The Book Blab Episode 3: Reading Goals for 2016

Feb 8, 2016

Suzanne and I had so much fun chatting on Friday morning about reading goals. Thanks to those of you who watched us live! We tried a new day and a new time, which was better in some respects and worse in others. Feel free to weigh in with your opinion if morning, afternoon, or evening works better for you.

For those of you who missed it, here is the replay, along with the show notes. It was such a great conversation, and it was hard to cut it off at the end because there was so much more we wanted to say! Enjoy.

0:38 - Amy's laryngitis and Suzanne's special guest

1:35 - Follow up to last month's conversation about pretty editions

2:40 - Goals for the new year
  • 2:55 - Amy's opinion
  • 3:32 - Suzanne's opinion 
4:36 - Reading goals
  • 4:50 - Suzanne's thoughts (what prompted her to start making reading goals)
  • 5:50 - Amy's thoughts
7:00 - Some of Amy's content-specific goals

10:30 -  Suzanne's numbers goals

11:40 - Why Suzanne is not making any content goals

14:10 - How to make manageable reading goals

16:45 - The pros and cons of planning too much or too little

18:00 - Suzanne's reading for school vs. pleasure

19:05 - The pros and cons of setting a numbers goal

20:45 - Two favorite self-help books
  • 22:10 - Suzanne's pick
  • 24:09 - Amy's pick
27:35 - Answering questions
  • 27:45 - Do you prefer physical books over audio books?
  • 28:35 - How is your retention when you read a lot?
  • 29:25 - Do you have any recommendations for time management books?
  • 30:36 - What are some books worth spending audible credits on?
32:45 - Conclusion

Links from the show:

Amy's reading goals: 2013 / 2014 / 2015 / 2016
Suzanne's goals: 2014 / 2015 / 2016
Modern Mrs. Darcy's 2016 Reading Challenge
Suzanne's review of  The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Magic Lessons (Elizabeth Gilbert's podcast)
Breaking Busy by Alli Worthington
Amy's review of The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Happier (Gretchen Rubin's podcast)
Suzanne's review of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam
Amy's review of The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Amy's review of  Being Mortal by Atul Gawande


  1. Im so glad you advertised your book blab on Instagram! I just finished watching and I loved it. Goal setting is sucha fun topic and loved the reading recommendations!

  2. Yay, I just caught up! I liked your discussion of the pros and cons of goals, and good luck on making yours this year!


Proudly designed by Mlekoshi playground