As always I wrap up this year with a dancing out of the year wrap up. We are on the last day of 2018 so I feel positive I can go through most of my goals as well here. I think looking back on a year is a good thing because sometimes I don’t remember things. Like the last bit of this year was hard and so the time before that feels blank. It is good to remember things went well back then too.
As I look back on the personal side of the year I find it interesting to see how I was still talking about maybe stopping my meds in the Summer at the start of the year. Where Summer was coming around I was talking about how I was functioning because of the meds and that was it, where in October I had to up my meds because I wasn’t doing that well. Not doing that well meant having suicidal thoughts.
Reading the wrap ups from this year are not that confronting because I realize I have been holding back on the personal section for a bit. I believe in showing a piece of myself here because that is what this blog is, an extension of me. But I find it hard to share things sometimes when I haven’t really placed it somewhere myself.
One of those things is my voice. One thing I have realized is how debilitating that part of my life was and how losing my voice so often still (at least 6-8 times this year for a week) is such a reminder of that. It messed with me in ways that I think is hard for other people to understand. And I didn’t deal with that. I’m dealing with it now.
I went to therapy. I started running (still in the baby shoes there). And I took some hard decisions in places like, that doing a short group therapy might be a good idea. It is hard and I am not where I’d like to be. One day at a time though.
I realize there have been some good things too though. Meeting Liesbet from Zwartraafje in real life again was certainly one of them. ❤ La La in the Library, Jolien from The Fictional Reader, Inge, Aly and Ely from Of Wonderland, Dina from Dinasour and Maraia from Lettuce_read (instagram) have been such a constant wonderful support throughout the year and I appreciate each and every one of you. So much.
Merijn has been growing wonderfully in to such a big boy with such a big personality. A real toddler of almost 2,5 years old. We’ve had our ups and downs (molars, no naps) but I love him so much. And I guess the up and down is just a parent thing. It is never going to be just peaches. Gosh I wish it was just peaches, haha. I want peaches now.
Reading things went surprisingly well. I hit my initial goal of 60 books very early on and just kind of went with it. Lowering some of my expectations towards myself was a good thing I think. Things will go the way they will go how hard that might sometimes be. And this includes reading.
Reading Challenge –
60 200 Books
I ended up hitting my second goal, set up after the Summer, nearing the end of the year. It didn’t end up being as easy to complete that one as I had initially thought. My reading slowed down quite a bit compared to the first half of the year. Even so I made it. I’ve never read as much as I did in 2018 and I am proud of that. I can say that one year I hit 200 books 202 actually. The number I’ve always wanted, haha.
Read 5 Books by Dutch (or Belgian) Authors from My Shelves
Het Houden van Mannen by Myrthe van der Meer / Pindakaas en Sushi 1 by Roderick Leeuwenhart / Lampje by Annet Schaap / In Transit by Margaretha van Andel / 3Pak 2018
Not from my shelves: Kort en Gelukkig by Marijke F. Jansen
DNF: ID-Crisis by Pepper Kay
I keep saying this was a disaster but I did actually read 5 books from my shelves. That some of these weren’t on my shelves at the start of the year doesn’t matter haha.
Do NOT Let Physical TBR Grow This Year
Well we knew this was going to be failed, right? I was never going to be able to do this goal. I love buying too much. I’m horrible. I’m trying to buy less next year but I’m not making into a goal I think. We have a few more expenses with Merijn for pre-school and you can’t spend your money twice.
Top 15 TBR of 2018
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
- Fire by Kristin Cashore XXX Removed from shelf
- The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Half Bad by Sally Green Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
- Revocatie by Jurgen Snoeren
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
- The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
In Transit by Margaretha van Andel The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I read 8 books of 15 and I removed 1 book from my shelves. That leaves me with 6 more books. There were all books I have reasons for not reading. But they are pretty much all shoved to 2019, just not maybe on one of these lists.
