So, this is the last #ShelfLove update from me for this year!
The prompt is to show how you’re doing. Well, you can check out Mount TBR in the top menu on my blog. If you compare my books bought/acquired in 2015 with other years, I’ve made some serious progress in thinking before I buy. Also utilising the library, and only buying books I’m sure I want! Which is not to say I’ve had no duds this year, or that I’ve done particularly well at tackling the backlog — I still apparently have 440 books unread from 2013, for example. Eek. But I’ve dealt with some of the causes of that backlog, and learned to stick to a budget!
- 58/51+ already owned books read from prior to 2015 (302 books read altogether)
- Spent: £21 out of ~£30 budget (budget is 10% of my income) for January
- Spent: £20 out of ~£25 budget for February
- Spent: £22 out of ~£25 budget for March
- Spent: £15 out of ~£16 budget for April
- Spent: £45 out of ~£30 budget for May
- Spent: £18 out of ~£40 budget for June, plus stuck within holiday budget
- Spent: £45 out of ~£50 budget for July
- Spent £51 out of ~£60 for August
- Spent £30 out of £40 for September
- Spent £20 out of £20 for October
- Spent £36 out of £50 for November
- Spent £0 out of £25 for December
Here’s my more general progress on resolutions:
- No books impulse-bought (pretty much all year, with only one or two lapses)
- Read every day (even if it was only a page or two)
- Bed before midnight (less great at this)
- Up before ten every day (some struggling in December)
- Only bought one book from a series at a time (except where I was confident I’d like it)
- Posted to the blog every day (I missed one day through a scheduling mess-up)
- Commented on at least one other blog every day (no days missed except when I had no internet access)
- Tithed 10% in every month
- Done 85 hours volunteering total (just short of the goal, not really under my control)
- Reading/reviewing books from NG/etc (82% ratio)
So not bad at all, right?!
I’ll be taking part in this challenge next year too, so hang tight for my starting post as 2016 opens.