December 30, 2016

2016 Reading Goals: How Did I Do?

This year has gone by so fast!  Yet here we are, ready for The Accounting. Hoo boy! Let's get to it!

Reading Goals for 2016:

1. Finish the last 3 classics from last year's goal, which was to read one classic/month.
I did it! (Phew! It would be a bit embarrassing to have to carry this goal on into 2017.)
Here's what I read:

* The Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Victor Hugo (February)
* A Girl of the Limberlost, by Gene Stratton Porter (March)
* The Enchanted April, by Elizabeth Von Arnim (April)
  What do you know? I actually didn't review it on this blog at all, only on Goodreads.
Here's the quick version: 4 stars: A quick, sweet read, reminiscent of L.M. Montgomery's books. The beautiful setting just helps everything right along!
* Keeper of the Bees, by Gene Stratton Porter (April)
Another only reviewed on Goodreads! It's a bit longer, so I won't reprint it, but you can go here to read it if you like.
* Crossing to Safety, by Wallace Stegner
   Although this one was more contemporary than the others, I saw several comments about it being a "Modern Classic." I'll take it!

Hey hey, better than I expected, thanks to Book Club (#'s 2 & 3) and Gene Stratton Porter!

2. Read 1 biography or memoir per month.

I was doing great up until this last quarter. In the past 3 months I haven't read a single one. However, I read plenty of extras in the first 3/4 of the year, so it balances out. I'm calling it complete!
I kept up on reporting this one throughout the year, so these links go to each quarter's recap, with reviews. In case you're interested, I've listed what's covered in each post.

January to March (5 titles)
* Life with Father, by Clarence Day
* Of Beetles and Angels: A Boy's Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard, by Mawi Asgedom
* Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, by Misty Copeland
* The Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt, by Parley P. Pratt
* If a Pirate I Must Be: The True Story of Black Bart, "King of the Caribbean Pirates," by Richard Sanders

April to June (5 titles: the first 2 reviewed separately)
* The Last Season, by Eric Blehm
* Fearless, by Eric Blehm
* Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World, by Anthony Doerr
* Emma and Joseph: Their Divine Mission, by Gracia Jones
* The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, by Wes Moore

July to September (4 titles)
* Escape, by Carolyn Jessup
* Triumph, by Carolyn Jessup
* The Girl with Seven Names: Escape from North Korea, by Hyeonseo Lee
* Follow the River, by James Alexander Thom

3. Last but not least, review every book I read in 2016.
I am behind on this one, but I will get it may just be finished in January 2017, is all. I'm actually mostly caught up, except for what I read in December. It has taken me awhile to figure out the balance between reviewing everything here on the blog vs. reviewing on Goodreads, cross-posting, etc. I think I'm coming to a good place with that, though. So, here's to forging ahead with reviews!

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I'm making my way up. Last year I was at 50% complete on my goals, and this year I'm at 66%. Improvement is good. Plus, I think I'm booting #3 off the list for next year. These aren't goals for reviewing books, after all. Getting that done will still be a priority, but it does not need to be a goal. So there. :)

Did you make any reading goals last year? How did you do?

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