101 in 1001: 340 days remaining

The Challenge:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

I’ll be checking in sporadically to share any progress or successes with my Day Zero Project. You can see my full list here on the blog, or at the Day Zero Project website.

So it has been a truly ridiculous amont of time since I updated (or let’s be honest, even looked at) this – over 18 months. Since then there has been all kinds of changes so I figure it’s time for an update!

Goals completed

18. Go to the theatre

We went to see Harry Potter & The Cursed Child in early 2018, and it was awesome. I will say though I think having read the screenplay before seeing the show was a mistake: working with books all day I didn’t dare put off reading it because I’d definitely have got spoilered at work, but I think my husband got more out of it by not knowing where the story was going.

22. Go to a spa

We actually ticked this off twice – we booked a cheap spa break Winter 2017 and then also had a massage on our honeymoon.

25. Get engaged & 26. Get married & 27. Open a joint account & 28. Buy a house

This is why my blogging mojo went out the window! We had a very busy year of doing some fun romantic things (wedding, honeymoon, house) and some responsible adulting things (budgeting, joint account).

39. Watch all 3 Lord of the Rings Films

We watched these over the winter when it was cold and miserable outside and we wanted to curl up with some popcorn.

62. Put a scratch map on the wall

Now that we’re in our own place this got moved up on the priority list! This was a nice easy one to tick off and I love daydreaming about where we’re going to scratch off (though it’ll probably be a while before we get to scratch off anywhere new after the expenses of 2018!)

63. Buy new bedding & 67. Put a photo of us up somewhere at home

We got vouchers as wedding presents so we spent some of them on photo frames and nice bedding.

68. Get a promotion or a new job

I got a promotion in my old job right at the beginning of 2018.

76. Make a decision about PhDs/teaching

In Autumn 2018 I bit the bullet and started my teacher training. It’s exhausting and the hardest thing I’ve ever done, with a crazy workload that takes me more hours than I seem to have right now but it has lots of good moments and it’ll be worth it in the end!

80. Get a tattoo

This was a birthday present to myself. I’d kept putting it off because I wanted to wait until I was at my ‘goal weight’ but I decided enough was enough – I’ve been struggling with my weight and I was fed up of putting life on hold!

87. Redesign the blog

That cute little porcupine/elephant/girl header have been around a while now but they were put in after the list started (and even though they aren’t new they make me happy everytime I see them).

Goals changed

84. Paint my nails at least once a month for a year

So as I’ve got less than a year left and haven’t thought about this one, I’m taking it off. I’ve replaced it with ‘Complete teacher training’. That might seem like an arbitrary goal, because if I’ve started it, of course I’ll finish right? Except that the drop out rate is very high and I can 100% see why! I’m determined to stick it out though.

Goals I’ve made progress on

14. Visit 5 cities

I’m only counting new-to-me cities, but so far I’m on 4 out of 5, mostly thanks to holidays since the list began. Prague, Galle (Sri Lanka), Singapore and Ubud (Bali)

Goals I need to track better…

Honestly, there are a few that I’ve definitely made progress on (if not completed!) but not tracked well enough. I’ll be properly counting these again from now on and will add on any I know for sure!

  • 33. 5 day/evening out dates
  • 35. Watch 5 documentaries
  • 36. Watch 101 movies
  • 39. Finish 3 TV series
  • 58. Try 10 new recipes
  • 60. Try 5 new wines
  • 61. Try 5 new restaurants
  • 63. Get rid of 100 things
  • 88. Review 100 books
  • 90. Read 200 books
  • 96. Finish/catch up on 24 book series

Current project stats

Will I ever get this finished? Will I get even half finished? Who knows, but I’m going to keep trying!

Days elapsed: 661 (66%)
Days remaining: 340 (34%)
Goals completed: 18 (17.8%)
Goals in progress: 21 (20.7%)
Goals not yet started: 62 (61.4%)

I’ve still got 5 more goals to create – any suggestions for me? What would you put on your 101 list?

