Well here we are, the last day of 2016, a heck of a year that saw both good times and bad.
I was very optimistic last year with my Reading Goals, and sadly, I didn’t do that great this year. Here’s the update on what I did accomplish and what I didn’t get to!
Here is my post from last December (December 27, 2015 to be exact), and I’ve made some updates here and there – my current thoughts are in green text – hopefully it is readable!
My 2016 Reading Goals Were:
- 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! /I really tried, and I got so, so close! I ended up reading 95 books in 2016, which I am ecstatic to have read so much. I really cranked it up and read so much more this past year than I usually do. This one is going back on my list for 2017!
- 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! /Another miss here. I didn’t catch up on any series!
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???!!!). (I did finally finish Anna!!) This year I’ve got two classics I’d like to attempt:
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens(YES!!!)and Moby Dick by Herman Melville.(YES AGAIN!!!) 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…. /Two down! And I asked the hubby to choose another book for me this year, and well, he’s still thinking. He tried to saddle me with War and Peace, but as I’m already reading that, he has to think of something else.
- 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. /Naaahhh. I didn’t try this again, and honestly, I’ve kind of lost what interest I had in this series. Maybe some day I’ll get to it, but probably not anytime soon.
- 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? /I read a few science fiction books, but not enough to call this one complete. Maybe next year!
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.) /Alright! I’m not that far into the Hercule Poirot series, but I did start the series and am really enjoying reading classic mysteries. And yeah, it’s on my 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…). /Yeah!! I started this series and even though I haven’t finished it yet, I just adore this series. And I’m calling this one done! I will definitely finish the series. At some point.
- 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. /Well, I went to two events all year. So I’m not calling this complete. They were great fun, but for some reason (probably time), I just didn’t get to any others.
- 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. /Another one that I didn’t have time to do. Since I’ve been reading so much more, I’ve found that my movie and television watching has dramatically reduced.
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 Doer/READ! The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah/READ! And it made my Top Ten Reads of 2016. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie/READ! A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman(this one is my book club’s choice for February) /READ! And another Top Ten!
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt /Nope. Didn’t get to it!
- 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. /And no. This one goes on to my list for 2017. Here’s to hoping for a Winds of Winter release date!
So, I didn’t do all that great. But I am determined that 2017 will be a better year and that I will at last make my 100 books goal! I came so darn close this year.
Happy New Year and be safe out there! Did you meet your 2016 Reading Goals?
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And stay tuned for tomorrow’s post, My 2017 Reading Goals!