Quarterly Goals Update

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 – I’ve read 67 books so far, which would put me at 134 for the year. I’m ok with that pace, even if it is off the goal I set somewhat randomly (not really knowing what life would be like as baby #3 got older and homeschooling ramped up.) ๐Ÿ™‚
  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. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    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 or at least started all of the ones that are currently available. And so far they’ve all been great (not counting Fairest, because I really only listed it as a placeholder before Winter, and didn’t expect much from it).
  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. ๐Ÿ™‚
  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 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 don’t think I’ve pinned anything since my last update. I guess I know what I need to be doing. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  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.

Clearly I don’t do as well at staying on track with the goals when I check in only quarterly instead of monthly. Oops.

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Comments

  1. It’s a good list you’ve got there. I wish I could start to cut down on my To-Be-Read shelves and now the massive amounts of eBooks I keep downloading daily (so many are free that I figure it can’t hurt to just check out). Though I don’t think I could do 3 books a week myself, I feel like taking inspiration from you and at least STARTING 3 books a week to cull out some ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • I forced myself to stop getting all those free ebooks, because I was also grabbing just about anything that was free. And then they weren’t worth the reading time. Now I look at the deals only to see if they include books I already wanted to read, and it’s a lot better.

      Although I still add too many books to my TBR stack via the library, but at least the quality is generally better. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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