Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year! Reading Resolutions for 2013

Do you making reading resolutions, or set goals for your reading in the New Year? Do you pick books as you go, or do you have a  plan?

What about challenges? Lots of us bloggers participate in them; have you? Do you plan to in 2013? I'll re-start the Europa Challenge for 2013 of course (sign up!) and I might pick a short challenge or two but other than that I'm not good at finishing what I start, really, so I tend to avoid them.

But the fact is, my TBR pile is growing higher and higher, and sometimes I feel more like a book collector/hoarder than a reader! So I need to dig into that pile and try to keep pace with what I'm buying.

To that end, here are my reading goals for 2013.
  • One Europa Editions book per month for a total of at least 12 for the year. Probably I'll read more; I tend to!
  • Six books by author Angela Thirkell for the year. Angela Thirkell's books are largely out of print but I've been able to amass a nice collection of her delightful English country tales nonetheless. Time to make a point of digging in!
  • One audiobook on the iPod at all times; one nonfiction book on the nightstand at all times. The audiobook-listening helps me squeeze in extra books without having them take up space!
  • One book in each of the following series: Factory Series by Derek Raymond; Mollison Town Quartet by Tim Davys; World Noir series from Europa Editions.
  • Six Booker Prize winners for the year.
  • Three NYRB Classics by June.
  • One graphic novel per month.
What do you think? Can I do it? Some of these overlap; one of the Booker winners was just reissued by NYRB, for example, and the World Noir book would count towards the Europa Challenge. What are your goals for 2013 when it comes to books?


Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

"One audiobook on the iPod and one nonfiction book on the nightstand?" Excellent.

Michelle said...

These sound like very achievable goals! I know my largest goal is to get through my small backlog of review copies and finally, finally get to those books that have been languishing on my shelves for too long. Like you, I fear I have become a book hoarder more than anything else, and I have so many good books waiting for me.

Good luck with your challenges and achieving your goals! 2013 is going to be a great year!

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

I'm not doing anything concrete,but I am aiming to read at least 50 books and trying to read another book by Elizabeth Berg and Anna Quindlen. Oh and try to read all of my TBR books.

Audrey said...

Angela Thirkell! (!!!!!!)

Lindsey said...

I think those are great goals and they seem attainable!I see so many people reading the Europa Editions, but I think I've only read one so far.

Right now, I'm just trying to get through some of the books on my tbr shelf before I go spend those lovely bookstore gift certificates that I got for Christmas!