Last Year’s Reading Challenge

Last Year I participated in the 2013 Reading Challenge on Goodreads.  I challenged myself to read 50 books in one year.  Though I really tried, near the end I just wanted to listen to Christmas music sometimes instead of an audio book and enjoy time with my family instead of curling up by myself with a book.  I was only able to read 48 books toward my goal of 50.  I realized sometime near the end of the year that my goal was almost one book a week.  That’s a LOT of reading for anyone but considering the other things I had going on in 2013 – I’m very proud of the 48 books I was able to read.

I’m trying to decide what my 2014 Reading Goal will be.  What about you?  Did you read anything interesting last year?  What are your reading goals for 2013?

5 Responses to “Last Year’s Reading Challenge”

  • Sonja:

    I set myself a goal of 130 books in my 100 Book Challenge Group at CafeMom. I read 158 books this year.

    • Hedwig:

      Holy Moly! 158 books?!? WOW! How is that even possible? LOL
      Good for you! Any favorites stand out from that list?

  • Gerard:

    Congrats on your 48! I originally set a goal of 35 books, but I easily met that goal, so I kept raising it. I am going to shoot for 40 this year. I read some good books last year, Sycamore Road by John Grisham, The Summer of Beer and Whiskey by Ed Achorn (it is about baseball in 1883—very good, one of my favorites), Inferno by Dan Brown, Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly, The Third Kingdom by Terry Goodkind (my favorite author), among others. My 2014 to read list includes the Hunger Games trilogy and the Divergent Series, along with a biography on Woodrow Wilson and other history stuff.

    What is on your 2014 to read list?

    • Hedwig:

      Congrats! Yeah I decided 50 was too many so I’m still trying to decide on a number for 2014. I read The Hunger Games and the Divergent series in 2013 and they are both excellent. I loved the first two books of Divergent so much that I read them both twice – so if you count that – that would be 50 books! LOL

      I’m currently reading Crossed by Ally Condie and I’ll finish up with Reached when I’m done with this one. I’m also reading Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen and there’s a third book in her series also. There are a few series books that I’m waiting on but I’m always looking for new books. I think my favorites are historical mysteries and dystopian fiction.

      • Gerard:

        I plan to read the Hunger Games and Divergent shortly. I am working my way through a very good bio on former baseball great Ted Williams. I have really gotten into reading about baseball history, especially during the WWII years. I now live near Mobile, AL, a town rich in baseball history.

        History is my favorite, but I do like some fiction from time to time. Terry Goodkind has another a new one coming out in August, which I will definitely read. I really like his stuff, fantasy/sci-fi. I watched the Bonnie & Clyde series on History Channel, so I downloaded a book on them, which I am looking forward to reading.

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My goal for 2013 was 50 books. Total books read for the year was 48. Even though I didn't reach my goal, I'm very proud of what I accomplished. Four books a month in a year that I had a baby, a four year old, and a full-time job is not bad at all in my opinion.
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