January Wrap-Up

Reading

Skyward | Shadow of the fox | In an Absent Dream | Paper Girls #5 | Salt to the Sea | The History of Bees | The People in the Trees

Books read: 7
Pages read: 1867
Average pages per day: 60
Average book length: 267
Favourite: Skyward & Shadow of the Fox

Blogging

January Goals

  • Being healthier
    • Track my food everyday -My MFP streak is at 32 days though some days I think I logged in without tracking so…. SORT OF
    • Come within +/- 100 calories of my calorie count goal on at least 25 days – FAIL
    • Exercise 10 times – SUCCESS
    • Lose 4 lbs –  FAIL!
  • Work/Life Balance
    • Plan summer 2019 holiday – IN PROGRESS
    • Submit assignment at least 24 hours before deadline – SUCCESS
  • Blogging
    • Post 8 blog posts – 7 of 8, SO CLOSE!
    • Schedule 3 posts for February – FAIL
  • Finance
    • See 2 films at the cinema – FAIL
    • Start an emergency fund – FAIL
    • Pay off my credit card – SUCCESS

February TBR

Carried over from January
Trials of Apollo – The Dark Prophecy (432) | Library
Polgara the Sorceress (816) | Scribd
Muse of Nightmares (528) | Borrowed

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (388) | Scribd

Target pages = 2162

February Goals

  • Being healthier
    • Keep MFP streak up throughout February
    • Exercise 8 times
    • Lose 4 lbs –  Trying again…
  • Work/Life Balance
    • Book flights for summer holiday – we’re making progress on the planning part, now I just want to get it booked!
    • Submit assignment at least 24 hours before deadline
    • See 2 films at the cinema (How to Train Your Dragon 3 & Battle Angel Alita maybe?)
  • Blogging
    • Post 8 blog post
    • Schedule 3 posts for March
  • Finance
    • Get budget organised and set up direct debits for joint account

How was your January?

January TBR & Goals

What’s on in January?

January means back to work, Bout of Books 24, new episodes of Riverdale and feeling motivated about new year goals (yes, I am that person).  I’ve started Bullet Journalling again, I’m eating more healthy foods, and in a weird twist of events, I’ve set my reading goal at it’s lowest number ever because I want to enjoy non-reading activities too without feeling guilty! I’ve got an assignment due this month (boo) but I’m also going to a lovely wedding (yay) so it’s a busy month with some good things to look forward to.

January’s TBR list

Trials of Apollo – The Dark Prophecy (432) | Library
Polgara the Sorceress (816) | Scribd
Skyward (352) | Owned (audiobook)
The History of Bees (524) | Owned

Target pages = 2124
Plus one of these three:

TBR winner (approx 310) | Owned

 

 

January Goals

  • Being healthier
    • Track my food everyday
    • Come within +/- 100 calories of my calorie count goal on at least 25 days
    • Exercise 10 times
    • Lose 4 lbs – Hopefully this should follow logically on from the first few goals?!
  • Work/Life Balance
    • Plan summer 2019 holiday – I’m currently completing a teacher training course and it’s probably one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done. One definite perk though is that I’ll get time off over the summer with my husband, so we’re planning a holiday. I’d like to get something more concrete planned out or booked so it can really go on the list of things to look forward to.
    • Submit assignment before the deadline (at least one night before) so I’m not panicking last minute
  • Blogging
    • Post 8 blog posts (or more!)
    • Schedule 3 posts for February
  • Finance
    • See 2 films at the cinema – I have a cineworld unlimited card which last year saved me nearly £100 but it’d be nice to save even more this year
    • Start an emergency fund
    • Pay off my credit card

What do you have planned for January?

End of Year Survey 2018

This is my fifth time taking part in Jamie’s End of Year survey!  It can be easy to get to the end of the year and only remember a couple of stand out titles, so I love doing the survey because it gives me an excuse to go back and really think about everything I’ve read and loved throughout the year. The only downside is it always takes me forever to finalise my answers!  We’ve still got a couple of days left of 2018, but I’m considering the two books I’m currently reading (Head On & The Hidden Oracle) as finished because they will be before 2019 starts.

**2018 READING STATS**

Number Of Books You Read: 130 (including the 2 I’m currently reading)
Number of Re-Reads: 3
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

 

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1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

The Long Way to A Small Angry Planet

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Ooh I’ve got a couple for this.  1984 – I thought for sure I’d love it, but I was so underwhelmed.  IT was also disappointing: I’m a big wimp but didn’t find this particularly scary, just weird. Finally, Annihilation: secret government conspiracy, aliens etc, should have been all my favourite things and yet I found the writing style offputting and felt like little happened.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir. To be totally honest, I wasn’t totally convinced by this series from the first book, but the audiobooks were on Scribd when I was a member earlier in the year so I decided to give them another go and ended up really enjoying A Reaper at the Gates! I was also really surprised by Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, because I’m not much of a short story fan but loved it.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Probably Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – it was a book of the month when I was still bookselling and I think it has a huge, broad appeal, so I’ve recommended it to absolutely loads of people this year.

