Look back and look forward

January 12, 2017 2017, Blog Admin, books, mini book review, new beginnings, personal life 3

2016 wasn’t my best book year…

But I did read some good books. My biggest problem was writing reviews. Lots of the books I read did not get reviewed–especially in the latter part of the year. There were good reasons for that, but since there were lots of good books and authors I didn’t highlight I want to change that this year. I also didn’t get to my reading goal last year. That doesn’t bother me too much since I read some good books and found quite a few new authors to read. And anyway that was last year.

So what happened last year?

Lots went on in my personal life:

→  My husband and I decided to retire a few year earlier than planned.

→  We decided to move to Iowa.

→  We bought a house in Iowa last March, but our house in Maryland didn’t sell until the first of October.

→  I moved in April, but my husband moved in July.

→  In September we went on a road trip from Iowa to Washington State. The trip was wonderful–we drove to several national parks including Jasper and Banff in the Canadian Rockies. However, we also hit a deer with our car while still in Canada.

→  Car repair happened in Spokane, Washington, but we didn’t get the car back until around the first of November.

→  About that same time my husband was diagnosed with cancer and started receiving chemotherapy and radiation. Luckily, the type of cancer is treatable and slow-growing.

→  November and December are always very busy family months for me–Thanksgiving and Christmas are wonderful, joyous, busy times of year for us. We were also very busy with my husband’s cancer treatments.

Reading and blogging life

I lost a little of my mojo from October through the end of the year. Reading was still a comfort to me, but I didn’t have time for quite so many books and some of the books I started just didn’t hit the mark and went unfinished.

Part of the lost mojo meant fewer blog posts–especially book reviews.

I made the mistake of requesting extra NetGalley books thinking they would spur on my reading…but not-so-much. I started to think of those books like homework–never a good thing for me. Even books and authors I knew I would enjoy didn’t get read.

Plans for 2017

→  No 2017 reading challenges right now.

→  No in-depth review of how I did with my challenges or my reading in 2016. I just want to move forward.

→  Reviews will restart with the books I read in 2017 plus a few NetGalley books I didn’t get reviewed in 2016.

→  A shake-up in my review style. I just haven’t figured out what yet.

→  I do plan a review post with mini reviews toward the beginning of each month for the books I didn’t review the previous month.

→  Short reviews on Goodreads for 2016 books.

→  I still set my reading goal for 100 books. This is a doable goal, though still means stretching a bit.

→  Finish reading my NetGalley books.

→  And no new NetGalley book requests!

What are your plans for 2017?

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3 Responses to “Look back and look forward”

  1. sjhigbee

    Oh my word – what a dreadful year! No wonder you don’t want to go into an indepth anything and I think you’re absolutely right – at the end of the day, reading and blogging about them is supposed to be a pleasurable hobby. The minute is starts feeling like ‘have to’ it stops being fun.
    I look forward to reading more of your reviews and I know all too well about the lure of NetGalley – an ongoing temptation for book addicts like us, isn’t it? I very much hope 2017 is a FAR better year for you and your husband responds well to the treatment.
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  2. Li

    Your 2016 sounds like a rollercoaster! Love your plans for 2017, mine are nowhere as structured.

    I’m (very) tentatively aiming for a weekly blog post, but well aware that may go by the wayside…
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  3. Lark

    Oh my, Jan — and I thought I’d had a challenging year! But it was nothing compared with yours. I knew about your move, of course, but because I slacked off on reading blog posts in Nov. and Dec., I hadn’t heard about your husband’s cancer diagnosis. I’m glad it’s slow-growing and treatable, but I know it’s still stressful for both of you. I will keep both of you in my prayers.

    Your plans for this year sound good, especially the bit about reviewing the books you read. I’ve fallen down on that myself, the past six months or so, and I’m hoping to improve this year.