I haven’t participated in the weekly book chat since SEPTEMBER and I miss it. If you’d like to join, the link up is on Jessica’s blog Sweet Green Tangerine!
Today’s question: What are your reading resolutions for 2013?
I touched on these yesterday in my New Year’s goals post, but I figured this would be a great day to talk about them a little bit more and maybe even expand on them… I mean, what is this blog if not a space for more goals?!
1. Read 50 books
This is less than a book each week, which I think is very reasonable considering my reading speed, and the fact that I love reading every day. When I actually DO read every day, I can read 1-2 books a week (including my day-to-day living) so I think this is pretty reasonable. I’ve somehow never hit 50 books in a year, life always seems to get in the way, but I’m going to give it a shot again in 2013!
2. Read 5 non-fiction books
I don’t think this is very much at all considering I’m including all biographies, well-being, business and/or lifestyle books, which I’ve really gotten into reading in the last couple years anyway. I love reading biographies, and I have a couple other books in mind for this particular challenge so I don’t think it’ll be too difficult at all. That being said, I like having this goal written down anyway as a REMINDER to always branch out in my reading and never get too comfortable in one particular style. I think that’s very important!
3. Re-read 2 all-time favorites
As a self-proclaimed book lover, I have a LOT of all-time favorite books, but I rarely take the time to re-read them because I always like reading NEW books (there are just so many!). One of my goals on my Life List is to re-read 10 all time favorites, which I don’t think is very difficult at all. Choosing 10 all-time favorites? That’s a goal in itself. In 2012, I re-read all 7 Harry Potter novels for the first time since I was a teenager, and I had the BEST time doing it, but I didn’t include those in my Life List goal because I wrote it afterwards, realizing how much I enjoyed re-reading. This year, I want to choose two from my bookshelf to re-visit.
4. Write 10 books reviews, including 2 outside sources
In 2012, I said in one of my resolutions that I wanted to ‘blog more about books’ which I did really well at (I’m looking at you, Book Chat!) This year, I wanted to make my goal more concrete in terms of writing & books, and I think 10 books reviews is extremely do-able. There’s nothing I love more than sharing book recommendations, and I want to remember to do it at least 10 times on this blog. As for the 2 outside sources, I’ve been a part of NetGalley for almost 2 years now and have yet to write a single review for them. I read a book I received from them this summer that I ADORED, so I’d like to start getting back into that website a little bit. I want this blog to always have something book-related going on, and I thought these reviews were a good starting point.
5. Read every day, if only for 15 minutes
At the end of last year, my reading really tapered off… I hated it, but I just got so involved in other parts of my life that I was always too tired to pick up a book. I was also losing my sanity. This goal is a reminder to always make time for one of the things I love most in this world. Even when I have a lot of homework, or a lot of other stuff going on in my life; 15 minutes a day is NOT a lot, and it’ll be a little break from all the work and stress of life!
Alright, I think I’m done talking about goals around here for a little while! What are some of your reading resolutions for the year? Any books recommendations for my 50 reads, particularly non-fiction that I should be checking out?