2013 Reading Challenge (September)

After checking back in on my reading goals I see I’m a little off track. Let’s see if I can get back in a reading groove these last few months of the year to meet this challenge


My GoodReads goal I set for myself in 2013 is 30 books.

Well, I did already hit my goal of 30 books… and since summer I’ve adjusted my goal to be 60 books. (Might have been a little over zealous on that number. Only time will tell.)

With a new baby joining our family in February, I assumed my reading might slow, but I ended up with more hours of rocking and nursing than I anticipated and rocketed through my goal in 6 months! But now that the school year is in full swing and the baby is mobile more planning is needed to fit in personal reading time.

Here are the goals I set for 2013 (with my current status listed after)

4 Rules for myself for 2013:

1. I’d like to read all of our book club books – 12 books
Up to date on reading book club books:
January: The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
February: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
March: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
April: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
May: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
June: A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg
July: Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss
August: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
September: Bread & Wine by Shanna Niquest

I listened to Gatsby as an audiobook but I’m keeping it in this category.
(Total as of September: 9 books)

2. I doubt I’ll listen to as many audiobooks as last year, but I’m thinking I can fit in 6 audiobooks.
I’ve had more time for audiobooks and several queued up that I should be able to get plenty more in this year.
Crossing to Safety by Stegner, Wallace
Gilead by Robinson, Marilynne
Jayber Crow by Berry, Wendell
The Distant Hours by Morton, Kate
Sense and Sensibility by Austen, Jane
The Old Curiosity Shop by Dickens, Charles
The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Doyle, Arthur Conan

(Total as of September: 7 audiobooks)

3. When Lamplighter ministries had their ebook sale over the holidays I stocked up! Hoping to read 6 Lamplighter books.
Teddy’s Button by Feuvre, Amy Le
Boys of Grit Who Changed the World by Wallace, Archer
The Story Of Charles Ogilvie by Sargent, George E.

Honestly, I’ve been so busy I forgot I had this goal on my list! I’ll have to slip some of these back to the top of my queue. Now that I remember I wanted to read these I don’t see any issue reading 3 more Lamplighter’s.
(Total as of September: 3 Lamplighter’s)

4. That leaves 6 books that I find along the way. With the chapter read aloud’s to the kids, new ebooks that are released and the other books that I’m sure will find their way to the top of my reading pile I’m think 30 total books will be something I can accomplish.

Thanks to the power of suggestion from friends at book club and online I’ve more than surpasses the “6 books” for #4. This is a long list so I won’t make this post go on forever, hop over to my goodreads “Read” list and see what books have kept me busy.

October is going to be a very busy month but full of all fun things that I’m really looking forward too! The first weekend is our book club’s first retreat!! Then there are a handful of Young Living events I’m attending and others I’m teaching. And a trip to visit our soon-to-arrive brand new nephew! Not to mention my plan to blog every day! In there somewhere I’m sure I can squeeze in turning a few pages.


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  • http://deliberatereader.com/ Sheila

    Woo-hoo Sarah! I’ve about accepted that while I should reach all of my reading goals for 2013, the audio book component will not be reached. Right now it’s just not happening.

    • Sarah

      It’s definitely a phase I get into/or out of with the audiobooks. I turn it on any chance I get so sometimes I listen to books in short choppy segments. But I think I get a little addicted to listening to stories 😛 (right now I’m getting back INTO the phase… I think.)