Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Falling Short on my 2015 Reading Goal

At the beginning of this year, I decided that I would once again strive to read 100 books during the year.  I had the same goal in 2014.  Can I let you in on a little secret?

I have failed with my reading goal for this year.


I know that there is absolutely no way I can pull it together in the last couple of weeks of the year to read, oh, I don’t know, 60 books.  That’s right, folks, I have only read about 40 books this year.  Honestly, most of the books I read were in the first quarter of the year.


That list that I linked to above, well, that is pretty much my list of books read for the year.

I started off the year doing really well, reading the majority of those books.  But, when the summer came, my personal reading slowed down.


Now, I definitely agree with The Deliberate Reader when she categorizes kids’ books that are over 100 pages as books she herself can add to her “books read” list.  Unfortunately, a lot of the books that I am reading this year with the kids are quite a bit longer, and we have not finished a lot of them – the problem with having several long books going on at once is that it takes quite a bit longer to actually finish those books.

I can make a million excuses as to why I didn’t finish 100 books, but the one that sticks out the most to me is that I didn’t know what to read.

I often get books to review on my blog, which I love to read and review, but sometimes they aren’t the greatest books, and I have a hard time getting through the book, then I don’t feel like picking up another book.

My plan for this year is to actually work on a book list.

I have never made a list of 100 books I want to read, and perhaps that is part of the problem.

When I finished my short list, I had no idea what to read next.  There are a million good books, but sometimes it is hard to know what to read next.

I was definitely in a self-care phase last year, which is partly why I wrote about self-care in October.  I needed to get back to me, especially after welcoming our third little one into the world at the end of the year.  Because of that, I was reading a lot of non-fiction, encouraging books.  Books that would help me figure out my needs, and help me to figure out how to meet those needs.  

When those were done, I was stuck!


I didn’t have a huge desire to read novels last year, and so I turned to my favorites when I wanted something to read, Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter, Twilight, easy books that I tend to re-read a lot.

I’m not a person who minds re-reading books.  I have a lot of favorites, and I like to read them periodically.  But, this year I would like to try and read more new books, new genres, try new things.


I have a ways to go.  Right now I only have five books on my “to read in 2016 list.”

That is why I need your help!

I would love for you to leave a comment below on a book that you love, or a book that you would love to read.  Help me compile my 100 books to read for 2016.


Do you make a to-read book list each year?  Do you have trouble deciding what the next book to read will be?

24 comments:

  1. The good thing about books is that they don't spoil or go bad. I like to read a lot of new releases or whatever ebooks my library randomly has, so I make my list as I go. I do want to read the new releases from Isabelle Allende and Geraldine Brooks though. I love everything by Curtis Sittenfeld...have you read her stuff?

    ReplyDelete
  2. I don't read at all, but my husband loves it. He takes the train to and from work and reads at least 3 books a month - usually more.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I know how it feels to not make your reading goals! I do the reading challenge yearly on Goodreads, and am always frustrated when it doesn't let me recount a book I've read in the past - I usually claim a child's book then to use as a place counter for the repeat novel ;) I'm totally going to follow along on Goodreads - I have a ton of great suggestions on my blog if you want to check them out ;)

    Marissa

    ReplyDelete
  4. Those Harry Potter books look like ours...my daughter has read them so many times.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Aw still 40 is pretty good all the same. Hope you reach your goal next year and remember not finishing goals are not a bad thing.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I reread my books a lot, I have a few series that I read each year from start to finish. Don't get caught up in the numbers, I used to do that & I feel like I missed out on some good books because of that. One year I really wanted to read all the Game of Thrones books but didn't because of how long they are & the time it would take. That's my goal for next year, read the giants!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've read ASOIAF and it's SO much better than the show. Can't even really watch the show without getting angry. Haha. You should definitely read it!!! Only took me about 3 months. Got all five books on kindle for $10.

      Delete
  7. I definitely need to make more time for reading in the new year! I miss being able to read for an hour before bed. Lately, I've been catching up on blog posts. haha

    ReplyDelete
  8. This is such a great challenge! I love to read. I find checking out books from the library really helps me since I have a deadline. Haha.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I should challenge myself to read more. I read in spurts. My issue is, when I pick up a book, I just don't want to put it down - then nothing gets accomplished! I love Patricia Cornwell. I have read all of her books and always anticipate her new one. Good luck

    ReplyDelete
  10. Sounds like you have made I ton of progress to you should feel really good about that, you are chipping away at your list!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I haven't had any time to read lately. However, I am going to spend a weekend after the holidays curled up in front of the fire with wine. Hopefully, I'll be able to get through a few books, but I feel your pain!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I usually read about 100 books a year and this year I felt so so short. I just had so much going on!

    ReplyDelete
  13. It's always good to make a plan for anything but the important thing is you are reading! ;)It's a great challenge but you are still enjoying something you love to do!

    ReplyDelete
  14. This year I used audible so I could listen to books while I commute. 100 books in a year sounds like a lot to read!
    I loved Big Magic and Rising Strong this year.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Never mind that you didn't finish, what you did was still a huge achievement. If you're ever looking for info on new books, look up my blog. It has author and book info so you can decide which you like for yourself.

    ReplyDelete
  16. I failed at my goal for reading this year. I love to read but just have not had the spare time. I need to start scheduling it in.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I have not been reading a lot lately because I have been too busy working online. Hopefully I can finish two books next week when I take a break.

    ReplyDelete
  18. I set the goal of reading 52 should bebooks this year. I am going to make that goal so I'm thinking what my goal for next year

    ReplyDelete
  19. Wow! 100 books!? I tried to read 12 book and I fails... I'm embarrassing.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I think 40 books is GREAT! I didn't read that many this year! I'd love to see the list of 100 books you put together! <3

    ReplyDelete
  21. I can never finish books! I have the Best Yes next to my bed and want so badly to finish it because it is so good for far! Finding the time is the hardest!

    ReplyDelete
  22. I read more this year than I did last year, but definitely not as much as I would have liked. New year goal!

    ReplyDelete
  23. 40 books is still INCREDIBLE!! Don't be down on yourself -- you've inspired me to read more! Good luck with this next year :)

    ReplyDelete

I love to hear from my readers and try to respond to all comments either here or through e-mail. Thank you for taking the time to comment!