My Bookish Resolutions for 2017

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It’s a new year, y’all, and time for a fresh start. Last year I set a precedent for myself when I shared My Bookish Resolutions for 2016 in the hope that it would make them more real to me, and thus more attainable – also, to create a little accountability for myself, thereby creating some motivation to actually reach those goals I was setting. How did that work out for me? Well, I wrote all about that last week in Reflections on My 2016 Bookish Resolutions – feel free to check out the post to see how things went.

In 2017 I plan to revisit some of last year’s goals as well as set some new ones for myself. I’ve chosen five main areas I want to work on. Let’s take a look at where I’m headed with this:

1.  Read a minimum of 175 books in 2017

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I originally set a goal of reading 150 books in 2016. Surprising myself, I far surpassed that goal, reading a total of 192 books! I’m upping the ante a bit this year and going for 175 books in the 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge. We are homeschooling high school this year so I didn’t want to aim much higher than that as I know we’re going to be busier than ever before. That said, I do plan to re-evaluate things in October to see where I am at with my reading totals and perhaps adjust my challenge goal at that time.

2. Read the Books I Own

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Based on the large number of books I’ve amassed on my Kindle Paperwhite (my preferred reading medium), one would imagine I would have no need to purchase any new books nor have any use for the public library. Not so, y’all. Not so at all. Despite my plans to the contrary, out of the 192 books I read in 2016, only a measly 29 of them were books that I personally owned. Pathetic, right? With renewed vigor, I am pledging to #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks in 2017!! Now, this is more of a “you do you” reading “effort” versus a reading challenge hosted over at Estella’s Revenge. Once again, I’m not yet sure exactly how I’m going to approach this goal, but I am going to tackle and at the least significantly reduce this collection of books on my Kindle. I’m off to a decent start already, too – we’re only 1 1/2 weeks into January and out of the six books I’ve read so far, two of them have been books that belong to me. I’ll be totally pleased if that ratio were to continue throughout the year. Yay, me!

3. Create a Private Reading Log

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Now, as we all know, I track my reading on Goodreads; I also keep track of the books I read each year on Pinterest. What my bookish little heart really desires, however, is cold, hard data. The kind, my friend, that you can track and collect and evaluate and transform into… yes… that’s right… PIE CHARTS!! I found an excellent template for a private reading log right here that I’m going to be using. I did find another great one here, but decided the original template I’d found fit my uses better. Each template is editable once downloaded, of course, so should you, too, choose to do so there’s nothing stopping your data collecting little souls from customizing it to your heart’s content. This was a goal of mine for 2016 as well, which bombed spectacularly. It bombed so spectacularly, in fact, that I never even downloaded the template. OMG. So sad, amiright? 2017 is a different story, my friends. Not only did I download the template already, but I have customized it to my needs and have been keeping it updated with the books I have read so far (granted, that is only six books, but still…). I would say we are off to a great start, wouldn’t you? It’s only onward and upward from here, people. All I have to say is be prepared for some major pie chartage in January, 2018.

 

4. Read *More* More Diverse Books

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I’ve made it a goal of mine since the beginning of 2015 to read more books 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. The problem I came across in the previous two years is that I was simply not mindful enough about this. I thought about it, yes. I added plenty of books to my TBR list, yes. But when choosing the books I actually read, I just picked up whatever sounded good at the moment or whatever was available, and didn’t pay that much attention at the time as to whether or not the book I had just chosen was meeting the standards I had set for myself. I want the books I read to reflect the person I am and the values and beliefs I hold, and if that is the case then I must be more mindful when I’m in the moment of actually picking up my next book. In 2016, I read 37 books that fell under the category of diverse literature as defined above. In 2017, I would like to at least double that amount.

