Hello, everyone! With this year drawing to a close and the new year looming ahead of us, we at The Regal Critiques decided to interview each other about the year past. We'll be talking about everything, from blogging and reading, to everything else life had in store for us this year!
What were your resolutions for 2017- both blogging (and reading), and personal, and how did you fare with them?
Ruzaika: I don't really do resolutions, but since I did expect this year to be really, really busy, I did hope to be able to balance blogging and reading *okay* along with uni. It was my final year at uni, so things were bound to be pretty hectic (and trust me, they were!), so I didn't set too high a reading goal. I just about managed to read 42 books, which I consider a brilliant feat, thank you very much, and I did manage to survive uni. So I consider this aspect of the year, at least, a success.
What has been the most challenging in the past year about being a blogger?
Veronika: STUDIES STUDIES STUDIES. I schedule a few weeks of posts ahead, yet, I had to take some time off from the blog twice in the past year, I believe, each time around end terms and exams. This, by the way, ties in with the procrastination - if I had studied earlier, did my assignments earlier etc. then all these things might not have crashed together. I definitely want to do better in this area next year.
What are some of your blogging, reading and personal achievements of the year? The highlights?
Reading-wise, I managed to complete the #24in48 reading challenge this summer, and it was actually more fun than it was stressful, so I might do it again. As for the blog, I'm just glad we're still doing it, and that we have quite a few new ideas for the upcoming year and are still willing to put all the work into it.
Ruzaika: There isn't much that I'm proud of blogging or reading-wise, but on the personal front, I completed my placement report in January, started the final year of my BSc in February, had my psychology HND graduation in April, and carried out my individual research project quite satisfactorily and completed my dissertation too. I also found a new hobby or two (kdramas are liiife), found a whole bunch of new friends. most of whom managed to last the year, held on to my old friends, got rid of a toxic one or two, and also grew a lot as a person, I feel. It was a good year, thinking back.
Which was your favorite post (or posts) you made this year?
Veronika: I love my review for Wonder Woman: Warbringer, I worked a lot on it, and I feel like I did a bloody good job of showcasing both the positives and the negatives of the book. As for 'other' posts - I really enjoyed making a post about my favorite opening lines. I loved seeing people in the comments become interested in the books listed, just by reading those brilliant openings. Also, my September recap, aka my first ever real recap on the blog, was a lot of work to write, because I included books, posts, music, movies, shows, basically, EVERYTHING I was occupied with that month, but it was so satisfying to look at afterwards. I stopped doing recaps for two months, but I'll 1000% get back into making them. You'll probably see one at the end of January. :)
What are some of the events in the bookish world and the OTHER world, that caught your attention this year?
Veronika: Oh my, so many things happened this year. Do y'all remember when at the end of 2016 everyone was eagerly awaiting 2017, because it couldn't possibly get worse? And then it did. I don't want to get super-into ANYTHING, because if you care about world news or bookish news, you already know about them, so you probably couldn't give two fucks about my take on them. One thing I'd like to highlight is the way people helped each other, for example after the Manchester terror attack, or in Puerto Rico. It does give me hope for a better future to see strangers supporting strangers, if that makes sense. It is, however, disheartening to see that non-Westernized countries get NO attention from the media even when many-many people die. It's just... awful.
Ruzaika: Like I mentioned countless times before, I have been quite out of touch with the bookish world, but I do think I sense a lack of unity within the blogosphere, with people taking sides when something comes up more often than usual...you know what I mean? It's bound to happen in as diverse a community as ours, but it still is quite disappointing to see. The OTHER world hasn't been doing that great either, and things seem to be only going from bad to worse so I'm keeping my fingers crossed things turn for the better, if not soon, at least eventually, in the coming year!
What are your reading goals for 2018? What do you want to change about the blog, the posts you create?
Veronika: I'm going to set my Goodreads challenge to 100 books, which is something I've been doing in the past two or three years. I cannot stop myself from participating in the challenge, I don't have that much self-control haha, but I can set a goal I'll very likely meet. I know, I know, you are supposed to challenge yourself, but like, that is so stressful.
As for the blog, I want to create more posts that I'm passionate about, that I enjoy. In the past year in particular I've done quite a few "filler" posts that I wasn't even into, be that reviews of books I didn't want to review or whatever else. I also want to create some kind of unique structure for my reviews - like my review of Wonder Woman: Warbringer is so well-structured and colorful. I LOVE THAT. Also, I really want to share more non-book-related posts. I'm so passionate about my favorite songs/artists, movies and tv shows that I should 1000% dedicate some posts to them next year.
As Ruzi mentioned, we've both signed up for Beat the Backlist, and we are both very excited, especially because we are on the same team, which is *drum-rolls* THE BOOK BARDS.
That was our 2017, and our hopes for 2018. What about you? Has 2017 treated you well, or has it, like it has for us, been quite challenging? What are your new year resolutions? Let us know in the comments below! And oh,
HAPPY NEW YEAR, YOU BEAUTIFUL HUMAN BEING!