Reading Goals 2015
Yes, it took me an entire month to get motivated (er – organized) enough to write about my reading goals for 2015. First, you need to know that I take reading VERY SERIOUSLY. I’m a little neurotic about keeping track of what I’ve read. I started a spreadsheet in 2009 – yes, a spreadsheet. I should have just used Goodreads. That would have been so much more fun.
Goal One: Track all of the books I’ve read on Goodreads and actually give ratings and reviews to them within that community.
(I am so grateful for all of the reviews people have posted for my novel so far!)
I read a lot. Reading—especially from the same genre I’m writing in—is incredibly helpful in fueling my creative process. I have read as many as 100 books a year, but when I’m spending hours and hours writing and editing manuscripts, that number necessarily goes down considerably. Last year I managed to finish 63 books. I hope to do better than that in 2015!
Goal Two: Read 80 books.
I hope I’m not being overly ambitious with this goal, given that I am actively marketing two different middle-grade novels and writing the sequel to Circle of Nine. We’ll see how I do.
Goal Three: Read books I already own or get them from the library!
I own stacks and stacks of books I haven’t read, and these stacks tip over each time I try to find something in my closet. It’s annoying. I need to quit adding to these stacks--at least temporarily. That is going to be hard for me. When I walk into a bookstore to browse, I always, always buy something. It’s so hard to resist! I am prepared to already admit defeat on this purchasing problem I seem to have. (There are worse things I could do – right??)
So what’s on my list?
Books by my favorite authors:
JD Robb (Nora Roberts)
Sarah Addison Allen
Mary Higgins Clark
Maeve Binchy (sadly, her last novel)
Laurie Halse Anderson
Two biographies (so far)
Brooke Shields’ There was a Little Girl
Beyond Belief, the story of growing up inside Scientology by Jenna Miscavige Hill
Books I should have read long ago
Love in the Time of Cholera
The Turn of the Screw
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Gathering Blue (Lois Lowry)
The Wind in the Willows
A Hundred Years of Solitude
Newer books I should have already read
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Novels for Teens and Tweens
Savvy and Scumble by Ingrid Law
The Alchemyst Series by Nicholas Flamel
The Maze Runner series by James Dashner
Every book that John Green has ever written!
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
Nest by Esther Ehrlich
Revolution by Deborah Wiles
I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Mortal Heart by Robin Lafevers
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon.
Oh my Gosh! This list is getting long already, and I haven’t even gotten to the awesome novels by fellow Wisconsin Young Adult authors.
Lori M. Lee
Have I hit 80 yet with this list? Follow my progress and reviews on Goodreads. I’ll also feature select reviews here on my blog!
Leave a comment below and tell us about the great books you’ve been reading!