2018 Reading Resolutions

2018 Reading Resolutions and GoalsI don’t always make reading resolutions, but next year my goals are:

  1. Finish book club selections the month before the discussion begins. I had one or two months where I was wrapping it up during the first days of the discussion and I prefer being completely ready to go when the discussion begins.

    What will I be reading? My Facebook book club choices have been announced. My in-person book club selections aren’t all finalized, but for 2018 we’re doing an “around the world” theme and reading books set in different countries all year long. I’m super excited about this plan. I’ve also joined a group that’s reading one Lucy Maud Montgomery title a month, and I’m looking forward to reading her beyond her Anne of Green Gables stories.

    Why this goal? It makes it easier when I’m not scrambling to get the book read right before the discussion. Plus, for my own group, I like being able to give everyone else a heads-up about any possible content issues.

  2. Each month, tackle one book off my “learn something new” nonfiction list. I don’t have to finish the book, but I need to at least either read it or know that I’m not going to read it.

    Why this goal? I want to make some progress on reading books on that list, and not just keep endlessly adding to it. Also, getting two books off the list in one month gives me grace for a future month. I need to get 12 off the list for the year. If I get on a roll and take care of 12 super early in the year then it’s yay me. It does not have to truly be one-each-month.)

  3. Clean up my Goodreads “Want to Read” shelf. I’ve been slowly working my way through it (more on this later) and I’d like to get that project completed next year.

    Why this goal? Currently, there are so many books on that list it’s losing its usefulness to me.

These goals were all written in part using ideas from Jon Acuff’s book Finish. So while I want to make ALL THE GOALS! I’m dialing it back, to help ensure I actually FINISH them all. I’m so good at starting projects, and not so good at finishing them. Starting something new is always more fun than finishing up the last bits of an old project.


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A Harry Potter Readathon Summer

harrypotterthonI’d planned on rereading all of the Harry Potter series this year – my in-person book club selected the series instead of a book flight for our annual retreat, so a perfect excuse to reread it.

Then Jessica suggested having a readathon of the series this summer – so let’s speed up my reading plans just a bit and do that as well!

If you’re interested in reading along with us, join us in the YA Book Club Hangout and/or follow the hashtag β€ͺ#β€Žharrypotterthon16‬ on twitter or instagram. It’s gonna be great!

I’ve already finished listening to book one, and have just started book two. They are *so* good on audio, so if you’ve got any Audible credits looking to be used I’d highly recommend them. πŸ™‚

And a final heads-up: Jessica has a give-away going on over at her blog for people participating in the readathon. Read her post for details.

2016 Reading Goals

My Reading Goals for this year are simple:

The Deliberate Reader 2016 Book Club Picks | One of my 2016 Reading Goals

1. Read all of my book club books.

This year that means three book clubs and their picks – my in-person one, my blog one, and the kid lit one I’m hosting with Jessica. That’s 36 books, plus 12 picture books.

RTFEBC | One of my 2016 Reading Goals

2. Read books to fit with Modern Mrs Darcy’s reading challenge.

Last year I had fun fitting my books into her categories, so I’m ready to try that again. have these all selected, except for the “book that intimidates you.” Books don’t really intimidate me, so I’m not certain what to pick for this – I’m thinking through ways to adapt/adjust this category to make it more applicable to me. Or if you’ve got some suggestions for it, I’d be happy to hear them.

MMD-2016-Reading-Challenge | One of my 2016 Reading Goals

3. Read the Bible.

I’ve gotten out of the habit, and want to get that re-established.

Update on 2015 Reading Goals

I didn’t do as well on my goals this year. Even if I wasn’t blogging about it monthly, clearly I need to check in with myself about them monthly to stay on track. Whoops.

