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My Reading Resolutions for 2016

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I’m not one to make New Year’s Resolutions, but rather to reflect on my goals and progress, which I wrote about (a long time ago) HERE.  One tradition I started 4 years ago is to review my year’s worth of reading and make new Reading Resolutions. I began using Goodreads three years ago and wrote about Everything I Love About Goodreads as I got started with it.

My reading goals for 2015 were:

1. Read 50 books

2. Get out of my reading comfort zone and read different genres

3. Have family “Read to Self” time

2015 books

I missed my goal by only reading 49 books, however, with publishing Breaking Out of Isolation this year I feel like I can count that book a couple of times since I reread it several times over in the revising/editing process.

Of these 49 books, 20 were fiction and 29 were non-fiction. With my new interest in running (in effort to find balance in my life) I read 7 books about running, so I guess you could say I read a new genre. I finished up 2015 by going back to the classics and read To Kill a Mockingbird, one of those required books in high school that I never actually read. I also ended the year with a few other books in the process, because I never read just one book at a time; I always have several books going in different places (one on my kindle app, one in my office, one with my boys for bedtime, one on my nightstand…maybe book ADHD?). As I continue to reflect on myself as a reader I am also aware of my multiple stacks of purchased books that I have not yet read.

So, my Reading Resolutions for 2016 are:

1. Read 50 books

2. Work on reading from my purchased to-read stacks

3. Continue to have family “Read to Self” time

Next on my list is to post my reading resolutions at school and visit each classroom to read to them and talk about reading goals.

 

My Reading Resolutions for 2015

Books I read in 2014:

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This is my 3rd year in a row of writing Reading Resolutions with the new year. You can find previous Reading Resolutions I’ve written in this post. I began using Goodreads two years ago and wrote about Everything I Love About Goodreads as I got started with it.

My goals for 2014 included:

1. Read 55 books (not including picture books)

2. Read one professional book a month

3. Have family “Read to Self” time

This year I did not meet my goal of reading 55 books, yet I wonder how few books I would have read if I didn’t have a goal at all? As I review the books I did read, what is not reflected are books that I have reread this year as I read them for staff/admin book studies or gone back to books that had such an impact on me like The Miracle Morning, High Impact Instruction, Lean In and Digital Leadership. Although I do not have statistics to prove this, I also believe I read fewer books, because I read more blog posts, read a few book drafts as a peer reviewer (so I couldn’t log them on Goodreads), and spent more time writing (a future book to be published!) I also realize once again that when I don’t read much fiction, I don’t read as much overall. I’ve written about this previously in Sharing My Reading Life.  Just in time to make my Reading Resolutions, my good friend, Leah Whitford posted that she’s going to take on the following Reading Challenge:

2015 Reading Challenge

In the words of Barney Stinson, “Challenge Accepted!” 

In all seriousness though, I think this is exactly what I need to get out of my reading comfort zone for 2015. I don’t feel like I need a goal of reading a professional book a month, because it’s such an ingrained habit for me to always be reading one, that I know I will do it anyways (or close to it).

When I shared this with a teacher in my building she said that her class already made a 2nd grade version of this list for their class to challenge themselves. What a great idea!

So, my Reading Resolutions for 2015 are…

1. Read 50 books

2. Get out of my reading comfort zone and read different genres

3. Have family “Read to Self” time

 

Next on my list…post my new Reading Resolutions at school for students to see and decide how else to share with them and challenge them to read a lot and challenge themselves.

 

My Reading Resolutions for 2014

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A new tradition for myself each New Year is to make Reading Resolutions, which I made last year in this post.  Just like any goal, I like to review my progress and make new goals.

In 2013 my reading resolutions included:

1. Use Goodreads to track my reading.  I have used it all year and love using Goodreads. I have found that I get many new book ideas added to my list, thanks to those that I follow on Goodreads that have similar book interests.

2. Have family “Read-to-Self” time with my kids. With sports schedules, I haven’t been as faithful to this as I would like. We read together everyday, but not as “read to self.” I also realize that I often don’t, because I don’t trust that my son is reading. We just had a conversation about this and just as teachers need to extend that trust to their students that they are reading, I need to do the same at home with my own child!
3. Read 1 professional book a month I wasn’t faithful to finishing one each month, but I did read 12 total this year.

4. Read 280 books. In this goal, 55 were to be for novels, professional books and kids’ chapter books.  I hit 51, which is pretty darn close and I am almost certain that number would have been much lower if I hadn’t made a goal at all (that’s why goals are good to have!).  As for the rest adding up to 280 for picture books. I don’t know. I wasn’t faithful to adding books into Goodreads, because I would often read those books to my kids at bedtime, doze off and forget to put them in. I’m not going to put pressure/guilt on myself about recording these this year.

I liked these goals last year and am going to basically stick with them again:

2014 Reading Resolutions

1. Read 55 books (not including picture books)

2. Read one professional book a month

3. Have family “Read to Self” time

 

2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
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