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text 2015-12-12 23:20
Reading Goals for 2016

I decided to do my own reading goals this year.


Personal Reading


1. Read 166 books - I decided to up the number of books read. 166 is one-third of my TBR pile. Still doable as long as I don't get into any reading slumps. Most of the fiction books will come straight off my TBR mountain - I will use the library to complete my reading challenges for Austen and Steinbeck and keep up with the ...In Death series. Also, I want at minimum 55 books to be non-fiction, although I would like to see a 50/50 mix of non-fiction and fiction.


2.  Continue the Jane Austen Reading Challenge (7 books total, 1 completed, 1 currently reading) - Current pace is one book every other month.

        A. Pride and Prejudice (completed)

        B. Sense and Sensibility (currently reading)

        C. Northanger Abbey (January 2016)

        D. Mansfield Park (March 2016)

        E. Persuasion (May 2016)

        F. Lady Susan (July 2016)

        G. Emma (September 2016)


3. Courtney Milan Reading Challenge (10 books total) - One book per month and I can be done by autumn.

         A. The Carhart Series (3) January - March 2016

         B. Brother Sinsters Series (7) April - October 2016


4. Read the Harry Potter series (7 books) - if I can get through that first book this time around (stopping point the first time I tried to read it was 30 pages in), I know I can get through (and maybe enjoy) the entire series.


5. Women in Military Reading List: I developed this list after reading 4 non-fiction books about women in the US military.


6. Continue John Steinbeck Reading List: So far I have read 2 novels but I would like to read 5 more of his work in 2016. I will read Steinbeck in the months I don't read Austen.


7. Read 4-6 classics. This will not include any works of Steinbeck's or Austen's. I am hoping to get to two of Elizabeth Gaskell's novels sitting on my TBR pile and Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast. I would like at least one novel to be from a POC/WOC, so if you got suggestions, please let me know in the comments!


8. Frank Sinatra at 100 Reading List: Today marks Sinatra's 100th birthday. Going to spend the year with my favorite solo artist.


Reading Related Goals


9. Continue to blog here about books.


10. I would like to do more bookish traveling. Maybe go to famous book stores or take literary walking tours. I have never been to the British Library - a fact of my life I will correct this year, even if I go by myself! Trying to expand my bookish interests to go beyond books. I do plan on attending the London Book Fair 2016 in April, although I am not sure I will go all three days.


11. I am also looking to volunteer more with my local libraries (two base libraries and my local British one). This will only work around my hubby's work schedule and my schooling, but I think it's doable. I plan on keeping my weekly date with the kids to go to Story Time.


12. Keep working on my manuscript that I started with NANOWRIMO 2015. I was solidly writing for about the first 10 days, then haven't touch it since. I felt the goal of writing 1,667 words every day was sucking the fun out of writing my story.





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text 2015-02-07 21:48
Reading progress update: I've read 28 out of 226 pages.
The Long Valley (Penguin Modern Classics) - John Steinbeck,John Timmerman

Proof that Steinbeck doesn't always need 600+ pages to tell an amazing story. He can do it in 14 as well. 

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text 2015-02-01 22:40
Mount TBR 2015 - Book 5
The Long Valley (Penguin Modern Classics) - John Steinbeck,John Timmerman

The first Steinbeck of 2015. And it's a collection of his short stories. Including The Red Pony which I found incredibly sad when I read it at school many, many years ago. 

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text 2014-12-30 21:43
Finished it!
East of Eden - John Steinbeck

And what a great book with which to end 2014.


I've read six of Steinbeck's books this year, and while I've completely been won over by his lighter side, it is The Grape of Wrath and now East of Eden that will be staying with me for a very long time. 


There are so many memorable characters, some good, some bad. All with their flaws and all with their redeeming features (well, apart from Cathy that is).


I loved Cal who struggled with his dark side and who was desperate for his father's attention. And also Lee, the wise Chinese servant who hid his learning and wisdom beneath a veneer of pidgin English.


When I drew this book out of the Candy Bowl back in October, I have to admit my heart sank a little bit as I wasn't sure I could face 600 pages of unremitting doom and gloom, but as I was coming to the end I found myself wishing there was more to come. 

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text 2014-12-29 20:37
Reading progress update: I've read 369 out of 602 pages.
East of Eden - John Steinbeck

Cathy/Kate has to be one of the most evil people in literature. But completely compelling and fascinating too. 

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