 5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

Series starter: The Long way to a small Angry Planet or The Poppy War
Sequel: Nyxia Unleashed
Series ender: Queen of Air and Darkness

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

It’s got to be Becky Chambers for this one!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Out of my comfort zone, My Absolute Darling…. This was a Waterstones Book of the Month, had rave reviews and was like marmite: everyone I spoke to either loved or hated it.  It was uncomfortable to read at times but it was completely impossible to put down and well worth reading.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

I was completely and utterly hooked on The Hunting Party; it’s a crime ‘And Then There were None‘ style murder mystery set in a country lodge in Scotland and it was addictive!

 9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

While I’ve read some amazing books this year, there aren’t really any that are calling out for a re-read just yet, so I’d have to say The Bullet Journal Method, not because I’m likely to re-read it cover to cover necessarily but because I probably will refer back to it multiple times throughout the year.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?

These covers are pretty different I guess but I love all three.  The Extinction Trials is a particulary unusual choice for me as I’m really not a yellow fan but I love how it’s so simple with just that dinosaur eye…I actually have this face out on my shelves at home!  The cover for The Long Way to A Small Angry Planet is very simple, but I love how pretty it is – it’s the sort of thing I’d pick to have as a phone wallpaper.  Finally, although I was a little underwhelmed by The Boneless Mercies in the end I absolutely love that cover still.

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Honestly, I loved all of the cast of The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. I also thought Monty in The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue was totally unforgettable.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Oh, I’ve read some beautifully written books this year, I can’t narrow it down to just one!  Madeline Miller’s Circe, V.E. Schwab’s This Dark Duet, all of the Wayward Children books by Seanan McGuire and The Mermaid by Christina Henry all had beautiful, lyrical writing that was just enough to give me pause to admire without being too wordy or distracting.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?

Most thought-provoking/discussion inciting: My Absolute Darling AND Beneath the Surface
Most-used or referred to: The Bullet Journal Method
Most motivational: Eat, Drink, Run

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read? 

The Goddess Test series: these have been on my kindle since 2013 and this year I finally got around to reading them on my honeymoon.  They were enjoyable, easy reads that fitted perfectly in with my mythology mood!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?

I’m never very good at this question because I don’t track quotes throughout the year (note to self, start doing that!) but a flick through on goodreads leads me to a few.
From The Long Way to a Small and Angry Planet:
“Ninety percent of all problems are caused by people being assholes.”
“What causes the other ten percent?” asked Kizzy.
“Natural disasters,” said Nib.”
“Humans’ preoccupation with ‘being happy’ was something he had never been able to figure out. No sapient could sustain happiness all of the time, just as no one could live permanently within anger, or boredom, or grief.”
From A Short History of Nearly Everything:
 “Consider the fact that for 3.8 billion years, a period of time older than the Earth’s mountains and rivers and oceans, every one of your forebears on both sides has been attractive enough to find a mate, healthy enough to reproduce, and sufficiently blessed by fate and circumstances to live long enough to do so. Not one of your pertinent ancestors was squashed, devoured, drowned, starved, stranded, stuck fast, untimely wounded, or otherwise deflected from its life’s quest of delivering a tiny charge of genetic material to the right partner at the right moment in order to perpetuate the only possible sequence of hereditary combinations that could result — eventually, astoundingly, and all too briefly — in you.”
“If this book has a lesson, it is that we are awfully lucky to be here-and by ‘we’ I mean every living thing. To attain any kind of life in this universe of ours appears to be quite an achievement. As humans we are doubly lucky, of course: We enjoy not only the privilege of existence but also the singular ability to appreciate it and even, in a multitude of ways, to make it better. It is a talent we have only barely begun to grasp.”

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

Shortest: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #6 (40 pages)
Longest: IT (1156 pages)

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

 

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Albus & Scorpius (The Cursed Child)

Mark, Cristina & Kieran (Queen of Air and Darkness)

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Monty & Felicity (The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue/The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats & Piracy)

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Either Six of Crows (Leigh Bardugo) or Into The Drowning Deep (Mira Grant)

21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

Sleeping Giants and The Poppy War

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

Haven’t got one!

