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Subject: Personal reading goals thread.
Date Posted: 1/29/2010 8:36 AM ET
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Cheryl R (Spuddie) mentioned, in the Top 10 for 2009 thread, about reading goals for this year.  I normally just read, without much thought, it's usually whatever I pick up that's closest to me, but since I started reading cozies I've paid more attention because they are usually a series.  So I set some personal reading goals this year. 

I was wondering if anyone else would want to use this thread to share personal reading goals and how it's going thru the year.

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Date Posted: 1/29/2010 8:41 AM ET
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My personal reading goals for this year, 2010, are designed to help me reduce my huge TBR pile, so all books will come from there.  So my monthly goals are to read one book from the mystery challenge each month, and to read one non mystery book a month.  Also to read 2 more cozies from my TBR that are not part of the mystery challenge. 

This month, January, I read The Reisling Retribution by Ellen Crosby for the mystery challenge, and Saving CeeCee Honeycutt for the non mystery book.  I also read Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg for the non mystery book, but it was such a bad book that I didn't count it, and went on to read ceecee.  For the 2 cozies that are not on the mystery challenge I read A Royal Pain by Rhys ??? and I'm nearly finished with Murder at Astor Place.

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 9:17 AM ET
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I think if I had to set a goal it would be to keep a list of what I read - since I've gotten bad at that.  I'd also like to go back to finishing at least 2 books a week. 

I might even add to not purchase a single book all year.  Since money has been so tight for us the last 5 months, I have been using the heck out of the library and have been thrilled with it.  I now have 7 books on my hold list at the library and 2 of those were books I requested through interlibrary loan that the library has instead added to their collection and are on order, 4 others are upcoming new releases that are on order.

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 10:09 AM ET
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Oh, keeping a list, that's a good one!  I should do that.  Maybe some of those who keep lists will tell us how/what they do?

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 10:40 AM ET
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I've been keeping a list since 2004.  I actually have several and just use an Excel spreadsheet.  I keep a yearly list with book, author and date finished.  I sometimes add a few notes or a rating if I feel strongly one way or the other.  My main spreadsheet(workbook) has three sheets, 'Books I've Read', 'Books To Be Read' and 'Books I Would Like To Obtain'.  When I started the 'Books I've Read' list there were obviously many books that I had read over the years before I started keeping track.  I add books from time to time as I remember a book I have read that is not on the list.  This list does not have dates but is more of a master list to help me remember what I have read.  If I didn't keep a list, I would never be able to remember where I am in a series and my TBR pile would be totally out of control.

I generally don't set reading goals.  Like Julie I just read what I want when I want to read it.  I read for enjoyment and I feel if I set too many goals it sort of becomes like a job.  I already have one of those....    This year's challenge is a first for me and the nearest thing to a goal that I have done.  However, I am really enjoying the challenge and am treating it more as a game.  I really should set the goal of weeding out and posting some of my TBR.  There are a few books that I know I will never read.

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 12:40 PM ET
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I used to be so good at keeping lists of what I read.  I started back in high school.  Back then I just wrote them in a spiral notebook.  I kept them going for years - well into my 30s.  But they were destroyed by my ex.  After that I kept the list on the computer - like Terri, I kept it on excel.  But now I'm back to writing in a notebook.  lol

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Date Posted: 1/29/2010 1:19 PM ET
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I've been keeping track of books I read since 1999. I just buy a big calendar for the particular year that has a big enough box for each day so that I can write the title and author in. Or a dayplanner some years. I keep them all together so I can check back whenever I want and see what book I read and when.

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 9:17 PM ET
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I started keeping a list last year, and all I'm changing this year in that regard is adding more information to what I recorded before. . . (like genre information. How did I not think of adding genre information?!?)

But my main goal is to complete all four challenges I signed up for. . . 12 books for the mystery challenge, 12 books for the classics challenge, 40 books for the SF challenge, and 45 books for the fantasy challenge. I would ideally like to do that without counting a single book on two challenges, but that may not be possible.

Secondary to that goal is to use as many books as possible from my existing TBR pile to fill the challenge categories. . . especially books I've borrowed from my parents' library! My dad's been antsing to get some of them back for over a year now. . . :)
 

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 9:50 PM ET
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Wow Pheonix, that's quite a challenge!  Good luck to you and come back and keep us posted!  I feel a little embarassed about my measly 4 books a month personal challenge now.  LOL  just kidding.

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 9:54 PM ET
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I have set a reading goal of 115 books this year, also doing the Mystery Challenge.  So far I have read 13 books and finished 2 on the challenge.  I keep a list of the books I read on my Public Profile. 

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 10:11 PM ET
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"they were destroyed by my ex"

Melani, how awful!!

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 10:15 PM ET
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Joy, how did you decide on 115?

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 9:05 AM ET
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For February I'll be reading The Chocolate Snowman Murders, by Joanna Carl for the mystery challenge and Beginners Greek by James Collins for my one-book-a-month-that's-not-a-mystery personal challenge.  As for the other 2, just any two mysteries in my TBR pile that are not on the mystery challenge list, I'll pick after I finish these 2, I'm sure I'll just lift the lid on the rubbermaid and grab 2.  LOL

What titles will you all be reading this month for your personal challenges?

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 9:15 AM ET
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I've never had goals before, but this year I am both keeping a list of books I have read as well as participating in the mystery challenge, a first for me!  I keep a list in the memo part of my Blackberry, which is never far from my side, so it makes keeping the list up to date easy.  Plus, I associate my phone with getting things done and keeping track of things, so it fits well into my regular life. 


