Sunday Salon: Reading Goals??

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Happy Sunday everyone! 

This post was written last night, since I'm off seeing weekend clients as usual for my Sundays. =/ I've gotten to a good place with my work which was the main culprit from my extended absence from here, but my reading and blogging habits have apparently changed completely during that time! I just haven't been reading much at all. I have to say I had managed to work myself into a place where I was constantly pressuring myself to READ READ READ. And while it was enjoyable on the one hand, it got annoying on the other. In the past few months I've started probably no less than 15 books and have finished just one which I had to for a blog tour, LOL. Once I had that out of the way, which was my last official commitment, I started reading Paper, Scissors, Death by Joanna Campbell Slan because I had really been in the mood for a cozy and thought I'd start a new series. So far it's alright - good, but not as good as some of the other cozy series I've been reading. And I just haven't been in the mood to return to it. It's not the book's fault. A cursory glance around the room reveals at least five other books I also have not returned to but have not yet shelved with the others.

But I really miss being away from here and the community! What to do..

Anyway, along those lines, I've been thinking of book goals. Every year I basically have a goal of reading a certain number. It's always 100 books, and I've never reached it (LOL), but this year I am extremely far from that number. (I'm currently sitting at 43, and I'm estimating that I'll finish maybe 2-3 for the rest of the year). I'd rather not give myself a quantity goal since that does make me pressure myself to read sheer quantities. And it also dissuades me from reading potentially good books if the page count is too high. I don't really want to go for page count either. So I was wondering what kind of goals you all go for? I'd still like to do something to give myself a challenge for fun, but just not sure what.

In other news, Jason and I have gotten a big start on the holiday spirit this year. I've already been listening to Christmas music for a while, and we've done a ton of shopping already! I love our Millenia Mall during the hoildays because it's absolutely gorgeous! And today we braved the outlet mall which is insane any time of year. Last weekend we went and saw Million Dollar Quartet (the broadway musical bout the one time jam session involving Elvis, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash) which was so fun!! It was like going to a concert in the 1950's! These are some of the reasons I haven't been reading, LOL!

Hope everyone has a great weekend, and I will be trying to improve my commenting on everyone's blogs!


Amy said...

My new goals are all based on the books I've wanted to read forever...finally getting them read is a great feeling!

And yay for breaking out the Christmas music already! :)

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Actually it's a good idea to start listening to Christmas music now, because by mid December I think most people are sick of it, so now one can actually appreciate it! :--)

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I too have seen Million Dollar Quartet. It was amazing!!!

I am not going to give myself a number goal anymore. Mine was always 100 too and then this year I moved it down to 52, once per week and I'm still way behind. So, I feel ya. I set aside the chunksters because I feel like I have to read more. That's silly. reading is for fun. I just don't blog to review anymore. :)

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I usually include a goal of finishing books on my TBR pile that have been there awhile.

I also enjoy taking myself out of my comfort zone by reading eclectically. And this year, I also chose a chunkster challenge; page count can seem daunting, but if we're not looking at total numbers, we can find real treasures in those heftier books.

Good luck with your goals.


Trisha said...

Now that I don't have near the same amount of time to read, I too am getting rid of a number as a reading goal. Until this year, meeting my goal was not a big deal: 100-150 books in a year was typical. Now, not so much, and like you, I was dissuaded from reading longer books and feeling too much pressure.

Sandy Nawrot said...

The Millennium Mall IS awesome...always gets me in the spirit. The outlets, not so much. I stay as far away from those places as possible. I have been earnestly trying to read, but if it weren't for audios, I wouldn't be getting anywhere these days. I'm distracted and busy, and with the blog reading and trying to write reviews, I'm pretty much out of time. It is dispiriting.

Anita said...

I'm glad you're writing about what you're doing. I like the Mall at Millennium too. I don't find all the stores favorable to my budget, but nice to visit.
I've never read 100 books in one year...probably won't. I'm spending the rest of this year reading my own books...and some are very old. The list for UCF book festival is up, and some good books to read in prep.
Congrats on the early holiday prep. We don't but much beyond our kids, which is enough!!

Juju at Tales of said...

What fun!
I can't believe I've never tried that. (Mill.Mall)

Sounds like you are in a rut like me.
Keep trying different ones until something sticks.

Meg @ A Bookish Affair said...

Good for you for getting so much shopping done! You're inspiring me! I have yet to do any shopping!

Ti said...

I started listening to Christmas music a couple of weeks ago. I enjoy it. The new Colbie Callet (I know I butchered her name just now) is really good.

I am not going to make my reading goal this year and I am okay with it. Work took a bad turn and it's really messed me up (reading wise). No time for anything. I am over 20 books from my goal and although I have 5 or 6 reviews that I am behind on, there is no way I am going to read 15 between now and the end of the year.

nomadreader said...

I think there's a huge amount of reading and blogging mojo going missing lately. I miss it, but I don't seem to prioritize it. I'll go from reading a book in two days to taking a week or more to read one, and I can't figure it out. Ah, well. Relax. Enjoy. And listen to more Christmas music (I love the new CeeLo Christmas album!)

Jennifer @ Mrs Q Book Addict said...

Feeling pressured to read is hard. I'm reading a mix of review and personal books. I'm a huge mood reader, I have to just wait and see what I feel like reading next.

Jenners said...

Always wonderful when work is fufilling and keeps you busy.

For a reading goal, how about something achievable like "read 2 books I've always meant to read but never have" and "read 3 books from my own bookshelves" and "read 2 books by an author I love but haven't explored too often." Might be kind of fun to find these books and mix it up and be achieveable. Have fun!

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