Sunday, January 24, 2016

January TBR

I know, there is just about a week left of this month, so its silly to be doing a TBR for this month, but I thought I'd do one anyway, just so I can look back and see my progress through the year.

1. Finish "Starry Might by Debbie Macomber
2. Finish "A storm of swords" by George R.R Martin
3. Read "Catching Fire" Suzanne Collins
4. Read "Mockingjay" Suzanne Collins
5. Read "Against all Odds" by Irene Hannon

Every month my TBR will consist of only 5 items. That way I should be able to reach all my TBR's.

We'll see how this goes!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Welcome 2016!

So! I haven't been on here since September...close to 4 months I've got a lot of catching up to!

First of all I want to review last year, my reading goals, and how I did.

In 2015 My reading goals were:

1. Read 50 books DONE! ( I read 93!)
2. Read count of Monte Cristo DONE!
3. Try to buy less books than the previous year DONE! (I bought over 100 in 2014, and only bought 70 in 2015)

So, this was a really good reading year for me.  I far surpassed my goal of 50 books. But! Even though I am happy to say I read 93 books, I feel like I kinda cheated a little. As I "read" a lot of audio books, which I could listen to on my phone at 2x the speed and get through a book in half the time!  I also read a lot of Kindle freebie novellas and short stories.

So, while I read "a lot"....I don't feel completely satisfied with my reading year. I feel that I really should have spent more time on reading physical books and getting them off my TBR shelf, instead of perusing amazon to see if I could find short little books that I could easily read in an hour or two, just to get my count up.

So! This year, I have pulled 58 books off my physical TBR shelves and that is my goal. To finish those books. If that shelf of 58 books is empty at the end of the year, I'll count 2016 a success. I no longer am trying to read MORE just for the sake of having read a ton and have a huge number by the end of the year. I want to empty my physical shelves.  (I have over 800 books on my TBR shelf that I desperately need to get through, and get off my shelf.)  I will no longer go perusing Kindle freebies to find short books just to add another number to my list, I just want to enjoy my reading this year, and not worry about quantity, this year it's gonna be about quality.

So, basically that is my only goal for the year. I didn't join any challenges at any groups this year on goodreads. While I am doing the goodreads challenge, I have set it at 55. A mere 3 shy of my overall true goal. So, I'm not gonna kill myself trying to out-read the next person I'm just going for enjoying what I want to read.

I also would like to continue buying less this year. I would love to get down in the 30's in buying, and I think I may be able to do so, since I already have a predetermined list of books to read this year. I know I won't be able to read any new ones for a while so why bother buying any new ones?

I would also like to be present here on my blog more, and maybe get more reviews done, as well, as some other features such as monthly wrap ups, and TBR's and maybe weekly reads. I have content, I just never sign in here. That will change this year....fingers crossed!

I think that's about it for now. I hope you all have a lovely 2016 full of books and lots of reading, I'll see yah again soon.