Did you meet your 2023 reading goals? What are your 2024 goals for reading?

January 1, 2024 12:13am CST
Good Morning and Happy New Year! My question today is for those of you who had reading goal(s) for 2023 did you accomplish them? I had a really good/ and not-so-good reading year last year I surpassed my overall reading goal of all kinds of books by over two hundred. My goal was 20 books and I ended up reading 228. I picked 20 books as a goal because it was an easy goal and it ended up being too easy. I wanted 230 after I got in the 200s but alas, I missed those last two books. But that is okay. There is a goal I missed which was on my Kindle. I had my goal of 100 (My Kindle keeps track of it and tells me at the end of the year how many I read) I read 95 Kindle books out of the 100 that were my goal. so that is not bad! I always stop putting books on Goodreads for reasons I don't know why so I never make my goal on it. However, I might try to add titles with ratings instead of reviews so I can accomplish a goal. This year I will try to read 25 books overall On my Kindle, I entered 75 this morning before I wrote this. What was your reading goal for 2023 and did you accomplish it?
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@LadyDuck (457413)
• Switzerland
1 Jan
Good morning and Happy New Year to you Jennifer. I have set no goals, but what I will continue to try is to have good health.
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1 Jan
Good Morning and Happy New Year to you, too! Trying to continue to have good health is better than setting goals. Goals for reading are really important to me so that is the reason I set them.
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@LadyDuck (457413)
• Switzerland
1 Jan
@LovesEverybody The important is to remain healthy, then trying to keep a good moral.
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1 Jan
@LadyDuck I agree. I have two health problems I wish I didn't have. Unfortunately, all I can do is take my medications on one and the other one I can't do a lot, and I make sure I don't get on the floor as I cannot get up easily because of my arthritis in my knee. I try to keep a good moral. My dad was very big on teaching my sister and I that
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@shaggin (71659)
• United States
9 Jan
I am sure you will hit your goal of 25 for the years since you read so many last year. I am so impressed you read so many books that is wonderful!
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@shaggin (71659)
• United States
11 Jan
@LovesEverybody maybe you need a short break from books and try something else
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10 Jan
Thank you! I have seemed to hit a reading slump and can't find a good book to read. I have read three books this month only. I keep abandoning books as I find fault with them.
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11 Jan
@shaggin That is a good idea. Actually, I spent one or two days without reading. I think I am going to listen to several YouTube videos a day so I am not reading constantly. The YouTube videos would give me a break from reading. However, my peer loaned me some books yesterday from an author we both love and I finished one of the books the day she brought them. The book I finished was not technically a book, but rather a 50-page novella that was a thriller that was a take on O'Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" I sat down before bed and read the whole thing and it felt so good. I think I like the library book I started yesterday morning. at least I haven't decided to abandon it yet. I think I needed to read a book that was really, really good like the novella I read to get into reading again as when I start to read a good book I don't want to stop!
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@Tina30219 (81539)
• Onaway, Michigan
11 Jan
Congratulations to you on beating your goal I did not set one because I have series I need to finish before I get into more. I am not setting a goal again this year wither
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11 Jan
I understand I am the type who needs a reading goal or I get all upset and anxious. I need to start following more goals in reading as I am getting anxious
@just4him (305509)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 Jan
I don't make reading goals. I make writing goals. There was a time in my life when I read more than I wrote. Those days are long gone. I might read a couple books this year. I know I have seven books I want to read. I need to find time to read them.
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@just4him (305509)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
4 Jan
@LovesEverybody It's writing. Even what you write on here is writing. But to write a novel as I do is beyond many people's capabilities. You're not alone.
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4 Jan
You are lucky you can write so well. I don't have the talent you have to write but I do write in my journal. I don't know if that can count as writing though
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4 Jan
@just4him I never thought of what I do on here as writing. Yes, a novel is way beyond my ability
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@kobesbuddy (74420)
• East Tawas, Michigan
16 Mar
I don't have a reading goal set, but it would be fun to start doing this! I just always have a book to read. If it's not good, I just stuff it into the library return box! lol
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@kobesbuddy (74420)
• East Tawas, Michigan
19 Mar
@LovesEverybody I have been notified that I needed to return a book. When I call them, they discover that the book is somewhere in one of the book return boxes. I have never returned a book late, they should know that by now:) I asked them to order one book. They called and said it arrived at the library, so I went and picked it up. Two weeks later, they said that they had another book I had ordered. I itched my head, because I hadn't ordered another book. It was the same book I had already returned, that came from another library! Two books, the same one I just read and had returned:(
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20 Mar
@kobesbuddy I don't know if the books I returned and they said I didn't were in the book boxes or not. They don't tell me. I just know I look at the receipt of books the library gives me when I leave and I bring back each one and when I bring to the book box one is always missing. Once I looked over my receipt to see if I had all the books I checked out and the receipt said I had a book I didn't have. I had to call the library as I wasn't paying overdue fines when I didn't have a book the computers said I had and I didn't.
