As is tradition, every beginning of the year I write down my goals for the new year, reading-wise. This year is no exception, because I like making goals. They make me feel accomplished and mature (haha!), and it doesn’t matter if they are just reading goals. 😀
But first, here’s a quick recap of how I fared with my 2013 Reading Goal:
- Reading Goal of 30 books. I had increased this number to 40 midway in June (?) but still managed to surpass it by finishing 53 books when 2013 ended. And to think that I gave birth last July and have become a first-time mom. I guess that’s what we call time management, eh? Hihi. The local novellas that I read were a great factor in making me read more than I intended to read, but I could not call it cheating because I read the novellas on my own volition and not merely as an excuse to catch up on my goal. I also read 3 chunksters last year: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, A Clash of Kings, and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. So yay!
- Work on my review backlog.I had several review backlogs when 2013 started but I was able to catch up on them, thanks to quick reviews. Also, there were a couple of books I decided not to write about anymore because I had lost the desire to write about them. I realized that blogging shouldn’t be a chore so I will not force my self to write if I don’t feel like writing. Blogging and reading should be fun, right?
- Continue with the Required Reading Challenge. I love this meme. I’d been looking forward to doing this every month last year that most of the time I already had a list of books in mind even before the month ended. Yay!
- Limit my book-buying. I am proud to say that I was able to achieve this goal. I bought books on the last part of the year only, and most were for gifts. So, yay!
- Read one local book every two months. I was not able to strictly follow the one-book-every-two-months rule, but I am glad to have read a considerable amount of local books last year. My previous post even showed my top 5 favorite local books of 2013. So, yay also for this!
That being said, I can say that 2013 was a good reading year. I am satisfied of what I’ve accomplished, reading-wise, and I feel good about my self. Hee.
And now, on to my 2014 Reading Goals:
- Read at least 40 books. This means that I have to read at least 4 books a month, or roughly one book a week. Quite attainable and doable considering that I have to divide my time among school, work and nanay duties. Let’s see if my time management tactics will still work this time.
- Read at least one print book every month. Ever since I got my Kindle, I seldom read print books. This is not a good habit because a) I keep buying/receiving print books, and b) what good is a book if unread? They will just become waste of space.
- Read at least one 501 Children’s Book every quarter. I’ve been telling my self to work on this challenge ever since I set it up two years ago, but I have failed miserably. I started reading Little Women last year but fell into a rut. I hope to pick it up again and hopefully finish it this year. Now that I have a child of my own, I figure this will be a fitting opportunity to work on this challenge. By this goal, it will mean that I will have to read at least one 501 Children’s Book in January-March, April-June, July-September, and October-December.
- [EDITED TO ADD:] Read all the books in this list. This is an additional goal I made a few days after I published this post.
Here’s to wishing I’ll be able to achieve them. Cheers to 2014!