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message 1: by terpkristin (new)

terpkristin | 3665 comments Tis the season to reflect on books read in 2018 and reading goals for 2019. I have no specific goals for 2019, though I envision having more time (and energy) to read in 2019 than I did in 2018. For 2018, I set my goal of reading 30 books. I believe I ended the year at 55 books, mostly non-SFF, and mostly due to a binge of short, fluffy books I've read at the end of the year. In 2018, my main job involved a lot of reading and writing mass documentation about my project. 2019 will be the year to build and test it, which if things go ok, should allow more brainpower in the evenings for reading.

For 2019, I've set my goal at 36. I am hedging a little because I know I won't have many more books in this fluffy series, and I expect to read more genre books, which tend to be longer. Plus, there's always a chance that 2019 ends up like 2017, which would be...bad.

I also have the goal of at least attempting every S&L pick and trying to minimize new purchases (i.e. reading down my current "already purchased but not read" queue). It's a noble goal, but I don't know how successful I'll be...

What about the rest of you?


message 2: by Malcolm (new)

Malcolm | 18 comments I’ve set my goal at 24 books and I’ve already picked out 19 I want to read this year.

I want to catch up on The Expanse so I’m ready for book 8 when it releases. Also want to knock off book 2 and 3 of The Bobiverse. Dune and Foundation are 2 classics I’ve wanted to get to for a long time as well.

Looking to get outside my sci-fi comfort zone a little too so I’m using the Read Harder and Popsugar challenges for prompts. I’ll probably get nowhere near completing them but a little diversity in what I read can only be a good thing.

Finally I just want to read what I already own or can get from the library. I have plenty so it shouldn’t be too hard but I’m prepared for the odd surprise to pop up that I must buy.


message 3: by Silvana (new)

Silvana (silvaubrey) | 992 comments I'm joining (too) many challenges this year:

120 books (all genres)
50 Sword
40 Laser
40 Female authors (all genres)
35 SFF stand alones
30 SFF short stories
20 SFF books for diversity challenge (1 for each category)
20 Non-fiction
15 Dead-tree TBR challenge (all genres)
And still continue with my overflowing TBR challenge (read 3-buy 1) and incomplete series challenge (finish 2-start 1), plus some team challenges.


message 4: by Trike (new)

Trike | 4913 comments I’m doing 117 books again in 2019, with a focus on chopping down my TBR.


message 5: by Trike (new)

Trike | 4913 comments I’m amused that GR just told me that I’ve read 0 of 117 books, saying “You’re on track!” 😆


message 6: by HeyT (new)

HeyT | 22 comments I'm trying to focus on reading mostly from the shelves at home rather than buying new or library reads. I also want to finish the trilogies and series that are on my shelves before I start new ones. I chose 50 for my goodreads yearly challenge because that's what I chose the first year and I like the symmetry of that being my goal every year.


message 7: by Qukatheg (new)

Qukatheg | 6 comments My goal for 2019 is to read more science fiction classics! It's so easy to stick with new releases but I really love the old stuff too so I'm going to make more of an effort to read that instead (or in addition to) the new.


message 8: by Sheila Jean (new)

Sheila Jean | 112 comments My personal goal is to finish off the stack of dead tree editions I've aquired, and not create a new stack to replace it :)


message 9: by Dara (new)

Dara (cmdrdara) | 2253 comments I set my goal at a modest 25 books. I did 30 in 2018 so I should be able to manage 25. My only goals are to finish the Broken Sky series and maybe read some big names I’ve missed over the years.


message 10: by DJay (new)

DJay (DJDJay) | 12 comments Going for 525. But this includes short books too. Last year I didn’t count a book unless it had at least 100 pages. This year I plan on including them. If anything it’s not how many books I read, but how many stories.


message 11: by Scott (new)

Scott (Dodger1379) | 113 comments Goal for the year is 52 books and 20,000 pages. A lot less than in previous years but I'm putting audio books aside for a while to catch up Podcasts that I've missed (Currently re-listening to We're Alive and am looking forward to starting Tanis, The Cleansed, The Black Tapes and Limetown) so the 52 will be printed word only.

I love audiobooks but there is so much great audio drama out there that I want to spend some time with those stories and see if I like them as much as audiobooks.


message 12: by KevBayer (new)

KevBayer (SporadicReviews) | 513 comments I set my goal at 50 again; same goal as last three years. 2017 and 2018 I hit 68 books (odd that it was the same number). 2016 I hit 54.


message 13: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 5267 comments Mod
I have the usual numeric goals:

75 total, 40 Sword, 20 Laser, 10 Graphic Novels, and I guess 5 misc. I'll likely read more than 75 total.

I have a bunch of nonfiction in audio I picked up during a sale last year. I also want to read some mysteries/thrillers. So something has to give.

