TTT | Goals/Resolutions For 2014


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It’s been a time since I did my last Top Ten Tuesday. I don’t know why I stopped doing them for a little while, maybe I wasn’t really into the topics or maybe I was to lazy to prepare a post… However, I’m back. This time with my Top Ten Goals or/and Resolutions for 2014.

Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2014 (bookish, not bookish or a blend)


* Start using Edelweiss to request books: I’ve been using Netgalley for quite some time now, and while I’m a big fan of Netgalley, it happens more and more that certain books that I do want to request can’t be found on there but instead can be found on Edelweiss. I actually have an account, and I never quite figured out how to use it… I know, pretty stupid of me, but this is going to change in 2014 *If I can’t figure it out, I am hopeful that there’ll be some bloggers willing to help out the blonde over here*

* Only accept the books I want to read: This is probably weird, but I accepted a few books while I wasn’t really sure about them and they were hell. I couldn’t/can’t get through them, but I hate to DNF books! I really don’t like to do so, but even when I don’t I still have to try and get through the books and most of the time this ends up with me in a very bad mood.

* I want to be okay with not finishing a book: Like I already stated above, I don’t like to DNF a book. I have to push myself to read a book that I really don’t like and this either ends up with me in a very foul mood, or with a major reading slump. Neither is favourable, so in 2014 I want to do better and just stop reading if that happens. I really hope I can stick with this one (So REMIND me when I’m being STUPID, please!)

* Comment some more: I actually started doing this in 2013 already, I want to be up to date about what’s going on at the blogs I like to visit. I’m going to comment more, I know that I love to receive comments on whatever I post, so the least I can do is visit some more and comment. (I’ll probably make a list with bloggers that I want to visit at least once a week… haha)

* Read more books: I completed the Goodreads Reading challenge I set for myself in 2013. I started to blog seriously about halfway into the year and I managed to read 63 books (60 was the challenge I set for myself). While I’m absolutely psyched that I made it. I set the bar a little higher and set my 2014 challenge to 100 books. I want to broaden my horizon a bit, go outside my comfort zone and make it happen!


* Start running more: This one, for a fact, is going well already. I signed up to for a 8km Mud Run on May 4th (with family). I started running again, 3 times a week, and things are going well. I’m glad I have a while until the Mud Run, but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, so I’m really excited!

* Avoid snack foods and soda when I’m stressed or nervous: Horrible habit that I need to break! As well as eating when I’m bored… Its not because I’m not overweight or anything like that, its just so unhealthy and I need to break it before I move out. Can you imagine me doing the grocery shopping and all the unhealthy crap I would buy? Ugh, so not going to happen!

* Stay organized: I don’t know what happened, but I’ve always been super neat and organized, lately though that’s just not  working. Honestly, I scare myself seeing the way my room looks at the moment! I’m cleaning and organizing things and going to stick with that. I’ve no idea why I stopped being organized, but I hate the change so I’m rewinding things and getting them back to how they used to be! Honestly, I’m moving out in less than a year and I’m so not doing that if I don’t start organizing everything again…

* Less stressing: Stressing over things I can’t change is one of my worst habits and I want to work on that. I want to be more relaxed and accepting. Besides, its so bad for your health to stress…

* Graduate: I’ve you’ve read my personal posts then you know what I’m talking about. After I graduated the from Havo (Dutch School System), I continued high school by taking on the higher VWO level because I had no clue what I wanted to do yet. And I’m so done with everything that has to do with High School. I’m graduating in 2014 and will be starting university in September and that all I have left to say about that.

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  1. 07/01/2014 / 13:23

    I think ‘Comment more’ is on a lot of top ten lists this week. I always wonder why most of us don’t comment a lot. I know it’s time consuming but it’s also a lot of fun connecting with other bloggers and actually talk about books. I started writing more comments at the end of 2013 too and loved the discussions/conversations that sometimes came up because of a comment.

