(apparently my video editor says I have network problems, but I don’t know how that can be when the internet is working.)

Before we talk about 2016 let us review my reading goals for 2015:

The first one was to read 100 books. I did not succeed in this one. I only read 87 books in total and that is just fine. It is just to see where I land at the end of each year number wise and although I would have liked to have gotten to a hundred, I am not disappointed in the number that I did read. 87 is more than I expected I would read, considering I was having a major reading slump for most of the year.

Second goal was to borrow more than buy. I don’t think I borrowed as much as I had planned, but I also didn’t buy as much either. I am okay especially with not having borrowed as much. One, again I was having a major slump and I feel borrowing at all contributed to that, but secondly, I feel borrowing was a hinder to my third goal for 2015, which was:

Finish my TBR. I had over 100 books at the beginning of 2015 and I wanted to say I had completed or had at least gotten back to a reasonable number(5-10 books). I did cut it down by half with giving away a lot of them and of course, reading some, but I don’t feel satisfied at all with what is still there.

Next, I didn’t want to DNF books. I think this was another contributing factor in my reading slump this year. I would try to finish a book I wasn’t enjoying and it would turn me off trying the next book I picked up. Therefore, I have come to the realization that DNF’ing books is my friend.

My last goal for this last year was to not buy and as I mentioned before I did buy, but I am not disappointed in the fact that I didn’t succeed with this goal since I don’t believe I over bought books and all of them were books I know I will like and want on my shelves as part of my library.

So although I didn’t succeed in any of these goals, for the most part I am not disappointed. Like I have always said these are goals, not resolutions. I don’t care for making them in stone and putting pressure on myself. I always know that I will fail that way, and I don’t want to be disappointed when I do. These are things I want to reach for and don’t expect to finish.

Now forward onto 2016!

  1. This year I want to finish my TBR. I do feel this can be accomplished for sure this time around as I don’t have that many on my shelves this time around.
  2. No borrowing books from the library. Again I felt this was a hindrance in the number of books I read from my own shelves so this has to not happen this year.  But, there is two exceptions of this goal. The first one is if I want to continue with a series I have started. I don’t want to buy the next book until I have read it and know that I liked it enough to continue spending money on them so therefore this exception. The second exception is if I need a book for a later goal.
  3. No buying books. This is loosey goosey because I have a limit for the year if I do end up buying, which is 10 books.
  4. I want to finish Outlander by Diane Gabaldon this year. I tried it again last year and didn’t finish it. I was enjoying it for the most part so I want to try it again. This will be my last time though. I have had it on my shelves for too long and I have been too indecisive about it.
  5. I also want to finish The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I am 2/3 of the way through the book and I know I will be able to finish it this year. It is slogger of a book for me and I don’t enjoy it as much as I was hoping but I want to be able to say at the end of 2016 that I accomplished reading LotRs.
  6. I also want to do a reading challenge. I made a hodge-podge of it by just gathering parts of 5-6 challenges I found that I liked. It equals 12 reading challenges for the year. I am calling it Amber’s Hodge-Podge Reading Challenge, lol. The reason why I am using this as an exception for the library goal is because, although most of them I have been able to use my own tbr books for them, there is a few that I don’t have and will need to borrow.
  7. I want to re-read one book a month. As you know my first goal is to finish my TBR, so I don’t feel like I should focus on re-reading, but I also want to re-read. I feel one re-read a month is workable because of that.
  8. My final goal for 2016 is to read 50. I feel this is more reachable and if I make it before the end of the year I can always raise my goal.

These are my goals. Hopefully this year will be better reading wise. Tell me what your goals are! I’d love to hear from you.


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