Bookish Resolutions Progress Report – February

The Bookish Resolutions challenge is hosted by Laura @ trips down imagination road and Michelle of Because Reading.

Reading Goals (6)

  1. Finish/catch up with 10 series
    • January: I made progress on 2 series, but haven’t finished any yet.
    • February: Progress on another 2 series, but still none finished.
  2. Read at least 12 manga volumes or graphic novels
    • January: 0
    • February: 2 graphic novels read (Infinity 1 & 2)
  3. Get My NetGalley ratio up to (and then keep it above) 75%
    • January: I hit 75%!
    • February: still at 75%!
  4. Read 100 books
    • January: 9 books read so far
    • February: 18 books read so far
  5. Read 10 books I had on my shelves pre-2017
    • January: Read 4 books from my shelves.
    • February: Read 3 books from my shelves.
  6. Read at least 10 sci-fi books
    • January: 1 sci-fi book read
    • February: no sci-fi 🙁

Blogging Goals (5)

  1. Post a recap every month
  2. Post at least 10 times each month
    • January: 12 posts
    • February: 9 posts
  3. Take part in at least 3 events (bloggiesta, Blog Ahead, readathons etc)
  4. Review at least half the books I read
    • January: Reviews written/scheduled for 6 of 9 books read (66%)
    • February: Reviews written/scheduled for 7 of 18 books read (66%)
  5. By the end of each month have 3 posts scheduled for the following month
    • January: 2 posts scheduled
    • February: 1 post scheduled

Personal Goals (4)

  1. Lose 24lbs +
    • January: 5lbs lost
    • February: +/- 0lbs
  2. Go to the gym/swim/exercise class a total of 104 times in 2017
    • January: 8 runs + 1 gym + 2 classes (11 sessions)
    • February: 10 runs + 1 class (11 sessions)
  3. Train for and complete a 10k
    • January: Weeks 1 & 2 of C210K completed, week 3 started
    • February: Weeks 3, 4 & 5 completed, week 6 started
  4. Catch up on/finish at least 3 TV series
    • January: nothing finished yet, but progress on multiple series!
    • February: Caught up on Orphan Black

Netflix & Books Challenge: February Check-In

A yearly challenge focused on watching television shows we’ve been wanting to get to (both new and old), and reading books we’ve been wanting to read that match some fun challenge prompts. If you choose to, you’ll have the chance to earn points throughout the year.

Books & TV pairs

Orphan X (368 pages) = 30 points

Orphan Black season 4 = 20 points

Book & Show titles share a word: Both contain the word Orphan = 25 bonus points

Infinity Volume 1 (224 pages) = 20 points

Arrow season 1 (episodes 1-18) = no points yet

Book & Show share a premise: Both focus on superheroes! = 25 bonus points

Infinity Volume 2 (256 pages) = 20 points

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 (episodes 1-3) = no points yet

Book & Show titles share a word: Both focus on superheroes, both are about Marvel characters! = 25 bonus points

Game of Thrones (illustrated) (896 pages) = 80 points

Game of Thrones (not watched this year)

Show inspired by a book = 0 bonus points, not watched this year

Other TV watched

Grey’s Anatomy season 5 (incomplete) = no points yet
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 (incomplete) = no points yet
The Crown season 1 (incomplete) = no points yet
Avatar season 1 (complete) = 10 points

Point status

Earned this month: 255
Earned so far this year: 370

Netflix & Books Challenge: January Check-In

A yearly challenge focused on watching television shows we’ve been wanting to get to (both new and old), and reading books we’ve been wanting to read that match some fun challenge prompts. If you choose to, you’ll have the chance to earn points throughout the year.

I haven’t made as much progress as I might have liked on this one, but I’ve made a reasonable start.  Next month I’m hoping to read A Game of Thrones, as well as finish watching Avatar season 1, but no real plans other than that!

Books & TV pairs

One of Us is Lying (368 pages) = 30 points
Pretty Little Liars season 5 = 20 points
Pretty Little Liars season 6 = 20 points

Book & Show have the same trope: The lives of four characters are thrown into chaos after a murder each of them might have had motive to commit, and the four work together to try and figure out what happened. = 25 bonus points

Other TV watched

Nashville Season 4 = 20 points


Earned this month: 115 points
Earned so far this year: 115 points

I think I might have to adjust my goal for the year, which was originally 100 points 😉 I’ll be aiming for 1000 points by the end of the year instead!

