls but just going through my goals has made me refocus a little.

      And yes it’s a shame about BEA but I suppose it’s early days, we’ll have to wait and see what happens. That’s interesting about RT, I will definitely keep it in mind as an alternative.

  8. Rita

    I love the goals you set, and how disciplined you are in keeping them. Good post, so interesting! I feel vindicated that I resurrected my blog when it was going down the tubes in my opinion, and now am happier to indulge my hobby. A book is a book..

    I’m doing the holiday readathon too! I still don’t know which book I’ll choose from my selections. Love the pic of your shelves– looks like a public library, lol! I have mostly e-books as when I changed my blog awhile back I fell off the radar for the few publishers/authors sending me print books and I try not to buy too many of them. I also want to read about the BEA problem. I heard it mentioned on another blog, but not what the problem itself is, so I’m curious!

    By the way, I gave you a shout-out in my latest post today concerning your PDF form that I started filling in for my current review to release in a day or so 🙂
    Rita recently posted…Weekly List It! #2

    • trish

      I totally believe a book is a book, Rita and the publication date should be the least attractive thing about it.
      And thank you I saw that, it’s really appreciated 🙂 I love how supportive you always are about fellow bloggers.

    • trish

      I’ve put my goals on the blog for the last 2 years Emma. It really helps me to put it out there, as it makes me feel accountable!

    • trish

      And reading should be pressure free. Now that I no longer worry about how many books I’m reading, I’m a lot happier. Also less ARCs, frees up more time for all the books on my back list which is good.

  9. Let's Get Beyond Tolerance

    It looks like you’re doing really with your 2016 goals! That’s awesome. I do hear that once you lose a certain amount of weight, you tend to tip back and forth a lot because it’s difficult to keep going down. You can do it though! I need to get back into the gym too. I’m thinking of doing a big weight loss program next year, but I need to do more research and check my insurance (it’s through a hospital) but it would be really nice to have help, accountability, etc. I’ve been trying on my own but it’s difficult!

    -Lauren
    Let’s Get Beyond Tolerance recently posted…The Outfielders by Robert P. Rowe

    • trish

      I do think group support is great when it comes to losing weight. That’s part of why I put it on the blog, and it really helped me to stay accountable. It’s my own fault I keep losing and gaining though. I’m not really focused at the moment, and I need to get a handle on it, as I’m come a long way and don’t want to go back. Good luck with whatever program you decide to do.

  10. Jane @ Raincity Librarian

    It’s so important to step back sometimes and reflect on what we’re doing and why. I’m the worst for losing sight of why I’m blogging – I can get hung up on numbers of followers, likes and comments, and comparing myself to other blogs. It can just be toxic! Blogging should be enjoyable – otherwise why bother doing it, right?

    • trish

      I think we all get lost in stats sometimes. It’s hard not to, but remembering why we started is much healthier than getting caught up in our progress/lack of progress. Totally agree that you need to keep it enjoyable.

  11. Toady

    Thank you for mentioning my post, Trish. One of my regular goals is to read more. Isn’t it crazy that it a t hing for the two of us? Anyone would think that reading is one of those things that I do all the time, but my struggles to get everything done is a real part of my life like it is for everyone else. I like books more than the average person, but I don’t have more time to read them. Best of luck with your goals, and here’s to ending the year on that positive note.
    Toady recently posted…Book Review Sites: Where to Turn

  12. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    Damn, I should adopt those same bookish goals lol. Reading has become more of a stressful thing because of review copy deadlines and just having so many books in general that I want to read but not having enough time, and so I kind of force myself to read sometimes. But it also prevents me from rereading as much as I might like and from enjoying books that aren’t review copies but that I sometimes really just want to read. It sounds like you’re doing pretty good with your goals though! No one ever does perfect on all their goals, so don’t fret 🙂 Have a great week!
    Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight recently posted…Book Review: Damned If I Do (The Harker Trilogy Book 1) by Erin Hayes

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