2015 Reading Goals

  1. Read 156 books.
    That’s 3 books a week, children’s titles over 100 pages count towards the total.
    Well, if you’ve been following my monthly recap totals, it looks like I’m nowhere near reaching that. Except I didn’t include all children’s titles over 100 pages in that, and if I add all of those in I’m much closer. Considering I pulled the 156 number somewhat out of the air, I’m content with my reading totals. But it’s still a “didn’t reach it” goal. Tomorrow I’ll update this post with the final reading total (as I write this on Wednesday I know that I’m likely to finish at least two more books before the end of the year, and maybe more, depending on how kids cooperate with bedtime).
  2. Read all book club selections.
    With one exception: if there is one book that I absolutely hate, I can not finish. I call that the “House of Mirth” rule in honor of the book that inspired it. πŸ˜‰
    Well, I intentionally skipped A Prayer for Owen Meany after getting through a third of it and detesting it more with every page. And then I unintentionally skipped Possession, because I knew I wasn’t going to be at that meeting and then forgot about it. I will read it though, but I still have to count this as a “No – didn’t reach it”
  3. Attempt to read all of the books I mentioned I was looking forward to reading.
    If I don’t like the book, I don’t have to finish it, but I do want to at least give them all a shot.
    I’ve read or started reading all of them except one. But I bought that one so eventually I will read it! As much as I want to give myself credit for this goal, I didn’t even crack the cover of The Story of Science, so I think it has to be a “No.”
  4. Get new children’s books monthly to share with the kids.
    No numbers here – just want to keep fresh material coming in, along with the books we already own.
    Done – this is the easiest goal for me to meet, as my kids love getting new library books. πŸ™‚ It’s a definite “Yes.”
  5. Read the New Testament
    I want to say read the entire Bible, but I’m trying to not be overly ambitious, and I don’t want to set myself up where I’m reading it for speed over anything else.
    My Bible reading was haphazard and jumped around quite a bit, and while I read a lot of the New Testament, I know I didn’t read all of Revelation. So I didn’t reach this goal and it’s another “No.”
  6. Promptly share books that I’ve finished via my Pinterest board.
    I did so well at this goal last year, at least pre-baby. And then this got ignored in favor of more pressing needs. We’ll give it another try this year.
    I am so so so behind on this and it’s my least successful goal, so a clear “No.”
  7. Clear 12 more books off of my TBR stack at home.
    I don’t have to finish them – if I start one and decide it isn’t for me and I’m going to get rid of it, that counts too. I just want to whittle down the stack some more one way or another. They do need to be physical books however – the point of this is to clear out the backlog of books on my bookcases.
    Well, thanks to the “getting rid of it counts, I don’t have to actually read it” clause, this goal is done for the year. I KonMari’d my bookcases and got rid of a mountain for a final “Yes.”

Adding it all up, that’s 2 goals reached, and 5 not. Not all that great sadly. I so need to track things monthly instead of quarterly or less like I did this year.

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Quarterly Update on My 2015 Reading Goals

2015 Reading GoalsI’m not doing monthly updates this year, but quarterly seems about the right length of time to go between check-ins:

  1. Read 156 books.
    That’s 3 books a week, children’s titles over 100 pages count towards the total.
    I’m behind on this one, even with counting children’s titles, but not so far behind that it’s time for me to rethink this goal. πŸ™‚
  2. Read all book club selections.
    With one exception: if there is one book that I absolutely hate, I can not finish. I call that the “House of Mirth” rule in honor of the book that inspired it. πŸ˜‰
    I’ve already invoked my one exception to this, so I have to finish everything else this year. Or else go back and finish A Prayer for Owen Meany, which I do not want to do.
  3. Attempt to read all of the books I mentioned I was looking forward to reading.
    If I don’t like the book, I don’t have to finish it, but I do want to at least give them all a shot.
    I’ve read As You Wish (And loved it!), ordered one of them, and this month got three other titles in from the library. Four others are on request, and the other ones aren’t available at the library (at least not yet; they may be later closer to their release dates).
  4. Get new children’s books monthly to share with the kids.
    No numbers here – just want to keep fresh material coming in, along with the books we already own.
    Done – this is the easiest goal for me to meet, as my kids love getting new library books. πŸ™‚
  5. Read the New Testament
    I want to say read the entire Bible, but I’m trying to not be overly ambitious, and I don’t want to set myself up where I’m reading it for speed over anything else.
    I’ve made very little progress with this one.
  6. Promptly share books that I’ve finished via my Pinterest board.
    I did so well at this goal this year, at least pre-baby. And then this got ignored in favor of more pressing needs. We’ll give it another try this year.
    Doing ok with this one, although I seem to do pinning binges every two/three weeks to get it caught up, instead of pinning daily as I finish a book.
  7. Clear 12 more books off of my TBR stack at home.
    I don’t have to finish them – if I start one and decide it isn’t for me and I’m going to get rid of it, that counts too. I just want to whittle down the stack some more one way or another. They do need to be physical books however – the point of this is to clear out the backlog of books on my bookcases.
    Uh, I kind of forgot all about this goal. I’ve made zero progress on it.

So, overall I’m not doing all that well on my goals, but it’s not a total disaster. Perhaps I was too hasty in thinking I could check in on them quarterly and still make progress, because YIKES. I totally forgot about that last TBR goal.

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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. πŸ™‚
  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? πŸ˜‰ 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. πŸ™‚

Update on Books I Was Looking Forward to Reading in 2014

Way back in January I shared a list of titles that I was looking forward to reading during the year. Let’s look back at that and laugh at how few of them I actually read. On the plus side, some of the ones I did read I enjoyed, so at least there’s that.

