Monthly Wrap-Up — February 2016

February 29, 2016 Challenges 0

Monthly Challenge Wrap-Up (1)


Title links go to reviews.

COYER Back-To-Basics_Winter 2015-2016

COYER Going Back To Basics – read in February

They don’t really count for COYER until I post reviews, so I’ll at least do mini-reviews on Goodreads before the challenge closes on March 4.  My goal was 12 books; I’ve read 10 and reviewed 7 of those.



Cruisin’ Thru the Cozies –  read in February


The Backlist Reader (TBR) Challenge –  read in February

I also reread about 20 Jayne Ann Krentz/Jayne Castle/Amanda Quick books, but I don’t know that I’ll count them since I read them just a few years ago. I hadn’t read Restoree in probably 15 or 20 years, so I went ahead and counted it for this challenge.


2016 Resolutions

Bookish Resolutions
  1. Read more of the books I really want to read. I still haven’t really bounced back from the stresses of the past two months. As a result, I did really well on this goal — by re-reading a ton of Jayne Ann Krentz just because I was in the mood. I read 29 books this month, 1 of which was a novella.  23 of my books were re-reads,  2 were new on my to-read list, and 4 were ARCs. I probably won’t review all the JAK books, but I have 2 ARCs and one of the Backlist Challenge books to review.
  2. Request fewer ARCs. I forgot to keep track of what I requested in February, but I only got 3 ARCs from NetGalley. I got 4 or 5 from AvonAddicts, and I’ll be getting a few for tours I signed up for, but they haven’t come yet.
  3. Catch up on some older ARCs and improve my NetGalley review percentage. I bombed this one again this month; I didn’t tackle a single one. Maybe in March, when I’m doing the TBR Pile Challenge.
  4. Build and maintain a 3-week cushion of reviews and other posts. Nope, didn’t happen. In fact, I’ve used up my existing cushion.
  5. Cross-post reviews on time. So-so on this one; I did well early in the month, but poorly in the second half (not that I posted that many reviews anyway.)
  6. Stay on top of challenges. I’m caught up on current challenges; if I’ve reviewed it, I’ve linked it.


Personal Resolutions
  1. Find time and the discipline to write. Nada. Zip. Zilch.
  2. Clean and revamp my study. I didn’t get anywhere with this one either.
  3. Exercise more. Phhht.
  4. Be more consistently disciplined about my freelance work. I ended up with a real crunch situation twice because of all the travelling to funerals. So I didn’t really get a chance to work on this.
  5. Make more time and space for the things I love to do: I’ve been doing some knitting, and I did a lot of reading.


Basically, February didn’t happen. I shall start all over again in March!


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