Now I'm thinking I should reduce my Sword back to 35 like I did this year. Although I did 46, so there is some cushion.

Other goals include things like reading all the S&L picks, and as always reading down my owned and unread shelf (currently sitting at 146).


message 14: by David (new)

David (farrakut) | 751 comments I lowered my reading goal to 80 for this year; reaching 100 this year almost broke me (raising a baby takes time, who knew). No restrictions on what I read, other than trying to read more of what I own (66% for 2018... usually it's around 25%).


message 15: by Rick (new)

Rick | 2193 comments I don't do numeric goals but I want to make a significant dent in my TBR list (about 50 books in there right now) and read more outside of SFF.


message 16: by Matt (new)

Matt | 14 comments Setting a 75 book goal again this year. I passed it with 77 last year, so I’ll probably try for 80 actually. Starting the year with a Harry Potter reread!


message 17: by Tassie Dave, S&L Historian (new)

Tassie Dave | 2338 comments Mod
I don't set reading goals. How much I read depends on what else comes along to take up my limited spare time.

My only goal is to still be around to read at the end of the year ;-)


message 18: by Tracey (new)

Tracey | 36 comments I have some categories I want to try and read more of this year, but don't have specific goals for.

Canadian Authors
Sci-Fi Written By Women
International Authors (by which I mean authors from outside North America and the UK, which is what I read the most of)
Early/Classic Sci-Fi and Fantasy


message 19: by John (Taloni) (new)

John (Taloni) Taloni (JohnTaloni) | 2618 comments Tassie Dave wrote: "I don't set reading goals. How much I read depends on what else comes along to take up my limited spare time.

My only goal is to still be around to read at the end of the year ;-)"


So. Much. THIS!

I don't want to spoil anyone's fun so if some of the group is enjoying the reading goals, have at it! As for me I can't plan reading more than a few weeks in advance.

I'm also cynical and since Amazon owns Goodreads, the corporate reason for Goodreads to exist is to cause us to buy more books on Amazon. Well, and to view advertising. Amazon will get plenty of my money anyway, no need for a prompt.


message 20: by Colin (new)

Colin Forbes (colinforbes) | 264 comments I've set my Goodreads goal at 40 again this year. Haven't quite settled on my S&L goals yet.

I like tracking my progress year on year against the goodreads challenges, but I think I'm definitely reaching a plateau in terms of what I can consume in a year.

I'd like to make progress on reducing my TBR list, but with about 50 books already on there and the 12 monthly picks to at least consider, I won't be running out any time soon!

Most of all, for 2019, I hope you all get to read what you enjoy and enjoy what you read!


message 21: by AndrewP (new)

AndrewP (AndrewCa) | 2184 comments In 2018 I had a goal of 75 and read 91. As I'm working on a 'Wheel of Time' read I am going to leave my challenge at 75 for this year too.
My big goal is to read more books from my stack of physical, unread books stashed throughout my home. Last year I got through 41 and I hope to equal or better that this year.


message 22: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (J-Boo) | 207 comments Reduced my reading challenge goal from 65 to 58 this year because I've started online classes and figured school reading would limit how much time I have for leisure reading. 58 still might be kind of a stretch, but I guess I'll find out!


message 23: by Ben (new)

Ben | 53 comments I always aim for 10,000 pages. As I don't think a Memory of Light and We are Bob should count the same when considering how much you read.


message 24: by Caitlin (new)

Caitlin | 266 comments I went with 24 for the year, committing 10 for Sword and 10 for Laser. It's exactly what I did last year, so I'm thinking I might bump them up a little, but I'll have to think about it more.


message 25: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Richter (StephenofLongBeach) | 923 comments I am going to do 75 as I have a pile of non-fiction books I need to catch up with. along with a firm commitment to get rid of a "To Be Read" bookcase filled with fantasy titles. That is why my Sword Challenge is at 50 while my Laser is only 20 as I read all my SF from my "To Be Ride" bookcase in 2018.


message 26: by AndrewP (last edited Jan 02, 2019 10:14PM) (new)

AndrewP (AndrewCa) | 2184 comments Ben wrote: "I always aim for 10,000 pages. As I don't think a Memory of Light and We are Bob should count the same when considering how much you read."

Yeah, I generally do that too as it's a more accurate guage. Of course, you have to be carefull that you pick the correct edition in Goodreads too. Particularly with audio books. If I picked the paperback versions of all the audiobooks I listen too it would probably increase my page count by 10-15k :)


message 27: by Keith (new)

Keith (KeithATC) | 452 comments I set my goal at 75, with a specific program to work through some series I've been meaning to do forever (Flashman, Judge Dee, Lew Archer, Bernie Gunther), some stuff I want to reread (Chandler, Murakami), and the usual assortment of film, old time spooks, and history books I plow through for research and fun. I doubt I will hit the 75, but, you know. Dream big!


message 28: by Joseph (new)

Joseph | 1899 comments As I do every year, I'm lowballing initially (26) to give myself space to read a series or two full of big, fat novels, but if I blow past that, I'll bump the goal up. (Psychologically, I greatly prefer to start at 26 and bump it to 52 as opposed to starting at 52 and dropping it to 26.)