5. Pay More Attention to Pathologically Literate

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Once upon a time, I posted daily on this blog. Then, it was three times a week. Then, a few times a month. In 2016, it was more like a few times that year. That is not the vision I had for Pathologically Literate when I created it. I wanted a forum where I could gloat and enthuse about my love and passion for all things books and reading, where others could read and relate to those words and perhaps share some of their own thoughts on those subjects. I would like to get back to that. Now that we’re homeschooling high school, there is no way I have time to review every book I read the way I did once upon a time, but I do intend to do so more often. I also plan to write more about other bookish delights, as well homeschool life and other events in the Pathologically Literate household. Saddle up, y’all. Momma’s comin’ home!

2017 is going to be a year full of good reads, good writing, and good times. I can’t wait to get started, and I hope you will be here with me for the journey. Happy Reading in 2017, y’all!!

What are your reading goals for 2017?

Bout of Books 11 is Here!

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It’s that time again, y’all – I’m about to get my read on with Bout of Books 11! From August 18th through August 24th, I’ll be reading like a madwoman. For those of you who don’t remember what Bout of Books is, here’s a quick refresher course:

“The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.” – From the Bout of Books team

In the near future, I will be posting a list of goals for the upcoming challenge week. I will also be posting daily updates throughout the read-a-thon. If you think you might like to join me, click here!

 

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The #EstellaProject, Summer 2014

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I’m so jealous of all of these challenges and read-alongs that I see other book bloggers participating in all of the time. Where do they find the time and energy? This Spring I took the leap and participated in one of the easiest challenges ever, The Bout of Books 10 Read-a-thon, which was nice and fun, and I got to put a cute little badge on my blog, and got to feel like I accomplished something… but now I feel like too much time has passed, and I need to do more. What perfect timing, because The Estella Project, Season 2 has come to my rescue!

The #EstellaProject, hosted by The Estella Society, involves a list of books (gathered via a poll of its readers) from which participants must choose two to three to read and review. Reviews are then posted on the participants’ blogs and linked to on The #EstellaProject, Season 2 linky page. There is also a read-along scheduled for July 21st – August 18th for those who want to participate; the featured book is East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I haven’t decided if I’m going to read along with that one or not – it remains to be seen…

So! Here we go – I have chosen to read three books from the given list:

I have to read and review all three books by September 1st, 2014. I’m currently 70% done with Eleanor & Park. The Boy and I just began reading To Kill a Mockingbird together as a Read Aloud book (don’t let your tweens tell you they don’t like being read out loud to, y’all – they love it!). All that will be left soon is The Night Circus! Moving right along, folks, moving right along. Keep your eyes open for my reviews of these books over the next several weeks. If you would like to learn more about The #EstellaProject, please click here.

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Bout of Books 10: Day 6

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So…. Day Six of Bout of Books 10 didn’t work out as well as the past five days did. I was all set to read this great book that I’d borrowed from my online digital library, but then – it vanished. Yes, y’all, I had ignorantly planned to read a book that was due on the day I was going to read it. Smart, huh? So, with just a couple of reading hours left to my day, I whipped out a trio of short stories by Michael Connelly and tore into those instead. Let’s take a look:

Number of books read on Saturday:

  • 1

Total number of books completed:

  • 7

Books read:

Now, I must admit that Angle of Investigation, while a compilation of short stories, still only compares in length to a short novella. So, I don’t claim to take credit for reading an entire novel here or anything like that. But, it was a nice little taste of Michael Connelly and his trademark character Harry Bosch, and so I have no regrets. I’m looking at reading Charlaine Harris’s newest novel for the last day of the read-a-thon, so check back tomorrow for Update #7!

 

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Bout of Books 10: Day 5

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We’re down to the last two days of Bout of Books 10, y’all, and I’m moving full-steam ahead. Still keeping up my momentum at one book ahead of my goals – might I even complete an unexpected eight book? Hard to say at this point, but I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed. Let’s take a look at how Day #5 panned out:

Number of books read on Friday:

  • 1

Total number of books completed:

  • 6

Books read:

I loved this heartwarming but heartbreaking novel. It may even make my favorites list for 2014! No time for those decisions now, however – I must be moving on to my next fine piece of literature… Stick around for tomorrow, y’all, when I’ll post Update #6!

