Enter audiobooks. They really became my lifeline to books in a time when I just didn't feel interested. I could paint my kitchen, mow my grass, take Luna for a walk, craft, AND read at the same time. And I loved it. I loved deciding not to read a book if I didn't like the narrator. I loved exploring comedy memoirs and adult fiction. I loved rereading teen series that I adore and exploring new worlds and characters in my car and at the store. For a girl that once swore off audiobooks, they saved me a bit because being a reader is a big part of who I am. And my life without books made me a bit grouchy.
I didn't reach all of my goals, but that's okay. I read some books this year that rocked my world. They have stayed with me after months and months. And that's enough.
Recap of my 2015 reading goals:
1) Read 20 adult books. WIN [24 adult books completed - a 1100% increase from 2014 when I only finished 2 adult titles :) ]
2) Read a work of Russian literature. FAIL [I did purchase Crime and Punishment. That feels like at least a little bit of effort was made. Baby steps.]
3) Listen to 15 audiobooks. WIN [My "strategery" worked. Most of those 20 adult titles were audiobooks! 26 audiobooks completed.]
4) Read all of the books on my TBR winter/spring/summer/fall lists. FAIL [There's also my plan to track these titles on my nifty spreadsheet for 2016!)
5) Read 5 nonfiction books. WIN [6 completed!]
6) Read at least 1 hour a day. FAIL. [So it goes.]
7) Read at least 125 books. FAIL. [I'm rounding up for the final total. I have two in the works that I'm going to finish by January 1st :) 107 titles completed - 128, 372 pages read]
8) Visit 5 new libraries. WIN [This feels like a cheat since I'm a librarian, and we went on strategic planning field trips to other organizations...but you take it where you can get it.]
9) Read at least 10 picture books. FAIL. [Forgot about this one...]
10) Update my blog Goodreads account, and awesome spreadsheet for every book I read. WIN.
By the numbers:
26 audiobooks, 9 eBooks, 36 graphic novel series (w/multiple volumes), 20 print novels, 24 adult titles, 41 teen titles, and quite a few that I didn't know how to categorize.
My 2016 reading goals are coming...in case you're interested. I hope that you set some reading goals for yourself in the new year. Maybe to join a book club, or renew your library card, or read that title your co-worker suggested months ago. They don't have to be big or flashy. They just have to encourage you to read. To sit down and let a story sweep you away. You'll be glad you did!