I did a lot of rereading last year, so this year I should probably try to focus more on reading new (to me, at least) stuff; having said which, when Alliance Rising: The Hinder Stars I comes out next week, that's going to result in me rereading a whole heck of a lot of C.J. Cherryh's Alliance/Union novels in the first part of the year.


message 29: by TRP (new)

TRP Watson (trpw) | 93 comments Just checked my books spreadsheet and appear to have read 88 of the Sword & Laser picks (including alternates) and have about 36 to go.
Quite a few of missing ones are scheduled this year on my TBR list (my TBR list is known to me as "The Symmetrical Book Stack" for Ghostbusters and original method of storage reasons).

BTW I can't help noting that a lot of the Sword choices are difficult to get in the UK as audiobooks


Rob wrote: "I have the usual numeric goals:

75 total, 40 Sword, 20 Laser, 10 Graphic Novels, and I guess 5 misc. I'll likely read more than 75 total.

I have a bunch of nonfiction in audio I picked up during ..."



message 30: by Minsta (new)

Minsta | 57 comments I always lose track of what I have read each year so I started off 2019 with a bullet journal with 2 pages dedicated to tracking all the books I read. My new year's resolution is to read every Sword and Laser book and I am off to a good start with Ninefox Gambit (hard to get through the first chapter but enjoying it at a quarter of the way through).


message 31: by Christos (new)

Christos | 52 comments I'm planning to read

180 audiobooks
60 Laser
60 Sword
40 Horror
20 Other

432 audio dramas (Mostly Doctor Who)
15 E-books/ physical books
60 short stories
1,500 comic books (I count issues not graphic novels)


message 32: by Trike (new)

Trike | 4913 comments Christos wrote: "I'm planning to read

180 audiobooks
60 Laser
60 Sword
40 Horror
20 Other

432 audio dramas (Mostly Doctor Who)
15 E-books/ physical books
60 short stories
1,500 comic books (I count issues not gra..."


Christos, we talked about this: you can not just subsist on Red Bull and Benzedrine. You need to sleep more than once a month.


message 33: by Iain (new)

Iain Bertram (Iain_Bertram) | 605 comments I have to read to mainta In sanity... It is my wind down by the end of the year.

I have upped my goal to 72 books for the year (after 100 this year). It will depend on work and how much marking I do.

My personal reading goals are to diversify the authors I read. This worked last year with when I managed 40 books written by women and several from non who’re cultures.

Read all 12 S&L picks.

I have a large number of books on my iPad waiting to go and continuously work on finding gems hidden in the local libraries ebook collection.

So far two books finished.


message 34: by Rik (new)

Rik | 777 comments My major goal is to whittle down the backlog of unlistened to audible books I have collected via their periodic sales.

Not starting any new series til I've done so though I'll continue ongoing series if books in them come out (The next Expanse book comes in March I believe).

I'm on the platinum plan with audible (24 credits all at once every year) so if I get to where I have to use them, you can only roll over a limited amount, I'll just pick up books in series I love but don't plan to re-listen to right away. Wheel of Time or Dresden Files most likely.


message 35: by Alex (new)

Alex | 72 comments Mine is short and simple: Read 24 books! I always manage to do 20 - 35 every year anyway. But I’d like to get a higher number because my TBR is 182 books alone xD


message 36: by Trike (new)

Trike | 4913 comments Alex wrote: "Mine is short and simple: Read 24 books! I always manage to do 20 - 35 every year anyway. But I’d like to get a higher number because my TBR is 182 books alone xD"

A worthy goal. Although I long for the days when my TBR was that short. I think I have 182 books with red covers in mine,


message 37: by Rob, Roberator (last edited Jan 09, 2019 12:32AM) (new)

Rob (robzak) | 5267 comments Mod
One of my main goals lately has been to read down my "owned-and-unread" shelf. So in that vein, I created a "owned-backlog" which lets me tag books I've read as having come from my backlog so I can see how well I'm doing.

I apparently did about 26% of my books last year from my backlog. Most of them in audio. I set it up so I have stats going back to 2012 (thanks to my handy Goodreads app)

The one thing it doesn't show me though is how many books I'm adding to that backlog every year. For me I'm considering anything a backlog book if I owned it for more than a month before I started reading it.

So some of my backlog books are short lived. Others have been there for years though.