Only one fiction title

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: CressCressLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer by Marissa Meyer

Original thoughts: Loved the previous books in the series, so of course I wanted to read this one.

The verdict: Read it. Loved it. Impatiently waiting for the next ones in the series.

Books from Bloggers

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: Notes from a Blue BikeNotes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic WorldLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider by Tsh Oxenreider

Original thoughts: I loved her earlier book One Bite at a TimeOne Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler by Tsh Oxenreider, read her blog, and like the premise of the book. Why wouldn’t I like this one?

The verdict: It was ok, but if you’ve read her blog much at all not much of it is new. Overall I was kind of disappointed in it.

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: Girl at the End of the WorldGirl at the End of the World: My Escape from Fundamentalism in Search of Faith with a FutureLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: Girl at the End of the World: My Escape from Fundamentalism in Search of Faith with a Future by Elizabeth Esther by Elizabeth Esther

Original thoughts: Her blog, is thought-provoking if a bit hard to read at times (I get occasional flashbacks to my upbringing, in not-a-good-way).

The verdict: Haven’t read it. The library recently added it to their collection, so I should be able to give it a try soon. Whether or not I’ll finish it is up in the air.

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: Something Other Than GodSomething Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found ItLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It by Jennifer Fulwiler by Jennifer Fulwiler

Original thoughts: Love love love her blog, and have been reading it for years. Plus, conversion stories fascinate me.

The verdict: Two thumbs up!

History is Awesome

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: A History of the World in Twelve MapsA History of the World in 12 MapsLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: A History of the World in 12 Maps by Jerri Brotton by Jerry Brotton

Original thoughts: My library career included a stint cataloging maps, and I love history, so combining the two sounded heavenly.

The verdict: Borrowed in on the kindle and it was not a good pick in that version. Then I had a baby and my virtually all my reading had to be done via the kindle. So this title has to wait.

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: One Summer America, 1927One Summer: America, 1927Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson by Bill Bryson
Original thoughts: Love his books A Walk in the Woods and In a Sunburned Country, and this sounded like just my sort of history book.

The verdict: Borrowed it from the library, but then had a baby and couldn’t focus on it like it needed. Most of my reading post-baby has been of the lighter variety. Hope to get this one again in 2015.

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: The Bully PulpitThe Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of JournalismLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Original thoughts: She’s written another favorite title of mine, so I expected to love her latest.

The verdict: Didn’t even try it. Once again I’ll just blame the baby – this is a big work of nonfiction and will need more brain power than I had last year to give it. I’m not even sure I’ll get to it in 2015.

People are Fascinating

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: The Heir ApparentThe Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy PrinceLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince by Jane Ridley by Jane Ridley

Original thoughts: Sounded interesting, about a historical figure all but unknown to me.

The verdict: Borrowed it, and returned it unread. I’m such a mood reader, and I never felt in the mood to even try this one. Apparently I’m not as interested in Edward VII as I thought back in January.

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: Elizabeth of YorkElizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her WorldLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World by Alison Weir by Alison Weir

Original thoughts: I do love Weir’s books, and Tudor history.

The verdict: Borrowed it, didn’t read it. See above regarding brain power and it being lacking.

No, really, I think this sounds fantastic

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: The King of SportsThe King of Sports: Football’s Impact on AmericaLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: The King of Sports: Football's Impact on America by Gregg Easterbrook by Gregg Easterbrook

Original thoughts: I am a former (pre-children) devoted NFL fan and used to read Easterbrook’s Tuesday Morning Quarterback column every week.

The verdict: Borrowed it, and read the first quarter. Then I had a baby and had to return the book before I finished it, and haven’t borrowed it again. I’m not sure I want to honestly – it’s so depressing about the negatives regarding the football industry that it’s hard to read.

Faith

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: Encounters with JesusEncounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life’s Biggest QuestionsLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: Encounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life's Biggest Questions by Timothy Keller by Timothy Keller

Original thoughts: Keller’s books are fantastic. This one probably is too, right?

The verdict: It was good, but not as great as I expected. This is perhaps just a reflection of my very high expectations for his books.

And, a bonus one, because it doesn’t even have a title yet (as far as I know), but apparently Rachel Held Evans has another book coming out next Fall. I find her books very thought-provoking, and whenever it releases, I’ll be anxious to read it.

The verdict: This one got pushed back to a 2015 release, so now I have it to look forward to next year!

So let’s see, out of 11 titles available in 2014, I read (as in completed) 4 of them. I read at least a chapter of 3 others, and read nothing at all of the final 4. That is really unimpressive, but probably what I get for being somewhat ambitious with my nonfiction selections in a year when I was having a baby.

