Wednesday, January 17, 2018

What are you reading this year?

by Patricia Bradley 



Can you believe Christmas has come and gone and January is half over? It won’t be long until it’s June and we’re shaking our heads about how fast the year is flying.

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? I’ve made the usual…lose ten pounds, exercise more…well, I actually didn’t resolve to exercise more—I already go to the gym for an hour a day six days a week most of the time. I did resolve to get better organized, and if you have any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it.

Last year I made a concerted effort to read more. But, alas, I didn’t keep up with how many books I read. This year will be different! Know why? Because I signed up for the Goodreads Challenge. And I committed to reading 100 52 books. (I don’t know what I was thinking when I originally signed up for 100!)



How about you? Are you up for a challenge? To be entered in a drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card, leave a comment telling how many books you plan to read this year. And if you’d like an easy way to keep up with them, go to Goodreads and sign up for their challenge.

And if you're looking for something to read, a couple of my books are on sale right now. My first book Shadows of the Past is free! And the second book in the Memphis Cold Case series is on sale for $1.99. You can find the purchase links here.


Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered in the drawing!





67 comments:

  1. Hey Pat! I've been doing the Goodreads reading challenge for a few years now. Last year I read 169. My goal this year is 175.

    psalm103and138atgmaildotcom

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    1. Oh, wow Caryl! Love it! And I'm glad my books are some that you read. :-D

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  2. I don't keep track, but I think Goodreads challenges help authors! I don't finish some of the books I read. And I only do that at night. Mystery and suspense are my favorite genre's and they are hard to put down at a reasonable hour.

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    1. I only read at night, too, Debra, so it makes it a little hard to get as many books read as I'd like. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I USUALLY READ ABOUT A BOOK A WEEK, SO WILL BE STICKING TO 52.

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    1. That's a good way to keep up with how many you read, Mary! Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. I signed up to read 75 this year.

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  5. I would love to read one book per week but I will be realistic and set my goal at 40. Maybe then I can be happily surprised! Thanks for your giveaway.
    Blessings!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Connie! I'm hoping whoever wins will buy a book! :-) Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. I am finishing The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter. So good! brichardson0056(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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    1. Becky, so sorry I missed your comment earlier! Will have to add The Good Daughter to my TBR list--I've heard good things about it.

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  7. I set my reading goal to 105 books this year. So far I have read 9! Tried for 115 last year and fell short. Just finished reading Love Starts with Elle by Rachel Hauck and looking for my next book.

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    1. Ellen, I love, love, love Rachel Hauck's books. Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. I'll have to check out The Good Daughter, Becky. Thanks for dropping in.

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  9. I'm just finishing up A Song Unheard by Roseanna White. A very good historical fiction.
    Last year was my first year to do the goodreads reading challenge, and I loved being able to track my books read. Trying for a bit higher than last year, who knows if I'll actually make that or not... ;)

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    1. Rosalyn, this is my first year to track my books and I'm excited about it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. I started the Goodreads challenge last year. I optimistically set my goal at 150 this year (but have only completed 3 so far). I listen to a lot of audio books so that helps. That's how I read your last 2!
    lhanberry1(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Linda, so glad you enjoyed the audio books! Did you know that is the only way I can read my books once they're published. :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. My Goodreads goal this year is 100. Last year I more than read my goal so I’m sure I will this year too.

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    1. Gail, I had 100 and changed it, but I might secretly shoot for that number. :-) Thanks for dropping in.

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  12. As many as I can. Reading The Sniper by Linda J White sarahmom335@yahoo.com

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    1. I like that, Linda. ;-) The Sniper sounds like something I'd like.

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  13. I'm trying for 50 books this year! So far I'm moving in the right direction.

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  14. I love Goodreads!! I started tracking what books I read (in an Excel spreadsheet) when I got about 1/3 of a way through a book and realized I had read it. When I found Goodreads it was a "God send." The last couple of years I've set goals of 52 books, but last year I ended up reading something like 83. So, this year my goal is 75 and I've already finished 3 and abandoned one.
    And I'm SURE the newest Patricia Bradley book will be on my list!!! :)

    Blessings,
    hollymag(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Holly! If you haven't gotten Kill Zone: Ten Deadly Thrillers, it's on sale for the next five days for .99--saves $5! http://amzn.to/2rgjYxp

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    2. I hit publish too soon. The follow up story for Andi and Will from Justice Delayed is in the anthology!

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  15. Currently my reading challenge on Goodreads is 52 books this year. I would love to do more than that. I'm glad it is easy to change my number as the year goes on...lol.
    bettimace at gmail dot com

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    1. Yes, it's nice to be able to change your goal. I'm hoping to read more than my goal, but we'll see...

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  16. I will read about 50 books this year. Love your books.

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    1. Thank you, Judy! Fifty is a good number. Thanks for stopping by.

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  17. My goal is 100 books this year. I read 114 last year (three of them were yours!) but it’s shaping up to be a busier year already so hoping I’ll make 100.

