So like so many other people I started out 2013 with a whole bunch of reading goals I wanted to accomplish. Long story short I failed. So let’s just take these in the order I first wrote them down
1.The Clutch list of 100 black women authors to read.
I wanted to read as many of these books as possible but, some don’t appeal to me so I have no problem leaving them out.I ended up reading a total of 9. I thoroughly enjoyed every book I read in fact 7 of them ended up on my favorite books of the year list. I highly recommend you check out the list it has so much to offer anyone should be able to find something for them. There were 2 real stand outs from the list that I want to mention. These are 2 books that are now on my list of favorite books of all time. Sister Citizen By Melissa Harris-Perry and Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston
2.Jane Austen challenge that wasn’t exactly a challenge.
Anyone who knows me even for just a little while knows I love Pride and Prejudice the movie, and the book. I realized this year that part of that love is nostalgic in nature and wasn’t necessarily going to translate to all of Austens other work like I thought it would. I decided 2013 was the year I read all of her work (I read Sense and Sensibility a few years ago) that I hadn’t gotten to yet. I got through Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park and well I didn’t love them like I thought I would. I really think I read them to late which as it turns out, is a theme for me this year. I wish I had read these when I was in my late teens early twenties I think I would have loved them. I’m not saying people in their 30’s don’t love Austen but I am just not in the right space for her right now. I own all her books so I will eventually read them but I don’t know when.
3. Read in a more thoughtful way
This one I nailed on the head no 2 ways about it!! I realized sometime in 2012 that I was just reading stuff. Mostly crime thrillers which I still love but some of them were trash. I stopped and thought why am I reading these? I don’t particularly enjoy them and I’m not getting anything out of them so, I stopped. I decided to have some intent behind more of the books I read. To read things that would teach me something or let me see something I had never seen before. I really feel like this was the best reading year of my life. A couple books literally changed me in a good way! I can’t wait to continue on in this way from now on. However I still love love my cozies,mystery, and crime thrillers and I will never give them up!! I also have a real affinity for the dreaded “chick lit” although I loathe that name!
4. The BBC Big Read
I stumbled upon this list late 2012 and thought some of theses books have been on my TBR for years so, let’s give it a go. I had already read 8 of the books on the list and I managed to read 1 more this year. To Kill a Mockingbird . I liked it but I had issues with it that I won’t go into now. Although I won’t be actively pursuing this list anymore there are at least 5 other books on this list I want to read sometime.
5. Read 80 books (60 physical/e-books 20 audio)
Long story short I read 71 books,42 were physical or e-book and 29 audio. Those 29 aren’t taking into account the books I re-read/re-listened? to . 2013 was the first year I actually kept track of every book I read in the entire year. If I count all the audio books then I ended up reading/listening to 90 books this year. FYI I am in the group that counts audio books as books read.
6.Read All the Physical books I own!
FAIL! Not only did I not even come close I bought a grip more so yeah..
7. Finish the Anne of Green Gables Series
Oh Man I just thought I was going to LOVE these books and I so did not. I actually think I missed the window on them. I should have read them as a little girl. I have only read the first 2 and, I think I’m shelving these for now. I will probably pick hem up as soon as my niece is old enough to be be into these and read them with her. I think
8.Re-read 3 Series
I sort of accomplished this. I completed re-reading the entire Kinsey Milhone series by Sue Grafton and am now waiting on the newest book at my library. I read several of the Agatha Raisin series by M.C Beaton and The Goldy Bear series by Diane Mott-Davidson. These are some of my go-to feel good fun cozy/mysteries and I always listen to them in audio format.
So those were my 2013 goals some were met some weren’t. I am not really someone who freaks out if I don’t accomplish reading goals so I’m good. Like I said before this was the best reading year so I can’t really be to hurt about a few goals that didn’t get accomplished. I do have some for 2014 and that will be in an upcoming post.
Did you set any goals for 2013 and if so did you meet them?
Until Next Year