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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Mid Year Goal/Challenge Check In!

Since we're halfway through the year it was time for a check in! I figured I'd include both my blog/reading challenges and my resolutions update from back in Jan, too!

These are the reading challenges I'm participating in.
I included links to each of the challenges, this is just my personal "hey, this is how I'm doing" post so I can link it up other places. :D 


I think I'm doing pretty good on this! Still a lot of work to do, though. 

1. Finish indexing the blog-- work in progress. I'm a bit behind.

2. Conquer the Past Due Review Pile.
I'm doing a pretty good job on this! I've kept up with new requests and gotten my NG down to 23. Edelweiss down to 7.
3. Streamline Yeah. I'm getting there. 

4. Clear out my social media and use it more wisely.
I've done a lot of unliking/unfriending/unfollowing. Added a few new ones in to the mix. Trying to pay more attention to all the blog pages.
 5. Finish designing and start selling review journals. Bwahaha yeah this hasn't happened. 


1. Work on the house.-- Slowly. Slowly.

2. Get rid of 1,095 things! --I might have stopped keeping track but I'm getting rid of lots.

3. Walk 2,000,000 steps-- Not even close. I'm so far behind. I hate walking. lol

4. Try 52 new recipes. I'm maybe around 20. I need to update my list. I started it but, yeah, suck at keeping up.
  1. Texas Caviar (Jan) good
  2. Ribbon Potatoes (Jan) okay
  3. Black bean burger (Jan) good
  4. Freekeh Soup (Jan) BAD
  5. Garlic Bok Choy (Jan) good

 5. Make the house more herd friendly. Slowly! I've found some new things they love and working on adding more. 


Phrase of the year.... Less Is More.


I think I'm doing pretty good with this, too!
I've brought less into the house, stressed less, made fewer commitments, have less people in my life (good thing!). I have been reading less which is a bummer but it's okay. I've been doing other things. 
My goal for 2017 is 24 books past due books!
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I'm making progress! I'm not quite where I need to be at this point but I'm okay with that. 8 is still pretty respectable, I think.

1. Stranded with a Billionaire 1/1 (Review)
2. The Billionaire and the Virgin 2/20 (Review)
3. His to Keep by Terri L Austin 3/28 (Review)
4. A Billionaire Between the Sheets by Katie Lane 4/10 (Review)
5. Everything She Wanted by Jennifer Ryan
6. To Kiss a Kilted warrior by Rowan Keats
7. Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs
8. My Highland Rebel by Amanda Forester



This year I'm going with a Historical Challenge.
I'd like to read 24 books or 2 per month.
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I'm just a smidge ahead right now. I'll take it!

1. The Husband List by Janet Evanovich (review)
2. Between the Devil and the Duke (review)
3. If the Duke Demands  (review)
4. I Dared the Duke (review)
5. No Other Highlander (review)
6. The Lady and the Highlander by Lecia Cornwall(review)
7. Ballroom Temptation  by Kimberly Bell (review)
8. The Highland Duke by Amy Jarecki (review)
9. The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor (review)
10. Mary in Haste by Anne Gracie (review)
11. Tender Wings of Desire by KFC
12. The Outlaw by Anna Schmidt
13. Knight on the Texas Plains by Linda Broday
14. From Duke Till Dawn by Eva Leigh
15. My Highland Rebel by Amanda Forester
16. To Kiss a Kilted Warrior by Rowan Keats
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Yes! I love new to mes! I'm going for 4 per month or 48 books total.
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Doing great! I'm more than halfway to my goal!

1. Stranded with a Billionaire (1st in Series) review
2. Every Crooked Nanny (New Author) review
3. Finding Kyle (maybe new series) review
4. Smitten Book Club (new author) review
5. Dirty Money (1st in Series)  review
6. Tall Dark & Hungry (new narrator) review
7. Beauty and the Wiener (new author) review
8. The Heist (1st in series) review
9. Absolve Me (New author) review
10. Twice as Hard (new author) review
11. Seduction Squad (new author) review
12. Hometown Cowboy (new series) review
13. The Quiche of Death (new author) review
14. If the Duke Demands (new series) review
15. The Billionaire and the Virgin (1st in series) review
16. Kidnapped Cowboy (new author) review
17. No Other Highlander (new series) review
18. It Happened on Love Street (new author) review
19. His to Keep (new author) review
20. A Billionaire Between the Sheets (1st in series) Review
21. The Highland Duke (new author) review
22. The Bad Luck Bride (new author) review
23. Mary in Haste by Anne Gracie (series)
24. Tender Wings of Desire by KFC (author)
25. Toughest Cowboy in Texas by Carolyn Brown (new series)
26. Goofy Newfies by Ann Omasta (new author)
27. About a Dog by Jenn McKinlay (new author)
28. Knight on the Texas Plains by Linda Broday (new author)
29. From Duke Till Dawn by Eva Leigh (new author)
30. My Highland Rebel by Amanda Forester (new series)
31. Savaged Dreams by Jennifer Lyon (new series)
32. Going Dark by Monica McCarty (new series)
33. Bad Reputation by Nicole Edwards (new series)
34. Everything She Wanted by Jennifer Ryan (new series)
35. Dealing with Annie by Jill Shalvis (new series)
36. Wrecked by JB Salsbury (new author)
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This is an ongoing challenge that tackles prolific authors (45+ works).
I'm reading all of Jayne Ann Krentz and her many names. 
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I've managed to not read a single one of her books under any name. I thought I had but nope! Damn! Best get on that!

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I need to get back to my kink! I'm going for 24 "items" off the checklist.
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Erms. I'm on track with this one I think but I've just not been recording them. Bad me! lol

1. Stranded with a Billionaire (sex on the beach) 1/1
2. Midtown Masters (porn stars
3. Master of the Abyss? 
4. Absolve Me (sex therapist vs priest)
5. Twice as Hard (capture fantasy)
6. A Billionaire Between the Sheets (work sex)
7. Seduction Squad (sex assassin)
8. By the Hour (sex surrogate) 
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And, of course, Goodreads' yearly challenge.
I'm going for 12 per month or 144 books.

I'm currently at 79 books and 6 ahead of schedule.


Hosted by Fantasy Is More Fun and Because of Reading.
Sign Up: Here

I'm not really actively doing this one anymore. I've gotten 5 of the 6 months done but subbed in a different book for May's read. I'm okay with this. But I won't likely track anymore for 2017 or link up to the host of it if they do check ins. I'll just use the Blogger Shame to keep going with this list most likely.

           

1. Stranded with a Billionaire by Jessica Clare (read 1/1, review)
2. The Billionaire and the Virgin by Jessica Clare (read 2/20, review)
3. His to Keep by Terri L Austin (read 3/28)
4. A Billionaire Between the Sheets by Katie Lane (read 4/10, review)
5. Highland Spitfire
6. Midnight Rescue
7. To Kiss a Kilted Warrior by Rowan Keats (read 6/24)
8. The Escape Diaries
9. Shooting Scars
10. Test Drive
11. Dragon Soul
12. Veiled Magic



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