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Reading Goal – 65 Books in 2013

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This year, I’m trying to keep track of all the books I read, at the suggestion of Anne from Modern Mrs. Darcy. I’m not doing anything special, just keeping up with the list in Goodreads and posting part or all of my reviews of the books there.  Pretty simple, and it’s fun.

My goal is to read 65 books this year.  So far, I’ve got 2.

At the moment, I”m reading Flight Behavior by Kingsolver, Torn by Justin Lee, Faith Works by Jim Wallis, and a book on raising goats. Next up, Coming Alive by Elora Ramirez.

I expect I’ll forget at some point and end up slamming in a bunch of books at once, but at least I’ll have some record.

So if you want to compare reading lists, this is my Goodreads profile. Friend me if you’d like.  (Note – I don’t really do reading groups or respond to messages in Goodreads.  I use it almost exclusively to find good books and see what my friends are reading. So please don’t be offended if you write, and I don’t answer.)

How about you? What are you reading? Any reading goals? Do you use a tool to track what you read? 

 

 

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Author: Andi

I am a writer, editor, and writing teacher whose most recent book, The Slaves Have Names, tells the story of the people who were enslaved on the plantation where I was raised. When I'm not working, my husband and I are working to make our small farm - God's Whisper Farm - a retreat here at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

  • http://laurelrainsnowauthor.com/ Laurel-Rain Snow

    I have not set up a “number of books read” goal for any of the years I’ve been blogging (almost five, now). Yet each year, I read more than the previous one, so that seems to be working for me.

    I try to focus on a few reading challenges, and a challenge about reading from my TBR stacks always makes the cut. And I’ve gradually dwindled the stacks down to an almost manageable number.

    Here’s MY SUNDAY SALON POST

  • http://matthewcurtisshedd.wordpress.com matt

    I am aiming for 75, but some of those are graphic novels which makes that number more attainable.

  • Becca

    I’ve kept a reading for almost 20 years. I’m pretty old-school about it…just a bound, lined journal such as you would use for a diary. I organize it by month and simply list the title and author, using a star to note the really good ones, and a check mark for re-reads. At the end of the year it’s easy to see what we’re my favorites. I keep it on my bookshelves so when I finish one it’s handy to jot it down.

    Over the years I’ve consistently read about 7 books per month, and always read more in January and July.
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  • http://greenmushroom1up.blogspot.ca/ CaroG

    I’m going for 42 books this year. Last year my goal was 40 and I manage to pass that. However this is going to be a very busy year for me, so I didn’t go for the 50 books, not yet. I also joined 2 new challenges, nothing big.
    Before Goodreads I used and Excel spreadsheet to check my books of the year.
    Here is my post
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  • http://slateriver.wordpress.com/ Joanne Yeck

    Goodreads is a marvelous “place” and offers a fun way to keep a list of books read and learn about new books. I, too, like to see what my friends are reading. I’ve also enjoyed a few group reads in the History Book Club. No goals. My reading waxes and wanes too much for that!
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  • http://classicvasilly.wordpress.com Vasilly

    I’ve just friended you on Goodreads. Why did you pick the number 65? Did you read that many books last year or you hoping to read more this year? My reading goal for 2013 is to read 300 books. I read a ton of children’s books so I’m hoping to split that goal 50/50, half children’s books, half adult reads. I use GR to keep up with my reading goals though I’m starting to think I should write down or print out my list of books read. Good luck on your goal.
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  • http://youngaspiringwriter.blogspot.com/ ChihuahuaZero

    I’m aiming for the good old 100. It’s going to be a mix of novels, novellas, and maybe graphic novels, but I bet I’ll attain the goal if I read a lot during the summer.
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  • MelAnn

    I guess I have missed something along the way because I got a challenge question when I tried to friend you on Goodreads about what pets you have. I will guess none since I don’t see anything about any pets anywhere on your about me page.

    I love Goodreads. I’ve seen a lot of writers utilize it in tribe building! It’s been fun to watch and be a part of. I haven’t yet decided on number if books yet this year.
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  • http://www.stillunfinished.com/ Bryan

    My goal is 75 this year.

    I used to use GoodReads, but got tired of all the extraneous stuff (authors’ friend requests, and the rest) so now I just keep track of my list via a site called listography. Very simple, just a list, no bells and whistles.

    I’m reading a series of graphic novels right now, which of course will help boost my numbers :).
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  • http://www.booksintheburbs.com lisa S

    Wow, I am impressed!! That is a high number, considering I maybe read 1/2 of that last year. Of course, I was recovering from surgery and whoever thinks you have plenty of time to read during recovery has never had surgery…b/c the pain is miserable!! ;)

    I look forward to reading yours posts and doing the book countdown with you :D

  • http://KatieAxelson.com Katie Axelson

    Hey, Andi, I tried to add you as a friend on Goodreads but I’m not sure it went through. The answer to the challenge question is “cats.”

    My goal for this year is to read 50 books. I also am currently at two.
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  • http://deuceology.wordpress.com LarryTheDeuce

    I’m reading Feast of Crows right now. Plus I am trying to read Galatians everyday through October. I don’t have a set number.

  • http://www.sethsworldview.com Seth

    I’ve been keeping track of the books I finish reading since 2002 (http://www.sethsworldview.com/bookmarks/). I used to rate them, but now just list them. I started using Goodreads as well, though I don’t intend to rate or review. I’ve never tried to read a certain number of books, but two years ago, I read around 70, and last year 55. This year, we shall see :)

  • Elizabeth Cottrell

    I love Goodreads and use it much the same way you do. Writing reviews enriches my enjoyment and helps me retain it.

    Setting a reading goal, for me, feels too much like making it a chore. I’m always reading and it informs my writing and gives me plenty of fodder for my blogging.

    Currently reading Moby Dick by Herman Melville, As the Crown Flies by Craig Johnson, and Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.

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