Time to set my reading and blogging goals for this year. I have been thinking about them a lot over the last few weeks and have some ideas but to be honest, most of the goals that I will be setting this year will be very similar to the ones that I have had in the last couple of years, mainly because these seem to be working for me.
Read 200 books - Last year I read more than 290 books which is the most I have read in a single year, and the year before it was 220. For the last few years, I have set my goal as being 150 books but it seems clear that amount is way below my natural reading level so I have changed it to 200 for this year.
Read 10 books that I owned as at 31 December 2012 - Every year I read less books that I own than come into my house. This is my attempt to try to make sure that I read at least a few that have been on my shelves for a while.
Read more Australian authors - This is one of the goals that I set every year and in the preceding years I would be pleased that I read 10-15. Last year, thanks predominantly to the Australian Women Writer's Challenge, I read more than 40. I am hoping to have another great year focused on Aussie authors this year. In addition to the challenge I just mentioned I am also participating in the Aussie Author challenge, which I will use to focus on male Australian authors and I have chosen to adapt the Historical Fiction challenge so that only Australian historical fiction counts! I am also contemplating trying to read the inaugural Stella Prize shortlist when it is announced in March.
Read some classics - A few years ago I aimed to read Dorothy Dunnett, and didn't manage to even crack open a book, and still haven't in fact. Last year, I said I would read more Dickens and then promptly forgot. This year I am planning to finish Les Miserables, join in the War and Peace readalong that Amy and Iris are running and maybe read Pride and Prejudice seeing as it is coming up to the 200th anniversary of it being published.
Perpetual Challenges - I am aiming to read at least one book for each of the perpetual challenges that I am signed up for like The Pulitzer Project, the Orange Prize Project, and the Complete Booker. (This is one that I say every year too!
Review more consistently - This is what I have written for the last couple of years "Over the last couple of years I have allowed myself to get very lazy about writing reviews of the books I read. I still start a blog post for every book, but not enough of them see light of day! This year, I am going to try to write at least one review a week, preferably more. Need to get back into the habit. I know that that really isn't many, but I do also want to be a no guilt blogger as well, because at the end of the day blogging is supposed to enrich our lives and be fun and not something that we are slave to." I was better at it last year I think, but there is still room for more consistent reviewing. All of that is still relevant for this year!
Deadline Reading - I want to back off a little from deadline reading whether it be for library due dates, tours, egalley expiry dates and try to be a little organic in my reading in terms of being able to look at my shelf, or the library shelf and have a little more room to just read what I feel like reading! I am not quite sure how to quantify this one, except in terms of how I am feeling, but I will try to! I did halve the number of library books I had out towards the end of last year so I am going to try and be careful not to let the number of books out creep up again. The irony is that often I find having a deadline helps me get to those books that I knew I wanted to read anyway!
So, there you have it! My reading and blogging resolutions for 2013. Have you made blogging resolutions for this year?
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. Unforgettable by Elise K Ackers.
Night Music by Jojo Moyes will be my next audiobook and The Wedding Shroud by Elisabeth Storrs (it's the only book I am taking away with me so it will be my takeoff and landing book!)