Netflix & Books challenge

A yearly challenge focused on watching television shows we’ve been wanting to get to (both new and old), and reading books we’ve been wanting to read that match some fun challenge prompts. If you choose to, you’ll have the chance to earn points throughout the year.

Well this challenge just seems seriously cool to me, and fits in nicely with my Blogger Balance challenge too, so I couldn’t resist!  Because I love seeing visual progress, I will be taking part at Level 2 (competitive) because then I can see the points rack up throughout the year 😉

The Books – TBR List

Same Trope or Premise

Feedback by Mira Grant & Revolution (both post-apocalyptic)

I loved Mira Grant’s Feed series, so I was thrilled to discover this year that a fourth book in the series was coming out.  I saw some of Revolution and while I enjoyed what I saw, I ended up watching it out of order and then it got cancelled…



Fallout by Gwenda Bond & Arrow/The Flash (both superheroes)

I really enjoyed Smallville and I’ve been thinking about starting either Arrow or The Flash for ages but just not got round to it.  I think part of the issue is that The Flash probably appeals to me more but I don’t know if I need to catch up on Arrow first, and if I do, being intimidated by how much there is to watch!



The Last Star by Rick Yancey & Stranger Things (both aliens)

I loved (along with the rest of the world I think!) Stranger Things, and I have to admit, I can never resist a book about aliens!


Title mentioned in a TV show

Harry Potter & The Big Bang Theory

I’m not up to date with The Big Bang Theory so I’ll hopefully be watching some of it throughout the year too, but Harry Potter gets mentioned frequently throughout the series! I’m hoping to re-read Harry Potter & The Cursed Child next year so this fits in nicely.

Common word in title

Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz & Orphan Black

Orphan X is one of the books I got for Christmas and I’m really looking forward to getting it started.  I got hooked on Orphan Black ages ago but I never got around to watching the latest series, so I’m hoping to get that finished this year!

MC with the same name

Conqueror by Conn Iggulden & Marco Polo

This might be cheating a little as they’re both about Kublai Khan but both the book and the show do share the same named MC so I figure it counts! Conqueror is the last of the Conn Iggulden series I need to read, but I’ve been getting less hooked on the series as we move further away from the original story of Temujin, and so just never got around to it.  Marco Polo is a show I’ve wanted to watch for ages, and I’ve been debating whether or not to watch it since it’s been cancelled, but it also looks so good!

Book Inspired a show

Game of Thrones & Game of Thrones!

I’ve read the books before but I got an illustrated edition of the first for Christmas so I’m planning to read that and refresh my knowledge so I can remember some of what’s happened for if/when Winds of Winter eventually comes out.  And of course, like everyone else I’ll be eagerly awaiting the next season of the show too!



The 100 & The 100

I started watching The 100 because I saw such rave reviews, but my other half wasn’t enjoying it and has stopped.  I’m hoping to get back into it this year and start the books too.



Low ratings but still interested

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge & Once Upon a Time

I’ve seen a few low ratings for Bright Smoke, Cold Fire, but I’m still intrigued because I’ve enjoyed both of the other books I’ve read by Rosamund Hodge.  Once Upon a Time was so good up until about the point where Frozen got bought in (weird because I am hugely obsessed with Frozen) and it’s one that my family have dropped. I’m still interested in watching it on my own, but I just haven’t got around to it yet.

Books & shows with spin-offs

Avatar (has the spin off The Legend of Korra) & Lady Midnight

I really enjoyed The Mortal Instruments but couldn’t really get into The Dark Artifices series at all, so I’m planning to try a different spin-off series and give Lady Midnight a try.  I’ve also seen a bit of Avatar but I’m hoping to finish the series, because I’ve come to a bit of a standstill.



The Vampire Diaries & The Heroes of Olympus series

I bought the next couple of The Heroes of Olympus series in an audible sale, and although The Vampire Diaries has gone downhill a bit I’m still hooked on it!



The Shows – TBW List

I’m not too sure yet what I’ll be watching in terms of new shows, but these are the shows I’m currently watching and hoping to make progress on. (Also, why have I got to season 5 and then stopped for so many series?!)

