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message 1: by Audrey (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:59PM) (new)

Audrey (audneal) I thought it would be fun, rather than having to read through a bunch of different threads, to have just a quick check-in point here.

So post how many books you've read (and how many you set for your goal), as well as when you set your goal. I can't wait to look at everyone's progress all together in one thread! It'll be so inspiring!!!

Aud: 29/52 (+3 in progress), since 9-07

message 2: by Lori (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:59PM) (new)

Lori (tnbbc) Lori - Completed 14, with one in progress,
goal is 50.
started at the end of Sept.

message 3: by Sera (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:59PM) (new)

Sera 3/40 started in mid-October.

message 4: by Michele (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:00PM) (new)

Michele 14 read
goal is 36
started in September

This is a great idea -- will be fun to see everyone's progress. Also can be a good opportunity to reevaluate goals. I had no idea how much I read until I joined goodreads and started keeping track!

message 5: by Summer Rae (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:00PM) (new)

Summer Rae Garcia | 22 comments Started on 4th of July, my goal is 100 by next 4th of July, I am on book 38 or 39, I lose track. My progress is slow right now.

message 6: by Bree (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:00PM) (new)

Bree (coffeebeanbookshelf) I started Sept 1, I have read 22 books (reading 2 more right now) goal was 75. :)

message 7: by Doina (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:00PM) (new)

Doina | 181 comments Started on 10/29/2007. Read 20 books (not counting re-reads). My goal is to read most of my to read pile (around 200 books) by the end of summer 2008. We'll see if I manage to make a big dent into that pile.

message 8: by Lori (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:00PM) (new)

Lori (tnbbc) Doina, did you just post that youve read 20 books since tomorrow? hee hee. Can you teach me time travel???? :)

Ooops... Im still stuck in October apparently!! (blushes madly).. I guess i havent quite come to terms with the fact that christmas is only around the corner! (20 in one month is still a huge accomplishment!!!)

message 9: by Doina (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:01PM) (new)

Doina | 181 comments That would be an accomplishment. Look at the date again. 20 books since last month. :p

message 10: by bjneary (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:01PM) (new)

bjneary | 121 comments I started in Sept and have read 14 books so far, but I didn't set a goal because I review lots of books between Dec through to March, so I was just going to keep adding and adding and adding!

message 11: by Robert (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:01PM) (new)

Robert | 3 comments My goal was to read 100 books this year and while I was starting to have second thoughts, it now looks like it's possible. Finished no. 98 ("God is Not Great" by Christopher Hitchens) today.

message 12: by Jennie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:01PM) (new)

Jennie | 83 comments I started on Nov 12, and my goal was to read 50 books by next Nov 12 (wimpy, maybe, but kids and work stand in my way of book filled evenings). I just finished 2)Long Dark Teatime of the Soul (loved it!) and 3)Reviving Ophelia.

message 13: by Stephanie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:02PM) (new)

Stephanie Tuell (booksloveme) i started on november 28th, 2007. my goal is to read 6 books by the end of 2007. i'm to start my thread now! when we finish our goal, do we start a new thread for another goal or just add on to it?

message 14: by Jade17 (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:02PM) (new)

Jade17 (fivethousandbooks) | 1 comments I started at the first of October with a goal to read 100 in one year.

So far so good, 20 books in two months. :)

message 15: by Sera (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:03PM) (new)

Sera Way to go, Jelenie!

message 16: by Audrey (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:04PM) (new)

Audrey (audneal) Either way is fine -- there really aren't any hard and fast rules. Just set your reading goals and keep up with your progress here. Best of luck!

message 17: by Bricoleur (David) (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:04PM) (new)

Bricoleur  (David) Soul (bricoleur) | 31 comments Starting Oct 1, 2007;
currently @ 26 books read of target of 104 books in a year.

message 18: by Robert (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:08PM) (new)

Robert | 3 comments Well, I did it. No. 100 "Poplorica" by Martin J. Smith and Patrick J. Kiger.

message 19: by Veronica (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:09PM) (new)

Veronica (v_a_b) 3/105 started 11/25/07

message 20: by Stephanie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:11PM) (new)

Stephanie Tuell (booksloveme) i just finished a book! only 5 more to i finish my challenge....i have until the end of the month.

message 21: by Silvana (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:11PM) (new)

Silvana (silvaubrey) I still have 5 books to go before reaching my target of reading 50 books this year. Can hardly wait!

message 22: by Sera (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:12PM) (new)

Sera Congratulations, Robert! That's quite an accomplishment.

message 23: by Lawriter (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:12PM) (new)

Lawriter | 1 comments Well, I read 7 books last year. In 2008, I plan to read the mystery Three Shirt Deal:

message 24: by Jodie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:13PM) (new)

Jodie (jodiemill) I have been reading more of the ones that have been sitting around on my shelves for awhile now. But then I went to a bookstore & it's all gone downhill from there. :) But I am reading faster lately, maybe because this website is showing me there any so many good books to read & I don't want to waste time on bad ones. :)

message 25: by Stephanie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:15PM) (new)

Stephanie Tuell (booksloveme) finished the second book....4 more left.

Bricoleur  (David) Soul (bricoleur) | 31 comments With 10 days left to go in the third month of my Book Challenge I sit at 36 books.

