I know that is a boring title but my creative juices just are not flowing at the moment. I know we’re solidly into January now and I’ve been reading and I’ve been thinking about reading and I’ve been making some reading goals. I just haven’t gotten around to sharing those things here on my blog.
I took the plunge and joined Goodreads so that I could track the books I read in 2013. With my word for 2013 being DO I want to DO more reading. I don’t want to just wish I had more time for reading. I want to make time for more reading. And I don’t want to just say I want to read more I want a measurable goal so that at the end of 2013 I can have some measurable objective thing to point to that says “yes, you’ve accomplished your goal. Well done.”
My daughter also joined Goodreads and she and I had nice chat while driving to piano lessons about reasonable goals and expectations. She has more time to read than I do especially since she is still reading many books for school. I could easily get lost in a book and not surface for days at a time but that is unreasonable for me. I do have other obligations and things I want to do (like maybe write a blog post now and again <grin>).
First I needed to decide how much time to allow to read a book. The more free time I have the faster I can read a book which means the more books I can read. I decided that I would allow myself 2 weeks to read a book. I’d rather give myself MORE time and need less than to feel like I am a failure because I was so busy I took longer to read a book.
I also decided I wanted to read more classics such as Hugo or Dickens or Brontë. Those can take longer so I’ve decided to give myself 2 months to read a classic and to strive for reading 6 in 2013. That sounds like a low number but I’m going for success here. I’d rather discover that I read more than to be discouraged that I read less.
I haven’t picked out all 6 classics yet but I have a start. I have several books that I started and never finished. 2013 is the year to finish them:
1. Jane Eyre ~ by Charlotte Brontë. 1 was just not in a place where I could get past the first bit where she was accused of lying and treated so poorly. I may or may not start over from the beginning.
2. Les Mis (yes, I’m abbreviating because I can’t spell the full name!) by Victor Hugo. I really loved the movie version that I watched to review a ZGuide to the movies. I just never finished the book. I will most likely start over from the beginning
3. The Three Musketeers ~ I started this after I got my first NOOK. It’s one of the first books I put on the NOOK (so this would have been early spring of 2011). I just got busy and reading wasn’t a priority and I never finished it. Again, I’ll most likely just start over.
Some classics that could make the list: David Copperfield, The Hobbit, Screwtape Letters and/or other Dickens or C.S. Lewis. Some “classics” though might make my regular reading list but I wouldn’t count them as part of the classics. Why? Well I’ve already read all of Jane Austen and I really enjoy those books and I might re-read a book or two in 2013 but since I’ve already read them, I won’t count them in my classics goal.
I have already finished 1 book for 2013! Less than 2 weeks and I am nearly finished with book 2. I like being off to such a great start so here’s what I finished:
The Glory of Green (Green Series book 3) by Judy Christie. I liked it. I don’t know that I liked it as much as book 1 or book 2 but I liked it enough that I will read book 4.
And here’s what I am reading now:
- The Witness by Dee Hendersen. I am going to finish that book today. I am nearly done.
- The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan. Yes this is a Percy Jackson book. Yes I am reading it because of my children. I think this is book 4 of a 5 book series. So far I think book 2 Sea of Monsters is my favorite.
- Where the Sidewalk Ends – a poetry book by Shel Silverstein. I’ve read many of these poems but haven’t read it cover to cover so I started it the other day. I think I’ll track poetry separate like classics.
I haven’t decided about being intentional about more spiritual reading or if I want to track that. I have a few books that I am interested in. Maybe I’ll blog about those next time.
Have you set reading goals for 2013? Are you reading a great book right now? I’d love to hear about your reading plans.