Winter 2014-2015 Reading Quarter Complete

Winter Reading Quarter

My winter reading quarter has come to an end.  And you know what that means…. Spring is almost here!  Yay!  We had a snowstorm today but starting this weekend temps will be in the 40s and next week maybe even 50!  I love spring so much!

My goal for winter quarter was to read 13 books.  I blew past my goal!  I ended the quarter with a total of 36 books read!  Ever since I started keeping track of the books I read, this is my best quarter yet!

My goal for spring reading quarter is to read 15 books.  I’ll be spending more time driving this quarter as March and May are my driving months for carpool.  And due to circumstances at work I may end up having to drive in April too.

Here is a recap of the books I read:

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Before I Go by Colleen Oakley
  • The Undertaker’s Daughter by Kate Mayfield
  • The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose
  • Alistair Grim’s Odditorium by Gregory Funaro
  • Ticker by Lisa Mantchev
  • The Accidental Empress by Allison Patacki
  • Esther: Royal Beauty by Angela Hunt
  • The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton
  • The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens
  • The Far End of Happy by Kathryn Craft
  • It Starts With Food by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig
  • A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  • After Midnight by Diane Shute
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
  • Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
  • Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Marmar
  • California by Edan Lepucki
  • At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen
  • Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
  • The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel
  • Hush by Stacy R. Campbell
  • Eden West by Pete Hautman
  • Elizabeth I & Her Circle by Susan Doran
  • My Daylight Monsters by Sarah Dalton
  • Entice by Erica Crouch
  • Haunted by Lynn Carthage
  • Ignite by Erica Crouch
  • Incite by Erica Crouch
  • Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
  • Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (reread)

2014 Year In Review

I hope everybody had a great New Year’s Eve!  I know I did.  This past year was a great year for reading!  I set my goal based on the books I was able to read in 2013.  My goal was to read 60 books in 2014 and I was able to blow that number out of the water!

2014 GlanceA lot of the books I read were free Kindle books I got through Amazon.  Many of them were not worth reading and were super fast reads.  The total number of pages I read came out to 35,900!

Here are the books I read during the year in reverse order.

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11Taking into consideration the number of crappy novels and novellas I read this year I decided to set my goal for 2015 to read 75 books.  I am going to be participating in two challenges as well.  The 2015 TBR Pile Challenge and the 2015 NetGalley Challenge.

How many books do you want to read this year?

Fall 2014 Reading Quarter – Fail

Since summer 2012 I have divided the year into reading quarters.  I may have mentioned this before on this blog but I can’t remember.  Before I created this blog I used to post them on my original blog, Minnesotascatterbrain.  So if you’re interested in my previous reading quarters, you can check them out here.  Every quarter I give myself a goal of a certain number of books I want to read.  This is the first quarter that I have not met my goal.  In fact, I usually exceed my goal.  Only once have I read exactly the number of my goal.  So this being the first time I haven’t reached that goal disappoints me but at the same time, it doesn’t because it’s only the first time.  My goal was 13 books but I was short by 3.

Best book read: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Worst book read: Her First American by Lore Segal (followed closely by Go Ask Alice by Anonymous)

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Reading Logs

I don’t know about you but I like to keep a running log of the books that I read.  It’s nice to be able to look back and see that I have read something.  I especially love being able to look back at the books I read during a particular time in my life.  It helps me to remember what kind of mood I was in at the time.  And it’s just nice to remember what books I have read and which ones I may have never finished (oops)!

IMG_20140930_194922In 2010 I created a reading log out of a composition notebook that I had.  It was very easy.  I just had to use a ruler to create the different columns for the information that I wanted to keep track of.  To make the cover, I just used scrapbook paper, stickers, rubber cement and Modge Podge.  Basically I used the rubber cement to glue the paper onto the notebook covers (I did the same thing on the back cover).  Then I put the stickers on the front and put Modge Podge over it all to keep the paper from getting damaged.

IMG_20140930_195000I love bright colors so for recording the books I bought a set of colored RSVP pens.  I used each color twice before moving on to the next color.  My columns are as follows:

Date Started, Date Finished, Title and Author, Number of Pages and one last column to mark if it was a library book, Kindle book, borrowed, or a re-read.

I also like to give myself a goal for each season.  I divide the year up into the four seasons.  Winter season overlaps years.  Each season is made up into 3 months.  Winter: December, January, February – Spring: March, April, May – Summer: June, July, August – Fall: September, October, November.  At the start of each season, which I usually call quarters, I make a goal for the number of books I want to read.  I always record how many I read that season at the top of the page.

IMG_20140930_195034At the back of the book I keep track of what my goal was for the quarter and how well I did.

IMG_20140930_195047Then in another part of the back of the notebook I keep track of my Goodreads Yearly Reading Challenge Stats.  I love using Goodreads to keep track of my books, find new books to read, see what my friends are reading.  One thing I especially love about Goodreads is the yearly reading challenge.  Every year you can give yourself a goal for the challenge and as you log the books you read it counts them towards your challenge.

goodreads2Last year my goal was to read 48 books and I ended up reading 59!  So for this year I decided to make my goal 60 books.  I surprised myself by meeting that goal WAY early and really surpassing it!

goodreads1I’m at 87 books already and I still have 3 full months to add to that total!  And even better, only one of those months is my month to drive for carpool so I will have plenty of time to rack up the total!

Do you like to keep a reading log of some kind?