Thursday, February 19, 2015

2015 Reading Goals

So I'm not really one for reading lists and reading goals, because 2 years ago I insisted that I would read 1 new-to-me book every month and I came up one short but it was still a really good experience. However, I tend to re-read a lot or I don't read at all. It always (for me, at least) comes down to: "Will I knit, or will I read?" Also, this list is going up about 2 months late, since it took me a while (between reading, of course) to figure out which books I wanted to read this year once I finished racing through the Ranger's Apprentice series.

Because money is on the tight side these days (rent, utilities, student loans, cat food, etc.) I'm buckling down and basically going to avail myself of my to-be-read shelf or the library. There are quite a few books on my to-be-read shelf. I also have Audible credits I should utilize. But I figured I should make a master list of all the books I plan to read this year. 

My goal is to get at least 40 in: at least 12 of them have to be books I haven't read before and at least 4 of those 12 have to be classics I haven't read before. Additionally I want to read at least 5 non-fiction books this year: 1 essay collection, 3 religious/spiritual, and 1 that will probably be recommended by my favorite aunt at some point or another.

These seem like reasonable goals, right?  Right. Maybe once a month or so I'll update you on what I read. Maybe not. We'll see.  Here we go...

KEY: * = re-read; italics = classic; bold = new/not read before

- Ranger's Apprentice:
       + The Ruins of Gorlan *
       + The Burning Bridge *
       + The Icebound Land *
       + The Battle for Skandia *
       + The Sorcerer of the North *
       + The Siege of Macindaw *
       + Erak's Ransom
       + The Kings of Clonmel
       + Halt's Peril
       + The Emperor of Nihon-Ja
       + The Lost Stories
       + The Royal Ranger
- Persuasion, Jane Austen
- Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen
- Engleby
- Novel
- The Handmaid's Tale
The Sky Is Everywhere
- On the Road
- Tender is the Night
- 100 Years of Solitude
- The Secret of Lost Things
- The Orchid House
- The Crystal Cave *
- The Hollow Hills *
- The Last Enchantment *
- The Meaning of Night
- Anne of Green Gables *
- Madame Bovary
- Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
- The Goldfinch
- The Mass of the Early Christians 
- The Privilege of Being Catholic
- The Lamb's Supper
- Biblical Defense of Catholicism
- The House of Rumour
- The Club Dumas
- The Elegance of the Hedgehog 
- The Sparrow
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (I know, can you believe I've never read that one???)
- The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy

This list is far from exhaustive, and of course subject to change. These are the books I would like to have read by the end of 2015. Some of them are Kindle books, some of them are tattered paperbacks, a couple of them are audiobooks, some are secondhand hardcovers, and a handful are new. 

Hopefully I'll be able to pull together a few posts to keep you abreast of my reading, and if I'm feeling really ambitious I might even start posting book reviews. 

Do you have reading goals for the year? Do you think mine are too ambitious? Let me know in comments or with a list of your own...

Happy Reading!




  1. My favorite book of all time: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. I recommend it to every reader. Love to see other rabid readers in this age of electronics! You have a lovely blog, I just found it tonight!

    1. Thank you! I read A Tree Grows In Brooklyn as a freshman in high school (required reading) and all the girls in my class (all girls' high school) *loved* it. Thank you for your lovely comment - I hope you find more here that you like! :)


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