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

Looking Ahead: March 2017

What’s on in March?

March is a bit of a busy month for us, with several birthdays coming up.  My C25K running has also begun to pick up a bit in intensity, and I feel like that’s beginning to take up more time than it has done so far.  Other than that, I don’t have anything specific planned for March really, just try to read lots of books, and get more blogging done than last month 😉

Last month’s TBR list

Game of Thrones Illustrated Edition (984) | Finished
Mark of Athena (586) | Finished
Who Let the Gods out? (368) | Finished
Year of Yes (336) | Finished
Orphan X (356) | Finished
TBR winner (~350) | Not picked!

Unplanned
Infinity Volume 1 | Finished
Infinity Volume 2 | Finished
A Taste of You | Finished

Target pages: 2930
Actual pages read: 3404

March’s TBR list

Turn Coat (420) | Owned (audiobook)
Changes (438) | Owned (audioook)
Feedback (512) | Borrowed
Fool’s Assassin (688) | Owned
Dawn Study (478) | Review copy
The Colour Purple (295) | Not got yet

Target pages = 2831

This is a bit of an ambitious TBR list, but there’s just so much I want to read right now!  Turn Coat and Changes are both audiobooks, Feedback is a library book, and The Colour Purple is a book club choice.  I’m also hoping to re-read the first two Fitz and the Fool books before Assassin’s Fate comes out in May.  Nothing else on the TBR list at the minute, because I’m not confident I’ll get through all of these, but if I do get any extra time I’ll probably pick up some manga to mix things up a bit.

March’s Gaming plans

Last month I was hoping to branch out gaming wise and play something other than Planet Coaster,  which was sort of successful… I did play something else (Rise of the Tomb Raider) but I only played an hour so…  This month, I’m hoping to continue with Rise of The Tomb Raider, and maybe also give Gone Home a go.

Last month’s Goals

  • Lose 5lbs: fail. I stayed the same so I guess that’s not too bad.
  • 15 blog posts: fail. 9 posts.
  • Reach week 5 of C210K: success!

March Goals

  • Lose 5lbs
  • 15 blog posts
  • Reach week 9 of C210K

What do you have planned for March?

Review: Orphan X

Review: Orphan XOrphan X by Gregg Hurwitz
Published by Penguin on September 1st 2016
Genres: Mystery, Thrillers
Pages: 427
Goodreads

'Do you need my help?' It was the first question he asked. They called him when they had nowhere else to turn.
As a boy Evan Smoak was taken from an orphanage. Raised and trained in a top secret programme, he was sent to bad places to do things the government denied ever happened.
Then he broke with the programme, using what he'd learned to vanish. Now he helps the desperate and deserving.
But someone's on his trail.
Someone who knows his past and believes that the boy once known as Orphan X must die . . .

I got Orphan X for Christmas, so it hadn’t been sitting on my shelves too long before I just had to pick it up. I don’t read many mysteries/thrillers, but I mix things up with one occasionally, and the person who bought me this knew (rightly) that “top secret government programme” are words absolutely guaranteed to get me to pick something up!

Orphan X picked up fairly slowly but then got addictive – over a few days I slowly got to 25%, but then I was totally hooked on the remaining 75%. The story is action-packed, with plenty of twists and turns as Evan tries to help his latest client while also being hunted by person(s) unknown.

Current day Evan Smoak has a kind of James Bond vibe going on, without quite so much charm. He’s wealthy, he kicks ass, and he approaches relationships with cold calculation. He’s likable enough, but at times a little too perfect for me: he thinks three steps ahead, is extremely efficient and (most of the time at least) is detached from life and people, because they just get in the way. I find that with the majority of thrillers I pick up, there just isn’t enough character depth for me, and while Orphan X definitely had more interesting, complex characters than I expected, I’d have still liked more. Hurwitz’s writing is detailed and engrossing, but I wouldn’t have minded a little less of the technical fighting and weapons details in exchange for a little more character time. I absolutely loved some of the supporting characters, the moments when Evan is thrown off his footing in a social situation, and seeing him try to blend in during day-to-day life.

I really enjoyed the flashbacks to young Evan – to his recruitment into the mysterious orphan programme, his training and his mistakes. I’d love to see more of this, but I can also understand that it slows the pacing down and so it makes sense to stick mostly in the current events. Orphan X was an interesting, gripping start to the series and I’ll definitely be picking up book two (but not so-secretly hoping for a little more secret government conspiracy).

One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

February Wrap-Up

Reading

February has been a pretty good month, although I didn’t achieve as much as I would have liked. I carried on with C25K and have made it further than I ever have before – even past the dreaded week 5 day 3!  I went out for dinner with friends a few times, spent some time with my family and started watching Arrow – I’m enjoying it but I’m not sure I’m totally hooked.  I had a real mixture of books this month, but Orphan X and my Game of Thrones re-reads were definitely my favourites!  I’m 7 books ahead on my GR challenge, so debating upping it, but I’m loving the fact that the lower goal means I feel less anxious about picking up huge books (like Game of Thrones) so I’m not sure yet.

Who Let the Gods Out? | The Mark of Athena | Orphan X | Year of Yes | Infinity Volumes 1 & 2 | A Taste of You | A Game of Thrones (Illustrated Edition)

Books read: 8 (1 less than January)
Pages read: 3404 (29 more than January)
Average pages per day: 122 (13 more than January)
Average book length: 425 pages (50 pages more than January)
Favourite: Orphan X / Game of Thrones re-read

Watching & Gaming

This month I watched Spotlight which I thought was great, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children which I really enjoyed, Inferno which I wasn’t at all impressed with and The Lego Batman movie which was great fun, very funny.

I haven’t really played any games this month. I played Rise of the Tomb Raider for about an hour, but that’s it!

 

Book Haul

Bought: 0 (1 less than January)
Review copies: 2 (1 more than January)
Borrowed/Freebies: 6 (3 more than January)

Blogging

Reviews:

Other posts:



NetGalley % change: +3% (75%)

Challenge Updates

 ** [Bookish Resolutions & Netflix & Books Challenge updates to follow in a separate post] **



Books purchased this year to date: 1
Books purchased and read this year:
1
Ratio:
100%
Target ratio:
61-80%



Goal:
10 books
Books read this month: 1
Books read so far: 1

10%


Goal: 12 books
Books read this month: 2
Books read so far: 2

17%

How was your February?