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2020 Goals

Keeping it simple this year. And every year. 

  • Read more books than last year
  • Graduate 
  • Get a job

What are your New Year’s Resolutions? 

Update on August’s Reading Goal

At the beginning of August, I set a goal for myself. I wanted to hit 150 books. At the time I was hovering around 120, so 30 books in 30 days seemed ambitious but doable. 

Well, it is August 31st and I am here to tell you….


I am ending the month at 180 books read since January.

On the one hand, I’m really excited about that, but on the other hand, I’ve been watching the number slowly tick up all month so the excitement has worn off. Like, ‘Yup, I did that. Living alone improves your reading statistics, who knew? On to the next goal.’ 

I’ve been tracking my reading numbers for 7 years and this is the first time I’ve broken 180. (Including the year I counted the comic books I was reading in a fruitless attempt to make my impossibly high reading goal. That was a depressing year.)

Law school officially starts next week so my habit of 2-3 books a day  is probably about to crash and burn. However, I’ve still got my audio books and I’m looking forward to see where this goes. 

2018 Reading Goal: August

I did not read 150 books by August 15th. However, I did by August 20th. Now, August 22nd, I’m hoping to close in on 160. The best part of this endless unpacking is all the audio books I can get through. I put them in at twice the speed and wallah…the hours fly by. 

I suppose this isn’t much of an update as much as me noting that I’m on target and feeling quite triumphant. We’ll see how long this lasts. 

Secret Reading Goal

Now that I’ve achieved my actual reading goal of 118, I have a secret reading goal. I don’t think I’ll make it. But I’m hopeful. I don’t think I ever made it this far in one year. I mean, 124 books by August 4th? 

That’s more than I read all of last year. 

I’ve set a test to see if I will make my secret reading goal. I’m going to try and hit 150 books by the end of August. If I make it, I will push further forward. If I don’t, I will try and let it go. Maybe. I like goals. 

But I also know my lovely summer of peace and reading is drawing to a close. So we shall see! 

2018 Reading Goal: July

Despite the rough beginning to my reading year, I’m pulling into the little over halfway mark with 111 read books since January! (Putting me pretty dang close to my total of books last year.) I can’t say it is an impressive haul title wise, but it is a satisfying number none the less. I think I should make my goal of 118 with ease.


If I had a word for 2017, it would be unexpected. At this point last year, I thought 2017 would be the year I got my wisdom teeth out, paid off my student loans, and read 200 books. I didn’t imagine much else. Well…I did get my wisdom teeth out. I paid off my student loans. I read 119 books. I also spent a summer in Idaho being a camp person (Whhhhaaattttt!) and then moved to Madison for law school. It all seems kind of crazy and impulsive, and it was. 

Yet on paper, it wasn’t. I have wanted to go to law school for 18 years. I planned to go after I paid off my student loans and naturally I applied to law school after paying them off. But…Unexpected. Picking Madison after years of planning to go anywhere but there. Unexpected. Discovering that I actually hate living in the city. Unexpected. The social isolation of law school. Unexpected. Learning I don’t love law school. Unexpected. Realizing I’m okay with that. 

This was a bumpy year for me. I’m grateful for it. I am grateful for all the uncertainty and confusion and failure. It sucked and left me drained and anxious but it forced me to grow and rely more on God. It reminds me of Romans 5:3-5. “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”

Hope. What a wonderful word. 

Thank you to all the friends and family who kept me sane this past year ❤ I am so grateful for you all. 

Goals for next year? Read 118 books and live more gratefully. Hold me to it! 

2017 Reading Goal: March

2017 Reading Goals Recap:

  • 170 books
  • 25 re-read books
  • Get my to-read list down from 960 to 900 (and keep it there!) 
  • Read some Greek classics and church fathers


How am I doing?

  • 47 books read (8 books ahead of schedule)
  • 2 books re-read (Ouch. Thought that was higher)
  • To-read list: 924 (not bad!)
  • Annndddd no Greek classics or church fathers so far


I was feeling really confident about March but I have hit a wall this past week. Hopefully this reading slump won’t last long. I’m going to have to get on it with my re-reading!