And just like that, summer is gone. As my favorite season ends and we head into the home stretch before the winter holidays, it’s time to check my progress on my top ten goals for 2016.
Was this quarter as productive as it should have been?
1. Read 20 more books (6 books read in Q3, progress at 75%): ON TRACK
This quarter I have read The Guest Room, The Honeymoon Hotel, The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, Agnes Grey, Tales of the Peculiar and The Girl on the Train (review coming soon!). In total, that makes 15 books read so far this year, so finishing five more before the end of the year should be a piece of cake.
2. Don’t buy any new books for myself until I’ve read everything I currently own (No new books purchased): ON TRACK
I’m getting closer to completing my book backlog, but this month I celebrated my birthday and received four new books and a $50 Amazon gift card. I am confident that I can go another three months without spending a dime of my own money on books! Huzzah!
3. Read 10 new authors: PASS
Out of the six books that I read this quarter, three of them were written by authors new to me: Anne Brontë, Meg Elison, and Paula Hawkins. They span genres from post-apocalyptic to thriller to classic literary fiction, so I’m proud to achieve this goal with such diversity!
4. Reach 100,000 total blog views (reached 12,272 views of the 22,835 total needed this year, progress at 54%): REALLY BEHIND
Summer is my favorite season when I’m having fun in the sun, but not when it comes to blog traffic. I’m sure everyone had better things to do than read my book reviews, but hopefully some people found some gems to add to their to-read lists in the fall when they’re ready to hibernate in front of a fireplace with a good book! There’s no way I’m meeting my 100k goal, but blogging should be about quality, not quantity.
5. Blog at least once per week (blogged 16 times in 13 weeks of Q3, progress at 87%): REALLY AHEAD
This quarter I wrote six book reviews, participated in six Top Ten Tuesdays, and even celebrated my 5th blogiversary! This puts me way ahead of my goal, which is great, because there’s only one more month until NaNoWriMo, and I prefer to take a blogging hiatus to focus on writing my novel in November.
6. Original goal: Write 10,000 words of my novel per month. New goal: Write 45,000 words before 2017 (wrote 4,650 words of my novel in Q3): REALLY BEHIND
I could beat myself up over the fact that I couldn’t reach my word count goal for one month, let alone three. But I’m pretty proud that at least I broke my writing dry spell! Work was especially busy this quarter as we prepared for a major conference this past week. I hope to keep up a better habit and make up for lost time during NaNoWriMo!
7. Complete the first draft of the manuscript of my novel (progress at 11% in Q3): REALLY BEHIND
This goal is dependent on the previous one, so obviously I’m nowhere close to a complete first draft. 14 pages written this quarter, so only about 135 pages to go!
8. Visit 5 new bookstores (visited 1 new bookstore in Q3, progress at 60%): ON TRACK
This quarter I made the short trek from my office to the Mission District of San Francisco and dropped by Alley Cat Books for a quick Q&A. The eclectic art around the store gives it a unique personality, so if you’re located on the
west best coast or making a trip in the near future, I highly recommend that you make a visit as well!
9. Brush up on my Latin (goal abandoned): FAIL
Let’s face it: we all have way too much going on in our lives to get nostalgic about stuff we studied in college. As much as I would have loved to squeeze in some Latin before I visited the ancient ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum in May, all of the signage is in Italian anyway, so there wasn’t much for me to attempt translating. I have zero regrets for letting this slip off my priority list.
10. Learn conversational Greek and Italian: PASS…ish
I studied enough of the European languages to get around on my vacation, only to learn that locals have little patience for tourists, choosing to speak English with us rather than listen to us struggle in their native tongues. I now know that learning languages is a “nice to have” skill, not a “must have.”
TOTAL Q3 PROGRESS: On track or ahead on 6 goals; Behind or failed on 4 goals (60% success rate!)
I’ve made some good progress in Q3, so now it’s about catching up and finishing strong in the last three months of 2016. Wish me luck!