How Did I Do on my 2016 Bookish Resolutions?

  • Read 100 books (if I don’t list it I won’t do it). NOPE! I only made it to 98! But I’m still happy with that – even though it is about 20-30 books fewer than I’ve read in the last couple of years. 
  • Read diversely. This means race, religion, mental health, nationality, ability, body type, sexuality and sexual orientation, and the many other ways it is beneficial to read and support books with diverse authors and diverse characters. MEH… I’m counting 28 diverse reads. That’s a little more than 25% … which isn’t bad, but could definitely be better. 
  • Read debut fiction and new releases. COMPLETED! I read 48 new releases, and 8 of those books were debuts. Hoping for more debuts in 2017! 
  • Read House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton. It’s been a goal since 2008 – hopefully 2016 is the year. NOPE! Maybe in 2017 … but I doubt it! 
  • Complete a draft of a novel that is ready to be queried (and query it). Thesis semester, I’m looking at you. COMPLETED! Some exciting news about this one coming up. 
  • Complete a first draft of another project. If the only thing I can control about this process is the writing, I want a back up project going to keep the pressure lower on whatever I’m querying. NOPE! I did write 100 pages of new novel, received notes on it, and am in the process of recrafting my outline. 
  • Graduate my MFA program. (Hopefully this one won’t be too hard). COMPLETED!
  • Take advantage of all the readings and networking opportunities and panels that I have because I live in New York. COMPLETED! This is still my number one favorite thing about living in NYC, except for bagels of course. 
  • Keep poetry a part of my life. MEH… I went to two poetry readings and wrote one new poem this year. I could definitely be doing better. 

I’m still thinking of my bookish resolutions for the year and will post them on Friday! Do you make resolutions – bookish or otherwise? If so, how did you do in 2016?

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