I’m a bit late for this post but anyway, my blog and I still wish everyone a happy new year!!! 🙂
2012 has been a pretty wondrous reading year, not only because I surpassed my reading goal of 50 books, but I was also able to discover and enjoy new genres and authors as well. As to my reading resolutions, I remember not making any last year except for the reading goal of 50 books, but this year, I find it necessary to make at least a couple of goals. I say necessary because I still believe that setting a goal and making resolutions are great motivators when it comes to my reading and my reading choices. Without them, I might (and that is a great possibility) fall into a reading rut, which, in my experience, is not a good thing at all. I am still not ready to give up my reading habit, and I don’t think I ever be ready at all. If my eyes will fail in old age, I will still continue to “read” through large print books or audiobooks. What is me without books, anyway?
All right, enough of that blabbering.
So, this 2013, what are my reading goals and/or resolutions?
1. Reading Goal of 30 books. I’ve been a member of Goodreads since 2008, and I’ve been setting reading goals since then, but it was only last year that I seriously tried to reach my goal. Reading 50 books in a year is not actually difficult to achieve but I think that I should set a lower number for this year because I am expecting a baby soon and I don’t think I am prepared for the stress of having to read an average of 4 books a month (yes, having a reading goal can be stressful too!). Plus, this year, I plan on really savoring each reading moment so I will be taking it slowly this time, not pressuring myself in rushing through a book just so I can proceed to the next one on my list. Aaand, I think this will at least help me with my blogging backlog, which brings me to my next reading resolution.
2. Work on my review backlog. Ever since I started to be serious with my reading, I also decided to set up this book blog which contains, among other bookish things, book reviews. They’re not really reviews in the strict sense of the word — they’re actually more of my personal rantings or raves — but still I see to it that I write down my thoughts on a book after I finish reading it, but it appears that I can read faster than I can write, thus, the backlog. I have currently 10 un-blogged books, more or less, (I have yet to check again) and I hope I can catch up with them before the year ends. Maybe one review per week, yes?
3. Continue with the Required Reading Challenge. This is a monthly project hosted by Tina over in her beautiful blog , and if you’ve been following this blog, you will know that I’ve been doing this since last year. It has actually helped me much in reaching my reading goal and it has dented my mountain TBR as well. Can’t wait to start my first post on this! 🙂
4. Limit my book-buying. Ah, but of course, this is such a vague and definitely difficult resolution but since the later part of last year, I have been resisting the urge to buy anymore books. I have to seriously work on my currently unread books because what’s the use of hoarding them all without reading them? I certainly would want them to be read books and not just mere decorative pieces inside my room. 😀
5. Read one local book every two months. I wanted to make this every month but as I look at my TBR pile, there seems to be no local books (aside from my Mina V. Eguerra books given by my Kris Kringle mommy last Christmas) and I cannot afford anymore to buy more books at this time, considering my No. 4 resolution.
I guess that’s it for this year. I am thinking of more resolutions to make, but I guess having 5 is a bit more realistic and achievable, yes? And so I can leave something for next year too, haha! Cheer me on through these goals, please? 😉
Happy new reading year!