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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  1. You have cracked me up today with your comments! ie, “So, overall I’m not doing all that well on my goals, but it’s not a total disaster.” Much needed laugh at work today!

  2. Hey you still have 9 more months to go πŸ™‚ plenty of time!

    brooke @ booklife4life

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