Thursday, June 4, 2015

Choose Your Own Adventure Goal Setting Challenge - It's a Wrap with the May Results

Life According to Steph
May's Choose Your Own Adventure challenge had the monthly theme of READ. My goals were:

1) Get current on magazines. Pass even though I cheated. I ended up just passing a bunch on to my mom without reading them, then I spent the rest of the time reading all the May mags and getting current. That took me until 5/31. 
2) Read an Agatha Christie Miss Marple novel. I'm giving myself a pass because I attempted it and hated it. I won't force myself to read a book I don't like because it's on an arbitrary list I've created.
3) Read five books total including the above. Success! I finished seven books in May, started and stopped two more, and then really started and stuck with a tenth book the last day of the month that I have since finished.
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We've been at this since September, and it's been a nice ride. I've enjoyed seeing how everyone interpreted the monthly themes. I know personally I've built upon some of the goals I've had and they're now regular things for me, which is always nice too, when a goal leads to a lifestyle change.

Before I wrap up, I need to wish my brother Stephen a happy birthday today! Here's a little throw back for you for Thursday.

Thank you all so much for participating over the past nine months. 

27 comments:

  1. I can't believe I'm the first one here today! Whoop whoop! You did great too. I'm sad that the goal setting is done, but glad I got to participate the last few months. Happy Birthday to Steven!

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  2. you did great! i did not; since FNL came into my life, it's been nothing but that.

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  3. I read so many Agatha Christie books when I was in middle school but not sure I read that one!!! I actually should go back and reread them because I loved them!!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  4. I passed on a few mags too and just recycled them. I tried a Miss Marple book and I just couldn't finish it either, not a fan! Happy Birthday to Stephen.

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  5. Not a big Christie fan either. Have you read PD James or Ruth Renndel? Both good English Mystery writers.

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    1. Hey Janet! I think I've read a PD James? Thanks for the recommendations though, I'll check both out!

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  6. I used to love Agatha Christie! I totally failed on reading this month- between moving nonsense, it took me the ENTIRE month to read a 300 page book. Though, that could be because it wasn't too great. -Dorrie @ Bear Den Plantation

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  7. Happy Birthday to your brother, love that pic too cute!

    I just got a few new magazines in the mail, and am hoping I'll have time to dig into them this weekend :)

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  8. What do you do with your magazines when you're done with them? I just don't buy them anymore because I always end up throwing them away.
    It was a slow month for books here. I also quit one I just couldn't finish.

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  9. Life is too short to read bad books or books you don't connect with.

    I didn't set any reading goals this month except to proceed as usual. I do have some magazines staring at me but I'll get to them at some point. I should just move them into the bathroom. That'll make sure they get read.

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  10. 7 books in May - you area a MACHINE

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  11. I'd say good job on reading but you always do a good job :). I've really enjoyed this linkup since I'm not usually a goal-setter. I started exercising and laughing more (bldg better relationships) because of it. Thanks!

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  12. OMG your coordinated stripes... I love that pic. You look like Rainbow Brite!

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  13. I refuse to read a book I do not like, life is too short for that shit!!! Look at you in your throw back picture, love it! Happy Birthday to the bro!

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  14. I agree with you too, I won't finish reading a book I don't like. I try not to jump the gun too much though, since it could just be a dry period in the book or a slow-starter... especially if it's something I've wanted to read for a while, I'll give it a fair chance. But life's too short and there are too many good books out there to read something bad.

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  15. aw, happy birthday to your baby bro!! Such a cute photo.

    And you are such a solid reader! I wish I could go through books that fast. Every time I ask my husband what he's reading it's a new book and I've been on the same one for awhile ...

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  16. life is too short to read crappy books! your reading always inspires me :)
    happy birthday to your brother!

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  17. I've never read Agatha Christie but I do have one of her books on my to read list. Someday I'll give her a go!

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  18. this was such a fun link up :) happy birthday to your brother - what an adorable picture!
    good for you for trying the agatha christie book. my nana LOVES her but they just don't sound like my jam so i've never tried one.

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  19. I also stop a book if I'm not feeling it. If I keep putting off reading a book I started, there's a reason- I don't like it! HA :) Happy bday to your brother, that picture is awesome!

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  20. A great finale to this link up!! Thanks again for hosting as long as you have. It's been fun. :)

    I published my post a couple of hours ago and will link up in a sec.

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  21. I think I have read a Miss Marple aaaaages ago and it was alright, nothing amazing. I preferred Poirot. My sister passed a pile of magazines on to me a while ago, and I only just got around to reading some. I realised how old they were when all the articles were about Christmas!! I felt about them how you felt about the Miss Marple, so they're all now in the recycling. Boom.

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  22. Great job for May! Thanks for hosting this link-up. I had so much fun linking up every month.

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  23. What was wrong with the Miss Marple book? Dang, 10 books. I'm impressed. Thanks for being my fabulous co-host all these months!

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  24. What magazine do you subscribe to?

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  25. I've been wanting to join in on this. May went by super fast, but not as fast as April, but fast enough that I totally forgot to post a Currently post.

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  26. What magazines do you get? I think I was up to 7 or 8 subscriptions a couple years ago but I canceled all but one because I had such a hard time keeping up on them. I do miss them sometimes though when I want a good mindless escape.

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