Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Last Year's Resolution Fail

Okay, so I made one resolution last year.  It was my 2016 Reading Resolution.  And I failed at it. 

I was supposed to read one new-to-me author a month.  Yeah.  About that.  I dropped the ball right out of the gate.  I didn't read any new authors in January. I didn't read any books at all in February, probably because I was getting ready to release In Deep Wish.  March?  I read one popular author I hadn't read before and one unknown author who was totally new to me.  In April, I read two books by a known author but a different pen name than I've read of hers before.  May was a total wash.  The month of June I read one new author.  I think I remembered my resolution in July because I read 6 new to me authors, but then I fell off the resolution wagon again. One in August, one in September, and then nothing for the rest of the year.  Well, unless you count famous authors I hadn't read before - like Thomas Harris and Daniel Defoe.

Umm, yeah, I didn't think they counted either.

I managed 81 books last year.  One would think I could slip a few newer authors in there.  Derp.

Oh, I do remember trying in January and February.  I bought a few new to me authors.  I started reading the books.  Meh.  I think that's part of what made me give up.  Well, that and my book-buying budget is so low as to be patheticful. (Yeah, that's a word.  My word.)

This year?  Well, this year ain't looking any better right now.  I've really been into older novels lately.  Hell, over half the books I read last year were older books.  I really should get over that and read some new stuff.  Maybe I'll get around the budget by reading free books and leaving reviews so I don't feel bad about taking advantage of a freebie.  (Yes, I do feel bad.  Authors should be paid.  But I get the reason we make them free sometimes. It drives sales.  Supposedly.)

Anyway, I'm NOT making a resolution this year.  What happens will happen. 

What about you?


  1. You saw my resolutions. Pretty simple and straightforward: Write more, Read more, Drink more coffee. I figure I can do that. Easy-peasy.

    And dude, new authors translate as "new-to-you" as far as I'm concerned. You never read a book by that author before (no matter the copyright date), it counts! Just sayin'... ;D

    1. Those all work for me. ;o)

      Yeah, I guess I could throw those in, too. But the spirit of the resolution was to give a boost to some unknown authors. I don't think Thomas Harris needs my help. LOL

  2. I agree with Silver--new-to-you is new. Period.

    I don't do resolutions. I set goals. Last year was so-so (so-so in the number of goals I set and so-so in the number I achieved). This year I hope to improve. Especially since I set a lower reading goal. Haha!

    1. Thanks, Stacy. But like I said to Silver up there, I did the resolution with the idea of helping other writers. And I failed there.

      Yeah, I don't usually do resolutions either. Goals are much better. Good luck in your 2017 goals!

  3. I'm with Silver: I don't care how old the book is. If you haven't read that author before, it counts on the list!

    1. Thanks, Deb. You know how it goes. And I did count your book (the first one I read anyway) as one of the new-to-me author books I'd read last year.