The Books of 2015

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2015.  what a year.
One  of my favorite anal-bookish things I love to do each year is keep track of my reading. I love to see the page count, the book count… I am a total dork when it comes to charts and all the bells and whistles.   I love keeping track on Goodreads each year and setting goals… however I lost track of everything this year.  I recall a big reading phase in late May and all of June just to keep my mind occupied… they were books with covers of cupcakes, and buildings, about friendships and businesses – safe books for me…. nothing deep but mind occupying.  I can recall bits of plot lines, but can not remember titles or authors – I am almost sure I did not review them and have no idea where to begin so they are among the missing.
In all honesty I probably would not have even tried to see where I landed on Goodreads for this year if I had not popped on there a few days ago and seen a super cool page to all the books I had remembered to record this year.  That love for lists and tracking sparked and I started to go through the ones I had not reviewed yet that I could recall.   And managed to come up with somewhat of a worthy year of reading :
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I did not reach my goal that I set last year about this time, but I am surprised I was anywhere near it.  I like to see the books that I rated high.  I am not going to chat about them because honestly looking back they are all kind of blank to me (thank goodness for reviews!)
I do look forward to setting a goal for 2016.  And on that subject, have you picked your first book of the new year yet?  You can still join in the 2016 First Book Of The Year.  Come on… you know your going to read a book….. 😉

Do you use Goodreads to track your books?  Do you set reading goals?

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Posted on December 30, 2015, in Book Stuff and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. I went through a rough year 3 years ago and found that reading really helped so I get that reading books with cupcakes on the cover helped you (and that’s not a slam on books with cupcakes on the covers!).
    I track on GR and got my report. It’s always interesting to check out their stats re my reading. I set a goal each year and usually make it but I’m considering lowering my goad for the coming year. Going for less pressure – even though it’s self-inflicted, ha. The main reason, though, is that I want to remember each book and I don’t with the higher goal number. I’m sure it’s me and not that some books are forgettable. 🙂

  2. I love tracking but I always set my goal at 100 because I love surpassing it. I am not a chart and whistles person but I love that goodreads end of the year chart!

  3. Andrea ( aka rokinrev)

    GoodReads is my go to spot for keeping track. This year I also set up a pinterest board. I am happy to say, my goal of 225 was surpassed sometime in October, and this next year I’ll set it even higher. Of course, I have no life ( cue violins). I actually returned a few galleys this year, and even recorded my DNRs

  4. I do use Goodreads to track my books, but not primarily. Because it won’t count re-reads. I still have a small notebook to keep track. I guess I do set reading goals, but I don’t let it pressure me. 🙂

  5. I don’t use Goodreads to keep track of how many books I read. However, I have a personal blog where I keep track of the books I read, and also I have a notebook that helps me keep track as well. This year I’ve read 145 books, however, 3 of those books I never finished after reading 100 pages give or take a few pages.

  6. I’m on Goodreads and spent a lot of time punching in all my books when I first made use of it about 2 (?) years ago. I don’t use it the way I’d like and I don’t really pay attention to my numbers. I just like to have a record of my reading somewhere and that’s where it’s become. I also like to put up what I’m reading and I write little reviews (though I never use the star rating).

    And Sheila, I’ll bet that even with your list not meeting your expectations (understandably), I’d bet it surpasses MOST lists!

  7. I set my goal at 100 this year, knowing I would exceed it…I love that feeling! LOL. I finished at 175. I’ll go with 100 in 2016 again. Enjoy!

  8. I’m working on finishing that one last book before I run the Goodreads app to see how I’ve done…but I’m anal about keeping track of that as well!

  9. I love being able to use Goodreads to keep track of what I’ve read. Otherwise I’d forget! I used to have a notebook that I used but I ran out of space quickly. I don’t know what I’ll do if Goodreads ceases to exist!

    I do like to set goals but usually aim a little lower than what I think I can achieve so if I want to read a chunkster book then I don’t worry about how I’m doing with the challenge.

    Good luck with your reading goals for 2016 and I’m looking forward to participating in First Book of the Year.

  10. I didn’t reach my Goodreads goal – but that’s ok. I enjoy Goodreads for keeping track of books. I’m looking forward to seeing your collage!

  11. I didn’t reach my Goodreads goal either…and it was the first time I ever set one! Will readjust it a little lower for next year. Happy New Year!

  12. I know Goodreads is wonderful, but I don’t use it for tracking my reading. My blog tracks most of my reading, and my reviews help me to remember what I’ve read! 🙂

  13. I do you Goodreads to maintain my books to be read and read. I set two goals, one for overall books and classic literature read. I met both goals.

  14. Just going to go over at look at your reads on Goodreads, not surprised you didn’t make your goal, but some things are just way more important. And what I love is your sharing of your love of books.

  15. I sure do. The only reading goal I have is the number of books for the year. I may an audiobook challenge for 2016.

  16. Yes, I love Goodreads too. I set a goal of 50 books and got to 33, 34 by tomorrow night since I am really close to finishing another one. I read more YA than I thought I would but it makes sense because I started working in an elementary school library in August and I started Battle of the Books with the students. I feel the need to read what they’re reading to facilitate the Battles well. I am going to set my goal higher for 2016 now that I’m settled in my new job and new normal life after adopting a 13 year old girl this year.

    Good to see you online again. I’ve missed your posts. Books are wonderful escapes.

  17. I use Goodreads all the time. I surpassed my goal this year and that felt better than last year when I did not quite complete it. I joined a few groups on Goodreads and participated in a couple of challenges there. This next year, my only challenges are ones on other blogs. I made a page on my blog to record them. I also have a non-book challenge for 2016, My quilt group hosts a challenge to complete 6 unfinished projects over the year, 1 every 2 months. I failed that one this year, but will persevere in 2016.

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