Happy New Year! I love making goals, and even though there is never a wrong time to want to make changes or reach for something new, there is something so fun and invigorating about doing it at the beginning of the year. I've had some reading goals in the back of my brain for the last several months. Every time I thought of a new one, I tucked it away for the coming new year.
Well, now the new year is here, and so I don't want to waste a day before sharing all that I have planned. (I'm pretty excited.) (Oh, and any suggestions/recommendations for how to meet these goals are welcome/appreciated!)
1. Read a new genre
For a long time, I had no interest in graphic novels. (And before that, I didn't even know what a graphic novel was.) But now, I think I'm ready to try one. What should I start with? I want to give it a fair chance, so I want my first one to be really good.
2. Finish a series I already started
I am notorious for reading the first book in a series and then leaving it for a long, long time; so long, in fact, that I usually give up on the series entirely because by the time I'm ready to read the second book, I've forgotten the first book, and I just don't have the heart to start over. I usually read what I'm in the mood for, so I have a hard time reading five books in a row that have all the same characters and setting and general plot line. Here are a few of the series I have started:
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull (I've read the first three.)
Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery (I've read the first one.)
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (I have read this entire series before, but recently, I've reread the first four.)
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (I've read the first two.)
The Queen's Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (I've read the first one.)
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (I've read the first one.)
Flavia de Luce by Alan Bradley (I've read the first two.)
Matched by Ally Condie (I've read the first one.)
The Chronicles of Narnia (I've read the first three.)
Shadow Children by Margaret Peterson Haddix (I've read the first four.)
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (I've read the first one.)
Little House on the Praire by Laura Ingalls Wilder (I've read the first four.)
So you can see, I have a lot to choose from (and I didn't even list them all). I think I'm leaning towards Emily or Peter or Little House.
3. Begin and finish a series
I don't know if I'll make myself read the entire three or five or seven or however many books in a row, but I do want the continuity of reading an entire series start to finish during the course of one year. I don't have any immediate ideas for this one, but trilogies definitely count.
4. Read and reread a book
I'm becoming more of a rereader (which is funny since I have so many new books I want to read), but something I haven't done is reread a book soon after finishing it the first time. I want to see what things I can glean from it the second time around while the first time is still fresh in my mind. I'm not sure which book this will be. I'm sure I'll know it when I read it. If I had made this goal last year, I most certainly would have reread either The Happiness Project or Edenbrooke.
5. Read something less well-known by an author I like
I have several ideas for this one: I loved Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse, and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. All of these authors have written other books, and both Creech and Hesse each published a new book in 2012. It seems a shame that some of their other books are brushed over in favor of the more well-known titles (as good as they are), so I want to give something else a chance.
6. Read two classics from the 19th century and two classics from the 20th century.
This is broad and a tad vague on purpose. I definitely want to read some classics, but I want to keep an open mind throughout the year so I can read what sounds interesting to me. But one that I will definitely be reading is The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. Feel free to give me other ideas! There are many very well-known classics I have not read yet.
7. Read at least four Newbery candidates for 2014.
I can already tell you what one of these four will be: Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool.
8. Read Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson
Because it is very important that this book not be missed.
I will update this list as I complete these goals, and if I think of any others in the next couple weeks, I will add those, too.
What are your goals (reading or otherwise) for 2013?