My reading goal for this year includes declutter my shelves, and not spending any money on books to complete my reading goal. To start it off at the end of 2012 I organized my books and decluttered the ones that I have already read or decided I wasn’t interested in reading anymore. I had a whole banana box full of books that I donated to the library.
Since I have lots of books on my bookshelves that I have not read I have decided to make it my goal this year to see how many I can read off of my shelves and then donate them. I have one shelf that I organized for this year that I am going to read from. Most of the books on the shelf I had bought this past year at the thrift stores and yard sales. I estimate I have spent $20-$30 to get all the books on the shelf. Most of the Love Inspired Series I got from my oldest daughter Brittany for free since she bought them at a yard sale herself several years ago for about $10 from a neighbor.
The shelf that I am going to read from in 2013 is the 4th shelf down. I am going to work on reading the first and second stack of book but may not get to the third stack. I am going to read through each Author's complete series of books so that will be alot of books that are not on my shelf that I plan to borrow for the library to complete each series.
I hope to not have to buy any books to reach this goal but as the year progresses I may pick up books to read for next year. As I finish reading each book from my shelf I will donate them and keep track of how many of them I no longer own.
The Authors I am planning to read this year are Beverly Lewis, Kathleen Fuller, Lori Wick, Karen Kingsbury, Nicholas Sparks, Janette Oke, and Debbie Macomber. I also plan to read the books I own from the Romancing America Series and Love Inspired Series but not the complete series of books published, I may read them next year.
I have read several of each author’s books or series
before so I will not read the ones I have already read. To help me keep track of what books I need to read I have made a complete book list in
word for each author and noted the ones that I own and the ones I had previously
read. I currently have my lists stored in my seasonal notebook for winter but am going to move it to the current season's notebook as they come.