2017 Reading Resolutions

kenubrion

Journeyed there and back again
#61
The last two (well, first two since it is in reverse order) in my list in my signature. I liked The Malice fairly well but the Vandermeer book pissed me off a little. That series started off strongly (for me) but there were not enough answers at the end, some POV characters who didn't really interest me, etc.
Oh yeah, I'm blind. I'm looking forward to The Malice. Liberation was good, that entire trilogy was, and the first two of his Milkweed triptych were good.
 

Sneaky Burrito

Crazy Cat Lady
Staff member
#62
Well seeing as I am just now completing 2015's resolution (finish WoT, Thomas Covenant, and Malazan -- about 100 pages left of The Crippled God to go and the other two are done), perhaps I shouldn't make any. I had kind of a low-reading year in 2016 so I will just say I hope to finish more books in 2017 than I did in 2016. That is setting the bar pretty low but is probably manageable.
Pretty sure my total for 2016 was in the 20s so resurrecting this thread to say I have met my goal at slightly under the halfway mark for the year.
 

Alucard

In the name of the Pizza Lord. Charge!
Staff member
#63
I'm skipping this year. I'm still gonna do GR reading challenge, but not any specific challenges like this year.
Well I stayed true to this and set my Goodreads challenge at 24 books for 2017 (2 books per month). Although I haven't read anything aside from few pages of Wizard and Glass for months now, I am still 8 books ahead of schedule and currently I have read 19 out of 24.
Just checked and I'm around 7000 pages read, which makes an average of 368 pages per book. That's usually a standard book size, except for epic fantasy, which I don't read much compared to urban fantasy.
I don't know why but each year around late spring and whole of summer I go into a reading slump and read less or sometimes nothing for months.

Thanks for resurrecting the thread Sneaky. It is half of the year mark, so it's nice to see how everyone is doing.
 
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Silvion Night

Sir Readalot
Staff member
#64
Well I stayed true to this and set my Goodreads challenge at 24 books for 2017 (2 books per month). Although I haven't read anything aside from few pages of Wizard and Glass for months now, I am still 8 books ahead of schedule and currently I have read 19 out of 24.
Just checked and I'm around 7000 pages read, which makes an average of 368 pages per book. That's usually a standard book size, except for epic fantasy, which I don't read much compared to urban fantasy.
I don't know why but each year around late spring and whole of summer I go into a reading slump and read less or sometimes nothing for months.

Thanks for resurrecting the thread Sneaky. It is half of the year mark, so it's nice to see how everyone is doing.
I have the same. I read only 1 book in the past 2 months. I'm looking for something new now though and thinking of picking up The Vagrant, which is still on my TBR list.
 

rudyjuly2

Journeyed there and back again
#65
I won't reach my reading challenge this year largely because the WOT books are long. I wasn't so smart when I set my 2017 goal lol. I'm reading about a book a month to finish this series out and I'll probably finish at a dozen or so for the year but a pretty decent page count (for me).
 

Andrew.J

Hired Nicomo Cosca, famed soldier of fortune
#66
I'm now officially half-way there with 20 (out of 40) books read this year. Granted, some of them have been shorter than I usually read but I still might have set the bar a bit too high. Especially considering I managed only 25 books last year. I'm in a bit of a reading slump at the moment too, but now that I'm almost done with Dresden Files - only Skin Game remains - I'm looking out for some potential fantasy books or series I'd like to try out next. Maybe something a bit lighter. I had to give up reading Malazan for the time being last year, cause my compulsory reading material was killing me. Speaking of which, I have a 944 page bad boy (about a horny priest who renounced his priesthood) that I really need to get to.
 

Darth Tater

Journeyed there and back again
#67
I read purely for pleasure so I don't make those kind of quantity resolutions. Been there done that with 19 years of school. :confused: HOWEVER, that being said, around 1-2 months ago 13 books sat in my Kindle library so I was determined to knock a bunch off before adding to the collection. There were a couple of instances where I either really wanted to read something or a Daily Deal came up so I needed to add a book but I've reduced the list to only four! *Does cerebral happy dance* :D
 

Andrew.J

Hired Nicomo Cosca, famed soldier of fortune
#68
I read purely for pleasure so I don't make those kind of quantity resolutions. Been there done that with 19 years of school. :confused: HOWEVER, that being said, around 1-2 months ago 13 books sat in my Kindle library so I was determined to knock a bunch off before adding to the collection. There were a couple of instances where I either really wanted to read something or a Daily Deal came up so I needed to add a book but I've reduced the list to only four! *Does cerebral happy dance* :D
I mostly read for pleasure too, but I noticed I've been reading a lot more this year (since I started using Goodreads really). I'm not sure if it's because of the reading challenge, but cataloguing the books I read and jotting down my thoughts on them from time to time increased my enjoyment quite a bit. And since I don't limit my book choices due to their length, I'm quite happy with how it's all turning out. I guess it boils down to different methods of motivation. The Goodreads challenge, just like video game achievements, gives people something to aim for. As long as people don't get too caught up in numbers and challenges or worse - forget why they're reading in the first place - it doesn't steal anything from satisfaction we take in reading, imo.
 

Darth Tater

Journeyed there and back again
#69
I mostly read for pleasure too, but I noticed I've been reading a lot more this year (since I started using Goodreads really). I'm not sure if it's because of the reading challenge, but cataloguing the books I read and jotting down my thoughts on them from time to time increased my enjoyment quite a bit. And since I don't limit my book choices due to their length, I'm quite happy with how it's all turning out. I guess it boils down to different methods of motivation. The Goodreads challenge, just like video game achievements, gives people something to aim for. As long as people don't get too caught up in numbers and challenges or worse - forget why they're reading in the first place - it doesn't steal anything from satisfaction we take in reading, imo.
Right. Different strokes for different folks. :)
 

Ryan W. Mueller

Ran bridges next to Kaladin
#70
I just made a reading resolution today.

I want to focus on finishing a lot of the series I've started before adding too many new series to my list. I feel like everything will get out of control if I don't focus on finishing a few series.
 

S. K. Inkslinger

Will likely be killed by a Lannister soon
#73
I read purely for pleasure so I don't make those kind of quantity resolutions. Been there done that with 19 years of school.
This. :D I'm still currently doing it now too (university), so it's actually a total surprise already when I told my friends that I spent an hour reading novels everyday. They were like, "What, seriously? You must be joking. We know you are studying 24/7 dude."
 

Andrew.J

Hired Nicomo Cosca, famed soldier of fortune
#77
I'm also having a bit of a hard time reading. It always seems to happen around the same time every year.
 

Sneaky Burrito

Crazy Cat Lady
Staff member
#79
I was unambitious this year based on last year. I think I have finished 40+ books so far (last year was in the 20s somewhere). But I have been reading a lot. Eh, well, I'll just continue as I have been. It is nice to be catching up on some series I'd forgotten about for awhile.
 

Alucard

In the name of the Pizza Lord. Charge!
Staff member
#80
I'm still gonna do GR reading challenge
And I did it. Not a bad year in books.

I read 14,547 pages across 40 books according to GR.
That's around 3000 pages more than in 2016. Which is not bad for me.


How did you guys do?