A lot has happened for me in 2018, and today I’d like to share some of these achievements.  We should celebrate these achievements, even if they seem small, they will make us feel like we accomplished something good and we can always build on our successes and make them better next year 🙂

Books

Reading Challenge

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2018
Image taken from Goodreads

Reading is a big part of my life these days and I’ve had a great time completing the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I set myself up to read 90 books this year and I’m happy to have achieved this.  These books of course feature picture books for children which means that I’m not reading as much as you think, but it’s been fun to complete the challenge, especially as last year I messed up and forgot to add the dates of all books so Goodreads didn’t officially log me as having succeeded in my challenge.

If you want to see my Goodreads Reading Challenge for this year then click here (not sure if you are meant to be logged in or not to see)

Year in Books

My Year in Books 2018
Image sourced from Goodreads

Goodreads likes to show off everyone’s year in books, a showcase of all the books we’ve read and rated.  Here is My Year in Books for those of you who want to see it.  As you will read, I’ve apparently read 12,003 pages in those 90 books!  😮  Taking a look at my list you’ll also see what books I read, and how popular they are with other Goodreads users (Scythe is definitely big this year!) You can also see my very first and very last review of the year.

Top Librarian & Reviewer

Goodreads profile
Image taken from Goodreads.

I’m a Goodreads Librarian which basically means I got permission to help edit some of the books listed on their site if they aren’t correct, which happens often.  I had no idea that Goodreads Librarians become rated depending on how many edits they make every week.  Last week I saw my profile for the first time in months and it stated I was number 37 in top librarians in the UK, I’ve since dropped to #45 but I still think it’s cool to actually get rated for anything, even if that rating will probably disappear by next week!

I’m also a top reviewer in the UK.  I’m not sure I’ll stay in the top reviewers list for long, but that’s a cool achievement to have, even if it’s just for a few days, don’t you think? 😉

Blog

Followers

My biggest new achievement has been the birth of this blog.  If you’d like to know how this came about I’ve explained in a previous post which you can click on here: 2018 –  A Look Back (part 1)

Blog stats for 2018
Image taken from my blog a few days ago.

I never thought I’d have as much success as I already have with this blog.  In just only about two and a half months I already have 176 total followers to this blog, that’s about 46 from WordPress and over 160 on twitter! 😮  I honestly thought running a no-niche blog would mean nobody would want to read it but you guys are amazing 😀 😀 😀 !

Social Media

Despite my success, I wish I could have gotten on more social media channels.  I have a Twitter account, a Facebook page and an Instagram account, but I haven’t been much on Facebook.  I also feel a dunce sometimes about other platforms out there.  I wish I understood how they work.  I’d really like to be on Pinterest, but I’m still stumped on how it works, I get the whole pinning things, but I really don’t know how to utilise it as a blogger and I feel embarrassed for completely not getting it.  I also was invited to a discord group, but I feel really stupid for not having a clue how discord works (I only heard of it a few months ago! 😮 😦 )

Personal

My health hasn’t been very good lately, as I described already, my health deteriorated this year to a significantly bad level.  I’ve spent years in good health, with only the occasional blip happening (well, until the last few years when things have been a bit up and down), but this year has been a bit of a mini hell for me 😦  But I’ve turned the corner in the last few weeks and I’ve felt better, at least mentally, in the run up to Christmas than I have for most of the year.  Let’s hope it’s going to stay that way.  I know it might sound silly, but I like to think of this whole issue as an achievement because, at the end of the year, I’m feeling positive, even if my physical health still isn’t up to normal, and I haven’t let my illnesses and disabilities get me down.

No matter how hard a time we have and how difficult our lives get, the one thing we should do is keep going.  I’ve not always felt positive, but I’ve never given up, and no matter how depressed anyone is, they should always seek to get through each day, and not give up.  One day things get better…things will always get better, with time.

I hope you all have achievements to be proud of and no matter what you’ve done or not done in 2018, be happy with where you are now and look forward to the new year.


What achievements you have in 2018?  Are you looking forward to the coming weeks in 2019?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