Inspired by Missie's post Half-Assed Book Report 2011 (I was gonna comment on my challenges as well, but then I realized I'm only like... doing 4 challenges and there's not much to say except I'm failing spectacularly in 3 of the 4.)
Anyways, I then saw she was inspired by Recovering Potter Addict's 6 Month Resolution Update and I'm like.. hey! I made resolutions in January! So here we go :p
I made 10 resolutions on the first of January, and I'll just list them and make comments. I'll rate how I think I'm doing.. I like this whole introspective thing (and don't you judge me about giving myself high scores :p)
1. Book of the Month
5/5 - I've done one every month! The list is also the link you get when you click the picture of BotM on my sidebar. Most recently, I have declared my Book of July though I would usually wait until the month is over... but I loved this book too much!
2. Top Commentators Love!
4/5 - I was really good about this in the first few months, but lately I haven't been doing it as often (especially during the weeks I was super stressed about school) but generally, I realize I already visit these blogs regularly and don't need to specifically go out and comment. However... if you wanna make that list I will totes visit your blog! XD
3.5/5 - I have good phases and bad phases. I have a label for "lists" if you want to check them out, I've done Inkcrush's faves of 2011 (so far) lists, along with a few random ones like character-inspired names I'd give my kids (daughters and sons). I haven't done a single list in July though... any ideas?!
4. Author Interviews
2.5/5 - I've done.. 3!! I'm actually really proud of myself considering I've never interviewed an author before this year. It was a bit daunting, but they made me happy. I know not too many people read the interviews (as seen from the survey) but good thing I haven't done too many, eh? :P
Siobhan Vivian (Not That Kind of Girl)
Gayle Forman (Where She Went) -- which to this day is probably my proudest blogging moment. I mean... Gayle Forman!!!
Carol Lynch Williams (Miles from Ordinary)
5. Read What I Want
4.5/5 - Okay, call me a terrible blogger, but I'm a selfish reader. If I see a book I desperately want to read and it's suddenly in front of me, it's at the top of the pile without a second thought. Yes, even above the review copies :p This score reflects the fact that my 2011 reading list has almost exclusively been YA, and I'll be first to admit a fair share is contemporary-- my favourite genre ;)
3.5/5- I've done about one Another Cover feature a month (7 so far), and I think it's the right number. I don't feature a bundle of covers at once- I just feature one at a time so that doesn't really amount to much. However, I don't want to overdose on covers :p
7. Keep it Neat
4/5 - I tried decluttering by changing from 3 sidebars to 2. I think it's gone reasonably well, I don't see myself scrambling for sidebar gadgets and realizing I couldn't find it. There's a lot of white space (which to me = clean, but to some people it hurts their eyes.. in that case, sorry!). Anyways, I think it doesn't seem to cluttered which makes me happy.
8. Stay Organized
3.5/5 - recently I haven't really done that well in the organization department, I still find myself trying to make last-minute posts, or just end up posting reviews. Also, during May/June, I had a time where I didn't schedule anything for a couple weeks.. if only I could organize 2 weeks in advance! (yes Skye, I'm looking at you -_- :P) That said, I've posted pretty consistently.
9. Don't Get Too Attached
2.5/5 - I took a break from my blog when life was hectic without going mental! Wow! :p Maybe still a bit too often checking emails, but I'm still very fond of my blog :p Yeah.. I'm kind of attached.
10. LOVE More Books
4.5/5 - I've allowed myself to look on the bright side, to not nit-pick as much, and to just fall in love even when there might be parts that aren't completely perfect, and in doing so, I just generally find books and reading more fun. It's not very fun when I'm tearing apart books anymore, I think I'd much rather compliment them :)
So... that's not too bad. Looking at this list, I could probably be more strict on reading review books, etc, but I'm very... indulgent in my tastes :p And I can't see this changing anytime soon. If you made resolutions, how are you coming along?