07 January 2013

What I hope 2013 will bring, the reader's version

Welcome to 2013!  Do you have a New Year's Resolution?  Many of my friends say that they do not make New Year's resolutions because they do not keep them very well.  As for me, I always make them, even though I don't often make it through the whole year.  So, what are my reading resolutions for this year?  Last year I had a very ambitious reading goal as well as several challenge goals.  For this year, I think I will scale it back a bit.  Here are my goals for the following year:

Read at least 70 books  - This breaks down to six books a month, which should be readily doable.  Many months I read more than 70 books.  It mostly depends on the type of books that I am reading. Last year my family and I took a 5 week vacation for the summer, and it really cut into my reading time.  On the flip side, though, I managed to take 5000 pictures on our trip.  I already have 50 books listed on my "to be read in 2013" list, and I am sure that the list does not even represent what I have slated for the first few months.  I guess I should have titled the list "hope to read in 2013".

Be more discriminating in my reading challenges -   I love reading challenges, especially those where you have to plan ahead for what you are going to read.  I get so caught up in the creativity that people display in coming up with challenge requirements, that I want to do them all.  Last year I got so distracted by all of the challenges that I did not manage to finish even a single one.  This year I plan to pick a few that are must finishes, even if I do work on some others.  As the year goes on, I will let you know my progress and which challenges are must finishes for me.  I do know that I am working on two challenges designed to help clear out/read some of the books that I actually own, or that have been around the longest.  These books have really fallen through the cracks the last few years.  I figure I should be able to fit in one or two of these a month while I am reading and reviewing all of the wonderful new books I come across.

Review, Review, Review -  I have found that I really enjoy writing book reviews.  My husband says that I have missed my calling in this regard.  Of course he says this while shaking his head as I triumphantly hold up another book, or download another one and shout, "All right!  I just got this great new book to read."  Sometimes I think he thinks that I am nuts.  Most of the time I think he is just amazed at how much time and energy I can give to reading.

Catch up - Another goal for 2013 is to start a few series that I have been wanting to read, as well as catch up on some that I have been reading and fallen behind on.  The same goes for some of my favorite authors.  While it is always fun to find new series and new authors to fall in love with, I find that I am really missing some of my old favorites.   Although having said that, I already have 11 books on my "upcoming books to get" list of anticipated new releases, and I am finding more every day.

Read with friends - While I love reading for challenges, reviewing, etc.  I also have a few friends that I love to read and discuss with.  This year I plan to read at least one book a month with a friend and have a discussion about it.  After all, we all like to be able to share our joy and enthusiasm for books with others, don't we?

So - Happy 2013 Everyone.  I will see you back here often with news, reviews, and just random thoughts.