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Saturday, January 2, 2016

What Does 2016 Look Like?

Yay! 2016 is here! So what does that mean for this blog? Well a few things brought forth in the form of goals to accomplish this year.

Catch up on some long overdue reviews – What do I mean by this? Well, sadly, these are books I finished reading already and for one reason or another never had the chance to get the review written and/or posted. I have one that I finished reading in December 2014 that still hasn’t seen a review on this page yet! There are a total of 14 that need reviews still. Don’t worry, all of these were books from my personal collection so none are ones I missed a scheduled date for. I have notes on them, it’s just a matter of getting the review written. Expect a glut of these in January as I clean out the backlog.

Work on my Netgalley feedback ratio – Currently, it’s at a measly 29%. Netgalley would like you to have an 80% feedback ratio – which would mean I would need to read another 54 of the books I am approved for and leave feedback. I don’t think that is in the realm of possibility due to the fact I only read between 45 and 50 per year on average. Let’s be honest, Netgalley is addiction and I frequently bite off more than I can chew, but I will get them done! I’m going to shoot for getting my feedback ratio up to 50% this year – that is more reasonable to me, approximately 22 more to go for that.

I’m going to set out to accomplish this by prioritizing – starting with those books that are the shortest or short story collections (I do have several of these).

Work on notetaking while reading – I used to be really good at this, but then I started slipping. At the very least I’m planning to get back to making notes when I am finished with the book so when I pick it up to review I can refresh what I was thinking at the time.

Signature series posts – Another area that has slid recently, some of my signature series. Weekend Cooking and my perpetual President and First Ladies challenge. I will be starting at least the Weekend Cooking up again very soon.

Formatting – Probably not something you have noticed unless you have been back in my archives, but I have been working on cleaning up the format of old reviews to be more in line with my current format – no content changing though. Hoping to get that finished this year for my own sanity!

Overall Reading Goal – 50 books

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I can’t wait to dive in to this crazy reading journey! What goals have you set yourself this year?


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  1. Hi Heather, love this post, I could have written the first 3 items myself. Netgalley seems to be a tread these days, that dreaded rating, lol.

    1. I know there are a lot of bloggers trying to do that with Netgalley this year.


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