2014 Reading Goals: June Progress

2014 Reading Goals

  1. Participate in my 2014 Reading Challenge.
    Post about this to come, later this month.
  2. Read 208 books.
    Still technically on track with this, but the real question is how I do with it post-baby. ๐Ÿ™‚
  3. Read 40,000 pages.
    See above. ๐Ÿ™‚
  4. Read all book club selections.
    Yes – I’ve finished July’s book already, and have started August’s.
  5. Get new children’s books monthly to share with the kids.
    The easiest goal for me to meet each month. ๐Ÿ™‚
  6. Listen to 1 audio book.
    I’m halfway through one. Now I just have to finish it…
  7. Read through the entire Bible New Testament in a new edition.
    Last month I changed the goal to the New Testament, from the entire Bible. I’m on track to finish the Signs of Life New TestamentSigns of Life New Testament in July, after which I’ll start over again with the M’Cheyne reading plan (obviously my dates won’t match what this link shows; I track my progress using the YouVersion Bible App. Which is awesome if you’re not already using it.).
  8. Promptly share books that I’ve finished via my Pinterest board.
    If “promptly” means “mad catch-up session yesterday,” then yes. Yes I have.
  9. Clear 24 more books off of my TBR stack at home.
    I read four this month, so I’m ahead of my goal – I only need to finish six more all year to reach it.
  10. A subgoal of number 9: 12 of those 24 books need to be from my Christianity stacks.
    Two of the four were, and I’m also ahead on this goal – I only need three more in this category to reach my goal.

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2014 Reading Goals: April Progress

2014 Reading Goals

  1. Participate in my 2014 Reading Challenge.
  2. Read 208 books.
    I think I’m going to revise this one down to 156 (3 a week), since the original goal was set before I knew I was pregnant.
  3. Read 40,000 pages.
    Still waiting to see if I need to revise this one – I’m actually not too far off track, so I may not need to adjust it down.
  4. Read all book club selections.
  5. Get new children’s books monthly to share with the kids.
    Still on track with this one!
  6. Listen to 1 audio book.
    I tried a new audio book – The Wizard of Oz – and listened to three chapters. And then got bored with it and read the book. Apparently I am hating audio books right now.
  7. Read through the entire Bible in a new edition.
    This one is not happening. I do think I’m going to adjust it to the New Testament only, as an acknowledgment that life (i.e., morning sickness and exhaustion and later a newborn) means things change.
  8. Promptly share books that I’ve finished via my Pinterest board.
    As long as “promptly” means some time in the month, I’m still covered. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  9. Clear 24 more books off of my TBR stack at home.
    I read 3 from my own bookshelves, so I’ve gotten a little bit ahead of the pace I need to keep. Maybe I’ll reach this goal! Update: apparently I can’t count. I read two. Still on the right pace, but I’m not ahead of schedule.
  10. A subgoal of number 9: 12 of those 24 books need to be from my Christianity stacks.
    One of those three two was, so I’m still right on schedule with this one. ๐Ÿ™‚
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2014 Reading Goals: March Progress

2014 Reading Goals

  1. Participate in my 2014 Reading Challenge.
    I should have finished Pride and Prejudice in time to post about it March 19. I did not. (insert sad face here)
  2. Read 208 books.
    Goodreads tells me I’m behind schedule, but only by one book.
  3. Read 40,000 pages.
    I’m actually ahead on this one. Apparently I’ve read several books so far that are quite long and are helping out my stats in this area. Three Musketeers, I’m looking at you. ๐Ÿ™‚
  4. Read all book club selections.
    Still on track with this one!
  5. Get new children’s books monthly to share with the kids.
    Still on track with this one!
  6. Listen to 1 audio book.
    I’ve listened to one chapter. That’s progress I guess…
  7. Read through the entire Bible in a new edition.
    As with last month, I’m still so behind on this one. My morning quiet time has been nonexistent lately, and I’m about ready to concede that this won’t happen and figure out how to revamp this goal. Maybe the New Testament only?
  8. Promptly share books that I’ve finished via my Pinterest board.
    It’s a good thing this is on my goals list, because that’s all that reminded me to do it this month. Ha!
  9. Clear 24 more books off of my TBR stack at home.
    I got two off my TBR stack, one only by trying it and disliking it enough to say that I will not be reading it, but this year I got smart and stated up front that that counted. ๐Ÿ™‚
  10. A subgoal of number 9: 12 of those 24 books need to be from my Christianity stacks.
    Yes, still on track with this one.

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2014 Reading Goals: February Progress

2014 Reading Goals

I know, I said that there was no way I was going to reach all of my goals, thanks to the big news for our family. For now though, I’m still leaving the goals as-is, and will wait to see how I want to adjust them later.

  1. Participate in my 2014 Reading Challenge.
    I’ve started book one – Pride and Prejudice – and have to finish it in time for my promised blog post about it March 19. Now I really have to post about it on that date. ๐Ÿ™‚
  2. Read 208 books.
    Still behind, but not quite as badly as I was in January. ๐Ÿ™‚
  3. Read 40,000 pages.
    Thanks to The Three Musketeers my pages-read total is better for February than it was in January.
  4. Read all book club selections.
    I made it, mostly because I didn’t want to have to confess here that I didn’t. Ha – the power of public goals!
  5. Get new children’s books monthly to share with the kids.
    Yes, still doing this, although the batch I got for February were all duds as far as my kids were concerned.
  6. Listen to 1 audio book.
    The book is now on my phone. And I’ve listened to two tracks from it. This really might take me all year at this rate.
  7. Read through the entire Bible in a new edition.
    So behind on this one. My morning quiet time has been nonexistent lately.
  8. Promptly share books that I’ve finished via my Pinterest board.
    I’m doing better at keeping up with this, and not sharing them all in one big flood of pins at the end of the month like last month. Now it’s just a bunch of pins on the weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚
  9. Clear 24 more books off of my TBR stack at home.
    Need to have finished four to be on track, and I have finished … four! Hooray.
  10. A subgoal of number 9: 12 of those 24 books need to be from my Christianity stacks.
    Yes, I carefully selected that last book to make sure it met this goal as well.

