Saturday, January 2, 2016

2016 Resolutions? I think not!

2016 has arrived and I have been thinking about reading challenges and resolutions.  Resolutions were easy to think about since I am making the same resolutions I always do - none!  Resolutions seem to be a set up for failure for me, so I stopped making them a long time ago and life has actually been much less stressful and I've even managed to accomplish more than I would have without that R word hanging over my head.

Which leads me to reading challenges.  I started to blog in June 2010 when most 2010 reading challenges were already in full swing.  So I patiently waited till the 2011 reading challenges were posted and signed up for a bunch - most, but no all, of which I never finished completely.  2012 came and I signed up for a bunch again and the results mirrored those of 2011.  Same thing happened for 2013 and 2014.   I was beginning to think this wasn't my thing, so in 2015, I signed up for fewer reading challenges and, surprisingly, did better with them.

I read 10 books for Alyson Beecher's Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge and I plan on doing this challenge again in 2016.

I got a pitiful 7 points for my 2015 Newbery Reading Challenge hosted by Smilin' Shelves, which is an improvement over my 2014 Newbery Reading Challenge that was a whooping zero and I  still hang my head in shame for that.

My 2015 #Readakkah Reading Challenge sponsored by the Association of Jewish Libraries was pretty good - I read four books over the eight days of Hanukkah.

This year I have decided to set some reading and blogging goals.

Reading goals:

1- Even though the name of this blog is Randomly Reading, I am going to try to be more organized in 2016 and randomly reading within that - I hope;

2- To read more chapter and YA books, both of which I enjoy but tend to not read in favor of Middle Grade books;

3- To read more diverse books;

4- For the first time, I am going to participate in the 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge with a modest 150 books (that read and reviewed, not just read);

5- I am definitely signing up to do the 2016 Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge again (as soon as it is announced) and this year I am aiming to read 25 nonfiction picture books;

6- I would like to read more Newbery and Caldecott books, so I am going to sign up for the 2016 Newbery Reading Challenge again, and I hope to read 25 Newbery and 25 Caldecott winners and honorees;

7- I can't wait for the next #Readakkah;

Blogging goals:

1- To participate in It's Monday! What are you reading? more regularly;

2- To participate in Poetry Friday more regularly;

3- To write shorter reviews (I am nothing if not loquacious);

4- To do something about my sad Facebook page.

5- Clean up my labels and update my indices.


  1. You read a crazy amount! I would like to read half as much as you do in 2016!! No need to hang your head in shame!!!


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