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January Goals and Progress

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1mathgirl40
Ene 2, 2020, 9:20am

What are your plans for January? Tell us about your goals and keep us updated with your progress here.

2Amaryllys
Ene 2, 2020, 9:38am

My goals for January:
book-buying ban - that would be hard
finish 3 books I started in 2019 (Im Westen Nichts Neues, Now) and military memoir I started in January
stay current on my post (have parcels ready to travel, and also some notes from the post office)
stay within budget for post costs

3SqueakyChu
Editado: Ene 2, 2020, 10:47am

Heh!

Let me try for five books this month. I did not make 75 in 2019, but I did get close (71). I could have read a few more children's books to complete my 75, but I didn't want to *force* my 75.

My calculator says I have to read 6.25 books per month to reach my 75. Technically I have to read 7 books per month to reach my annual goal, but I read what I want when I want. That's the best way! :D

>2 Amaryllys: Sorry to inform you, but there is no such thing as a book-buying ban. It simply does not work! ;)

4Amaryllys
Ene 2, 2020, 11:38am

>3 SqueakyChu: Ahah Well, I will try at least

5SqueakyChu
Ene 2, 2020, 4:37pm

6gypsysmom
Ene 5, 2020, 9:31pm

I am going to commit to reading 4 books from the mountain in January.

7BoekenTrol71
Ene 7, 2020, 3:31am

I have no specific goals for any given month. I just want to continue in 2020 what I started last year: not buy books (or, as little as I possibly can), read my oldest books and set many books free.

For all of you that have January goals: good luck!

8SqueakyChu
Ene 8, 2020, 10:20pm

>3 SqueakyChu: I'm one-fifth on my way to my goal! :D

9mathgirl40
Ene 11, 2020, 7:41pm

Good luck to all of you!

January's a pretty busy month for me, so I have fairly modest goals:
- read, register and release a couple of books off my shelves
- don't buy any new books!

10Amaryllys
Ene 13, 2020, 9:37am

Mid-month check-in:

1) book-buying ban - no books bought yet. It was easy with the shops closed for the New Year Holidays and me being away celebrating said New Year
2) finish 3 books I started in 2019 - finished 1
3) stay current on my post - received a pile of books, sent some - still have more to send
4) stay within budget for post costs - staying withing budget so far, and the projection is also good

Good overall

11SqueakyChu
Ene 13, 2020, 12:30pm

>10 Amaryllys: I'm closely watching your book-buying ban...and smiling!

12Amaryllys
Ene 14, 2020, 7:12am

>11 SqueakyChu: Thanks for the support! Hope to meet this goal

13originalslicey
Editado: Ene 22, 2020, 6:41pm

My January goal is to read books by black authors and/or African subject matter so that I have books to release for February's Black History Month Challenge.

So far, I've finished just one ( The Hate U Give ) and I've started two more ( Between the World and Me, The Watsons Go To Birmingham ).

14gypsysmom
Ene 24, 2020, 9:29pm

Gosh, I'm not doing at all well on this month's goal. I've only read 2 books from the TBR pile and there is only a week left. (Off she goes to see if there are some tiny books she could fit in.)

15Amaryllys
Editado: Ene 26, 2020, 3:00am

Last week of January!

- I am on track with my book-buying ban (no books bought!)
- visited the post office yesterday, sent the books I owed. At the same visit I received books from the rings I am participating in, so another post office visit need to be planned XD And also, one sweeps was drawn.
- no additional costs for my budget + received the order for the stamps, so I don't need to pay anything at the post office in my next visit, unless I send something other than books

I have no progress on the remaining books I started - but I already met my goals for the month with 4 books finished (although not the ones I planned XD )

16SqueakyChu
Ene 26, 2020, 11:35am

Good progress on your goals! I bought two book (instead of you). Haha! One I loved (Sea and the Poison). The other is kind of boring {Exodus : A Novel). The latter is a book by Deborah Feldman whose first book (Unorthodox) I found very interesting.

17mathgirl40
Ene 26, 2020, 3:41pm

I'm also doing well so far with my own book-buying ban for the month!

I finished and registered Oval by Elvia Wilk, one of the Tournament of Books contenders, and I mailed it to another LT member and ToB fan. She's not on BC but maybe she might be persuaded to join, or at least add a journal entry for the book.

18SqueakyChu
Ene 27, 2020, 1:23pm

Goal met! Five books read! I'm ready for February.

19gypsysmom
Ene 30, 2020, 1:10pm

>18 SqueakyChu: Congratulations!

I have also met my goal of reading 4 books off Mount TBR.

I didn't make it a goal to not buy any books but I do try to keep new acquisitions down to one-half of what I take off. I did add two books to the pile in January: one was a purchase on a gift card to our local bookstore and one was a gift from the publisher so I guess I've met that "non-goal" as well.

20SqueakyChu
Ene 30, 2020, 6:03pm

>19 gypsysmom: Congrats on reaching your goal!

21mathgirl40
Ene 31, 2020, 11:39am

>18 SqueakyChu: >19 gypsysmom: Congratulations on meeting your goals!

22nrmay
Ene 31, 2020, 12:54pm

Finished 12 books in Jan!

4 from MTBR and to be donated
8 borrowed from sister, husband or library!

umm...*several* acquired...

23Amaryllys
Feb 1, 2020, 6:24am

book-buying ban - MET!
finish 3 books I started in 2019 (Im Westen Nichts Neues, Now) and military memoir I started in January - finished only one
stay current on my post (have parcels ready to travel, and also some notes from the post office) - MET!
stay within budget for post costs - MET!

three out of four, not bad

24mathgirl40
Feb 1, 2020, 11:07am

>22 nrmay: >23 Amaryllys: Great work on meeting most of your challenges, if not all of them! We won't worry about the latter. It's another month now, to work on those goals. :)