Lola’s Ramblings: Which of my planned ten New Releases in 2016 did I actually read?

Posted December 22, 2016 by Lola in Lola's Ramblings / 30 Comments


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At the start of the new year I listed ten new releases I was hoping to read this year. I thought it was fun to look back at the end of the year to see which of these books I actually managed to read. I have to say I am pleasantly surprised, I am a planning person and can plan everything, but not what I read. I am too much of a moodreader for that. So while I set goals they usually are broad or wide goals instead of specific ones. But I actually managed to 9 of the 10 books I had hoped to read this year, it probably helps that these were all books I was really looking forward to. Okay let’s look at the books in question.

Which of the Ten New Releases did I actually read in 2016

The Daydreamer Detective by SJ PajonasGrilled for Murder (Country Store Mysteries #2) by Maddie DaySaven: Disclosure (Saven #2) by Siobhan DavisSaven: Defiance (Saven #3) by Siobhan DavisCity of the Lost by Kelley ArmstrongNobody But You (Cedar Ridge #3) by Jill ShalvisAmanda Lester and the Blue Peacocks' Secret (Amanda Lester, Detective #4) by Paula BerinsteinThe Illusory Prophet (Singularity #3) by Susan Kaye QuinnBetrayals (Cainsville #4) by Kelley ArmstrongA Disguise to Die For (Costume Shop Mystery #1) by Diane Vallere

Did you set a goal for books you wanted to read in 2016? Did you read the books you hoped to read this year?


30 responses to “Lola’s Ramblings: Which of my planned ten New Releases in 2016 did I actually read?

  1. Not bad!!! I think you did great considering you’re a moodreader. I am the same, but also made a list of books for the Romance Roundabout Challenge. I read all, but two of the sixty I planned to read. These two are misses for the second year in a row. I’ve started one and just can’t get interested so I might not ever get them read. I decided to make a specific list again for this year so we’ll see how it goes- moods and all.

    Congrats again for doing so well with the new releases.
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    • Indeed, as a moodreader it can be hard to set goals like this, so it’s nice to see how well i did. Most of these were books I was really looking forward to and was pretty sure I would make time for.

      Only two of the sixty to read sounds really good to me! I don’t think I would be able to do so well with a larger read. I am not sure if I will make a specific list again next year, but it was fun this year, so who knows.

  2. I met my number of books read target for the year and did pretty well overall except the summer reading slump. I want to get more read next year though but I haven’t put numbers on it except for the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I need to tackle more ebooks and series I’ve started! I think you did well on your challenge. Every book you read here is one less on the tbr!
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    • Those reading slumps can really be nasty, but I am glad to hear you made your books read target. I always join the goodreads challenge as well, although I set my goal pretty low this year and almost doubled it.
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    • I usually do the same, but I thought it was fun to share ten books I had hoped to read this year and then see how many of them I actually managed to read.

  3. I think you’ve done really well – I set myself some numerical challenges, but not to read specific books as you have done. I can also testify to the great quality of City of the Lost – however, I haven’t read ‘Betrayals’ and I must do as I’ve read the first three of the Cainsville series and really enjoyed them. Have a great Christmas, Lola – and I’ll be interested to see what reading challenges you set yourself in the new year:).
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    • It wasn’t quite meant as a challenge at first, more a top ten list to feature which books I was excited for this year and hoped to read, but I thought it was fun to look back now and see how many I read. I actually planned to do one for recipes to, but only made one recipe from the last. I am not setting as much goals for next year, I am only joining two reading challenges.

      I really enjoyed City of the Lost and Betrayals was awesome too. I hope you get to read Betrayals soon as you already read the first 3 books.

    • Most of these were new releases, I do better at reading those than the books that have been there for a while now. It can help to make a list now and then.

    • I always join the Goodreads Challenge as well, I almost doubled my goal as I set it way to low. So I know to set it a bit higher next year. I am glad I did so well on these ten books.

  4. So, I listed like 73 books that I wanted to read in 2016 so obviously no, I didn’t haha. But I also noticed that I listed on some thing or another a list of books I hadn’t gotten to in 2015 either, and I have only read 1.5 of them as of today (currently reading one, yay!) so.. not doing great! BUT as for new releases, I actually didn’t do *too* badly! I am pretty glad about that. And most of the ones I didn’t read yet are because I am still behind on their series πŸ˜‰ Glad that you read 9, that is awesome!!
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    • 73 is a lot, I am glad I limited myself to ten else I never would’ve made it either. These were all books I was really looking forward to, so i am glad I managed to read most of them.

  5. Hi Lola, good to see you again πŸ™‚ You did pretty well here though compared to me haha, I’m a mood reader as well. City of the Lost sounds pretty interesting!

    • It stated out as a way to list ten new releases I was excited for, but I thought it was fun to look back and see which of these I actually read. I didn’t expect to actually read so many of them.
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    • I am glad I at least managed to keep up to date with these new releases as there are a bunch of books as well I didn’t get to. I loved the first Black Blade book, so I hope I can finish the series soon.

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