    • Iris
      07/01/2014 / 19:26

      I do love the discussions and friendships that flow from simply commenting on someone’s blog! It’s nice to feel like somebody appreciates what you write :) I mean, obviously I know people read my blog, but it’s nice when they leave you a comment to tell you what they thought of the review you wrote, or when they support you and leave sweet and thoughtful comments after posting the post about what has been going on in your life and all! So I’m definitely taking more time to comment in 2014, I love that many people are thinking the same thing, lets stick with it :)

  2. 07/01/2014 / 13:57

    The mud run sounds really awesome and totally dirty, but the mud probably makes it more fun. I know I’ll never be able to do it, not because of the dirt but because of the running involved. I’ve been really lazy last year and I didn’t do any exercise. SO BAD. I started going to the gym regularly in November and it’s been going much better now. I try to go 3 times a week. But running is something else completely.

    Also yeah, I understand about wanting to be done with high school. After graduating from Havo I chose to not do Vwo (because I didn’t like high school) but to just go to the HBO and study something, even though I had no clue what I wanted to do. So yeah, now I’m kind of regretting that, since I chose something that now I don’t want to do anymore. I am almost done, I’m in my final year now and I hope that if all goes well I’ll graduate from my HBO study this year so I can be done with it.

    I hope you can avoid snack foods and soda! You know what, when I lived on my own & had to do my own groceries, I actually didn’t buy many snacks. Now I live back home with my parents and I eat more snacks because it’s already in the house. So maybe it will work out for you too!

    • Iris
      07/01/2014 / 23:22

      The mud makes it all the more fun :) I thought I’d never been able to do it either, it just takes some pushing yourself and as an overachiever that’s something I do very well haha.

      High School and HBO, they’re really all the same aren’t they? and when we get a job we’ll probably be very relieved when its weekend or when we have a holiday… Lets just try and stay positive, maybe we’ll both get a rocking job that we love and want to do the rest of our lives!

      I hope I’ll be like you and not buy to much crap, I have a weak spot for B&J ice-cream… and drop. I’ll be good I think. Some candy and all every now and then isn’t bad at all, I just need to make sure it won’t be too much. Tough my parents have the snacks here as well and that’s why I’m tempted to eat it. You’re probably right about it going way better when I live on myself ;)

  3. 07/01/2014 / 14:51

    I think it’s so important to comment more, so I’m glad it’s on so many lists (including my own). I need to comment on more reviews, as I often just comment on memes. I hope you achieve your goals!

    • Iris
      07/01/2014 / 23:23

      I hope you achieve yours as well!

  4. 07/01/2014 / 15:22

    Your second resolution/goal about only accepting books that you want to read is a great one. Before I used to accept EVERYTHING and found myself overwhelmed and, too, reading things in genres that I don’t read and didn’t have an interest in.

    I posted this on another TTT, but DNF’ing is okay. I learned that at the end of 2013 when I DNF’d for the first time in ages. Not finishing the book allowed me to move on to something else that I ended up loving.

    • Iris
      07/01/2014 / 23:35

      Yeah, I just have such a hard time telling someone that I can’t read their book because I cant get through it.
      That’s why I set this goal for myself, its a habit I need to break and I really need to work on.

      Feel free to remind me whenever I try to push myself into reading! I’ll need it haha.

  5. 07/01/2014 / 17:15

    Ohhhh, accepting only what I want to read. That is so hard, but is definitely something I need to work on this year. I accepted almost everything last year. It. Was. Awful. I mean, I just can’t read some things. It’s torture and I’m just going to give it a horrible rating and then the author will hate me. I feel guilty and it’s just not worth it. I also need to learn that it’s okay to DNF books and just let the author/publisher know that it wasn’t for me and that I’m sorry. I wish you much luck with your goals! You can do it!

    • Iris
      07/01/2014 / 23:45

      I’m glad I’m not the only one having that problem, lets work on it together? Its so much easier when you have someone to support you while working on a bad habit you need to break!
      The feeling guilty part is the worst, it makes me feel so damn bad about myself and I feel bad for the author because I don’t want to hurt them.
      I wish you much luck with your goals as well! :)

  6. 07/01/2014 / 19:01

    Amen!Looking forward for a neat room!
    Going to run the mud run with you (only one round)
    And hopefully start running soon!

