Happy New Year Everyone! I was originally going to do The Broke and the Bookish's Top Ten Tuesday post for this week, and post the top ten books that I plan to read in 2013, but ... well, now it's Wednesday and that didn't quite happen. Plus, I spent so much time over the last couple of days reading through all of your bookish new year's resolution posts ... so I figured that I should do my own! It's never to late to reflect on last year and plan for the coming year, right?
1. Read 50 books.
Last year, my goal was 75 books and I read 82 books. This year, I'm setting my sights lower because I just don't know how much reading time I'll have with a new baby in the house, but also because I want to focus on enjoying the books that I read, rather than rushing through them to meet a number goal.
2. Read more books that I already own.
Since I'm going to be focusing on savouring the books, rather than rushing through them, I'd also like to not be rushed by those pesky library due dates. So this year, I will take a small hiatus from my library and focus on reading some of the books that I already own, but just haven't found the time to read yet. These include: Across the Universe, UnWholly (I may re-read Unwind first too, since I started this one a couple of months ago and found that I'd totally forgotten what happens in the first book), The Maze Runner, Ship Breaker, I Am Number Four, Half-Blood, Beautiful Disaster, Clockwork Prince, the rest of the Inkheart series, the rest of the Sea of Trolls series, Halo ... and the list goes on. Plus, all of the wonderful books that I got for Christmas this year (see my first vlog here), or the amazing pile of books that Evie @ Bookish gave to me a year ago (see the full list here) that I STILL haven't found the time to read.
3. Read some more "big kid" books.
Following along with my previous resolution, I have SO many adult books collecting dust on my shelves, because I've been primarily reading YA this year. Perhaps this also falls under the category of trying to read as many books as I can, rather than quality over quantity. Books that I'd like to try this year include: Outlander, Game of Thrones, finishing Shantaram, finishing The Constant Princess and reading The Other Boleyn Girl, reading the sequel to Shadow of the Wind (I actually have two of his books, and I haven't read either one yet and I LOVED Shadow of the Wind), reading some more Stephen King (my hubby's favourite!), getting back into Margaret Atwood (I'd like to finally read Robber Bride, which has been on my TBR for years), The Name of the Rose and the Name of the Wind (two completely different books, but were both picked up over Easter at my favourite used bookstore -- heard amazing things about both!).
4. Be okay with how much (or how little) I post on the blog.
Now that I've been blogging for a steady year and a half (hard to imagine that it's been that long already!) I think that I've finally found my groove in terms of posting. At first, I felt like once I decided to participate in a meme, that I had to join in every week. This was a little stressful, and I found myself madly trying to write up my Top Ten Tuesday, or spending an entire day on the weekend scheduling my TGIF posts in advance. Now that I've been doing this for a while, I've found a few favourite memes that I'll come back to, but I'm not worried if I miss a week or two of posting because I'm busy with other things. Besides, some of those TTT posts can be HARD to write, and I'd rather just join in when the topic inspires me! So it might be a little sporadic here and there, but I hope you'll bear with me while I learn to juggle reading, blogging and motherhood (and no, not in that order!)
5. Continue to enjoy the blogging community.
Not that I've ever NOT enjoyed this community, but this resolution is just to remind myself that, even if my blog posting slows down a little, that I can still interact with all of the wonderful friends that I've made through comments, Goodreads, Twitter, etc. I love getting recommendations for amazing books and, although I'm going to try to stay in the loop with all of your amazing blogs, feel free to drop me a line (e-mail or Twitter or Goodreads) if you read something amazing!
Thanks for stopping by my blog and reading my resolutions. If you've posted some bookish resolutions, or have any suggestions for me on how to meet my goals, please leave me a comment and I'll stop by and visit. And Happy New Year to everyone -- hope you read many, many wonderful books this year! xoxo