I wish they gave me the metadata on when I tagged a shelf as "owned-and-unread" then I could generate those numbers. The closest I have is the date added, but often times I add a book to my read pile long before I catch a sale on it.

Anyways here's what my App spit out after I added this feature (and went back through the last 6 years of books to fix my shelves). The formatting doesn't look to be very good on here.

Backlog Counts:

Year Total Read Backlog Read Backlog Books Backlog Audio
---------------------------------------------------------------------
2012 36 1 (2.78%) 1 (2.78%) 0 (0.00%)
2013 107 7 (6.54%) 3 (2.80%) 4 (3.74%)
2014 134 3 (2.24%) 1 (0.75%) 2 (1.49%)
2015 109 12 (11.01%) 8 (7.34%) 4 (3.67%)
2016 90 16 (17.78%) 11 (12.22%) 5 (5.56%)
2017 81 11 (13.58%) 3 (3.70%) 8 (9.88%)
2018 101 26 (25.74%) 7 (6.93%) 19 (18.81%)


message 38: by Caitlin (new)

Caitlin | 266 comments Hmmm... Can you use the "Started Date" as your purchase date? Or are you already using that functionality to keep track of what you're actually reading?
Alternatively, set up an "Unread" account and add use it to add purchase dates using the read date function, and then reconcile the two accounts occasionally?


message 39: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 5267 comments Mod
I totally forgot that goodread let's you track books you own with a purchase date. I don't recall if that's included in the csv export I use though.

If not, the easiest workaround I can think of is creating shelves like "owned-2019" etc.

If I did that, I could get rid my owned-backlog shelf and use it for the same purpose. I would require trying to figure out when I bought hundreds of books though, and a bunch more shelves.

Needless to say I am considering it.


message 40: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 5267 comments Mod
Ooh. I just looked at the data and there is a field for purchase date and purchase location. Unfortunately I typically only fill that information in after I finish reading it/while I'm writing my review.

So all I need to do if go through my 145+ books on my owned and unread shelf and add in the purchase details >.<

That should be a fun weekend project!


message 41: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Richter (StephenofLongBeach) | 923 comments That would be a depressing project !! What is going to happen when you realize you own a book for a decade and still have not gotten around to it? I know because the Audible has that information on it when you check out your Library. The Pioneers by James Fenimore Cooper has still been un-listened to, and I have had it for 8 years and 2 months !!


message 42: by David (new)

David (farrakut) | 751 comments Haha, I have had a book on my shelf for 9 years now, and I'm okay with it. I'll get to it! Another friend of mine has had a book on her shelves for 20 years (it's from an unfinished Melanie Rawn trilogy so I think she's waiting for the final book--GRRM/Rothfuss fans have nothing on her).


message 43: by Joseph (new)

Joseph | 1899 comments My personal record, I think, is reading for the first time in 2012 the copy of The Last Unicorn I bought sometime in the early 1990s. But I'm pretty sure I have unread books on my shelves that I've owned even longer than that.

Someday ...


message 44: by AndrewP (new)

AndrewP (AndrewCa) | 2184 comments I don't add all the books I buy to my To-Be-Read shelf, that would be too depressing :) I like to pretend I'm making a dent in the pile. 2019 so far: - read 2, bought 2, that's a win in my book.


message 45: by Tassie Dave, S&L Historian (new)

Tassie Dave | 2338 comments Mod
I have unread books from the early 80s.

I'm sure if I look, I could find 1 or 2 from the late 70s ;-)

Needless to say they are very unlikely to ever be read.


message 46: by David (new)

David (farrakut) | 751 comments So why are those in particular unread? Mine is just "haven't gotten around to it" or "not in the mood for WWII-era Japanese historical fiction at this point in time"


message 47: by Dara (new)

Dara (cmdrdara) | 2253 comments "Not in the mood" for me.


message 48: by Stephen (last edited Jan 09, 2019 08:35PM) (new)

Stephen Richter (StephenofLongBeach) | 923 comments I did the The Last Unicorn because my goal last year was " Read all the skinny books you Own" . The only one I have not read is Gobbolino The Witch's Cat. Still disappointed it was not nominated in the 1942 Hugo Retro vote and do not want to open that heartbreak.


message 49: by Carrie (new)

Carrie  | 50 comments I'm hoping to get through more of my owned books then library ones. It really becomes addicting adding books to my hold list and forgetting about the ones I've actually spent money on.

I'm also doing a year of Sanderson, where I read at least 1 book buy him a month.


message 50: by Trike (new)

Trike | 4913 comments Tassie Dave wrote: "I have unread books from the early 80s.

I'm sure if I look, I could find 1 or 2 from the late 70s ;-)”


Same.

Tassie Dave wrote: "Needless to say they are very unlikely to ever be read."

Not same. #EternalOptimist


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