50 in 2015
IF you counted the above book covers you would see that I came in WELL under my goal of 50 books in 2015 at number 23…not even half…
I started the year off strong, really strong at about a book a week and I was SURE I would make my goal and maybe even surpass it but around the summer time, I began to slow down, almost to a dead stop. I ended the year reading about one book per month.
It may come as a surprise that I am not at all disappointed in myself, but, I’m not and here is why…
-I read 23 books in a year, 23!
-Every author (except Gail Z. Martin) was a new author for me
-Multiple genres were embraced
-Personal contact was made with almost every author on the list
-My contacts in the publishing world increased
-I trusted the project and it lead me to The Charlotte Writer’s Group (and life hasn’t been the same since)
Although not disappointed in myself, it doesn’t mean the project was without it’s learning experiences.
Here is what I learned:
-Setting a number based goal is fine, just keep it a reasonable one.
Unless you are seasoned in reading a book a week, it is a lot of work and you may want to give yourself a bit more time. I know I will.
-Excitement is a very good thing but can lead to inconsistency.
The start of the project had a beautiful flow and I loved it but as I found more authors work I wanted to read, I soon found my stack of “to read” a lot higher than my “read”. When someone is counting on your review (and authors that I read this year did), following through is colossally better than promises. One regret I have from not reaching my goal is all of the authors that I didn’t get to 😦
-Beware the burnout.
Burnout can seep into every part of your life if you let it. By the midway point of this project not only was reading a chore at times BUT so was blogging and even my day job. For someone who LOVES to read, has a website that requires written content and a job that doesn’t feel like a job most days, this was a BIG deal. My point here is to challenge yourself but not make the pressure so great it isn’t fun anymore.
Every book I was able to get read for this project was chosen because it sounded like something that I would like, and you know what, I DID! That meant that about 20 authors got 4-5 star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. That kind of goodness adds up!
-Never underestimate the power of connecting.
It was no secret that this project started in a book launch event last January. From there I must have been introduced to well over 50 authors over the course of the year. Most of those have more than one work published. That is more than enough to keep me reading/reviewing/blogging for years to come…and that is without counting this ones I’ve yet to meet 🙂
What is the goal for 2016?
YES, there is a goal for this year BUT it will not be number based. I’m not saying I will never do a number based goal again, I just don’t want to this time.
I already have a small stack of the books that I didn’t get to last year but I found this list (can’t remember where, sorry) and I will be growing this year’s project around it…because it sounds like fun…
- A book published this year
- A book you can finish in a day
- A book you have been meaning to read
- A book recommended by a local librarian or bookseller
- A book you should have read in school
- A book chosen by your spouse, partner, sibling, a child, and/or BFF
- A book published before you were born
- A book that was banned at some point
- A book you previously abandoned
- A book you own but haven’t read
- A book that intimidates you
- A book you have already read
If you can think of any that I should add, please give me a shout!
A great BIG world was opened to us through the 50 in 2015 project and we are STOKED to be diving into 2016!
If you are taking on a reading goal this year, reach out and let us know! We’d love to cheer you on!