What Are Your Reading Goals for 2013?

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?

About Marybeth Whalen

Marybeth Whalen is the co-founder of She Reads, mother of six, and life-long reader. She is also the author of two novels with a third out in July: The Mailbox, She Makes It Look Easy, and The Guest Book.

7 Responses to What Are Your Reading Goals for 2013?

  1. techeditor January 9, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    My goal is to read all the books I’ve had in to-read piles for 2 or 3 years.

  2. Susan January 9, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    After reading your post about your reading log, I decided to start one of my own this year. I also set a couple of other goals regarding my reading – (1) read books I already own and (2) not purchase any more books until I have read the books I already own or unless someone gifts me with a gift card. I added a few to my list from your pinterest list! Thanks for bringing new and great books to our attention.

  3. Susan M January 9, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    After having seen the play three times, the movie once (so far), and listening to my husband’s regurgitating his read of the book, this year it is time to read Les Misables for myself!

  4. Susan M January 9, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Les Miserables, that is.

  5. Ariel January 9, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Such great goals here! Mine is similar to Marybeth’s for last year (in a way). I’ve been hearing about Diana Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER series for YEARS. I’ve wanted to read them but just never got around to it. That all changed when I saw the first book on my mother-in-law’s shelf over Thanksgiving. I inhaled all 750 pages in just a few days. I’m now on the fourth book and don’t plan on stopping until I read through all seven. Thankfully number eight comes out later this year.

  6. Paula January 9, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    My main goal is to read the books I own. After reading your post I checked out the library for Joshilyn Jackson and have reserved her latest. :). Oh well, at least I am not buying it.


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