Books Read in December 2015 and Reading Plans for the New Year

As predicted, I didn’t read very much in December. In fact, all the books I read I already posted in the list of

mage by publicdomainpictures (2013) via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain

mage by publicdomainpictures (2013) via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain

books I read in November. I did, however, finish reading The Author’s Quick Guide to Marketing Your Book Online and Off (aff link).

I am giving myself grace, though, because all in all, I did read about 40 books in 2015. Not bad, if you ask me. πŸ™‚

As for the books for 2016, I don’t have any specific books lined up yet except for two books that I am waiting to receive in order to read and review. I would love to read 52 books this year which would be one book per week but I am not going to put unnecessary pressure on myself.

Thus, my goal will be to read two books per month which is 24 books for the year. One of those books will be a book on marriage and the other book will be a business or writing book. I will also be working through a bible study so I am counting that as a book, too. πŸ™‚

Having written that, I’m pretty positive I am going to read more books but I want to make my goal doable and whatever other books I read will be a bonus. πŸ™‚

How about you? What are your reading goals for the new year? Do share in the comments!

Weekly Goals

Set Goals

Last week was “one of those weeks” and I barely got anything done, let alone have a chance to write down what they were! I’ll start with sharing my goals from two weeks ago even though I didn’t get much of any of them accomplished:

1. Daily mass and meditation, rosary and weekly bible study at the parish on Thursday. (It was rough getting prayer time in this week.)

2. Memorize Psalm 62:2-3 (“My soul rests in God alone, from whom comes my salvation. God alone is my rock and salvation, my secure height; I shall never fall.”)

Family/Mothering Goals

3. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

4. Evening devotions/bible reading as a family (I was out quite a few evenings, so it just wasn’t possible.)

5. Read “The Boy Who ran Away” and “Tornadoes!” to Andrew. Have Andrew read one short story to me.

Personal Development

7. Exercise on treadmill for 20 minutes.

8. Stay on top of my course work. (It was spring break the week before last, so I was able to get ahead a little bit.)

9. Re-work pattern for Kindle cover. (Now I need to get the cover re-done, but I have other projects waiting to be started.)

Blogging goals

10. Write and post book review for Attack on Planet Falrus and continue staying on top of my course work. (Planning to get this scheduled for Wednesday or Thursday.)

11. Write first draft for e-book. (I’ll get this done eventually!)

Here are my goals for this week:

Spiritual Goals

1. Daily mass and meditation, and rosary.

2. Memorize Psalm 62:2-3 (“My soul rests in God alone, from whom comes my salvation. God alone is my rock and salvation, my secure height; I shall never fall.”)

Family/Mothering Goals

3. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

4. Do last minute shopping and preparations for Andrew’s birthday party next Saturday.

5. Read “Wake Me in Spring” and take Andrew to library to get more books.

Personal Development

7. Exercise on treadmill for 30 minutes.

8. Stay on top of my course work.

9. Re-knit Kindle Cover and start scarf I’m making for a friend. (I get bored knitting scarves, so it takes me a long time.)

Blogging goals

10. Plan posts and writing schedule for the month of April.

11. Write first draft for e-book. (I’ll get this done eventually!) I was going to take this off, but decided to keep it up one more week. If I have it in front of me, I may actually get it done!

What are your goals for this week? Feel free to share them here or head over to Money Saving Mom for more goal setting ideas.

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Getting Boys to Read Advice Update

Two months ago I asked for some advice on how to get my son to practice his reading. All the support and suggestions that I got from so many people in the comments, emails and calls were so helpful and overwhelming. I can’t tellΒ  you how much that support meant to me. I was so relieved that I wasn’t alone in my struggles and gleaned so many useful tips. so THANK YOU to everyone for reaching out!

To update: Things have been SO MUCH BETTER!! First of all, I took a few days off of school just to regroup and take a break. A few days later, my son came to me and said, “Mama, can we use a different book for reading instead of the school books?” I said sure, and he picked out the book he wanted to read and the reading practice was like a miracle in action! He read through the book with no problems and when he came to words he didn’t understand, he tried his best to sound it out. WOW! I almost hit the floor! πŸ™‚ From then on, I’ve let him pick the books he wants to read and we use them for reading practice. He still has his moments, mind you, but things are so much better than they were.

As for me, I’ve been able to relax a lot more and enjoy the process of teaching/reading my son. That’s made a big difference in both of us. Before, I was so concerned about making sure he was learning what he “supposed to” and being at the level I thought he should be – especially since he is more advanced in the math. I’mΒ  not so worried about that any more. He will learn what he needs to in due time and that’s enough for me now. πŸ™‚