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Happy New Year’s Eve, readers! It’s the last day of 2015–did you meet your goal?

I did not. I’m three titles short of the eighteen I set out to read from my TBR pile. Three–I was so close! I did more writing this year and picked up quite a few new editing clients, which is good in a lot of different ways. But that left me with much less reading-for-fun time than I anticipated, and I didn’t complete any of the reading challenges I participated in this year.

I learned a few things this year, though. I learned that I always write more slowly than I think I’m going to, so I’ll need to plan more realistically for that. I learned that I have a pretty solid reputation as an editor and that I love helping people spiff up their books. When given the option, I have always taken the editing job over days off in which I could be reading, which is something to keep in mind when I set my 2016 reading goals. I also learned that my new day job has more down time than I’m used to but I don’t write well in that environment, so it might be possible to get some reading time in at the office next year.

Tomorrow, I’ll take all that information–coupled with the number of books I’ve purchased over the past year–and decide what my goals will be for my various reading challenges. Tonight, however, I’m going to curl up with a book and not worry about which challenge it fits into 🙂

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