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Reading Goals for 2011

January 5, 2011 16 comments

It’s that time of year again!  Time to think about my reading goals for the year.  Since reading is pretty much my favorite hobby, I don’t like to limit it too much, but I do like to encourage myself to broaden my horizons and be practical.  To that end, let’s first take a glance at my goals from January 2010.

Successful:

  • Read one book of poetry. I read Beowulf.  Not quite modern poetry, but still counts as poetry.  🙂
  • Read at least 3 graphic novels/manga.  I wound up reading 8 and discovered a new format I love!

Unsuccessful:

  • Read the books left over from undergraduate classes.  Yes. Um. I only successfully read two of them.  There’s still more left than I care to admit…..
  • Read more nonfiction.  There were only 7 out of 63, and all but one of those were memoirs.
  • Control books owned by using Swaptree.  Hah!  I actually switched to PaperBackSwap, and my TBR pile has become…..daunting.

Goals for 2011:

  • Frugality! This may be my favorite hobby, but I can be frugal about it.  My TBR pile currently has 69 books on it, and that’s just the physical books.  Let’s not even get into the eBooks awaiting me. So.  My rule is to really think about my acquisitions before I acquire them and hopefully get the TBR pile back down so it fits on one shelf of my bookshelf.
  • Read 100 books. Ok.  I got to 70 this year.  I think since I’m out of grad school now I should be able to do 100, yes?
  • Travel the 7 continents.  Since I can’t afford a real vacation, I want to take a virtual one around the world.  For the inhabited continents, I want to read something set on that continent written by an inhabitant of the continent.  So, no travelogues by old British dudes.  Antarctica may be challenging…..but, hey, there are scientific expeditions there, yes?  also, for North America, the US is not allowed.  It has to be Canada or Mexico.

So, that’s it, but I think they’ll be challenging enough for me!  Of course, I’ll also be reading books that count for the Mental Illness Advocacy challenge I’m hosting.  🙂

Any special plans for 2011 reading?  Advice on keeping the TBR pile more controllable?