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2014 Reading Goals: January Progress

2014 Reading Goals

I’m hoping that by reporting back monthly on my progress, I’ll actually meet all the reading goals I set for the year.

Here’s how I’m doing so far, and unfortunately I’m off to a shaky start for the year. Hopefully next month will be better!

  1. Participate in my 2014 Reading Challenge.
    I have the first book – Pride and Prejudice – from the library, and will be starting it after I finish February’s book club book.
  2. Read 208 books.
    I’m a little bit behind track on this one. January was kind of a rough month as far as reading time went.
  3. Read 40,000 pages.
    I fully expect to be behind on this one all year, because I’m working on several super long books that I won’t finish until much later in the year. And then once I finish them it’ll add a bunch to this total. Still, I’m definitely behind on this one.
  4. Read all book club selections.
    January’s pick was a book I read last year, so no problem meeting this goal so far. ๐Ÿ™‚ However, I’m behind on February’s pick. The Three Musketeers is taking me forever to get through! I need more focused reading time for it, and that’s often hard to come by.
  5. Get new children’s books monthly to share with the kids.
    Yup, got a big stack at my last library trip.
  6. Listen to 1 audio book.
    Um, I have a book on CD out from the library. Need to figure out how to get it from the CDs onto my phone for a chance to actually listen to it.
  7. Read through the entire Bible in a new edition.
    Working on it. I’m a little bit behind with this as well. My usual Bible reading time is in the morning, and if I don’t get up before my kids I don’t have that time. This month has been bad as far as me getting up early.
  8. Promptly share books that I’ve finished via my Pinterest board.
    Ha. ha ha ha. I stink at this, but at least seeing the goal did remind me, so I quickly got them all added yesterday. Sorry for the flood of book pins, anyone who follows me.
  9. Clear 24 more books off of my TBR stack at home.
    To keep on pace, that’s 2 a month, and I managed only one. I have started a second book though.
  10. A subgoal of number 9: 12 of those 24 books need to be from my Christianity stacks.
    Um, the book I started is.

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Reading Goals for 2013: a Review

2013 Reading GoalsI promised a review of how I did on my reading goals for last year, and then almost forgot to post it. At least I remembered while it was still January. ๐Ÿ™‚

Overall I’m pretty happy with how well I did at reaching 2013’s goals, and am especially glad I set the reading challenge that I did – it was nice to get a lot of books that were lingering on my bookshelves read and (often) out the door.

  1. Participate in my 2013 Reading Challenge.
    Yes – I met this one, and was really happy to get a bunch of books off my TBR shelf. And several of them out of my house completely. ๐Ÿ™‚
  2. Read 150 books.
    I ended up adjusting this one up to 208 later in the year as I was so far ahead. I ended up reading 232 books for the year, so I call that a goal successfully met..
  3. Read the book club selections.
    Kind of met. I read the Spark Notes to finish the last third of House of Mirth – I was running out of time and not enjoying the story that much.
  4. Get new children’s books monthly to share with the kids.
    Yes, thanks to the library this one was easily reached.
  5. Listen to 4 audio books.
    Nope, this is my big failure – I didn’t listen to any audio books. I started one and just never finished it. I’ve figured out that in this season of life audio books aren’t a good fit for me.
  6. Read through the entire Bible in a new edition.
    Yup, did this one.

If you set reading goals for last year, did you reach them? Are you setting any for 2014?

Reading Goals for 2014

2014 Reading GoalsI’m more than a little bit in disbelief that it’s already time to think about reading goals for next year. Next month I’ll share a recap of how I did on my goals for 2013 (hey, the year’s not over yet for me to wrap that up already).

If you looked at my post for last year’s goals, you’ll see that these are very similar.

  1. Participate in my 2014 Reading Challenge.
    Details on the challenge to come, but I’m excited about it. It’s fairly low-key, but still chips away at some longer-term reading goals I have.
  2. Read 208 books.
    4 books a week, children’s titles over 100 pages count towards the total..
  3. Read 40,000 pages.
    This should a counterpart goal to the number of books – it provides a disincentive to reading lots of short books. I picked this number based on my stats over the last year.
  4. Read all book club selections.
    With an exception clause if I know I’ll miss a meeting, I can not finish the book. I hope not to use this clause however. Plus I’m giving myself one escape clause – one book that if I don’t like, I can not finish. Perhaps I should call it my “House of Mirth” rule in honor of the book that’s inspiring it. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  5. Get new children’s books monthly to share with the kids.
    Still vague with the total, this is simply here as a reminder to me to make sure and get fresh material for them.
  6. Listen to 1 audio book.
    Starting really really easy with this one.
  7. Read through the entire Bible in a new edition.
    Not sure yet which edition I’ll use next year. This year I’ve been using the Archaeological Study BibleNIV Archaeological Study Bible: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture, which has been fabulous. Next year? I’m leaning towards this ESV Study BibleThe ESV Study Bible, but may still change my mind.
  8. Promptly share books that I’ve finished via my Pinterest board.
    Unlike this year where I let myself get months and months behind. I want to enter them at least weekly, so it never becomes too many at once.
  9. Clear 24 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.
  10. A subgoal of number 9: 12 of those 24 books need to be from my Christianity stacks.
    Those often take me longer, and last year I kept ignoring them in favor of other books that would be quicker reads.

Do you have any reading goals for 2014?

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