Revisiting Redux: Reading goals for 2012 by Camy Tang

Camy here! I know I just posted about this both here on and also on my blog, but I wanted to give an update.

Basically, a couple days ago I posted on my blog about how I’m revising my 2012 reading goals because of this post by Danica Favorite. Her reading goals for 2012 sounded so great that I decided to challenge myself with my reading goals this year rather than the goals I had posted before.

Here’s my new improved reading goals:

1) Read the 4 Love Inspired Suspense novels each month. I should be doing this already, but I’ve been bad about keeping up with them. I’ll usually only read two Love Inspired Suspense novels each month, and after looking at my book catalog, I realized that I’ve been reading all backlist books, not current ones. So I will be trying to read all current Love Inspired Suspense novels each month.

2) Start at least one new-to-me author each month. I copied this straight from Danica because I think it’s a fantastic idea. I also recently lamented on Facebook and Twitter that I had a ton of free ebooks on my Nook but I never seem to get around to reading them. Well, here’s my chance, because most of the free ebooks I get are new-to-me authors whose books I got for free because I wanted to try them.

3) Start at least one old book from my TBR pile each month. And let me confess, my TBR pile ranges in the thousands.

You will notice the language on numbers 2 and 3: Start, not read. Meaning, if I start a book and it doesn’t interest me, I reserve the right to not finish it and still count it toward my reading goal for the month. I ran this by my friend Danica and she thinks it’s brilliant, because even if I don’t finish the book, I’m still getting through my TBR pile, which is the point.

In order to accomplish these lofty reading goals, I set a small, attainable goal of reading at least 30 minutes each day. I will set my timer and not do anything else but read. (That actually sounds heavenly to me. I have a feeling that won’t be a problem!)

I started this 30 minutes a day and it ended up being 90 minutes, but I have already finished a book this month! Woohoo for me!

I also put a book from #3 near the breakfast table so I can read while I eat lunch, and I put my Nook on a shelf near the toilet so I can read a book from #1 or #2 while I’m, er, busy.

I’m not entirely happy about having multiple books going at once, but it’s not too bad if it’s only 2 books and if they’re different genres.

What do you think of my new goals?

Camy Tang writes romance with a kick of wasabi. Out now is the first book in her new series, Protection for Hire, which is a cross between Stephanie Plum and The Joy Luck Club. She is a staff worker for her church youth group, and leads one of the worship teams for Sunday service. On her blog, she ponders frivolous things like knitting, running, dogs, and Asiana. Visit her website to sign up for her quarterly newsletter.

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About Camy Tang/Camille Elliot

Camy writes romantic suspense as Camy Tang and Regency romance as USA Today bestselling author Camille Elliot. She is a staff worker for her church youth group and leads one of the Sunday worship teams. Visit her websites at and to read free short stories and subscribe to her quarterly newsletter.
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3 Responses to Revisiting Redux: Reading goals for 2012 by Camy Tang

  1. I think that’s a great idea–you’re being specific about what you’re planning to read, as in the LI titles as well as the “new to you” authors.

    I may adopt that policy myself about not feeling pressured to “finish” a book, but at least start it. Maybe that comes from the “eat everything on your plate” habit too… 😀


  2. PatriciaW says:

    I like the “start” idea although I still find it difficult to put a book down once I’ve started. Unless it’s really, really bad, either in content or craft.

    But I’m like you. Most of my free ebooks are authors I’ve never read. I’ve actually read a few of them since downloading and have been pleasantly surprised. Like Jinxed by Beth Ciotta. A fun, fast-paced romantic suspense.

    I increased my LI reading last year although I find it difficult to keep up with the current titles.

    There are just too many good books! 🙂


  3. camytang says:


    Patricia–I used to read every book (before I started writing!) but I realized I would be reading and I wasn’t enjoying myself. I decided that life is too short to waste time on a book that’s not entertaining me. There are certain things I just don’t want to do if I’m not enjoying myself.


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