I promise, I promise, this is the last of the “business-y” posts I’m going to do before getting back to writing about books. It feels like I haven’t written a full book review in forever (although a look back at my archive says it’s only been about three weeks). But before I can do that, I have to do this little retrospective and look forward at my reading goals.
At the beginning of last year, I made up a list of six resolutions I was going to work on in 2012. And, looking back at them, I had pretty mixed results.
FAILS: Complete my Essay a Day Project | Complete the 2012 TBR Challenge | Re-read the rest of Harry Potter
Looking back, I think it’s interesting that the goals I COMPLETELY failed on were goals about reading very specific things — a genre, and a predetermined challenge list, and a well-loved series. I think I am more interested in following my interests when I read, which makes specific reading projects hard for me to complete.
IN THE MIDDLE: Write reviews within two weeks of finishing a book.
I was definitely better about writing reviews in a timely manner this year, but still let many of them languish (I finished Ex Libris, which I just wrote about in my 2012 catch up post, in April, for example). But, I did find a format for writing mini-reviews that I really like, which helped keep me semi-caught up. I will be continuing that in 2013.
WINS: Balance review, library, and personal reading | Give myself a break
I cannot tell you how absolutely thrilled I am that I was able to successfully balance review copies and other books this year; I came out almost exactly at the ratio I was hoping for. I’m not quite sure how it happened, other than I did work hard to be more selective about the review copies I accepted and brought home fewer books from BEA. And, I’ve just gotten better, in general, about giving myself a break in most aspects of my life. I feel good about that too.
Goals for 2013
Keeping in mind which goals I did and didn’t accomplish in 2012, I came up with a relatively short list of goals for 2013. And, to help me along in this quest, I am actually going to print them out and put them up near my computer so I can be reminded about what I’m trying to do this year throughout the next 360ish days rather than just revisiting them in December.
Essay a Day, Take Two: In 2013, I want to actually commit to a resolution I made last year to try and read an essay every single day. I read more essays this year than in years past, but the every single day part only happened in fits and spurts. And if this morphs to a goal to read one collection of essays a month, I’m ok with that too.
12 Ebooks and 12 Audiobooks: In 2013, I want to read more ebooks and audiobooks. I have a Nook, a tablet, a smart phone, a subscription to Audible, and a tendency to bulk buy ebooks when they’re on sale, but I still cannot seem to find a way to integrate e-reading into my reading life. When I buy books in electronic formats, they seem to languish on my devices and in the cloud because the books on my shelves are in my face and calling for my attention. If I can read one ebook and listen to one audiobook per month, I’d call it a win.
Balance Books In/Books Out: For the last couple months, I’ve been keeping a running tally of books in/books out to try and manage my TBR shelves. I give myself one point for every book that enters my house, and subtract a point when I read one of my own books or donate a book. Library books don’t count for adding or subtracting points. The system has helped me be more accountable of my books, and I want to keep it up in 2013.
Balance Review Copies, My Books, and Borrowed Books: This is a resolution every year, but I like making it because it’s important to me. I’m going to set the same number for 2013 as I did in 2012: 40 percent review copies, 30 percent library books, and 30 percent personal books.
Leave One Comment Per Day: Right now, I leave comments on other blogs in batches even though I read at least a few blogs every day. My goal in 2013 is to leave one comment every day to get into a habit of commenting more regularly.
Read My Shelf of Doom: Despite my miserable showing in the 2012 TBR Pile Challenge, I am committed to trying again in 2013 (you can find my list here).