I realized soon after I published my goal post (and no, not goalpost, because that would mean I was making a football reference and I'm not) last week that I forgot to mention another goal.
I decided I need a bit of a push to read more books. Don't get me wrong, I almost always have a book in progress and plenty others waiting in the wings, but I've always been rather willy-nilly about the whole thing. I read this, I read that. Some books I can't put down, others gather dust on the nightstand for a while before I finish and others are completely abandoned (which is okay, I've let go of the guilt). I occasionally update my currently-reading, read and to-read lists on Goodreads but never really kept track of what I read from one year to the next. And that's always worked for me. Until now.
I recently tried to remember some outstanding reads from 2011 and drew a blank. How sad is that? I read lots of different books over the course of the year but could hardly pull any titles from the recesses of my brain.
So I'm going old school for 2012. I'm making a list. With actual pen on paper. In my 10-year journal (the regular upkeep of said journal is another goal for this year).
I'm also ready to challenge myself a little.
I decided I'm going to read 43 books this year.
Why that particular number? Well, 52 seemed like too many and a little too much pressure to read one book a week, so I decided to go with my age instead. Plus I like having a buffer.
Can I do it? Maybe. At least I'll try. If I don't make it, well, no biggie. At least I will have read (insert number) of books and kept a record of it.
I'm also giving myself a few guidelines:
* no purchasing of books this year (except for possible Half Price Books or garage sale, etc., but this shall be limited and as a last resort--as in my life could not go on without purchasing that used book type of situation).
* use the library
* choose books from my shelves here at home
* if the book is not holding my interest after a while I give myself permission to move on
* include a few nonfiction books
* maybe post my progress occasionally here on the blog
All that being said, here is my fresh stack from an after school library trip yesterday:
And if any of y'all are wondering, I abandoned the stack I showed in last week's post (except for The Phantom Tollbooth) and returned them to the library unread (I only made it halfway through Work Song by Ivan Doig, it dragged). I'm fickle.
On a related note, Annelise checked out a hefty stack yesterday (love!) and decided to keep a list too. She doesn't have a set number goal, but thought it would be fun just to keep track of her reading and see how far she gets.
And on another literary note, Scott got Killing Lincoln for Christmas and...
(Are y'all sitting down?)
he is reading it. (!!)
Yay!! Plus I can't wait to get my hot little hands on it.
*Do you keep a record of the books you've read?*
*What are you reading lately?*