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  1. laufvergnügen
    January 4 @ 9:40 am

    I already signed up; my goal is 25. Last year, my goal was 25 as well, but I reached only 22. I feel the same way about people who say they don’t have time to read or when they say they don’t have time to work out (my other love). I read every night before bed, and I have a set rubbing schedule. Everyone can find, but she or he needs to make it a priority and assess their schedule.

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    • Jessica Manuel
      January 4 @ 9:47 am

      I hear you. I have that same sentiment toward people who say they want to be healthy but don’t make healthy decisions; working out is just one of many. Cheers to 25 new ways to look at the world by the end of 2016!

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  2. Megan
    January 4 @ 10:17 am

    I set a goal for 60! I read 67 this past year, but that was because I read as I nursed my baby 🙂 $10-$20 Amazon gift card would be amazing!

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  3. lchavezdoyle
    January 4 @ 1:52 pm

    I’m a librarian, and it breaks my heart also when someone tells me they don’t have time to read. I even hear this from other librarians. I have to read. It’s like breathing and eating, I have to do it.

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    • Jessica Manuel
      January 12 @ 9:24 pm

      I completely agree. It’s part of who I am. I bet it’s lovely being surrounded by books all day.

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  4. Skye @ Planet Jinxatron
    January 4 @ 4:40 pm

    I’m trying to read less this year, because I read my 400 Goodreads-logged books (plus thousands of pages of webcomics and hundreds of picture books) due to being sick and injured too much in 2015! And I’d like to watch more movies in 2016 as well, balance out my entertainment.

    So, my Goodreads goal this year is 300 books.

    But I’m leaving my full-time job on Friday so I’m going to have all this time… so we’ll see if I can avoid spending half my days in libraries!

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    • Jessica Manuel
      January 4 @ 5:27 pm

      Skye, that number is so inspiring. I love being able to see your conquests on Goodreads. And I hear you on the movies; I enjoy a good story in almost any medium, although I am definitely partial to books.

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      • Skye @ Planet Jinxatron
        January 4 @ 5:46 pm

        Also keep in mind that I read graphic novels, which are short to read! I wish Goodreads let people do separate reading challenges, so I could set up one for “books with no pictures” which would be like 20 books!

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        • Jessica Manuel
          January 4 @ 6:15 pm

          Ah, that makes sense. I was never sure. Who knows- maybe Goodreads will add something like that?

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  5. Ruma Dak
    January 4 @ 4:45 pm

    That was inspiring! I read 33 last year (as against the goal of 52). Don’t know why but set myself a mammoth target of 75 this year! It’s on Goodreads. Whats your goodreads id? Mine is rumadak, add me if you can find me please!
    Will be good to see sunlight and water for others (love your analogy !!)

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  6. kimfit15
    January 6 @ 2:00 pm

    My goal last year was 25 and I read 29. This year my goal is 30. I LOVE to read…I read every night before going to sleep.

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    • Jessica Manuel
      January 12 @ 9:22 pm

      What a great habit. I try to log a few pages then as well. Cheers to 30 new ways to see the world!

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  7. LaKisha Riddick
    January 6 @ 8:36 pm

    I joined the challenge. I’ll read 24 books this year. I’m an avid reader but I stopped reading for pleasure while pursuing my weight loss journey in 2015. My goal was to add reading back into my life (along with other hobbies) so I can have a more balanced life. I’m looking forward to reading more this year!

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  8. Wallace
    January 7 @ 11:18 pm

    I am going to guess and say I read five books last year. I will set a goal of seven for 2016!

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  9. Ladies of the Library
    January 8 @ 8:39 am

    I also have a hard time hearing “but I don’t have time to read” from people. My other struggle is when people say that they don’t like to read, reading is boring, etc. I firmly believe that there is a book and literary genre for EVERYONE! It just takes some detective work to figure out what that book/genre is.

    I’ve set my goal for 52 books the past two years and actually achieved that goal for 2015! My 2016 goal is also going to be 52 and fingers crossed I meet it again.

    -Sally
    PS I’ve added you on Goodreads! 🙂

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    • Jessica Manuel
      January 12 @ 9:17 pm

      Cheers to your goal! I’m so glad you added me on Goodreads, so I can watch your reading journey. My heart breaks when I hear that too. I’m so glad you get to be surrounded by books all day. Paradise, right? 🙂

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      • Ladies of the Library
        January 18 @ 11:39 am

        I wish I could be surrounded by books all day but unfortunately that isn’t the case!

