Honestly, is it really a Caitlin post if it’s not late?
I know it’s not the middle of the year anymore, but I had a bunch of middle of the year posts to publish before this one, so here we are. I made some resolutions in the beginning of the year, and it’s time to check in on how I’m doing with them! I’ve forgotten about some of these, and I know I completely failed others, so this should be fun…
1) Start a brand new blog series
Yessss. The new blog series I was referring to was Caitlin Reads, and I’m so happy with the response it’s gotten!! It was supposed to be a monthly feature, but I think I’m switching to every two or three months because it’s hard for me to stick to a TBR lmao.
I know this series has areas it could improve on, but I’m so glad you guys are enjoying it! I’m always open to feedback!
2) Have a more healthy relationship with stats
I feel like I have had a more healthy relationship with stats this year, but only because they’ve improved? Don’t get me wrong, I’m immensely grateful, but I want to be happy with my numbers no matter what, or better yet—not care about them at all.
3) Reach 1,000 followers?
As I’m writing this post, I have over 740, and I’m so grateful. 😭❤ I don’t think I’m on track to reach a thousand by the end of the year, but we can hope!
4) Schedule a sh*t-ton of posts
I don’t think I need to schedule that many posts anymore, because 1) my summer break got extended, and 2) online school will probably take up less time (based on the schedule my school gave). I’m 99% sure I’ll regret not pre-scheduling many posts by the time school starts though. But I suck at writing posts in advance and I don’t have the time to. 😭
5) Reply to comments within four days
Yeah, definitely didn’t do this. I knew I was unlikely to anyway. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ But I did stick to this goal for brief periods of time, I’ll give myself that.
6) Write one discussion a month
I’m meeting this goal if I consider creative posts, book tags, and lists discussions. But I need to get better at writing discussions discussions, like my what I look for in a book and blog hopping discussions.
7) Do not say “RTC”
Lmaoooo this was supposed to be an easy AF goal, but guess who still failed it. 🙈🙈
1) Read 100 books
I’ve been ahead of schedule on my Goodreads challenge since the beginning of the year, and I’m pretty sure that I can complete it by the end of 2020. 100 will be the most books I read in a single year ever.
2) Year of the Asian
I’m aiming for the Malayan Tapir, which is 21-30 books by Asian authors, and I’m very ahead of schedule! I think I’ve finished 15 so far, and I’m currently reading two. (Dare I say my reading taste deserves rights? Asian books are the best.)
Also, you’re supposed to write a blog post to sign up for YARC, and I haven’t written one yet. 👁👃🏻👁 I don’t even know if I’m still going to. Maybe my wrap-up when I complete the challenge can also function as my sign-up post lmao.
3) Read 50 backlist titles in the first half of 2020
Lol, no. I was doing so well in the first four months of 2020, but in May and June I decided to bleep it and read all the 2020 releases I wanted to. 🙈 I was so close though! I’m pretty sure I read over 40!
4) Complete my 2020 TBR
My 2020 TBR consists of the books I mentioned in the I Should Read That book tag and my 5-star predictions TBR. I’m so close to finishing the latter—I only have The Starless Sea left to read! As for the former, I’ve only read two out of seven. 😔 Technically five, because Cassie Clare and Jay Kristoff have done problematic stuff, and I’ve decided I no longer want to support them.
5) Reread Books
I reread the first two HP books this year, but because of JKR’s messiness, I’m completely cutting ties with that series. 🙃 I still need to reread Ari and Dante though. And I’m resisting the urge to reread Six of Crows. 🥺
I wanted to reread PJO this year too, but I think I’ll do so closer to the release of its adaptation!
6) Read classics
Ah, I’m so sad. I haven’t so much as touched Pride and Prejudice and The Picture of Dorian Gray. The most I did was read a hundred pages of Anne of Green Gables, and if all goes to plan I’ll finally finish it this month.
(The coronavirus ruined this entire section lmao.)
1) Get kick-ass grades
This goal was referring to school year 2020-2021, but because of corona I still haven’t started it. Not complaining though.
2) Make more friends?
See what I said above.
3) Get better at ping pong
I was supposed to practice this summer, but you already know why I couldn’t. Also, I don’t think I’m gonna be able to compete in any competitions this year because of the pandemic. 😔
As I expected, I’m not doing well at all. :”) But maybe I’ll somehow complete most of these by the end of the year who knows.