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Friday Fun! (Reading Goals for 2012)

January 6, 2012 6 comments

It’s that time of year again!  Time to think about my reading goals for the year.  Reading is one of my main passions in life (I’d say the others are writing, fitness, and animal rights).  I love it, but I also like to see how I change and grow and provide myself with a bit of direction, especially now that I’m out of school. (YAY).  To that end, let’s first take a glance at my goals from January 2011 and see how I did.

Successful:

  • Read 100 books. I am so freaking HAPPY to say that I not only met this goal but surpassed it! Yay me!
  • Frugality.  I had a hard time deciding if this was actually a success or not, after all I DID purchase a kindle.  However, buying my kindle opened up a whole world of cheaper books for me, including eARCs and the land of 99cent kindle sales.  I also completely stopped using PaperBackSwap and found a library branch convenient to my lifestyle.  By some odd combination of all three of those, I’d definitely say I drastically improved in this area, so I’m counting it a success.

Unsuccessful:

  • Travel the seven continents. HAHAHAHA. This wasn’t just a fail. It was an epic fail.  My first book for this goal set me off on a Chinese lit tangent and then getting to know Amy and Kinna got me onto Nigerian lit and Ghanaian lit and then The Real Help Project got me onto black lit and um….yeah.  One thing I realized about my reading style is I get into things and read everything I can get my hands on in one fell swoop.  That means these challenges that cover large areas are just not for me.  I’m still happy with the new places I visited via my reading though.

Goals for 2012:

  • TBR Pile Challenge with Amy.  Amy was doing a challenge with her roommate, and I elbowed my way in. (Thanks, sweety!)  As of January 1st, I had 47 books that I acquired before 2011 still unread.  My goal is to finish them all this year and hopefully faster than Amy can finish hers (47 from before 2009).  Whichever one of us finishes first gets a kindle book courtesy of the other.  I obviously wanted to read these books at some point, so I may as well do so sooner rather than later!  I mean, goodness, they were on my shelf over a year without being read? Oh dear.  See the whole list here.
  • Diet for a New America Reading Project.  My passion for health and a reversion of the American health crisis and obesity epidemic led me to create this project.  Every month (we hope) on the third Saturday I’ll be reviewing a pre-determined book and hopefully at some point each month at least one fitness book or cookbook.  See the list of planned books and more details about the project here.
  • One historic nonfiction book a month.  Memoirs do not count, unless they are written by critical figures.  Biographies do count.  Preferably about: time periods I know very little about, history of non-whites in the US, socialism, animal rights, etc….
  • Read 110 books.  100 books was such a challenge that I’m just going to push myself a tiny bit, haha.
  • Finish catching up with my accepted ARCs.  This was a goal in December, and I did a pretty good job with it.  I’m almost caught up, but not quite yet.
  • Read six environmental nonfiction books.  The count last year was kind of sad for someone whose life goals involve minimalist living, positive or at least neutral impact on the environment, etc…  Vegetarian/vegan/animal liberation books do not count in this category.  Preservation of endangered species does.

Phew!  I think that’s more than enough goals for me for the year!  What do you guys think of them?  Any plans for your reading for this year?

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?