I'll be curious to see how many books I read this year. I've never kept track before.

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Date Posted: 2/1/2010 10:51 AM ET
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Last year I read 109 books so this year my goal is to read at least 10 more books then I read last year.  So far this year I have read 15 books.  I use a spreadsheet to keep track of what books I have read and the date that I finished them.   If I keep reading as many books as I did in Janary all year long then I should be able to read more then I did last year.   I am finding more time to read as the TV programs I like are going into reruns....read instead of watching the reruns. 

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 11:56 AM ET
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My goal for this year is to minimize my TBR pile to around 10 books.  Since joining PBS, a few days shy of a year ago, I have accumulated many books that are collecting dust on my bedroom floor.   They are all books I want to read but, when I read one, I seem to accumulate 5.  

I am going to accomplish this by:

  • Utilizing just the PBS WIshlist and limiting it to 10 books of absolute must haves.
  • Not purchasing a book in a store
  • Only visiting two specific library sales in 2010.  If they aren't held, no replacement locations. :)

This will mean mostly books going out for 2010.  Might be a costly year but, a cleaner bedroom and the sense of accomplishment will be worth it. :)

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 12:48 PM ET
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Date Posted: 2/1/2010 12:52 PM ET
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Wow, Susan and Julie. . . I can't even conceive of not buying a book for a year! Even if I excepted the five or so books that are due to be published this year that I'm already salivating for I don't think I could do it. . . it's too much fun! Especially library book sales. . .

But then again, my physical TBR pile is only a couple shelves at the moment, so I've been keeping up with it decently well. All my challenges are helping!

Good luck with that!

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Date Posted: 2/1/2010 5:06 PM ET
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I don't think that I keep "official goals" for the books I read.  I just HAVE to have a book or three in process.  The mystery challenge has been good for me because it makes me look around for books that I might not otherwise read.  I used to keep track of the books that I read but I don't really do that anymore beyond theTBR list here and the monthly "What are you reading?" threads.

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 6:08 PM ET
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No specific goals here, either, except to finish the Mystery Challenge and a couple of other monthly challenges on other reading groups. Other than that...I'm going to read what I want when I want...some months that might be 10 books, other months it might be 20. I have given lip service to the lofty goal of paring down my TBR, but it just seems to keep growing. So I quit worrying about it. There are worse vices!! Now I just say I'm stocking up for my retirement...in about 15 years or so. I'll need to buy a house to put my books in by then if it keeps up! LOL

Cheryl

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 7:18 AM ET
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Julie,

My 14 year old son is a reader and after having troubles with reading in elementary school ~ I am thrilled!   So, I will spend whatever necessary to keep him in good supply.  I just ordered his first PBS book this week.   I have been going to B&N and buying 3 at a time.  That won't change as he reads quickly and doesn't have a TBR pile.   I will get that new book feel this way. :)

I still have two library sales that could add to my pile but, hopefully I make a serious dent in the TBR before they happen (if they do).  Funny story...one of the library sales I am allowing myself occurs at a church close to where we vacation.  The day I went, my husband needed the car and dropped me off.  I told him I would walk home (about a mile and half) with my books - how many would I find anyway?  As I was selecting them, I was contemplating how it was going to feel carrying the books.  Turns out they had many good finds (10 or so)  I lugged them all the way home, sweating and struggling.  Carrying a bunch of books in a large shopping bag is so awkward  never mind on a hike like that.   I tried not to look like I was struggling as the bag was thumping against my legs, I shifted hands every few minutes.  Did I tell you the bag ripped and I had to carry it in my arms for half the way.  What a nightmare. Next time I will take the car in anticipation of a large purchase.

I think since joining PBS I have purchased less than a dozen full price books for myself.  So, I think I can do it.  The wishlist has been working great lately for new books that I would normally run out and buy. 

It will be fun to try. :)

Susan

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 12:33 PM ET
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I must have an incredible fear of not having books.  Since April of last year when suddenly we dropped down to living on about 25% of our former income, I have purchased exactly two book - one at a bookstore and one for my Kindle.  Now, to be honest I have gotten a few books here at PBS, but I don't consider those read purchases since I used my credits?  I also have not read more than two books that I already own in that time.  Instead I have been using the library like a madwoman.    For a very brief moment I considered making it a goal to read only books I currently owned and then of course, tossed that aside.  LOL

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Date Posted: 2/15/2010 11:15 AM ET
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Last year I was able to read a lot of books on my TBR pile by not requesting any books that were not on my wishlist before January 1. I ended up with 75 credits by the end of the year and made very few additions to my TBR pile. This year I am going to try to do the same thing. If I find a book during the year that I would like to have then I will put it on my reminder list until January of next year and then add it to my wishlist or order it with the credits that I have aquired during the year. With a TBR pile of over 500 books I should not have any trouble finding a book to read this year.

Date Posted: 2/23/2010 4:28 PM ET
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I don't seem to have a goal that changes. My goal is to read as many books as possible. I have 9 tall bookcases of books that I haven't read yet. They are comfortably full (single stack rows on nearly full shelves). My vice is used book stores. Books are my hobby/addiction.


One day about 10 or 11 years ago, I'd finally had it. I had yet again bought a book I already owned. I could no longer remember if it was on the shelf at home or not. So I decided to create a database of what books I had. From there I could sort them by author, series and date of publication. I can print out a list of the whole collection (really tiny) and fold the sheet up and keep in my purse.

I keep updating it to include the books I aquire along the way. Sometime it is a pain to keep up but that is better than having 2 copies of the same book. :)



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