1. Keep My Review Pile Under Control.
I did an excellent job of this this year. My review pile never crept above 15 books and usually was between 5 to 10 books. I hope to continue this next year.
2. Reduce my TBR Pile
I seem to have this 14 book per year creep going on. In 2012 I had 261 books in my TBR, in 2013 it was 274. At the end of 2014 my TBR pile was sitting at 288 books. I have got to do a better job at this next year!
3. Don’t get review books that are late in a series I haven’t started reading.
I did not even once request a book to review that was the 2nd, 3rd, 4th (or later) book in a series that I hadn’t started reading yet. This helped me a lot with controlling both my review pile and my TBR pile. It also saved me the emotional turmoil of getting the 2nd (or 3rd) or whatever book in a series, reading the 1st book and hating it, and then feeling obligated to read the later books in the series to complete the review.
4. Do more spontaneous posting and be more socially active.
Result: Partial Success
– I participated in a number of blog hops.
– I also continued my relationships with a number of different publishers, providing them reviews for books they were having published.
– The most exciting moment of 2014 was when I found out I had a blurb inside an actual paperback book (see the page before the title page in Liesel Schwarz’s Sky Pirates).
– I also interacted quite a bit with people on Goodreads, answering questions and making recommendations.
– I actively participated and completed a number of reading challenges.
– I would have liked to post more book news and announcements and do a couple author interviews on my blog, but I didn’t get around to that this year.