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    January 8 @ 10:39 am

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  11. sophiemarsden12
    January 9 @ 10:47 am

    Last year my goal was 100 books and I surpassed it by 2! This year I want to read 150 and I’m already 4 books in https://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/3804522

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    • Jessica Manuel
      January 12 @ 9:13 pm

      Nice. I just added you on Goodreads, so I can watch your reading journey this year. Cheers!

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    • Jessica Manuel
      February 23 @ 9:54 am

      Sophie! Congratulations! You won the $10 Amazon gift card! Would you please use the contact form at the top of the page under “Contact” and send me the best email address for you? If you reach your goal this year, you will get another $10 gift card. Happy reading and thanks for your comment!

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  12. Janis Kay
    January 10 @ 11:03 pm

    Hello:) I renewed my goal of 85 books this year. I’ve tried setting it at 100 a couple years ago, but lowered it later due to knowing I set the bar too high. I just made it this past year and I’d like to see if I can possibly surpass it even with my wedding coming this October><

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    • Jessica Manuel
      January 12 @ 9:10 pm

      Nice, and congrats! I respect your ambition. Are you reading any books on marriage to get ready?

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  13. ru.smiln
    January 11 @ 4:58 am

    Set a goal of 50 this year and looking forward to reading all the wonderful books! I love listening to audio books but seems it doesn’t work for everyone.

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    • Jessica Manuel
      January 12 @ 9:09 pm

      Right. I think it can be tricky too. I don’t love listening to fiction on audio unless I can read along. I can listen to nonfiction all day, though.

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  14. Jordan Bates
    January 11 @ 7:38 am

    I read 153 last year and want to beat that goal so I have set mine to 175 this year, I already have read four and almost done with the fifth! :]

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  15. Connie
    January 12 @ 7:56 pm

    Last year I had a goal of 100. I read 70 but I’m not getting down on myself because that is still a large number! This year I decided to read 10% more than I did last year so I set my goodreads goal at 77. I’ve read 3 so far!

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    • Jessica Manuel
      January 12 @ 9:02 pm

      Nice! I’m so glad we’re connected on Goodreads now. I set 100 as my goal a few years in a row, but have yet to achieve it. This year, I’m determined. We’ll see. I just finished my 3rd too!

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  16. AJ Timberlake
    January 13 @ 2:59 am

    I have set my goal to 100 books on Goodreads.

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  17. Becky
    January 13 @ 10:05 pm

    I just joined the 2016 challenge. I set my goal at 75 books because a couple years ago I set myself the challenge/New Year’s resolution of reading more books and at the year I had read 75. I fell out of the habit last year but want to do it again, so I thought I’d try to at least tie myself.

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  18. slothsandsweets
    January 20 @ 12:21 pm

    Hi Jessica,

    I plan to read 20 books this year. This is the same goal I had last year and I was able to exceed that goal and read a total of 28 books. I will see if I can beat it again.

    My heart breaks too when I hear that people don’t have enough time. I firmly believe everyone has 15 minutes to read. I wrote about this on my blog ( https://slothsandsweets.wordpress.com/20-plus/ ) and started a Goodreads group called 20 Plus. Happy reading! 🙂

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  19. MJ
    January 22 @ 4:07 pm

    Found your blog post on Pinterest and adore all things to do with books and reading. I love Good Reads and discovered some fabulous reads through other readers’ reviews.
    Last year my reading goal was 75 books and I was able to actually surpass that goal! In am attempt to stretch myself I set my goal this year at 100 books. I listen to lots of audio books and highly recommend them to everyone but especially to those who have a commute into work. It makes the time fly by!

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  20. afterdarkreads
    May 11 @ 3:36 pm

    I’ve my goal set on 25. I’m still recovering from a breakdown because of my mental illness, combined with a light firm of ADD I can tell you even 30 pages are hard on some, read: many. I was thinking of putting up a schedule, but then something in me is scared of schedules, what if I don’t read my daily goals. Stop talking brain lol. But after reading this blog. ..I’m thinking about to start the schedule. Thank you for this post! Really encouraging.

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    • Jessica Manuel
      May 11 @ 6:02 pm

      Thank you for your comment! 30 pages a day is hard on me in this season as well, so please know you are not alone. We have a reading tracker if you’re interested. It’s meant to help you stay on track, not depress you when you miss a day! (I’m telling myself this, too).

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