2014 Goalwar – A New Year, A New Challenge
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  • January 4, 2014

Hello folks. It’s that time of the year, the time when I set a standard for my reading… and, as a result, begin pushing the boulder up the hill.

So, here’s the boulder for the year.

1. Read 130 books in 2014 – 100 is a no brainer for me, but I want to get back to the stats from a few years ago. 150 is laughable if I do the December writing project again, but 130 is entirely doable. So, that’s goal.

And, just for kicks, here’s the stats from the last few years.

2010 – 153

2011 – 137 (Writing project 1)

2012 – 128 (Writing project 2)

2013 – 107 (Writing project 3)

Again, doable. Provided the universe does not throw me any perverse curve balls this year.

2. Finish final book in series – This is a pretty self-explanatory goal. I have a number of series that I have not finished because I haven’t brought myself to read the last book yet. This year I will focus on them and track how many that I do finish.

3. E-books – I failed at this goal last year, but mostly because I downloaded as many books as I read. So, this year, I’m going to carve them down. (For the record, most of my downloaded books are in-between novella books that are only 40 – 100 pages, so I shouldn’t have that much of a problem.)

4. Urban Fantasy – Especially series with low numbers to them (duos, and trilogies). There are a few open-ended series that I plan to read the first book with Anya of On Starships and Dragonwings. But there’s also a handful of them that I own that only have a small amount to the story, so I want them read or gone. Both options work.

5. I wanted to read 125 pages a day again, but this is nebulous and I am already sucking at it. So, we’ll see. I did it in 2010. Maybe I can do it again.

6. 24 Hour Read-a-Long – This is something that Anya suggested to me and I think it’s a great idea. Basically, you isolate a 24 hour period and read as much as possible during that time. I kind of already do this, but I don’t track it. This goal will allow me to track what I do in that amount of time. And I can do it as much as I want. If this works I am going to focus on my next challenge during the read-a-longs…

7. ARC Trilogies – I have a ton of trilogies that are complete in this house that I have not started yet. And they are collecting dust. My goal is to read as many of them as possible, or get rid of them. This is another one that I plan on tracking.

8. Stand-Alone Novels – particularly any that I own that I have not read yet… Like, for example, The Book Thief. It’s a travesty that I have a bunch of them hanging about with no hope of reading them in sight. So, I’m focusing on them. Finally.

So, there you go. Those are my goals. Do you have any reading goals this year or any personal challenges? Please share!

Sisyphus out.

– BP

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Skye @ Skye's Scribblings

2014-01-04 16:38:04 Reply

So many awesome goals! I usually try not to create reading goals for myself, since I have to read to my mood – or the forced books suffers for the reading. I do however do the Goodreads Reading Challenge – I start small (this year: 60), but as I come close I adjust accordingly (I think I started with 50 last year and actually reached over 90 by the end!). There are a few trilogies that I’ve only read Book 1 of that need finishing though, so perhaps I’ll join you in finally reading/finishing them (I’m the type that has to re-read Book 1 before reading the rest) – it certainly wouldn’t hurt to try.

Good luck with all your goals, and here’s hoping for nothing but excellent reads this year! 🙂


2014-01-04 21:00:10 Reply

Woot! It’s gonna be epic 😀