Reflections on my 2016 Bookish Resolutions

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In early January of 2016, I did something I don’t usually do. I spoke up. I went out on a limb here and shared with you my Bookish Resolutions for 2016 in the hope that seeing those words in black and white would make them more real to me, and thus more attainable – as well as to put the fear of God into myself to meet said goals so I didn’t look like a loser in front of my millions of followers and fans.

Um. Yeah. So… that didn’t necessarily work out the way I had hoped. As you’ll clearly see below.

I originally set five main bookish goals for the year of 2016. I was ready. I was motivated. I was not going to fail. Hmmmm… Let’s take a look at how things ended up, shall we?

1.  Read a minimum of 150 books in 2016:

Now, this particular goal was a not a problem for me. In fact, I surpassed my original goal by a long shot. Instead of the proposed 150 books, I finished the year off by reading a whopping 192 books! Not quite as many books as I finished in 2013 and 2014, but I beat my numbers from 2015 by 21 books!

2.  Keep a private reading log (separate from Goodreads and Pinterest):

Nope. Nothing. Nada. Did not happen. Maybe next time, folks. This was a disappointment for me, as I had been hoping to be able to keep track of certain statistics regarding my reading habits via this visionary reading log I was going to keep in Microsoft Excel, allowing me to create an end-of-year post with one of my favorite things ever, pie charts. Well, so much for that one.

3.  Read the books I own:

I have amassed a huge collection of novels on my Kindle Paperwhite (my preferred reading medium), and some in print as well. In January of last year, I pledged to #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks instead of completely ignoring them while continuing to purchase new ones and checking out new releases from my libraries. Well. First of all, while the acquisition of new books did not stop, it did at least slow down a bit – so I suppose there was a small amount of success there. As far as reading my own damn books, however… Out of the 192 books I read in 2016, only a measly 29 of them were books that I personally owned. An equal number of books (again, 29) were galleys/ARCs gifted to me from publishers for review. That means that the remaining 154 books were acquired from my beloved libraries – NOT quite what I’d originally had planned.

4.  Continue to read more diverse books:

I am a big-time supporter of We Need Diverse Books (a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature). Reading about and supporting its activities really shed a light on the lack of diversity in my own reading habits. Thus, I pledged to read a minimum of fifty diverse books in 2016 (although ideally I would have liked to have read even more than that) – that would mean, if I were to have reached my original goal of 150, that 1/3 of those books would be written by or about people of all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. As we know, I exceeded my goal of 150 books in total. But how did I do with my 50 books from diverse origins? Well. Out of a total of 192 books, only 37 of them fell under the definition of “diverse” that I mentioned above. That is so not OK with me. I expected better from myself. I was simply not nearly as mindful about it as I planned to be – as I needed to be – and I’m disappointed in myself. But we’ll address this more in my resolutions for 2017…

5.  Join a book club:

For years and years, I wanted to be a part of an honest-to-goodness, real-life book club. Well, in 2016 that wish finally came true! I joined the online MomAdvice Book Club, created by the fabulous Amy Allen Clark, in January of last year and it was so fulfilling and so, so much fun. I even hosted our October discussion about Lily and the Octopus by Stephen Rowley. Me! Can you imagine? I promise you that those who know me well, can NOT imagine. In addition to the awesomeness of the MomAdvice Book Club, I also joined an IRL book club here in good ol’ Lincoln, Nebraska. It’s The Best Ever Book Club! Seriously. That’s the name of the book club. Fun, right? So, I joined it – kind of. Theoretically, anyway. I belong to the Facebook page, at least, and am friends with one of the members. I truly do intend to attend a meeting… at some point. I won’t go into the myriad reasons why it’s difficult for me to go out in public with groups of people, whether it be for small gatherings or large events – it’s a long story and it would bore you beyond belief. However, up to this point I have been unable to actually attend a meeting. I have, however, read most of the assigned books – and that counts for something, right?

All right, y’all. That there was my year in books. While I did meet (and in one case surpass) some of my goals, and while I am pleased about that, I didn’t meet enough of them to my satisfaction. Will I do better in 2017? Time will only tell. Keep your eyes peeled for My Bookish Resolutions for 2017, coming up next week.

Did you have any bookish goals for 2016? How did that work out for you?

Not-Quite-Spring Cleaning

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Welcome to the new digs, y’all! I felt that things were looking a bit stale over here at Pathologically Literate and thus made it my mission to brighten things up – just in time for Spring (well, I may be a little bit early). Things seem to be running just fine and dandy, but if you do happen to run into any quirks, please let me know and I’ll make sure it’s taken care of lickety-split.

What else is new around the home-front? Not a lot. Although I am joining an online book club in March – I’ve always wanted to be in a book club, and if I can’t be in a live-and-in-person one, this will have to do. I’m looking forward to reading the book selection: Almost Famous Women: Stories by Megan Mayhew Bergman. I’m not sure if I’ll be posting updates regarding our progress here or not, so that will remain to be seen.

I’m also working on a Tumblr blog where you’ll be able to go to see what I’ve been reading on the web as well as other random goodies related to Pathological Literacy that I don’t want to expand upon here on the blog. I will keep you updated as to when that will be ready for public consumption.

That’s what I’ve been up to lately, folks. How about you?

 

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Library Love: July 25, 2014

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Library Love is a recurring post in which I share each week’s bounty from my public libraries.

 

 

Library Love is back, y’all! I haven’t posted my library books for the last couple of weeks because things have been busy, and because I hadn’t had that many books checked out at the time. Things have changed, now, though – oh, yes they have! I found eight – count ‘em, eight – great books this week that I can’t wait to dive into. Let’s take a look:

The Boy and I are both going to read When You Reach Me, individually, together (did that make sense?). Time for the Pathologically Literate Mother/Son Book Club! Woo-hoo! I read a rave review of Last Night at the Blue Angel and can’t wait to get started on it. The Read-Aloud Handbook is a classic that I’ve had on my TBR list for a while now and wanted to get out of the way before our new homeschool year began. The Care and Management of Lies – well, need I say any more? Duh. A Goodreads friend recommended A Fall of Marigolds, I’m considering participating in an East of Eden read-a-long, and I had a strong urge to read Fangirl after the fabulousness that was Eleanor & Park… My reading has slowed down a bit as I’ve begun to plan for the 2014-2015 homeschool year, so these books should last me a while. Until next time, Happy Reading!

What goodies have you found at your local library lately?

 

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