With the New Year come new resolutions. I didn’t do too well meeting my 2015 Reading Goals, so I’m really going to push hard this year to knock these all out. And here they are – my Reading Goals for 2016:
- Read 100 books – Every year this is always a goal for me, and I have yet to hit this number. I tend to read about 55 books a year, so 100 books is extremely optimistic for me. A more likely goal would be to read 75 books, but I’m going for it this year!! 100 here I come!
- Finish/Catch Up on Series I Have Started – I am in the middle of reading many series, and I just hate that. It’s one thing to be caught up with a series and eagerly waiting for the next installment, but to have a bunch of series started but not caught up/finished is driving me crazy. I started listing them all out, got to 20 and realized the list was waaaay too long! I knew there were a lot, but didn’t realize there were that many … See my post Ten Series I Need To Catch Up On for a few of them. I’ll be thrilled to catch up on just one of these series in 2016!
Each year I put one or two classics on my list, this way I will be sure to read them. 2015’s classic was Anna Karenina, which I’m sadly still reading (does that book ever end???!!!). This year I’ve got two classics I’d like to attempt:
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville. I’m not too thrilled with the selection of Moby Dick – I asked my husband to name a book for me to read, and that’s what he chose. He isn’t a reader, so I suppose I should be glad he named an actual book and not a car manual….
- Next on my list is to attempt a series that I tried in the past. It is Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. Several years ago I tried the first book, and got about 150 pages into it and had to stop. There was just too much blah-blah-blah of how wonderful Jaime looked in his kilt, and the books are sooo long. But I know a lot of people really love this series, so I’ll give it another shot. Really, when I was reading the first book I’ve never been stopped so much by people telling me how much they love the series. Only other series that has gotten that much attention when I read has been the Jack Reacher series.
- Read more science fiction. I’ve really enjoyed the few science fiction books I’ve read, so I want to read more books in this genre. Any suggestions?
- Start reading Agatha Christie. I really need to read her books! (And uh-oh. These series will most likely land on next year’s “need to finish/catch up on series” list.)
- Read L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series. I love the movies (mini series?), and I adore the Avonlea TV show as well. I’ve read a bit of the Avonlea books, but can’t recall ever reading Anne. Plus, with all of the negativity around, I need to read something sweet and innocent every once in awhile. (and what am I doing? Sabotaging myself? Here is yet another series…).
- Go to more author events locally. Have you ever been to an author event? I’ve been to a few: Jacqueline Winspear, Rhys Bowen, and Joyce Carol Oates, to name a few, and they are SO much fun! My local bookstore hosts them, and they really help with the overall experience of reading a book. It’s been awhile since I’ve gone to one, mostly because I haven’t been all that interested in the authors they’ve featured recently, but I’d like to go to more and hear of new books. If you are in an area where these types of events are offered, they are really fun. I come away feeling that I understand the author more, and I learn more about the books and the writing process.
- Catch up on my movie adaptations. Not technically a reading goal, but watching movie adaptations goes hand in hand with the book experience (for me), so I’m counting it. I’ve got this terrible tendency to go out and read a book because they are making a movie of it, and then I never see the movie. I’d also like to start doing “from book to screen” comparison reviews, but that will only work if I read the book and watch the movie close to each other.
And those are my Ten Reading Goals for 2016 … wish me luck!!!
I’ve also got some books I’d definitely like to read in 2016, but I’m not officially making them a goal, but here they are anyways!
- All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (this one is my book club’s choice for February)
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
- And I would definitely love to re-read the series A Song of Ice and Fire for the third time, but I’m only going to start that once the release date for book six is announced.
Do you have any specific goals for the year? Any books you plan on getting to?