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2019 Reading Resolutions

Yet again, I'm going for 100 books. I've been getting pretty good at doing this every year, but every year in December I think I'm not going to make it, so I think this is a number that works for me.

Total Books Read: 2 of 100

I blame my job for my lack of progress each year on reading books I already own. I'll try to be even more realistic this year, and try to get through 10 books I own.

Books I Own Read: 0 of 10

Yet again I'll go with 5 series, just to keep myself working my way through series I like and discarding series I'm done with. I'm guessing I'll blow through that number again this year, but it all depends on how much I like the various series I tackle, so 5 gives me room to give up on series that aren't working for me.

Total Series Read/Caught Up On: 1 of 5
Forbidden Hearts by Alisha Rai As for subject matter reading, I had sort of mixed results last year, so this year I'm going to try something different and do Book Riot's Read Hard…
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2018 Reading Resolutions

As usual I'll be attempting to read 100 books in 2018.

Total Books Read: 102 of 100

I'm also going to valiantly try to read 20 books I own and get through the backlog on my bookcase. It would really help if I didn't do so much of my reading on audio (nearly all of which are borrowed at work) or get distracted when I'm looking for my next print read by all the pretty books at work.

Books I Own: 2 of 20
Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl by Carol BodensteinerSay No to the Bro by Kat Helgeson
I'm also adjusting my series finishing goal this year. Life is too short to spend finishing series I only feel meh about, so finishing 5 series this year is plenty.

Series Finished/Caught Up: 10 of 5
The War That Saved My Life Series by Kimberly Brubaker BradleySix of Crows Series by Leigh BardugoA Narwhal and Jelly Book Series by Ben ClantonHis Fair Assassin Series by Robin LaFevers (next book expected in 2019)A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas (next b…

Presidental Reading List

Ever since my grandmother bought a book about all the presidents for one of my early birthdays, I've had a bit of an obsession with (so far only) men who've occupied the highest office in the nation. This has manifested itself in various ways over the years, but with my recent obsession with reading lists, I've decided to go ahead and try to read a book about each President in order.

President Book Title Book Author Date Completed George WashingtonGeorge WashingtonRon Chernow10/23/2017George WashingtonGeorge WashingtonJohn MacGregor Burns2/8/2018John AdamsJohn AdamsDavid McCullough7/2003John AdamsJohn AdamsJohn Patrick Diggins2/16/2018Thomas JeffersonThomas JeffersonJoyce Appleby3/1/2018James MadisonJames MadisonGary Wills3/14/2018James MonroeJames MonroeGary Hart7/15/2018John Quincy AdamsJohn Quincy AdamsHarlow Giles Unger8/19/2018Andrew JacksonAmerican Lion: A Biography of President Andrew JacksonJon Meacham10/22/2018Martin Van BurenWilliam Henry HarrisonJohn TylerJ…

2017 Reading Resolutions

Last year, I just barely squeaked out my 100 books, so I'm going to do attempt doing the same this year.

Total Books: 102 of 100

My year of reading in review on GoodReads

As in previous years, I'd also like to focus on reading books I own that have been languishing on my shelves. I'll be a little more realistic in my goal, though, and try to make this year the first I actually reach this particular milestone.

Books I Own: 16 of 25
The Elephants in My Backyard: A Memoir by Rajiv SurendraNever Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story by JewelSuddenly One Summer by Julie JamesOn the Construction Site by Carron BrownOn the Space Station by Carron BrownSecrets of the Seashore by Carron BrownScarlett Epstein Hates it Here by Anna BreslawBreaking Character by Cameron GreyFinanicial Peace Junior: Teaching Kids How to Win With Money by Dave RamseyThe Wedding Trap by Adrienne BellThe 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. SeussMother Bruce by Ryan T. HigginsHotel Bruce by Ryan T. HigginsBr…

2016 Reading in Review

I just barely got through my 100 book goal this year (and I'll admit, there were a lot of children's books padding that total), but I have to say I really enjoyed what I read. So now, without further ado, my favorites from what I read this year:


The Holy Bible - This was, without a doubt, my biggest reading accomplishment of the year. A feat I've attempted several times, but 2016 was the year I was successful. Reading this epic work as a whole helped me make sense of the less exciting parts and get a much better big picture view of the work as whole.Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter - Was there anything I was more obsessed with this year than Hamilton? That's why this annotated script interspersed with short pieces about the show that's revolutionized Broadway has to be on this list. In 2017, I have tickets to finally see the production in Chicago.White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg - This…

An Accomplishment

It's funny, because I'm now in a position where I don't buy a lot of books, and even then they're more technical manuals and online reference materials than books you read from cover to cover for enjoyment. But my habit of reviewing what I read on my own time is certainly still in tact.

And I do find the easy organization of what I've read in Goodreads to be a really helpful Readers Advisory tool, especially now that answering random questions at the reference desk is just about the only time I spend any significant time on RA.

Anyway, I felt this milestone should be marked, but I'm out of profound organized thoughts on the subject.