With a target of 104 books (for the year ending Sept 30, 2008) I am currently a fair bit ahead of schedule...better yet, finally I've been "forcing" myself into picking up some of the older selections that have been languishing on my "unread shelf" as new and brighter acquisitions forced their way to the top of my reading list (see my tbr challenge group)

message 27: by Veronica (new)

Veronica (v_a_b) 16/105 started 11/25/07 11 were in the first month, and 5 were in the past 4 days(one was only 50 pages)

message 28: by Doina (new)

Doina | 181 comments I'm 2 books away from my goal of 20 books this month, and well on my way towards my goal of reading 170 books by the end of next summer. My goal for next month is to try to read at least 15 books, but grad school might get in the way and reduce that number.

message 29: by Bricoleur (David) (last edited Jan 01, 2008 03:15PM) (new)

Bricoleur  (David) Soul (bricoleur) | 31 comments Started challenge on Oct 1, 2007;
currently @ 44 books read of target of 104 books (before year ended Sept. 30, 2008) Book Challenge Group - Bricoleur's Challenge

At this pace I would end the target period at 176 books.... sigh; if only I was a man of independent means it might be so - but the real world will impose its will again in January so my pace will drop.... but I do hope to be able to do at least 7 books per month for the next 9 months to beat my original target.

message 30: by Eric (new)

Eric | 94 comments Started mid-December and am at 2/40.

message 31: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (mahart) My unofficial reading goal for 2007 was to break 200 books read in that year (in 2006, I read 190 books.... so close!) Well, I'm pretty excited that I actually read 219 books last year. That total includes quite a few graphic novels and YA books, which speeds everything along, of course. Still, thanks to the public library for giving me so much print to tear up this year.

message 32: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Strack (netsiren) | 69 comments For 2007 I read 52 books (I didn't set a goal for 2007). For 2008 my goal is to read 100 books.

message 33: by Audrey (new)

Audrey (audneal) I finished 2007 with 44 books read in just 4 months. I didn't come across this website until September, which is when I started my goal. I originally intended to read 52 books in a year (September 2007 to September 2008), but I went ahead and called this one finished. I'll add the 8 leftover books to my 2008 goal.

message 34: by Molly (new)

Molly (mollymorrow) | 52 comments My challenge started today so I'm only partially through my first book that will officially count...

message 35: by Sera (new)

Sera Since mid-October, I'm 10/40 - right on pace.

message 36: by Lynn (new)

Lynn (dwell_ondreams) | 26 comments I started 1/1/08.


Last year I had a goal of 100 & I read 145. My secret is to read instead of studying. I can't do that this quarter though because I'm taking a language & I need to actually study for it. But I'll catch up over summer break. :)

message 37: by alicia (new)

alicia grant (shesha34) 15 out of 50.Reading 16 right now.Joined Jan 17 2008

message 38: by Jayna (new)

Jayna | 1 comments So I just joined the group a few days ago, and since then my reading has slowed down dramatically (of course). My goal is to have read 3 books a month (not a very big goal, but I am a slow reader and will be taking at least 3 classes up until that time). I haven't narrowed it down to which books I want to read, but I feel like I enjoy books better when I pick them impulsively, as opposed to having a list for the entire year. So hear goes nothing!
Also I am almost finished with Elizabeth Costello, by Coetzee and it fantastic!!

message 39: by Kayte (new)

Kayte (kaytecostello) | 47 comments i'm currently reading 18 of 60. started 1/1/2008

message 40: by Carrie (new)

Carrie  (icanhasbooks) I'm on number 11, I'm hoping to read 50 this read. Last year I read 45. I started the first on the year. I'm off to a slow start I know but I still have plenty of time.

message 41: by Kathy (new)

Kathy (bookgoddess1969) I have also completed 11 of my goal of 52 for the year. I started on 1/08/08, so I have a ways to go. I hope I can do it.

message 42: by Sera (new)

Sera I started in mid-October with 45 books; I've read 24 thus far so on a good pace. I started a new job and my reading has slowed down a little, but I am confident that I will reach my goal as originally started.

alisonwonderland (Alison) | 42 comments my goal for calendar year 2008 is 104 books (an average of 2 books a week). i'm almost finished with my 27th book of 2008 - 17 weeks into the year. so i guess i'm about 7 books behind schedule. i wonder if i can get caught up?

message 44: by Kaama (new)

Kaama (buzygalkm) | 3 comments My goal for the 2008 calendar year is 120 books (12 per month). I have finished my 50th book as of 4/27/08.

message 45: by Brianah (new)

Brianah (mrsbrianah) I started keeping track at the end of January, but dated my start as January 1. My goal is to read 50 booksin one year and to complete the A-Z Author and Title challenges.

I have read 21 books and am currently reading the next 2.

message 46: by Laura (new)

Laura (lwspotts) I just joined this group, and it sounds like a great challenge idea. My goal this year was to read 52 books - an improvement over last year. I'm way behind already, with only 8 books finished and two books underway. I hope I'll get there.

I started the TBR Challenge (yahoo group) at the beginning of the year, where the goal is to read 1 book per month from your TBR pile. The biggest problem I'm having is that the challenge required a pre-selected list of 12 books (and 12 alternates if you chose), and now that I'm in the midst of it nothing on the lists is appealing, and I'm reading something completely different. I hope to finish it just so I can move those books to the "read" list, but we'll see.

message 47: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) Currently at 17/60 (28.3%). Working on #18.

Started January 1.

message 48: by Emily (new)

Emily I started on the 1st of the year.

I have an overall goal of 50 books. I just finished number 12.

I have a specific goal that 35 of those 50 books be books that have been sitting on my shelves at home. Of those 35, I have read 9.

message 49: by Emily (new)

Emily I started January 1st with a goal of 50 also.

So far I have read 21, with 3 more underway, and I have gotten my TBR shelf down to a more "manageable" number.

message 50: by Barry (new)

Barry | 10 comments I set a goal of 40 books (20,000 pages) from January 1st to December 31st.
As of today. well the book i finished 15 minutes ago, I have finished 15 books and over 7,500 pages.
Since I set a challenging yet realistic reading goal, I am also making this pledge: for every book (or equivalent pages) I am over or short of my goal I will donate 5 dollars to charity.

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