    • Iris
      07/01/2014 / 23:47

      I look forward to my organized room as well! *sighs*

  7. 07/01/2014 / 20:39

    Oh my, which font did you use for ‘2014’? It’s absolutely stunning!

    Edelweiss, Edelweiss — it confused me for a long time too! I know how to request books now but I still haven’t had much luck. I’ve had four rejections and only one approval. :( Everyone has been talking about their HarperCollins auto-approvals at the moment, with all of the new titles they’ve added recently, and I’ve been so jealous, haha! I definitely need to start trying Edelweiss more too, and stop relying on Netgalley so much. If you need help understanding it, I can try to write something up for you?

    Commenting more has been on a lot of people’s lists today! If we all stick to it, we’ll probably end up helping each other out with that resolution. :D

    Good luck with all of your resolutions, Iris!

    • Iris
      08/01/2014 / 00:00

      A friend of my mom made it I think! I have no idea which font it is, but I loved it as well, so I asked whether I could use it.
      Let me see if I can find out which font it is :)

      Edelweiss has confused me big time… that’s mainly why I haven’t really started using it. I will though! I will ask you when I need help! Thanks for offering to help, that’s super sweet of you.

      You’re right about if everybody sticks to their resolution about commenting more. We’ll really all be helping each other keeping our promise!

      Thanks for stopping by Nikki! <3

  8. 07/01/2014 / 20:45

    If you are on Edelweiss, you see this menu on top. You go to the section that says ‘review copies’ :) You can find a huge list of all the titles available and you can adjust it to your preference. Let’s say you want to see all the available titles from Harper, then you go to the left and search for ‘HarperCollins’ in the publisher section.

    • Iris
      08/01/2014 / 00:01

      You’re a sweetheart thank you! I’m going to request some this weekend I think. I’ll work it out with some help of you guys!
      Thanks! <3

  9. 07/01/2014 / 22:38

    The running thing ugh… I’ve been thinking that I need to do that for awhile. Still thinking about it, but I’m pretty lazy :/

    p.s. I do know some things about designing WordPress blogs. I’m very good with CSS, but not with creating whole new themes yet. I could help edit this theme and give it a new design if that’s what you’re looking for. It would be $15.

    • Iris
      08/01/2014 / 00:05

      haha, running is a mind game for sure! You need to focus on where you want to go and what you want to reach with running and just stop thinking and do it.

      Don’t get me wrong, the first times you’ll feel like you’re killing yourself, but that makes it so much better when you see the progress you’ve made a few weeks later.

      There’s nothing better than feeling proud of pushing through the pain and just running *runners high! that’s what I aim for :)*

      You’d do that for me? I love this theme very much and editing was mainly what I was looking for! I’d love it if you help me with a new design and I don’t mind the $15 at all! *hug*

  10. 07/01/2014 / 23:28

    I know that Edelweiss can be so confusing at the beginning. I was actually like you before. I had an account but I never used it because I didn’t know how the heck to use it. Good thing I found some tutorials on Goodreads. Here is how I did it:

    1. Go to
    2. Log in
    3. On the tabs at the top, it says REVIEW COPIES (click on it)
    4. Then if you want to just view young adult titles that you can download or request, go to the left sidebar, and under “Refine By” it says AGE (12) click on that
    5. Click “AGES: YOUNG ADULT”
    6. Then all the young adult titles should come up and then there’s a blue box that says “REQUEST DIGITAL RC”
    Hopefully I helped!

    I’m not sure about DNF-ing a book I don’t like as my goal for 2014. It’s because it’s just my habit to finish a book even though I don’t like it. My top goal for 2014 is to definitely read all of my Edelweiss arcs. It’s getting crazy especially since HarperTeen keeps adding books all the way until July xD and they auto approved me so yup. Pretty cray! Then, I will tackle Netgalley from August to December. So, I hope I read at least 80% of my ARCs this year.

