I’m generally pathetic at following through with goals and resolutions that I set on January 1. Like most people, I get ambitious at the end of the year and set myself up with a huge list of things to do to make life better. But January is traditionally a pretty busy month where I struggle to find a routine — a factor that makes it difficult to make changes, especially coming out of a routine-less December.
With that in mind, I decided not to set any specific goals for this year. Instead, I’m giving myself an area of focus for my reading: tackling my unread books.
Over the last year or so, my unread books have gone from a respectable number to basically out of control. I’d post pictures, but it’s sort of embarrassing. My limited shelf space is stuffed, double stacked in many places, despite moving a box or two of books into storage in late 2013. I know that the boyfriend and I will be moving at some point in the near to middle future — I need fewer books when that happens.
I would love to finish the year with fewer unread books in my house than I have right now. To accomplish this, I came up with a number of specific (and generally measurable) tasks:
- Get my library cataloged in LibraryThing. I got a good start on cataloging my books in 2013 year, but lost track somewhere around June and need to get caught back up.
- Keep track of EVERY book that comes into my house. Review copy, purchase, gift, it doesn’t matter. I need to keep a list.
- Buy fewer books. Plain and simple.
- Choose to read my own books when I have the option. In 2013, about 40 percent of the books I read were my own. I would love to get that number up to 50 percent in 2014.
- Start choosing ebooks. Although my digital library is also pretty big, I think it will help my space issues to embrace ebooks when I want to buy books.
Another reason I am choosing this year to tackle my bookshelves has to do with a year-long workshop I am signed up for — One Little Word by Ali Edwards. I’ve got a post planned for tomorrow talking about One Little Word in more detail, but suffice it to say reigning in my books is deeply connected to the word I am inviting into my life this year.