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    Default 2017 Reading Challenge

    I'm committing to spend more time with books and less time on Facebook in 2017, so this year, I'm aiming to read 36 books. I think three a month is reasonable. I have a wonderfully large To Be Read pile that is clamoring for my attention and a beautiful library we visit two to three times a week so I am not hurting for material!

    What are your reading goals for the new year?

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    My goal is to keep a record of what I read this year and to visit the library more often. I slacked off during the last several months and since my tax dollars help pay for it and I can't afford to buy new books, it just makes sense.

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    I admit to being very bad with keeping up with this challenge. I usually drop out quickly. Last year I was busy and then sucked into following the news cycle in the wild political year and read much less than I usually do. My goal for the year isn't a specific number of books but to re-establish the years long habit that crashed last year - to read every day while I drink a very leisurely morning cup of tea. I did read with tea last year, but it was news on the phone. No more of that. I have collected over the last two or three years a "retirement library" and I'm retired so it's time to start reading it.

    I also have a substantial backlog of audiobooks to listen to that I want to catch up on. My rule is to buy no books this year, but I will probably renew my Audible membership since I am addicted to audiobooks.

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    My goal for this is 150+.

    I belong to 6? reading groups on Goodreads.

    1 group has books from a specific list (1001)
    which I really don't care for a lot of them. But
    I like the group a lot, so I am reading what I
    want of it.

    The rest I can choose the books that I want
    to read. My goal is no new physical books and
    serious curtail the purchase of e-books as well.

    In order to make my goal, I need to read 3+
    books per week. Which means not so much
    computer and tv.

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    I have been so focused these last several years on building my side business that most of my reading has been related to that - study books, business books, etc. This year I will likely continue that, but I'd like to also commit to reading one pleasure book per month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EmilyD View Post
    My goal for this is 150+.

    I belong to 6? reading groups on Goodreads.

    1 group has books from a specific list (1001)
    which I really don't care for a lot of them. But
    I like the group a lot, so I am reading what I
    want of it.

    The rest I can choose the books that I want
    to read. My goal is no new physical books and
    serious curtail the purchase of e-books as well.

    In order to make my goal, I need to read 3+
    books per week. Which means not so much
    computer and tv.
    WOW! I applaud this goal! I heard a speaker at a conference one time who said he read two books a week. That is my goal someday.

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    I need to reorganize my kids' books, but I've come to the realization that I need to rein in my spending on books for them and for myself. We have so many we've never even touched!

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    I finished my first book of the year last night. So
    far so good. I have several going so hope to finish
    a couple more this week.

    Thanks FrugalWAHM ! I don't usually read several
    books at a time, but I am trying it out.

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    Listening to "Small Great Things" by Jodi Picoult. Love it so far. "Ruth" is read by Audra MacDonald. I see they are going to make this into a movie.

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    I'm in! I'm trying to increase the number of books I read for me ( usually I'm reading to the one to each kid plus a family book) but they are all kids books- which I do love but it's not the same as reading adult books. I don't have a number in mind but I think I'm averaging 3 a month in E books available thru my library plus a paperback. So an improvement but I used to read that many a week!

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    Oh and I meant to also say I loved Jodi Picoult's My Sisters Keeper. I didn't realize how many others she's written since then!

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    How did you all do his year? I exceeded my goal and read 38/36 books. I have another couple that I'm trying to finish up so I may end up around 40 for the year!

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    I'm not sure how many I read this year, both paper and ebooks, but it was quite a few. DH keeps buying books so we still have a pile to get through in 2018.
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    Haven't really kept track of how many books I've read this year alone but most of them have been non-fiction. I do need to start reading fiction again. Then again, I ~have~ started writing again. So that's a good thing. Maybe that will get me back into reading fiction.

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