Revisiting Reading Goals

Now that we’re into December (how??) and four weeks from now we’ll be into the New Year, it’s time to see how much progress I’ve made on my yearly reading goals. To refresh your memory, they were:

1. Read more from the New Books shelf at work (public library)

2. Read The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

3. Read more poetry (four collections)

4. Read more from my own bookshelves

Let’s break it down.

1. Nope. Not really. I had this idea that each month I’d choose a New Book from the shelf kind of randomly, hopefully venturing into genres and authors I didn’t normally read. Didn’t do that at all, ha ha! I did read some New Books but they were books from authors I’d have read anyway, like Elizabeth Gilbert, Kate Atkinson, and Michael Connelly. Truly, I only chose three books randomly from the New shelves this year: The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks, Burnout by Emily Nagoski, and Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory.

2. Yes! I DID read The Count of Monte Cristo. It took me months. But it was worth it. Surprisingly fast-paced (for the most part – there were a few slow sections) and entertaining.

3. Working on it. I’ve read two collections of poetry and have two more checked out from the library. I’ll have them finished by the end of the year. I’m glad I set this intention. I’ve always been a poetry fan but I easily forget to fit it into my reading.

4. Yes! I read 14 books that I owned this year. That’s more than the twelve I’d hoped to read. I didn’t do all the monthly prompts from The UnreadShelfProject on Instagram, but I did so some, and I think that alone made me more conscious of how I need to be reading my own books and not just books from the library.

These are a few of the books I read that I owned this year.


All in all, I’m happy with my goals. 3 out of 4 is good enough for me.

How did you do with your goals, if you set any? Are you thinking of what you’ll reach for next year? Or do you preferred not to set formal reading goals?

26 thoughts on “Revisiting Reading Goals

  1. Hmm ok the more i think about it, I don’t actually set reading goals, but I set (loose) blogging goals in my mind, which i think I reached as I (slowly) gain more views. Interestingly, I started waking up at 6am every day to read by myself before the rest of the family wakes up, and I got way more reading done than I ever do-I’ve read over 100 books this year!!!

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  2. I have one more post to go and I will have finished #ReadingValdemar in 2019! That was the biggest goal. I continue to read fat-positive books, so that’s a win. I had a goal of reading the newest and oldest book on my TBR that I own, but that goal recently got thrown out the window when I realized that my public library is weeding out books I have on my Goodreads TBR, and I found that upsetting. So, for the rest of the year (and into 2019), it’s going to be mostly library books!

    I’m so proud of you for finishing The Count of Monte Cristo. I have a goal to read Crime & Punishment, but I get all intimidated. I think I will read it and listen to the audiobook at the same time.

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      1. True! I knew a young woman in college who didn’t want to read War & Peace, so her strategy was to listen to the audio book on her drive home to Chicago, which is about a 10 hour drive round trip. Joke was on her, because War and Peace on audio is about 61 hours long.

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  3. As others have said, three out of four challenges completed is pretty good going. I never set any goals for the past year, but I am thinking of making a few for the coming year such as to read one non-fiction book per month, one book in translation per month, have three months where I ban myself from reading any of my favorite genres, and to force myself to read dystopian fiction. Let’s see what happens.

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  4. Congratulations! You did a great job with these goals.

    I’m not as adventurous as you and generally just stick with the Goodreads Challenge- which I will not meet this year. I underestimated how much impact a move would have on my reading. But, now that we’re settling into a new place my December reading is on fire. I’ve actually had great luck with the New Books at the library. I’ve read a bunch of thrillers from authors I didn’t know so it’s been fun.

    I’m going to try and incorporate free-range reading throughout the year next year, instead of just December. I’m aiming for one backlist library book a month that I read just for pleasure and don’t review. Reading for review is a job and I need a break.

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    1. Thank you. I totally get that. I don’t do ARCs for that very reason, I don’t want the pressure. I’m a serious mood reader. I think it’s great to incorporate fun/random reading and I’m glad your December has been such a good reading month.


  5. Great job! I still need to finish my review for Monte Cristo! I enjoyed it and am glad I read it with a group.

    I had a goal of more poetry but can only remember one collection this year. I’ll have to see how I’ve done with my goals too.

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      1. I have a few collections I want to read so maybe I will pull a few out and try to read a poem a day. That seems reasonable for me. Except sometimes I get distracted at night and don’t always read what I planned

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  6. For me, making goals and lists helps me trend towards spending more time doing the things I want to spend time doing and less time doing things that don’t leave me feeling great about how I spent that time. So I do that with a lot of things – eating, moving, watching, exploring. And I make some of them and get close to some of them and fail a few – all of which helps me move the balance in a direction that feels better.

    I’m not sure if I’ve made all my reading goals. I know that I’ve failed on one and I got super close – 51/52 – but didn’t make the choices I’d’ve needed to make earlier in December to actually complete it. And that’s okay. Because it’s all moving in the right direction…even if I don’t get there in the next few hours. Could be there are others that I’ve not reached (I know I didn’t watch as many films as I hoped to watch this year) but in the next few days I’ll take a closer look and re-set!

    So curious to see if you’re keeping some of these goals or choosing new ones…off to find out!

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