    • Iris
      08/01/2014 / 00:09

      Thank you Leigh! That’s a great help :) I’ll try this out this weekend and I’ll let you know how it went! You’re all so sweet for helping me, its one of the things I absolutely love about the book blogging community <3

      Yeah, I used to feel the same about DNF-ing a book. But to keep reading them is really making me kinda miserable and I don't like it if reading makes me feel this way, because I love it.

      You're auto-approved for HarperTeen? That's absolutely crazy Epic! You go read your ARC's haha ;)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  11. 08/01/2014 / 03:32

    I understand DNF-guilt. I’ve had to work to get over that, too! As for your personal resolutions, I’m with you on the stress-eating! It’s a horrible habit but I’m starting to break it. Congrats in advance on your upcoming graduation!!

    • Iris
      10/01/2014 / 19:41

      Thank you! I’m so excited to be graduating :)
      The DNF guilt is just terrible… I’ll just have to get over it, feel free to kick my ass when I don’t! *those are rights reserved for my golden follower! haha*

  12. 08/01/2014 / 21:02

    You have a lot of the same goals that I do! I really want to start using Edelweiss too. Like you I have an account, but I have no idea how to use it. I don’t want to request books and not know what I’m doing so that’s why I really don’t use it, lol. And YES! I’m with you on stressing less. I stress over stupid things and things I can’t change so I’m definitely going to try and change that too :)

    • Iris
      10/01/2014 / 19:51

      Lets do the Edelweiss thing together! We can fail together and laugh about it… lol.
      Nah, I’m just going to do this! Stop stalling, and I’ll do this during this weekend! (I hope)

  13. Wow! These are some great goals Iris! I have no doubt that you’ll do super well completing them all!
            Yeah…I’m definitely with you on requesting too many books when I started blogging. LOL…I probably requested every single book labeled “YA” on Netgalley… ;)

    Edelweiss is great! It’s kind of really confusing once you start, but once you get used to it it’s an awesome resource! Let me know if you have any questions about it – I’d be happy to help you!

    Here’s to 2014! *clinks glass* :D

    • Iris
      10/01/2014 / 20:06

      Aw thank you! <3

      haha, yeah, when you start blogging you kinda accept every single book. There just comes this moment when you figure out that it doesn't work, I realized that it wasn't making me happy. (a while ago actually)
      So yeah... cutting back on the requesting and being picky for now Lol.

      If I have any questions I know where to find you!
      and indeed, here's to 2014! * clinks glass

  14. 09/01/2014 / 11:48

    Edelweiss is actually quite easy to use and navigate! It’s not as user-friendly as NG but easy to get the hang of :) It can be really hard to DNF a book, I usually don’t like to DNF but in some cases it just doesn’t seem worth my time to continue the book. I’m going to try exercising more this year too :D I have the worst stamina when it comes to running but gotta be healthy! Good luck with your goals and resolutions!

    • Iris
      10/01/2014 / 20:10

      Running is an excellent way to build stamina! The first time I started my training program towards the 5 km I felt like I was dying.
      I love it now, pushing myself and building up to longer distances.
      You need good music, a good program (I use and app that includes music as well) and perservance. Don’t forget the warm-up and cooling-downs.

      I’m going to try Edelweiss this weekend, and wont stop until I figure it out!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  15. 09/01/2014 / 14:13

    These are awesome goals, Iris! I think EVERYONE needs to be more okay with DNFing (at least that’s what it seems like), although sometimes I go a bit DNF-crazy. I’m especially with you on snacking less when I’m stressed. I’m such an emotional reader, it’s not good :) Good luck!

    • Iris
      10/01/2014 / 20:14

      *blushes* thank you! I wish I could borrow a tiny piece of your DNF craziness, I need it haha.
      I’m a very emotional reader as well… Which is pretty funny to see at times haha. I’m the same when I watch a movie, its too funny, last time I stuffed my mouth with popcorn while whispering to my sister that I was going to cry. She laughed her ass off and I responded by throwing popcorn at her ;)
      Thanks for stopping by! :)

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