Monday, February 1, 2016

The Reading Games: January Excuses Post/February Goals

So we decided to hold a little contest among ourselves to each set a number of books we'd like to read every month. Anyone meeting her target number would receive a sticker on our poster board tracker. Well, here's what the board looks like after updating for January:

Yep, no stickers for anyone because we all fell short of our goals. Hence, we've all written excuses for our failure:

Ally: Unfortunately, I did not reach my reading goal for this month. I had set my goal to read three books and I only managed to read about half of one book. I'm super embarrassed about my lack of reading so I'm going to hide behind some excuses lol. A new semester of classes started for me this month and I've been struggling to stay on top of my new workload. I'm also in the process of transferring to a new university, which has also been a time monopolizer. Next month I'm going to set my standards lower and try to read one book. Hopefully I can at least accomplish that lol.

Ally's February Reads:

Palace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Lee: I came very close to making my goal of three books, but alas I came up one short—I'm still in the process of reading Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. Most nights I just found myself too exhausted to read; I'd try but I'd fall asleep after reading a few sentences. This was totally not the fault of any of the books I read; my body simply refused to cooperate with staying awake. We also finally had a stretch of cold weather and it put me in the mood to knit, which also cut into my reading time. But I did knit two scarves! I'm aiming for three books again in February.

Lee's February Reads:

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

Melissa: Welp, I probably should have seen this one coming. Needless to say, I did not meet my monthly reading goal. I was delusionally ambitious and thought I would somehow be able to read four books in addition to allllll of my other school related reading. I did finish The Fifth Wave and The Infinite Sea, both of which I enjoyed immensely. Two out of four isn’t too shabby. On the plus side, thanks to all of my school books, I’m ahead on my Goodreads Reading Challenge for this year! Whoop whoop!

Now that I have more realistic expectations of my free time, I think I will set this month’s reading goal a bit lower. This month’s reading goal is only one book, The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco. I was going to add in my school books to my goal, but I thought that might be cheating. I will get my sticker this month!!!! Happy reading!

Melissa's February Reads:

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

We'll report back next month with how we did and what we hope to read in March!


  1. Ah! Goals! The doubled edged sword, they can be a blessing or a curse. You guys still did good considering life, school, work and all other real life obligations! I can't wait to see how you'll all make out with your February goals :D Good luck!!

    1. I definitely have a love/hate relationship with goals, lol. I love the feeling when I accomplish them but hate when I fail at them. XD It's a new month and a fresh start, though, so we're all going to try again!

  2. Sorry you all didn't reach your goals for the month, but hey, you did what you could! It sounds like you had a TON of other stuff going on. I graduated from school in December so I read a lot this month when I don't normally have time. haha


    1. I've been out of school a looong time, but I still remember how I had zero time for leisure reading. It's so hard to find a spare hour or two to just sit and read sometimes!

  3. Ah well, at least you're all still on even ground :D Good luck with your goals in February!!

    1. What's funny is that Ally and Melissa were panicking that I was going to finish my third book in time. They straight out told me that if they were failing, I needed to fail along with them, lol!

  4. Ah, this is hilarious. It's so hard to meet reading goals though, so totally understandable that life got in the way. I hope you guys make your goal for this month though!

    And Lee, yay Truthwitch! :D I also loved Into the Dim and look forward to reading your thoughts on it! I keep hearing about Rebel of the Sands too - I need to check it out.

    1. Ooh- I can't wait to read your review of Into the Dim, and I'm so happy to hear that you loved it! :D I love the premise and the time period, and I'm excited to read it!


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