2016 Challenges – 4th Quarter Check-in

At the beginning of the year I set some challenges for myself. Now it’s time to check-in and see how I did.

ONE. Limit my bookish spending. Pre-order no more than 12 books (average 1 per month). Spend no more than $60 on used / bargain books (average $5 per month).

I pre-ordered 2 books this quarter:

  1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition
  2. The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation by Shannon Hale

That makes a total of 9 pre-orders for the year.

I’ve lost track of the used books I’ve bought this quarter. #sorrynotsorry

TWO. Post more book reviews. Write monthly Look Reviews (full book reviews with an accompanying outfit) and post my micro mini Goodreads reviews on the blog.

I didn’t write Mini Reviews every week, but I posted a lot.

THREE. Read at least 200 books.


FOUR. Read these 11 Poirot novels, plus 1 short story:

Achieved! I actually completed my Poirot challenge!

FIVE. Read 26 books for a personal Alphabet Challenge.

Achieved! See full list here.

SIX. Participate in Cruisin’ thru the Cozies with Yvonne @ Socrates Book Review. I’m entering at Level 4 – Sleuth Extraordinaire – Read 21 or more books.

Achieved! See full list here.

SEVEN. Read at least 12 selections from my personal Classics Challenge list.

Achieved! See full list here.

EIGHT. Once again, cut WAY back on my wardrobe. I want to go minimalist. I’m still working on the details. This includes my kids’ wardrobes too. They have so many clothes they rarely wear!

I finally broke down and bought a few new things for myself: 2 new shirts, a pair of shoes, and some new pajamas.

NINE. The obligatory fitness resolution. 😆 But seriously, after my epic year of reading, I really need to get my butt in gear and be more active.


TEN. Participate in TTT every week.

Achieved! Unfortunately, I don’t want to even think about doing another TTT for a very long time. #burnout

TTT: Christmas List

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is “Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree.”

I’m linking up:Top Ten Tuesday