First Quarter Reads – Demolishing Goals

Every year I set a Goodreads challenge and every year I fail miserably.

This year I was tired of hearing my mom fuss at me for making my goal so high and me scrambling to read a ton of books in December.

I keep saying I am going to dig into my comic collection to win the challenge but I never get around to it.

Also December is my slow month at work.

But still… I was tired of getting picked on and fussed at.

I know how I can devour books.

This year, I decided to prove to myself I can still devour them the way I used to.

So I set my goal to 55 books. That is about half of what it was last year and way more than I have ever accomplished but I was on a roll from reading in December so I figured I could squash that in a year.

January was going to set the tone. I was focused and I had my secret weapon… my love of romance novellas.


  • A Tale of Two Cities: A Thanksgiving Novella by Alexandra Warren
  • Tikka Chance on Me by Suleikha Snyder
  • Leslie’s Curl & Dye by DL White
  • Second Time Around by DL White
  • A Tale of Two Cities: A Christmas Novella by Alexandra Warren
  • Beach Thing by DL White
  • The Zahir by Paulo Coelho
  • The Night Before by Jacinta Howard
  • A Thin Line by DL White
  • Noelle The First by Nicole Falls
  • Brave Hearts by Nicole Falls
  • Started From A Selfie by Nicole Falls
  • The Illumination of Ginger by Nicole Falls
  • Sugar Butter Flour Love by Nicole Falls
  • The Games We Play by Alexandra Warren
  • The Lessons We Learn by Alexandra Warren
  • If Only For The Summer by Alexandra Warren
  • Let Us Dream by Alyssa Cole

So yeah… 18 books.

I discovered my favorite book by one of my favorite authors. A Thin Line by DL White hit me so hard I still haven’t returned in on Kindle Unlimited. This is primarily because she removed it from Kindle and I don’t want it to disappear. One day I will ask her if she has a print copy in the corner somewhere that I can buy. But until then, I am keeping it.

I also discovered a love for a few new authors with backlogs that make my mouth water and give me a mean case of writer envy. This was when I decided that I would not be publishing anything this year because… wow. I feel a bit inferior. These ladies can write their asses off.

I also noticed that this year’s challenge wouldn’t be that difficult and I might possibly meet it by the summer even with a bit of a slow down.

So in comes February. The shortest month of the year. Of course I won’t get many books in this month.


  • Hint of Spice by Christina Jones
  • Love Grind by Shelly Ellis
  • A Dash of Heat by Christina Jones
  • A Touch of Sugar by Christina Jones
  • Forbidden Rendezvous by Mel Blue
  • Sweatpants Season by Danielle Allen
  • Ariana by Ash Dylan
  • A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert
  • Untouchable by Talia Hibbert
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  • A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
  • A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole
  • Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole
  • One Bed for Christmas by Jackie Lau
  • A Perfect Holiday Fling by Farrah Rochon
  • Between A Rock and a Hot Mess by Phyllis Bourne
  • Between A Honeymoon and a Hot Mess by Phyllis Bourne
  • A Good Night’s Sleep by Stefanie Simpson
  • Adjacent by Alexandra Warren
  • Replacement by Alexandra Warren
  • Displacement by Alexandra Warren
  • Home by Jezz deSilva
  • A Tale of Two Cities: A New Year Novella by Alexandra Warren
  • Cindra: A Paranormal Fairytale by Siera London
  • All I Want for Christmas by Nicole Falls
  • Relationship Goals by Christina Jones
  • Everything She Never Wanted by Tasha Harrison
  • In Her Wildest Dreams by Farrah Rochon
  • A Little Bit Naughty by Farrah Rochon
  • Feud by Phyllis Bourne
  • Just A Little Taste by Farrah Rochon
  • I Dare You! by Farrah Rochon
  • All You Can Handle by Farrah Rochon
  • Anyway You Want It by Farrah Rochon
  • Anytime You Need Me by Farrah Rochon

35 books.

35 BOOKS!!!!

So clearly I killed my goal in under two months. Clearly I have a book addiction. No I don’t need a support group. My Twitter Loves are all the support I need.

I upped my goal. Decided to got to 105.

Because clearly, I am going to slow down at some point. I know me. I am a turtle. I am a sloth. I will slow down.

Onto March.


  • Haunted by Christina Jones
  • You Out of Nowhere by Jay E. Tria
  • A Tale of Two Cities: A Valentine’s Novella by Alexandra Warren
  • Valentine Rush by Stephanie Norris
  • Be Mine by Savannah Frierson
  • As Sweet by Holley Trent
  • So Sweet by Rebekah Weatherspoon
  • Syx Whole Weeks by Grey Huffington
  • So Right by Rebekah Weatherspoon
  • So For Real by Rebekah Weatherspoon
  • The Way Home by Stefanie Simpson
  • Love Notes by Christina Jones
  • Being Neighborly by Meka James
  • Layover by Katrina Jackson
  • Grow Something by Christina Jones
  • Rouge Acts by Molly O’Keefe
  • A Taste For Temptation by Phyllis Bourne
  • Sweeter Temptation by Phyllis Bourne
  • Writing Her In by Holley Trent
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  • Spice and Smoke by Suleikha Snyder
  • Last First Kiss by Nicole Falls
  • Pushing Thirty by Necole Ryse
  • Coveted by Christina Jones
  • Keeper of Keys by Bernice McFadden
  • Soft on Soft by Em Ali
  • Cuffing Season by Danielle Allen
  • Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole
  • Extra Extra by Chris Stevens
  • Getting Schooled by Christina Jones
  • Pulling Doubles by Christina Jones
  • Bending the Rules by Christina Jones
  • Christmas With The Wrights by Christina Jones
  • Love at First Spite by Alexandra Warren
  • In Spite of it All by Alexandra Warren
  • Accidental Arrangements by Alexandra Warren
  • Adore You by Nicole Falls
  • Smitten by Nicole Falls
  • Then Came You by Nicole Falls
  • Blizzard Bliss by Kelly Maher
  • Damaged Goods by Talia Hibbert
  • Happily Ever After by Turtleberry
  • The Holiday Inn by Phyllis Bourne

43 Books.

So yeah… I am on a roll.

That is 96 books in the first quarter. I have read more books than there are days in the year. I feel like a superhero.

Addressing a few points:

  1. Yes, yes I know I read a lot of novellas and they are half the size of novels. I still get some novels in. I figure eventually I will have read all the romance novellas out there and be stuck with longer books. LOL
  2. Clearly, I have a few authors I am now addicted too. I will read the entire backlog of Christina C. Jones, Alexandra Warren, and Nicole Falls before the summer. I only have one more book by DL White to read and that is on deck for this week.
  3. Yup. You read it right. I read one of my own books. They bring me joy. I am a fan of myself.

I know I will be upping the reading goal this week. I am not sure where I will take it. Stay tuned for more on that.

Check me out on Goodreads to see how I rated the books. I will say now that no book rated less than three stars because I would have tossed it in the DNF pile. I don’t force myself to read books I don’t like. I will be posting a post about what my rating system means.

Until then… I got books to read.

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