2014 Reading Goals

On Swap Bot, I’m a co-founder of a group called Carpe Librum. As you might expect, it’s all about books. One of the swaps I started at the beginning of the year was for 2014 reading goals. I find I do much better with goals if I have accountability, and a swap provided that. Eventually I had to cancel the series due to lack of interest, but I kept to my 2014 reading goals.

To continue accountability, I thought I would post my 2014 reading goals, and where I’m at with them. Even if no one reads them, I still feel like I’m being held accountable.

#1: Read 60 books
I figured I could manage a book a week, so my original goal was 50 books. Then I thought that looked puny, so I upped it to 60 books.
How many have I read? 40 according to Goodreads. Goodreads counts short stories, so the actual number of novels is 36. I’m still head of schedule, since I should be about the 25 book mark.

#2 Read 6 Non Fiction books
Last year I averaged a non fiction book a month. I was going to make the goal 12 books this year, but I was concerned I’d not manage that. I figured a non fiction book every other month wasn’t a bad balance.
Right now I’m at 1 non fiction finished this year, The Blogger Abides, by Chris Higgins. I’m not concerned that I won’t make this goal, I have 4 non fiction books sitting in a stack, waiting to be read, and I’m “in progress” reading 2 more.

#3 Start JD Robb’s In Death Series
My grandmother got me interested in JD Robb’s In Death series years ago. I made it through the first 6 in paperback. From there, it was pretty much whatever book or audiobook I could get my hands on. My goal this year was to read the first 10 books, in order.
I completed the 10th book, Witness In Death May 13, so I’ve completed this goal. I may read a few more this year, but since I went through most of them straight in a row, I’m a little burned out.

#4 Read The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern
I’d heard good things about The Night Circus, so I wanted to get around to reading it. I’d had a copy for over a year, but never opened it.
I ended up listening to it on audiobook, and finished it May 25. It wasn’t as good as I had hoped. The descriptions were gorgeous, but the plot was boring. I wrote about it in my May reading log.

#5 Read One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
I keep meaning to read it, and I’m referencing it in a story I’m writing, so I should read it to understand. I have a copy, but I haven’t started it.

One thought on “2014 Reading Goals

  1. You’re doing GREAT on your reading goals!

    About #2: last month I read Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods and it was fun! Of course I like hiking (or walking, since the Netherlands doesn’t have many mountains 😉 and it felt like coming along on a trip that I will never be able to make. On the one hand I’d want to, but on the other — who’s THAT crazy?! ;P

    Like you I didn’t find The Night Circus as good as expected. Yeah, it was fun… but that’s about it. I actually gave my copy away because I didn’t feel the need to keep it.

    And last but not least: pick up One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest! It’s a classic and a great read, even with Jack Nicholson in your head all the time. 😉

    Good luck continuing on reaching your goals — I have no doubt you’ll reach them.

    [See? I read your post!]

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