Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 : A Year in Reading

There are some people in my life that think I read too much.  I would beg to differ.  In the end I think I spend way more time watching television than I do reading, but so it goes.  It was a tough reading year for me.  I was plagued with the awful restlessness that I felt the year after I finished undergrad.  I was so use to doing something all the time that I didn't know what to do with myself at all.  Sitting still just wasn't an option.  This leads me to believe that I was a little too busy this year.  I would look for ANYTHING to do at home so long as I didn't have to sit down and read.  And then I felt sad.  And guilty.  And like a horrible librarian.  Because, really, what kind of librarian doesn't want to read a book.

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 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!

Happy reading!

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