2014 Reading Goals: The Results

2014 Reading Goals

  1. Participate in my 2014 Reading Challenge.
    This was a complete non-success. I lost all motivation to read these, and bailed on it by the first quarter. It’s embarrassing to admit it, but the embarrassment wasn’t strong enough to make me read the books when I wasn’t in the mood to tackle them.
  2. Read 208 books.
    I quickly made plans to revise it down to 156 books (3 a week instead of 4) because I knew pregnancy + new baby = less reading time. I ended up easily passing 156, but wouldn’t have reached that original 208 number. I’m at 185 books finished, although it’s possible I could finish another one today and have to adjust that total. ๐Ÿ™‚
  3. Read 40,000 pages.
    I passed this, even without revising it post-baby news. I almost reached 50,000 pages. And thinking about all the kids’ books I read which didn’t count for this, I know I read over 50,000 pages this year.
  4. Read all book club selections.
    Did this!
  5. Get new children’s books monthly to share with the kids.
    Did this, even with having the baby and not being able to drive for a bit. Yes, I’m proud of myself for managing to keep up with this goal during that stretch.
  6. Listen to 1 audio book.
    I listened to two audio books completely, and parts of a couple of others. This isn’t the best season for me and audio books, but if I can fit them into my schedule I do still love them when the narrator is strong.
  7. Read through the New Testament in a new edition.
    (After learning I was expecting, I revised this one to just the NT, instead of the entire Bible). Finished this.
  8. Promptly share books that I’ve finished via my Pinterest board.
    Did great at this until about August. And then… not so much. You probably don’t need to guess what happened in August, do you? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I did eventually get caught up with this though, so I’m still counting it done.
  9. Clear 24 more books off of my TBR stack at home.
    Did this.
  10. A subgoal of number 9: 12 of those 24 books need to be from my Christianity stacks.
    Did this.

So, other than not finishing up my own reading challenge I accomplished these goals. And I’m not too upset about not meeting that goal, or my original reading total goal because the main reason I missed them is pretty wonderful. And well worth a year of diminished reading accomplishments. ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. Heather in VA says:

    Wow you accomplished so much for having had a baby! I’m seriously impressed. If you haven’t yet I encourage you to check out Book Riot’s Read Harder in 2015 challenge. I’m folding it into my regular self challenge of 50 books per year. The challenge is to read books you might not otherwise try.

    • Thanks for the tip! I told myself I wasn’t going to do any reading challenges, but then changed my mind when I saw Modern Mrs Darcy’s. It’ll work well with my reading plans for the year anyway, with only a few potential ones that I’ll have to make special effort for.

  2. Way to go!

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