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2016 Reading Goals – How did I do?


Oh man, that was a hoot.

goodreads-iconSo my GoodReads goal was to read between 75 and 100 books in 2016. Did I get there? Not even close. I made it to 57, which is a respectable total I suppose, just not what I originally had in mind. I usually read like crazy, but this year I had a lot of my evenings taken up. Prime reading time that wasn’t available.

Which isn’t a bad thing at all. I just need to be more realistic in my reading goals if I’m going to be more social.

But anyway, here is the final list of books read for 2016:

  1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  2. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  3. Cress by Marissa Meyer
  4. Winter by Marissa Meyer
  5. Girl of Myth and Legend by Giselle Simlett
  6. Dollhouse by Anya Allyn
  7. The Selection by Kiera Cass
  8. The Elite by Kiera Cass
  9. The One by Kiera Cass
  10. The Inheritor by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  11. Splintered by A.G. Howard
  12. Unhinged by A.G. Howard
  13. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  14. Ensnared by A.G. Howard
  15. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  16. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
  17. The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long
  18. Eve & Adam by Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate
  19. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
  20. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  21. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  22. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
  23. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
  24. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
  25. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
  26. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  27. Magic Street by Orson Scott Card
  28. Land by Theresa Shaver
  29. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
  30. Five by Christie Rich
  31. Dark Matter by Christie Rich
  32. Mosquitoland by David Arnold
  33. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
  34. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  35. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
  36. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  37. The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore
  38. White Cat by Holly Black
  39. The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore
  40. Division of the Marked by March McCarron
  41. Feed by Mira Grant
  42. The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore
  43. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  44. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  45. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  46. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  47. The Fate of Ten by Pittacus Lore
  48. United as One by Pittacus Lore
  49. Exalted by Tara Elizabeth
  50. The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak
  51. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  52. The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
  53. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  54. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
  55. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day
  56. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  57. If I Stay by Gayle Foreman

So lots of good books, but also a lot of re-reads. I really want to try and read more new books this year. I’ve decided to make my GoodReads goal for 2017 only 50 books. If I feel like I am getting close to completing it, I’ll add more. But I think that is a better goal for me right now, especially since I have other things taking up my time.

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Reading colors your lifeNext goal: Completing the Series. Oh dear. This was absolutely terrible.

I had a list of 30 series that I had read in previous years and never finished. I wanted to try and finish 10 of those, as well as finish all series that I began this year. How many did I finish?

Um, one.

  1. Dollhouse series by Anya Allyn
  2. Phedre’s Trilogy by Jacqueline Carey
  3. The Blackcoat Rebellion series by Aimee Carter
  4. The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima
  5. Hellsbane series by Paige Cuccaro
  6. Book of Ember series by Jeanne DuPrau
  7. The Rules of Disappearing series by Ashley Elston
  8. Myths Academy series by Jennifer Estep
  9. Otherworld series by Yasmine Galenorn
  10. Scarlet series by A.C. Gaughen
  11. Grimm series by Adam Gidwitz
  12. Legends of Dimmingwood series by C. Greenwood
  13. Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins
  14. Rain Wild Chronicles by Robin Hob
  15. Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin
  16. Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson
  17. Scarlett series by Maureen Johnson
  18. Arrows trilogy by Mercedes Lackey
  19. Five Hundred Kingdoms series by Mercedes Lackey
  20. Starbound series by Amie Kauffman & Meagan Spooner
  21. Sevenwaters trilogy by Juliet Marillier
  22. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – COMPLETE!!
  23. Angelfire series by Courtney Allison Moulton
  24. Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill
  25. Abhorsen series by Garth Nix
  26. The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
  27. Books of Faerie by Maggie Stiefvater
  28. Bartimaeus series by Jonathan Stroud
  29. Between series by April Genevieve Tulcholke
  30. Program series by Suzanne Young

I started eight new series this year, but only completed two and decided not to finish one (I did give myself permission to not finish a series if I really didn’t like the first book).

  1. The Selection series by Kiera Cass – FINISHED (the main series, had no interest in reading any of the offshoots)
  2. Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson
  3. Lorien Legacies series by Pittacus Lore – FINISHED
  4. Elemental Enmity series by Christie Rich – DO NOT WISH TO FINISH
  5. The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo
  6. The Marked series by March McCarron
  7. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
  8. Exalted series by Tara Elizabeth

Gah. So many books that I need to read!! It’s getting a bit ridiculous at this point! So now going into 2016, I have 35 series that I would like to finish. My goal will be to finish five, as well as complete any series that I begin in 2017.

So there it is. 50 books for GoodReads, five series for Complete the Series.


Weekend Goals (Soccer and Otherwise)

So this weekend . . . yeah. It sort of got away from me. Not one, but two, soccer games (in order to make up a game from the two weeks we had nothing but all rain all the time) and a stomach bug, plus a crate of work that I brought home from the office in order to try to keep my head a float. Good times.

In better news, my daughter’s team won both of their games (yay!) and my stepson is feeling much better now. And I made progress on the work stuff. But it was one of those weekends where I feel as though I barely had a chance to breathe before it was over. It makes Monday seem to come so much sooner, and to be honest, most of the time when that happens, I just want to stamp my foot on the ground and refuse to be an adult for a while. This doesn’t really do anything, except amuse my husband.B-yxo0sWsAELUSSOne of the ways I try to make myself feel better is by either examining goals I have already set to see my progress, or to start setting new ones. Let’s start with the first. I had originally said I wanted to read 75 books this year, and then upped that goal to 100. I have now made peace with the fact that 100 is just not going to happen, due to depression and the accompanying reading slumps that go with it. 75 is still technically possible (I’m at 62 so far), so I’m going with that. I’m doing so by working on reading nothing but the series that I am trying to finish (goal #2). I had originally made a list of 33 series I had started in previous years and wanted to try and complete at least a third of those. I have completed six so far, which isn’t too bad, plus I actually own the books to complete four or five more (I don’t remember about one of them). That’s doable, right?

The other thing I am trying very hard to get motivated to do is to get back to working on my writing. It’s almost NaNoWriMo again and although I actually won last year, I never touched that project again since NaNo 2014 ended. It’s nowhere near done (especially since I don’t really have an antagonist – that’s a problem), so in the spirit of NaNo, I want to get back to working on it. Not to write another 50,000 words – I don’t think it needs that many more. Maybe more like 25,000 more words. Mostly what it needs is a lot of cleaning up, a lot of structure, and as I said, an actual bad guy.

Not that there isn’t conflict. There is. There are several characters who are clearly not good people. But I need an ultimate big bad, something to unite the characters to fight against. They’re all sort of fighting against each other, which is a bit sloppy. Oh well. At least I recognize the problem. We’ll see if I can actually figure out how to fix it.

Someday, I might actually go back to the original story I started working on when I first got serious about this writing thing. And maybe someday, I will also pick back up on Heritage, that little choose-your-adventure story I was writing on the blog a while back. It was silly, but I think it had some promise. Who knows. Mostly I just want  to get some direction back into my life, and getting this blog back on track is the first step towards THAT particular goal. We’ll see how it goes.

Hope y’all have a good week!