Thursday, March 31, 2016

2016 Bookish Resolutions -- March Progress Report

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March wasn't what I wanted it to be in all aspects of goals.  Specifically, I keep telling myself to start my personal goals and work on my personal goals... but those personal goals can be a bit of a bitch.  I also lost my mp3 player a couple months ago and have since lost some motivation to go to the gym... yeah, I know it's a flimsy excuse, but my lazy ass will use anything to allow myself to just be lazy, I guess.

HOWEVER, I am looking to replace my mp3 player in the next couple days, which will give me no more excuses!  I hope.

Everything else was kind of okay and kind of meh.  Blogging was a little scattered because I started a new project self-entitled, "Let's Create More Work For Myself By Building a Brand New Book Blog!!"  I might be a little obsessed with organization right now.

Reading-wise, I got stuck on a slow-going book and have since been hemming and hawing about reading said slow-going book, or dumping it and moving on.  I hate dropping books, but this is just plain ridiculous.

Blogging Goals

- 1 -  Participate in at least 50% of the Top Ten Tuesday meme (@ The Broke and the Bookish) topics for 2016--that's 26 of the TTT topics.

Running Total:  6 Top Ten Tuesday posts written

- 2 -  Continue to post Monthly Reading Wrap-ups... with a slightly less overwhelmingly bulky form.

- 3 -  Create and try to maintain a blogging schedule.

  • January:  Lots of out-of-control, lots of colors.  See January update for more info.
  • February:  No pictures this time.  Just know that things are continuing to get more chaotic. 
  • March:  The fact that I'm still keeping up with this blogging schedule could mean one of two things:
    •  I'm doing very well in my blogging goal endeavors         -OR-
    • I seem to enjoy chaotically and colorful controlling itineraries for my reading life a little too much.

- Bonus Goal - Attempt participating in at least two other monthly/weekly bookish memes.

Reading Goals

See Also: 2016 Bookish Resolutions shelf

- 1 - Finish reading 10 completed series that I have already started reading.

Running Total:  3 completed series finished reading
  • January:  1 series finished
  • February:  1 series finished
  • March:  1 series finished

I finished one series this month and worked on finishing another already completed series with The Wavering of Haruhi Suzumiya--four more books to go on this one. Otherwise, I feel great having completed the Reboot duology since it's been such a long time since I'd read that first book.
  • (1)  Reboot by Amy Tintera -- Completed 3/9/2016

  • Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa -- In progress
    • Already Read:  The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya, The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, The Rampage of Haruhi Suzumiya
    • Read This Month:  
    • Left to Read:
      • #7.  The Intrigues of Haruhi Suzumiya
      • #8.  The Indignation of Haruhi Suzumiya
      • #9.  The Dissociation of Haruhi Suzumiya
      • #10 & #11.  The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya (combined book)

- 2 - Catch up with 5 ongoing series that I have already started reading.

Running Total:  1 ongoing series caught up with
  • January:  0 series finished
  • February:  0 series finished
  • March:  1 series caught up

It took me long enough, but it looks like I've finally caught up with one ongoing series I've been reading pre-2016.  I haven't seen any other Cindy Gerard books slated for publication this year, so I guess it'll be a waiting game for the time to come.

The next series I'm looking to work on finishing up is going to either be KGI by Maya Banks (with two books left to finish reading), or maybe I'll try and catch up with one of the two ongoing Paige Tyler paranormal romantic suspense series, either X-Ops (with two more books to catch up with) or SWAT (also with two more books to catch up with).
  • (1)  One-Eyed Jacks by Cindy Gerard -- Completed 3/25/2016
    • Already Read:  Killing Time, The Way Home, Running Blind
    • Read this Month:  #4.  Taking Fire -- 3/25/2016 -- Review to come

- 3 - Read 5 completed series that are new to me.

Running Total:  1 new to me completed series read
  • January:  1 series read
  • February:  0 series read
  • March:  0 series read

There were no new series completed this month.  Bummer.

- 4 - Participate in at least one Read-a-thon in 2016 (Bout of Books, Dewey's 24 Hour, any personal or community improv/unofficial read-a-thon, etc.)

-- GOAL COMPLETED -- 1/10/2016 --

Running Total:  2 Read-a-thons participated

- 5 - Pick up at least 10 new to me authors (books not pre-listed for my 2016 Reading Assignment Challenge).

Running Total:  8 new-to-me authors picked up
*novella is part of the Behind the Red Doors anthology -- entire book finished 3/1/2016, even though this particular novella was read in February

- 6 - Accomplish my 2016 Mount TBR Reading Challenge goals.  Tackle those books already on my shelves pre-2016!

Running Total:  15 Mt. TBR Books read

See also My 2016 Mount TBR Challenge summary post for complete listing.

Personal Goals

- 1 - Clock at least 2 hours of cardio workout each month.

Running Total:  2.42 hours of cardio clocked
  • January:  0 hours cardio clocked
  • February:  2.42 hours cardio clocked
  • March: 0 hours cardio

There was no cardio done. But it's only March and I've got even bigger goals amidst these proclaimed goals. We will continue to persevere!!

- 2 - Attempt to work out at least twice a week.  Failing that, attempt to work out at least 8 times a month (which will be met if I can get my lazy ass to work out at least twice a week).

Running Total:  3.5 times worked out
  • January:  0 times worked out
  • February:  1 time worked out
  • March: 2.5 times worked out

Okay, technically I didn't really go to the gym or anything. But during my random and sparse mornings of stretching exercises, I have been throwing in some crunches of various forms, some other core exercises, maybe a minute or two of planks, and some squats. So, spread out into different days, all added together, I guesstimated that I at least did enough little semi-workouts enough to add up to 2.5 times.

Sounds legit, right?

- 3 - Learn 12 new recipes.  Actually make said recipes.  And take pictures.  For evidence.

Yearly Total: 1 new recipe
  • January:  1 new recipe learned // Tomato Basil Soup
  • February:  0  new recipes
  • March:  0 new recipes

Apparently cooking is not my thing right now.

- Bonus Goal - Be better at being sociable, in general.

I am going to die alone.  That is the conclusion I have come to.

Previous Update Posts

2016 Bookish Resolutions -- January Progress Report
2016 Bookish Resolutions -- February Progress Report


  1. You're doing great on those blogging goals! And you're even on schedule with your bonus goals! I have Reboot, but haven't read it yet, it sounds like a good series. I've watched the Haruhi anime, but haven't read the manga's, I hope you're enjoying them so far! I always do well with reading new authors and new releases, but my older books often get the worst of it and they can be on my shelf for a long time before I finally get to them. I hope you can make some progress on those personal goals next month ad you can find some recipes to try out! Maybe start with some simple ones?

    1. Thanks! I hope I'll make some progress with my personal goals soon, too; those seem to be the harder ones, but I tell myself every year that I'll start working out or getting back in good health... and every year I don't do a darn thing after the first two months. I was hoping that writing it down and making myself accountable would at least be a motivation.

      Reboot is a fun duology if you like dystopians, zombie characters, and strong female characters. Hope you enjoy it when you get a chance to read it.

      As for recipes... lol I have the worst inclination to NOT follow directions when it comes to recipies, so I just need more restraint in the kitchen. Do it right the first time, THEN venture to change things up when needed--because it's not like I'm really a good cook or anything, though I DO sometimes make stuff up as I go. O.O

      I've noticed that you have some recipes on your blog as well; I might go through some of them and see what I'm interested in. :D