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    1. Thanks, Mindy. :-D I wish I had time to read a 110 books! Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. I love keeping track of my reading on Goodreads. This year I signed up for 60 knowing that when we hit baseball season my available time to read will drop off dramatically. I have already finished 4 though so that is a good start.

    Thanks for the giveaway. debbiewilder (at) comcast (dot) net

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    2. Yes, Debbie, it would be hard to read a book at a baseball game! I know. I tried when my grandson was playing. lol. Four is a good start!

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  20. This past year my count went down, but we had an eventful year. I'm hoping for a much quieter year with maybe 52 books to be read! That at least gives me one a week. :)

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    1. Yes, Susan, there's something to be said for routine. :-) I'm shooting for one a week, too. Thanks for stopping by.

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  21. I did goodreads last year and made my goal of 150 books plus 2 so this year it’s going to be 175. So far I’m on track. Just finished Revenge by you, Pat. Great suspenseful tale! Even though it’s a novella .... they count in the goodreads challenge! Those are what I read to kick start or get ahead when the challenge tells me I’m behind! Then there are the Challenges! Trying to fit what I read into the challenges! Novellas work well there , too there are several Christian groups on good reads, they are fun and have those challenges!
    I’m reading two books right now one on my kindle : Always Watching by Lynette Eason and a paperback: Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky. Happy reading!

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  22. Thank you, Paula! I've read Always Watching--great book! Will have to check out Across the Blue by Carrie. Thanks for stopping by!

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  23. Oh, I signed up for the Goodreads Challenge. I wrote 100 books down but, will probably go past that. The reason for that is that (depending on the book length) I read at least five to six books a week. I only read books by Christian authors.

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    1. Beverly, five to six books a week! That's amazing. I'm looking forward to reading my one book a week...in fact, I'm thinking about shutting my computer down right now and going to read! Thanks for stopping by.

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  24. I am reading Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason. Great book and really pulls you in. So much excitement!

    Lela-paralegal7@hotmail.com

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    1. Lela, I want to read that book! Lynette is such a good writer! Thanks for stopping by.

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  25. With other commitments, I really need to quit my job so I can read more, I tend to read a book a week.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Don't you just hate it when work gets in the way of fun, Mary! ;-) Thanks for stopping by.

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  26. As usual, I forgot to say I would draw a winner next Tuesday night. :-)

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  27. Hello, I am reading Colleen Coble's Twilight at Blueberry Barrens. I have your two newest on my TBR list on Goodreads! I did the challenge last year and came in just in the nick of time with 42 books. So this year my challenge is 60. :)

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    1. Carolyn, so glad my books are on your TBR list! Thank you. Sixty sounds like a good round number.

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  28. I have so many in my TBR pile in PB and on Kindle. Right now a mystery and Jill Eileen Smith’s newest. I read 3-5 a month, sometimes more.

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    1. Good going, Jacqui! So far I've read more than I thought I would at this point - 5!

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  29. I'm on my second year of the Goodreads challenge! Last year my goal was 100 and I ended up doing 115. Same goal this year so I'm hoping to exceed it again...we'll see ;-) Lots of good books on my immediate TBR pile with more to add as books come out, I'm sure.

    I don't make resolutions and never had. I know some people do the word of the year and if I were to choose one, the one that came to mind recently is Seek. So I'm trying to make an effort to Seek God in everyday things and especially listen for His voice. I'm also doing more in-depth Bible study and it's really deepened my understanding. I'm loving it :-)

    Thanks for the giveaway chance Patricia! I have both of your Memphis Cold Case series books and looking forward to the third one!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Thanks, Trixi! I'm doing final edits on the next book now! It's my Elvis book, you know. :-) I mean, you can't do a series about Memphis and not do Elvis!

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  30. My goal will be 35 and this way if I pass it up I’ll feel like an over achiever! :)

    jennydtipton At gmail Dot com

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  31. I would love to read a book a week but I don't believe "that's gonna happen". I am setting my goal for 40.
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I know how you feel, Connie. I would love to read a book a week!

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  32. Rereading Deadly Frost, and This Present Darkness...and good cookbooks. ;)

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    1. I loved This Present Darkness, Mary! Do you know, I rarely read cookbooks. Don't know why, but I mostly use recipes from friends or the newspaper...or cook old favorites. Thanks for stopping by!

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  33. AND WE HAVE A WINNER OF THE $10 AMAZON GIFT CARD PICKED BY RANDOM.ORG:

    MH!

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  34. I use Goodreads all the time. I surpassed my challenge last year and read over 100 books and reviewed everyone. This year I’m hoping to at least do the same or more. I pin the covers on my Pinterest board for that year also and can look back and see what I’ve read.
    tumcsec(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. I usually try to read about 52 books a year - one a week. I end up doing more - which is fabulous, but I juggle reading with homeschooling the 4 minions, so I think I'm doing good! lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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  36. So far I have read 20 out of the 75 I think I will read this year. I review all books that I read.
    fishingjanATaolDOTcom

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  37. I read about 2 books a week. Sometimes 1, sometimes more. It depends on how long the book is or how much reading time I have. Thanks for the opportunity.rose blackard (at) gmail (dot) com

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