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19 Mar
I do find it fun to make reading goals! I always have a book to read also! I don't use the library return box because I adore the librarians but every time I put a few books in the return box, I look on the library website and they always say there is one book I didn't return. I call, tell them, they say they will look for it, and they call back saying they found it! it causes such anxiety that I take them in. Two weeks ago my sister and I walked all the way to the library in the pouring rain to take books back when I wasn't borrowing any that week
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@dgobucks226 (34300)
2 Jan
Although I set goals to accomplish, I may not achieve them all completely. Different goals have different priorities with me. Some take on a more urgent focus and need to be accomplished while others are less important. For example, coordinating my taxes and submitting them on time over exercising every day. It's a good thing to test yourself with goals. Getting to a goal is very satisfying!
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@dgobucks226 (34300)
5 Jan
@LovesEverybody Well, I don't set out to set goals in a deliberate sense. I might set a goal like exercising more often or for a longer time period to improve my health, which is something I have done. I guess my exercise goals would be similar to your goals of reading a certain number of books. My view is that goal setting is more pronounced in some people while others not so much. Perhaps factors like aging or personality play into this, but I'm not sure.
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7 Jan
@dgobucks226 Maybe it is aging that has to do with my goals. As I get older in my early 50s I set my goals and become more competitive with myself for goals. I have a lot of goals this year.
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5 Jan
I understand completely about priorities and your goals Yes, getting your taxes done and submitting them should be the most important of your goals. Do you make other goals that you prioritize besides taxes since taxes are over on April 15 and you have the rest of the year?
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@AmbiePam (85288)
• United States
1 Jan
I didn’t have any reading goals, but it’s great that you did so well at yours.
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1 Jan
Thank you! I am a person who needs goals in reading or else I get very nervous and anxious
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@snowy22315 (169619)
• United States
1 Jan
I don't make reading goals for myself. I read most days though, so I think that is enough. I wish you luck with your goals though..
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1 Jan
reading most days is enough for sure! I read something last year and the number of people who don't read at all is amazingly high. Good for you reading most days! Thank you for the wish of luck on my goals!
• United States
8 Jan
Happy New Year Jennifer!! wow I'm impressed by how many books you read in 2023. I hit a few reading slumps throughout the year and only managed to read 23 books total. Normally I don't set myself a goal in numbers but I might for this upcoming year.
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9 Jan
Happy New Year to you!!! Thank you! I spent a lot of time doing nothing but reading library books so that is how I read so much. Believe it or not, with my total I had a few reading slumps, too. For a while, lasting a couple of months I wasn't doing well at all. I did nothing during those times but read. Reading 23 books is super! Some people, like my sister, read no books at all out of choice. If you are the type who doesn't normally make the number of books read then that is fine, but if you think you might want to why not try for a month to see if it works for you? Personally, I need to keep track of my numbers. it is just something about me. Have a super day!
@MALUSE (69416)
• Germany
1 Jan
For me, reading is a hobby, not a job. So I don't set goals. I don't understand why someone would do this. What for? Personal satisfaction or to impress others?
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1 Jan
Personal satisfaction. I find it more enjoyable when I reach my goal. I find since I hit my 50s I am more competitive with myself. what is the purpose of doing something I am doing if I am not doing the absolute best I can do?
@JESSY3236 (18886)
• United States
2 Jan
I did the reading challenge on Goodreads. I had put 18 books for the challenge and I read 19 books. I haven't done the challenge yet. I will on Friday since that's when I will finish this audiobook I'm listening to. I am thinking of setting it back to 10 since I know I can get past ten.
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5 Jan
Hooray, you surpassed your goal! I don't remember my Goodreads goal. However, I changed my general goal for this year to 15 books as I feel like you, and know I can read 15 goals. this goal is not on Goodreads which confuses me!
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