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2015 Reading Goals

2015 Reading GoalsI’m keeping it very simple this year:

  1. Read 156 books.
    That’s 3 books a week, children’s titles over 100 pages count towards the total.
  2. Read all book club selections.
    With one exception: if there is one book that I absolutely hate, I can not finish. I call that the “House of Mirth” rule in honor of the book that inspired it. πŸ˜‰
  3. Attempt to read all of the books I mentioned I was looking forward to reading.
    If I don’t like the book, I don’t have to finish it, but I do want to at least give them all a shot.
  4. Get new children’s books monthly to share with the kids.
    No numbers here – just want to keep fresh material coming in, along with the books we already own.
  5. Read the New Testament
    I want to say read the entire Bible, but I’m trying to not be overly ambitious, and I don’t want to set myself up where I’m reading it for speed over anything else.
  6. Promptly share books that I’ve finished via my Pinterest board.
    I did so well at this goal this year, at least pre-baby. And then this got ignored in favor of more pressing needs. We’ll give it another try this year.
  7. Clear 12 more books off of my TBR stack at home.
    I don’t have to finish them – if I start one and decide it isn’t for me and I’m going to get rid of it, that counts too. I just want to whittle down the stack some more one way or another. They do need to be physical books however – the point of this is to clear out the backlog of books on my bookcases.

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2014 Reading Goals: September Progress

2014 Reading Goals

  1. Participate in my 2014 Reading Challenge.
    Conceded it’s not happening.
  2. Read 208 books.
    Still leaving this one as is, with a final determination waiting to see how things go with the new baby.
  3. Read 40,000 pages.
    See above..
  4. Read all book club selections.
    Still on track with this one – I even re-read September’s pick, so no pressure there, and I’m done with the book flight for October’s retreat. I have November’s book still to read, and I’d like to re-read December’s pick, as it’s been so long since I read it.
  5. Get new children’s books monthly to share with the kids.
    Managed this one for September only thanks to having some new books thanks to Sonlight. Library visits haven’t been happening.
  6. Listen to 1 audio book.
    DONE! Ok, it was a kids’ book, but still. I finished it, and I even downloaded a second one that I’m working on.
  7. Read through the entire Bible New Testament in a new edition.
    The revised goal is met. πŸ™‚
  8. Promptly share books that I’ve finished via my Pinterest board.
    Have kept up with this, thanks to the motivation of seeing this goal every month.
  9. Clear 24 more books off of my TBR stack at home.
    Finished!
  10. A subgoal of number 9: 12 of those 24 books need to be from my Christianity stacks.
    This one has been met and even exceeded. πŸ™‚

I think I’ll skip an update for this next month, since all of the goals are met except for the ongoing ones (like getting new books for the kids, and keeping the Pinterest board updated.) I’ll share again in November or maybe not until the end of December since it doesn’t seem like there is much to report otherwise.

2014 Reading Goals: July Progress

2014 Reading Goals

  1. Participate in my 2014 Reading Challenge.
    It’s just not happening. I should have modified the challenge, or canceled it all together after realizing I was going to have a baby this year.
  2. Read 208 books.
    Still on track, still waiting to see how I’ll revise this goal…
  3. Read 40,000 pages.
    See above. πŸ™‚
  4. Read all book club selections.
    August’s book: A Tree Grows in BrooklynA Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. I’m not quite done with it, but I will be before the meeting as I’m close. I would be done with it already except I’ve been trying to take my time and savor it, as I’ve LOVED it so far. And September’s book is one I read previously, so no worries about getting that one done!
  5. Get new children’s books monthly to share with the kids.
    While this is usually the easiest goal for me to meet, I’m starting to think that we might miss a month, post-baby. It’ll all just depend on how I’m doing, but I’m not going to knock myself out to get to the library for new books for them, when we really do have plenty on our bookshelves to keep us all occupied. Especially if I count some of the new homeschool-related books for G. They will be new books, so it seems like they should. πŸ™‚
  6. Listen to 1 audio book.
    I’m halfway through one. Now I just have to finish it. I had to check it out from the library again because I didn’t finish it in time.
  7. Read through the entire Bible New Testament in a new edition.
    The revised goal is met. πŸ™‚
  8. Promptly share books that I’ve finished via my Pinterest board.
    Still keeping up with this, thanks to the motivation of seeing this goal every month.
  9. Clear 24 more books off of my TBR stack at home.
    Read three more, so as of August 1 I need to read three more all year to reach the goal. I can do this!
  10. A subgoal of number 9: 12 of those 24 books need to be from my Christianity stacks.
    All three of the ones I read were, so I’ve met this goal.

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