 

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Bout of Books 10: Day 4

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All right, y’all, we’re over halfway through Bout of Books 10 and I’m ahead of the game by one book – can I keep up the momentum? That remains to be seen… Let’s take a look at how I did on Day #4:

Number of books read on Thursday:

  • 1

Total number of books completed:

  • 5

Books read:

Oh, I love me some Maggie Hope! I’m a huge fan of Susan Elia MacNeal and this fourth installment in the Maggie Hope Mystery series did not disappoint. As the world moves deeper into the war in 1941, MacNeal’s writing has become a bit darker than her previous novels, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. As always, her sharp attention to detail and historical fact really make the book sing. I’m looking forward to reading tomorrow’s book selection, as well, so don’t forget to check back then for Update #5!

 

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Bout of Books 10: Day 3

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Three days into Bout of Books 10! I had a bit more down time yesterday than I had previously this week, so I got a good bit of reading done, finishing one book and completing another entire novel, as well. Score one for Pathologically Literate! Let’s take a look:

Number of books read on Wednesday:

  • 1.5

Total number of books read:

  • 4

Books read:

I definitely was not shocked and awed by Still Life With Bread Crumbs – Quindlen kind of left me hanging with this one. Looking for Alaska, though – oh! This was my second John Green novel, and while nothing will ever live up to The Fault in Our Stars, it was still pretty darn great! I’m fairly certain (and certainly hopeful) that I’ve got some more great ones in my stash for this week, so stay tuned tomorrow for Update #4!

 

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Bout of Books 10: Day 2

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I made it through another day of Bout of Books 10, y’all! Yesterday was full of appointments and errands, but I persevered and finished one book while making it halfway through another. That’s what I call getting’ my read on! Let’s take a look:

Number of books read on Tuesday:

  • 1.25

Total number of books completed:

  • 2

Books read:

While my first book of the read-a-thon was a major hit, the second and third haven’t really pushed my buttons – I’m particulary disappointed about that fact pertaining to Valdes’ novel, as I’m a huge fan of her Dirty Girls’ Social Club novels (as well as most of her others!). It turns out self-publication wasn’t the best move on her part… but that’s another rant for another day. Thanks for dropping by, y’all, and come back tomorrow for Update #3!

 

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Bout of Books 10: Day 1

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Well, y’all, thanks to a raging bout of insomnia, I got a head start on my reading for the first day of Bout of Books 10. Yay, insomnia! Wait, what? Uhm, not so much… Let’s take a look at how things went:

Number of books read on Monday:

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Total number of books completed:

1

Books I read:

Technically, I should have been able to finish Lauren’s Saints of Dirty Faith on the same day, but The Boy and homeschooling demanded much of my attention throughout the day, and I wound up retiring to bed early last night to make up for my bout of sleeplessness the night before. That’s OK, I’m making up for it today – catch you all tomorrow with Update #2!

 

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Bout of Books 10 Goals

BoB10-200x200OK, y’all, I’m going to be getting my read on tomorrow, 5/12/2014, when Bout of Books 10 officially begins! This is the first online reading challenge I’ve participated in, and I’m so excited. If you want to know more about the ins and outs of this read-a-thon, be sure to check out the Bout of Books blog. You’ll find the answers to all of your questions, as well as reminders for the daily challenges, Twitter chats, and more. There’s still time to participate, so head over and check it out now! In the meantime, let’s take a look at the goals I’ve set:

Time Devoted to Reading:

  • I will be devoting the entire week to reading, although we will be homeschooling, as well as preparing for our upcoming move. So, I’ll have to take that into account when planning my time.

My Goals:

  • I plan to read a minimum of 7 books this week; essentially, one book per day.
  • I will post daily updates via this blog, and possibly via Twitter.
  • Have an awesome time!

Books to be Read:

Stay tuned all this week so you can follow along and see how I’m doing with the Bout of Books 10 Read-a-Thon!

 

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