One of my main reading goals for 2012 was to read author Joshilyn Jackson. I raced through all of her titles and now count her among my faves EV-AH. The year before was Sarah Addison Allen. (Woah Nellie is she good.) Is there a title or series you’ve been meaning to get to? A number of books you’d like to read this year? It never hurts to set goals in any area of life, so why not in your reading? Here at She Reads we exist to help you find books you love and authors to return to again and again. In some small way, we hope to serve you this year in whatever goals you set. But we’re not immune to goals of our own. Here are a few of mine for this year:
1. Read the books I own. This is a big one. Thanks to my work with She Reads, books magically show up in the mail. Books that are shiny and new and have the promising allure of a tale I simply can’t miss. They turn my head and distract me from the other books that are already lined up on my (many) shelves waiting to be read. Patiently. I vow to pay more and better attention to those books this year and finally get around to the worthy reads I’ve missed out on.
2. Incorporate audio books into my reading regime. I started using audio books this year thanks to the urgings of the wonderful Sandy Nawrot, one of our book bloggers (You’ve Gotta Read This), who extols the virtues of audio books regularly (To see her “Best of” audio list for 2012, go here.) Perhaps you too will be inspired to read more books through the wonder of audio.
3. Read more historical fiction. As I, ahem, age, I find that I’m enjoying more historical tales. I used to hear the word history and immediately think “boring.” But thanks to authors like Susan Meissner, Sarah Jio, and Jennifer Donnelly, who do a wonderful job of melding contemporary and historical storylines, I have learned that history contains some wonderful heroines who lived amazing stories. Current times don’t hold the corner on that market. I blame boring history teachers for my misleading, and I’m glad I’m learning to give history a chance. Books on my radar for 2013 are by Kate Morton, Susanna Kearsley, Isabel Wolff, Lucinda Riley and Laura Moriarty.
4. Increase the number of books read. I’m very competitive, mostly with myself (any other firstborns out there??). I started keeping a reading log two years ago and have vowed each year to read a bit more in the coming year. I managed to do it in 2012 and I’m not sure how but I hope to do it again. I think audio books would help, and reading a chapter of a nonfiction book or two each morning before I start my day also helps. I did that off and on this year and, if I’d be more consistent about it, I’d have more books to add to my list.
What about you? What are your reading goals for this year?