Already started: Nashville (S4+) || The Vampire Diaries (S7+) || Pretty Little Liars (S5+) || Once Upon a Time (S5+) || Orphan Black (S4+) || The 100 (S2+) || Grey’s Anatomy (S5+) || Avatar: The Last Airbender (S1) ||

Not yet started: Flash || Arrow || The Crown ||

I’ve no idea how I’ll do with the challenge, but I’m aiming for 100+ points because that’s a nice round number (literally plucked from the air if I’m honest!). I’ll be doing a monthly update to keep on track 🙂



The 2017 Blogger Balance Challenge

How often have you seen (or thought!) something along the lines of:

I love blogging but it takes up so much time

I haven’t got enough time to read and blog and keep up with all the tv shows I want to.

Well I binge-read loads of books this month but I haven’t managed to blog much or get to the gym once…

I’m totally hooked on [tv show of choice] and haven’t read in ages…

I feel like a lot of us bloggers aren’t very good at getting the balance of things right – maybe it’s a byproduct of the fact we’re just so damn enthusiastic about stuff?!  What I do know though is that I don’t want to waste time feeling guilty for spending time on things I enjoy doing, or feeling like I’m devoting too much time to one area of life and not enough to another.  Hence, this challenge was born.

The principles of the challenge are simple:

1. Pick at least 3 hobbies/areas, and then earn points doing things you love:

– 5 points for each 100 pages you read
– 1 point for a half hour TV show (2 points for an hour long tv show)
– 2 points per hour of any other hobby you want to focus more on
– Sensible scoring for hobbies you want to focus on but don’t want to use time to judge, e.g. 5 points for a date, 3 points for revising a chapter, 1 point for each Duolinguo daily goal achievement

Sounds easy enough so far, but here’s the catch: you have to determine your balance in advance, and you only earn points if you meet your targeted balance.

2. Set a minimum number of points you want to achieve in each area per month (and it can’t be zero!) – if you don’t hit the minimum in EVERY area by the end of the month, you don’t earn any points!

For example…

Let’s say I want to focus on blogging, reading, TV and going to the gym.

My weekly goal might be: 500 pages, 2.5 hours of blogging, 3 hours of TV & 2 hours at the gym.
My monthly goal would therefore be: 2000 pages (100 points for reading), 10 hours of blogging (20 points for blogging), 12 hours of TV (24 points for TV) and 8 hours at the gym (16 points for the gym).  That means I need to earn 200 points for reading, 100 points for blogging, 120 points for TV and 80 points for the gym.

Let’s say my January looks like this:
I binge read a great series and get halfway through another: 2500 pages = 125 points
I watch a few different shows and get my targeted 12 hours = 24 points.
I write all my year end recap posts and a whole bunch of 2017 intro ones: 10 hours of blogging = 20 points
I feel super motivated, and make it to the gym 5 times a week every week (30 minute sessions x 5 times a week x 4 weeks): a total of 10 hours = 20 points

Total: I met or exceeded my minimum targets in all four areas, so I get to keep all of my points! Points earned: 114

But in February…
I completely fall off the gym going wagon and only make it three times.  Even though I discovered a new TV show and watched 20 hours of TV, blogged all about it for 10 hours and read 2000+ pages, none of those points count, because I didn’t hit my minimum goal of 8 hours at the gym!

3. Check in at the end of each month

At the beginning of each month there’ll be a link up here for your recap, and you’ll earn 5 bonus points for participating.  You also earn 5 bonus points for commenting on at least 5 participants’ recaps.

HELP! I have an exam/holiday/special occasion in [Insert month here]

Sometimes, life gets in the way, or you just re-prioritise, so you can change your goals three times throughout the challenge (only at the beginning of a new month) for free.  If you want to change your goals more than this there is a penalty of 10 points each time (and you can still only change them at the beginning of a new month).


My monthly goals for the Blogger Balance Challenge

Reading: 75 points (1500 pages)
Blogging: 16 points (8 hours = I’m aiming for 2-3 posts per week, may have to adjust the hours later on)
Gym: 12 points (6 hours)
TV: 20 points (10 hours)
Decluttering/tidying: 1 point (30 minutes)
Gaming: 8 points (4 hours)