Read 5 Classics
Animal Farm by George Orwell / Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti / Edward the Conquerer and Other Stories by Roald Dahl / Dorian Gray (abridged) by Oscar Wilde / Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll / A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens / The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann
I think this is the first year I actually managed to hit this easily.
Beat the Backlist 2018
40 Backlist Books / Upped to 80 Backlist Books in April / Stopped updating to Specific Goal
I hit over 130 backlist titles read and I think that is a pretty decent number for having read 202 books in total. Could be better.
Library Love Challenge
Level 1 – Read 12 Library Books / Upped to Level 2 – Read 24 Library Books in February / Upped to Level 4 – Read 48 Library Books in April / Stopped Updating to Specific Goal
I ended up getting the highest level Library Card on Fire (60+) with reading 64 library books which is not what I was expecting. I am super pleased with it but I hope that next year I’ll also read a bit more of my own books.
Reread more books if I feel like it.
Reread: The Whispering Skull / Wires and Nerve volume 1 / The Hollow Boy / The Creeping Shadow / Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda / Gilded Cage / The Amulet of Samarkand / The Golem’s Eye / Ptolemy’s Gate / The Ring of Solomon / The Amulet of Samarkand, graphic novel
Read all the books gifted at Christmas 2017
The Inquisition / The Three-Body Problem / The Dark Forest / The City of Brass / The Abyss Surrounds Us / Arabian Fairytales /
The Nutcracker / The Case of Beasts
This seemed like such an easy goal and yet nope.
Read pre-orders within 2 months.
Chainbreaker / Received 09-01-2018 / Read in January
Reign of the Fallen / Received 30-01-2018 / Read in February
Wires and Nerves volume 2 / Received 30-01-2018 / Read in February
Shadowsong / Received 06-02-2018 / Read in
Tess of the Road / Received 27-02-2018 / Already Read Review Copy
Pitch Dark / Received end of February / Read in March
Red Sister / Received end of February / Read in
Lake of Silence / Received 08-03-2018 / Read in March
Leah on the Offbeat / Received 25-04-2018 / Read in May
The Burning Maze / Received 01-05-2018 / Read in May
Legendary / Received 31-05-2018 / Read in
Spinning Silver / Received July 2018 / Already Read Review Copy
Record of a Spaceborn Few / Received 24-07-2018 / Read in September
City of Ghosts / Received start of September / Read in
9 From Nine Worlds / Received 04/10/2018 / Read in October
Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy / Received Mid October/ Read in
Beneath the Citadel / Received Mid October / Read in
The Caged Queen / Received 30/10/2018 / Already Read Review Copy
Total – 18
Read in 2 months – 12
Read, not in 2 months – 0
This wasn’t a hard goal, and technically I didn’t complete it. But I am still pleased with how this went. Mostly I just wanted to keep track of the pre orders I had and how quickly I read them. Luckily I seem to read most rather quickly. Sometimes I just get caught up in the hype so I pre order even if I don’t end up having time for it and I know it. This kind of goal keeps me accountable. I think I’ll keep it for next year.
Also it is interesting to see that if I don’t read it within 2 months I actually don’t read it at all. Or at least not in the year it was pre ordered in. Interesting.
Blog & Social Media
While not as quickly as others my blog keeps growing each year and I am quite pleased with that. Steadily wins the race haha. November this year was the first month my blog hit over 1000 unique visitors in a month. That was just great to see.
The ‘goals’ I had for my blog this year you can see down below. I put goals between brackets because this isn’t anything I worked on specifically. Just something I want to reach, especially with the stars. But if it didn’t happen this year it can happen next year. But they all happened now. At the end of December I was 5 followers away from 1k and I threw that onto twitter. So thanks to all those last minute followers. ❤
- Hit a 1000 followers on WP for my blog.
- Hit a 1000 followers on my bookstagram.
- Hit a
100150 followers on bloglovin’.
- Post reviews on a retail site for review copies at least.
- I don’t have to review all the books I read.