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Goodreads Reading Challenge

Okay, confession. I did technically beat my reading goal of 16 last year by one whole “book.” However, three or four of my books were Dr. Seuss books, cause I love me some Dr. Seuss and read some new ones this last year. One was a book I just skimmed. At least three reads were really freaking short. And last, but not least, one book was started the previous year, and I had gotten at least a third, if not half of the way through it by then.


Needless to say, it’s a high priority to beat that this year. I get so jealous of people who read like 50+ books a year. WHAT KIND OF VOODOO IS THAT?!

Now, I know, part of my reading slump over the last couple of years was selection. I wasn’t picking up things I really wanted to read. Part is poor time management. I just can’t balance my life! A small part is an anthology I’m reading full of four 250 to 300 page “novellas” – I have one left, and it’s like, come on!

But the biggest reason, after selection, was trying to read too many books at once. I got overwhelmed, and well, I decided to binge on YouTube instead.

That makes perfect sense, right? 🤔

Its not a good excuse, but it is a reason. So, I’m back to one book at a time. I can’t read multiple books at a time any better than I can write multiple books at a time. If anyone were to look at my “reading now” list, it looks like I’m reading 7 books right now. I’m not, technically. I’ve either already read them, or they’re non-fiction, and I can multitask non-fiction books, kind of. One of them is a comic book that I forgot I was reading though. I’ll get to it. ^_^

In any case, I’m already one book down for the year, and I’ll be done with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by the end of the week!! VOODOO!! 😛 I’ve picked a goal of 23 books. It isn’t one of the numbers I like, but it’s realistic and a few higher than last year. I remember when I used to read a book every day. Some of them were over 200 pages. HOW DID I DO THAT?! I had no life, obviously. I also wasn’t reading books with big words in them.

I think I enjoy life more when I’m reading a lot. ^_^

In other news, I am finally back to writing my work-in-progress. I did poke at it some between editing rounds and freezing, but let’s be real – my brain was not having it.

I do need to read “No Rest for the Wicked” one more time before publication, but I’m looking forward to it. ^_^ I did some mild formatting and decided it looks to be in the 310 page mark, as best as I can tell. In other exciting news, I started preliminary work with my cover designer! I’M SO EXCITED!! If you couldn’t tell. 😀 I mean, we just started yesterday, so I have literally nothing to show yet, but SQUEE!

Anyway, I hope the reading & writing fairies are with you all! ^_^


  • Tonja Drecker

    Cover design!!! I can’t wait to see that 🙂 I read too many books last year and am trying to knock it down a bit. I say that, but then someone says, ‘hey, read my book’ and some are such awesome ones too that I keep packing my calendar full again. I have to learn to say no. And Dr. Seuss counts. He’s inspiring on so many levels. As to youtubing *cough*…I need a Youtubing/Netflixing anonymous club or something. Can’t wait until that book comes out!

    • Krystal Jane

      Thanks! Dr. Seuss should totally count! Those books are so much fun to read. ^_^ Omg, yes! Can someone please make an Online Media Addicts group! I know what you mean about saying “no.” I got a review copy last week and I’m getting another one in a few days. LOL! Help me. 😂

      I’m so excited about the cover!! This is really happening!

  • Sunflower Michelle

    Covers are fun!

    I settled on 35 books for the year. I almost didn’t make my goal last year and, well, I have quite a bit of writing I want to get finished/get going on this year, so a smaller goal seemed more do-able. Plus, I have some freaking long books I want to read and those take time! I’m reading a book right now for research which I’ve started reading twice before and never finished, but this time, I’m going to!

    • Krystal Jane

      They are! I already have cover ideas for my next three books. 😀 LOL!

      35 is a good number. I figured I could handle 2 a month without stressing myself out. I hope to get up to 36+ one day. Baby steps. LOL! I have a non-fiction book that I’ve been reading off and on for three years. I should finish it this year. I’m about halfway through I think. And it’s good.

    • Krystal Jane

      Oh wow! I used to read fast. Now I’m a half snail. I’ve gotten better since some of the rust has fallen off though. 😀

  • Stephanie Faris

    I try to read five books a month…mostly my friends’ books. But I also listen to books on Audible, so that adds one to two books to that total. That still isn’t as many books as some people read, though!

    • Krystal Jane

      That’s so awesome though! My reading goal is to work up to a book a week. Maybe more if I’m reading a shorter work or a picture book. Yeah, I know someone who writes four books a year AND reads nearly 100 books a year. Drives me crazy. LOL!

  • Michelle Wallace

    Last year I read 50 books…e-books and print!
    This year I’ve reduced it to 25 books. I need more time for writing! 🙂
    I think people who read 50+ books a year also include audio books as well as picture books/kiddies books. I’m sure that helps a great deal!

    • Krystal Jane

      Picture books definitely help! As do standalone shorts and novellas. 🙂 Best wishes for your writing goals this year!! That’s why I don’t want to push myself too hard on the reading. It’s important to me, but if I don’t write I’ll go crazy and won’t be able to read anyway. LOL!

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