Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Reading Resolution

Okay, so I made a resolution for 2016.  I know, I know.  I'm not a resolution keeper.  But I thought this would be good for me and that I'd be able to do it.  I would read and review one new-to-me author every month.

I tried.  Really I did.  I bought a book in January by an author I'd never heard of.  And I tried reading it.  Ummmmm.  DNF.  I tried several times in February.  DNF.  (I actually didn't read a single entire book in February, but I was deep in getting a book ready for release.) 

March, I read and reviewed two books by new-to-me authors.  One I had been meaning to read and one I'd never heard of.

April, I read and reviewed one book by someone I'd never heard of.  But it was on my Kindle for a long time.

May, nada. 

June, I read and reviewed one.  It was a free download, if I remember right.

July, I read and reviewed five books by authors I'd never read before.  Two of them, I'd been meaning to read and the others were new to me.  Some I bought and some I got for free.  (Can't remember which ones are which, though.)

So far this month, I've read and reviewed one book by someone I hadn't read before.  Someone I should've read a long time ago.  A writer I've known - online anyway - for years.  I feel really bad that I haven't gotten around to reading and reviewing books by people I like, but I'm working on it. 

Anyway, I'm up to eight new-to-me books downloaded, read, and reviewed this year, and while it hasn't been one a month, the average is there. 

What are your reading goals looking like this year?  Did you make any goals beyond how many books you plan to read?  Read a classic or two, read new authors, try new genres? 


  1. My reading goal is dismal. 12 books behind schedule (and I can't blame THAT on the Olympics!). But I refuse to adjust my goal. I'd still like to reach it!

  2. Nope. No goals other than mine Goodreads challenge of 200 books. I'm ahead of schedule. I'll give you a couple of names if you're still looking for new-to-you authors. Michelle Sagara and her Chronicles of Elantra series. Fantasy. Fell in love with her world building. Suzanne Johnson/Susannah Sandlin. I read her Johnson penname's The Consort. Fae Wild Hunt headquartered in New Orleans. I enjoyed the heck out of it. The Sandlin persona writes paranormal and humorous romantic suspense. Check her out. Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid series. If you like Jim Butcher, you should like Hearne. Go forth and read! ;)

  3. I don't like reading reviews, especially on Goodreads as most of them seem to be re-writes of the blurb. Such a waste of time. What I want to know is did you enjoy it? Were the characters & believeable? Did the story flow for you? And I can't stand all the crap they put in with the reviews, pictures / waving hands / film clips set on a loop. Just more flashy crap to scroll past IMHO. So as I don't read reviews I don't write them very often either. It has to be a really good story or one of those "out of the ballpark" / "off the wall" quirky ones that you just want to tell everyone else about.

    I have tried to read new authors as I got a little bored with some of my favs that are on book 22 in a series - yawn unless they actually take it somewhere. In the past month, I've read the Ultimate series by Lori Foster which I really enjoyed. I love a contemporary romance now and again. And the Off-Campus series by another new to me author Elle Kennedy.

    Like Silver I love Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid series, especially Oberon. I tried the Jim Butcher but didn't get with the programme and gave up after the first book. I've also been loving on Cynthia Eden's books.

  4. I've read mostly nonfiction this year and a couple of biographies. I'd really like to find a good historical novel, especially by a new to me author.