Reading in February

Oh boy. 10 books. I knew it was bad but I didn’t realize it was that bad. Yikes. Oh well, such is life….

5 were from the Cybils shortlist
4 were graphic novels
3 were audiobooks
1 was non-fiction
1 was YA.

A well-rounded ten books but still, sheesh. Must do better in March, haha.

Reading In January

January was a better reading month than I thought. A total of 15 books (I thought it was much less.)

4 Non-fiction
1 Audiobook
4 YA
1 Queer
1 Short Story

I wonder if I can do as well in February — could be tough since I’ll be on vacation for more than a week (with a lot of tough work projects in the works, too.)

2015 Reading Challenges

Happy New Year etc. etc. etc.

In 2015 I want to read 250 books (which is fewer than I read this year BUT could be a stretch based on the other things that will be happening in my world in 2015.

I’m going to do the Cybil Shortlist again, of course.

I want to read 10 books from my stacks.

I want to listen to 20 audiobooks.

I really enjoyed catching up on sequels and prequels in 2014 so I’m going to do that again this year and also go in search of books I haven’t read by authors I’ve enjoyed.

Nothing too challenging on this list, really. Hopefully.

Did you set any reading goals for yourself?

Year In Review: Reading, Art Journaling and Filofaxes

Well. 2014 was… rough. All around rough. It was also awesome. That’s pretty much what I say every year, isn’t it? Good with the bad and all that sort of thing.

I did almost NO art journaling. I did a lot of doodling and I made a clipboard and a water bottle — so there was art and craft in my life, just not in my altered book or my art journals. Poop.

I loved my Filofaxes and my Every Day journal. Loved. (Though there were a couple of rough spots with both, when life got really crazy or when JMP was here visiting. I fell behind a bit and then struggled to get back on track.)

Reading… I’m going to stop making stretch goals. I wanted to read 300 books this year and I didn’t. I read 253 books — which is pretty much my yearly average. I’m not unhappy with that, just saying that I didn’t hit the big 300.

I wanted to read 12 books from my stacks, I read 4. I also read several that were purchased this year which keeps them from becoming “from my stacks” lol. I really really need to do a better job of this. Obviously.

I wanted to read/listen to 12 audiobooks and read 26. Yay. I should have had a bigger goal, lol.

This is the first year I didn’t read all of the Cybils. I ditched one about three minutes into the audio. It just wasn’t for me. Another one can’t be checked out at my library AND I can’t seem to buy it on my Kindle so I’m screwed unless I want to buy a hard copy and I do not. So. Blah. It was a good year for Cybils and also a not good year. I found quite a few that I just didn’t like very much — that doesn’t usually happen with Cybils. There were some others that I absolutely 100% LOVED and will stay with me forever.

I also wanted to catch up on sequels and prequels and I did a darn good job of that. Really good. I’m very pleased with myself and am super glad I added this as a challenge item.

I put 84 books on my Favorites list. I think that might be a record high for me.

I put 9 books on my Do Not Read This list. I think that might be a record low for me, lol.

2014 is a wrap — onward to 2015.

Filofax, Reading, Art Journaling and Stuff in December

As expected, it was a rough month for doing all of the things. That doesn’t mean it was a bad month, it was a pretty darn good month because Christmas and family and the weather wasn’t even that damn bad. Yay for December 2014.

I did a little doodling. A used my Filofaxes when I needed to and ignored them during the holidays. I got both of them set up for 2015 and I’m super excited about this. SUPER excited.

It was a slow month for reading, obviously, but better than I expected. I’m about 2/3 of the way through one more book and I might finish it today. Maybe. But I’m going to call the month DONE and get this up so I can do my year totals and go ahead and start the new year tracking because, why not? Right?

19 books total.

Just one audiobook.

1 short story which I’m counting as a book because I make the rules.

1 YA

10 Non-fiction, 7 from the Cybils shortlist.

1 from my stacks.

Not bad, really.

Reading In November

It wasn’t a bad month, all things considering — and boy there were a lot of things to consider. I read a lot of really awesome books and a few clunkers. Maybe more than a few — I’m trying not to remember those.

Total for the month was 17.

7 were YA
6 were from the Cybils shortlist (I quit one of those after five minutes of audio. ugh)
4 were audio
4 were non-fiction
2 were lesbian fiction

Yep, pretty darn good month all things considered. I’ll take it.

Reading In October

My numbers look better than it really was because I blogged so many of the August/September children’s books which means I didn’t count them in August/September and get to count them for October. And of course, it was a #readathon month. LOL. Lots of children’s fiction…

41 books total!

28 were from the Cybils shortlist (which is good because I had fallen way behind there.)
Only 1 was YA. Weird, but I read a lot of middle grade stuff, too.
11 non-fiction
2 graphic novels

You’ll notice no audio books — we did finish one audio book but I’m waiting til November to blog it because it’s related to another one we’re listening to now. Blogging them both together makes more sense.

Onward — I really need to finish the Cybils before the holiday season arrives. Wish me luck — I’m going to need it.

Reading In September

Hell.

It was a children’s books/non-fiction kind of month. Which makes sense. A total of 24 books which sounds better than it really was.

3 audiobooks (all for children)
5 from the Cybils shortlist
11 Non-fiction.
1 adult fiction (which is not something I usually mention because duh but in this case, have to mention it since I really read so little this month.

I’m also still catching up a bit from the books I read with JMP while he was here. Since I haven’t been able to blog them, I’m going to count them in October even though we read them in September. It would be too complicated to do otherwise.

I really need to catch up on the book blogging… that’s my real October goal, I think?

Reading In August

Oh boy. Good thing I planned to NOT read very much in August because man, I really didn’t read much.

17 total.

5 non-fiction
1 graphic novel
1 YA
6 children’s fiction
3 were Cybils
1 was queer
1 audio

Sheesh. Must read more — even if it’s more children’s fiction.

Reading in July

All things considered, this wasn’t a bad reading month. It wasn’t great but with an entire week of non-reading (BlogHer ’14) I’m pretty pleased with how it went.

15 Total

2 – Audio
1 – LGBT
2 – Non-Fiction
7 – Cybils
5 – Graphic Novels (these were all YA graphic novels)

Not bad at all. I’m looking forward to August where I see a lot of non-fiction and a lot of children’s fiction/cybils in my life.