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

The Poppy War and The Extinction Trials

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet: although a lot of the worldbuilding is space ships, the background on different species, their cultures and histories etc made it all feel so complex and vivid.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue: honestly this was just great fun to read, it made me genuinely laugh out loud.  Bryony Gordon’s Eat, Drink, Run too: one of my top books this year, it was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster but it also made me smile, and laugh, and even cheer.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

The Assassin’s Blade – this was a re-read that I felt more emotional about this second time around!  Also They Both Die at the End (see Q28).

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Probably either Nyxia or The Extinction Trials – I loved both but haven’t seen much about them.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

They Both Die at the End…. I think there was probably actual sobbing.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

Sadie – loved the Serial-esque podcast type format, and it worked perfectly on audio.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

I think probably 1984, and sadly it WAS because I didn’t like it!

book-bloggingThis year has been manic (exams, a promotion, starting teacher training, moving house, getting married) and I’ve had no laptop so my blogging has been depressingly infrequent!

1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?

I’ve been rubbish at commenting but a few blogs I’ve been reading all the time are: Kelly’s Rambles, The Basic Book Bitch, Jenny in Neverland & Jenniely.

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2018?

Probably my most-popular post (see Q7) which actually isn’t even bookish at all….

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2018:?

…. Will do better in 2019?!

4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events,  etc.)?

I loved taking part in the OWLs Readathon hosted by BookRoast in July and the TackleThatTBR readathon hosted by TheBookishFairy.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?

I haven’t quite done it yet but I will by the end of the year so I’m going to count it: hitting 130 books in a year, my highest number so far!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Balance, balance, balance.  With everything that’s been going on I’ve managed to keep my reading up but the blog has been depressingly neglected.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

So the most popular post on my blog this year didn’t actually have anything to do with books, it was a film post: The Greatest Showman, like P.T. Barnum’s circus, is a lie – and that’s okay.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Honestly, I’m thrilled people are still reading at all after how sporadic I’ve been this year!

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I placed my first Society 6 order this year and this may have been fatal for my wallet because I loved everything that arrived and now I’m just going to want more….

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Goodreads goal (originally set at 100) – Completed and exceeded.  Haven’t looked into challenges in detail yet but I think I’ve done pretty well this year!

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?

Muse of Nightmares I think – I was hoping I might get a copy for Christmas so I think I’ll pick myself up a copy in the new year.

 

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?

The Pioneer – space + secret conspiracies = I’m sold!

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I think at the moment, House of Salt and Sorrows, a creepy-sounding Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?

So many! Top priorities though would be: Nyxia Uprising (Nyxia #3), Rebel (The Extinction Trials #3), The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War #2) and In An Absent Dream (Wayward Children #4)

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?

Blogging: I’m so excited to blog more regularly and get back into commenting and the bookish community more.

Reading: I’m aiming to knock some series off my TBR with the Serial Reader challenge.

October Wrap-Up & Looking ahead to November

Reading


Paper Girls 1-3 | Life & Laughing | Waking Gods | Time’s Convert | The Colour of Bee Larkham’s murder | Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card #3 | Sawkill Girls | IT | How to Stop Time

Books read: 10 (4 more than September)
Pages read: 3711 (1303 more than September)
Average pages per day: 120 (40 more than September)
Average book length: 371 (30 less than September)
Favourite: Waking Gods

Blogging

Challenge Updates

  • Beat the Backlist (56/48) (+7)
  • Finishing the Series (7/15) (+/- 0)
  • Goodreads (100/100) – Goal achieved! Increased to 104.
  • NetGalley % change: +/- 1% (72%)

October Goals

  • Weight loss – back into the 11s
    FAIL – Honestly, I haven’t even been to weight watchers to know whether I might have made this goal but I haven’t been tracking my food or watching what I eat so it seems unlikely…
  • 4 blog posts, including 2 reviews
    SUCCESS – just about!
  • Take part in Dewey’s 24 hour readathon
    SUCCESS
     – 760 pages/2 books
  • At least 1 cinema trip & 1 date evening
    SUCCESS
    – thanks to reading week I actually made it to the cinema 5 times this month (A Star Is Born, The House with the Clock in its walls, A simple Favour, THUG & Venom). I’ve been too shattered during the week for date evenings out but we’ve had plenty of nice evenings chilling out on the sofa with food and tv.

November TBR

Life (352) | Scribd (started)
One Way (336) | Audible
Assassin’s Blade (448) | Reread – owned

Target pages = 1136

November Goals

  • Honestly, my goals for November are basically just to keep my head above water with my new course!

How was your October?