I’m not one for resolutions. I’ve noticed that I always fail to meet them, whether it is to go to bed early, exercise more, cut down on chocolate (perish that thought!) or otherwise. However, I know I can’t go wrong if I’m doing something I enjoy; less chance of failure there. So for 2013, I shall make me some reading resolutions!
1. As has been the case for the last two years, this year I’m going to challenge myself to read a certain amount of books. In 2011 I went with 20 books, last year I went with 30, and this year I’m going to kick it up to 40. I know I’m not as ambitious as some other avid readers out there who read more than a 100 books per year, but I know my limits, and I know that I have stories of my own to write as well.
2. I will attempt to read at least one classic. I don’t like classics. Well, most of them anyway. I often end up feeling bored and frustrated with them (possibly because they were torture tools in English classes), but I’m going to grit my teeth and try to read one in 2013.
3. I will read more children novels. I read two delightful children books in 2012. They were sweet, innocent and uplifting, and I need more of that in my life. So this year I will walk proudly into the children section, plop down among all the little kiddies and read some books.
4. I will never stop reading a book no matter how awful. I always power through my books, even if I hate them, so this is just a friendly reminder for myself in my darkest hours.
5. I will read more indie novels. I don’t know why I never read books by independent authors before last year; there are so many fantastic books out there that just need a little bit more coverage. I look forward to reading the books of my fellow bloggers too!
6. I will try to cut down on my paperback expenses (I know I’m failing at this already – I bought three yesterday, and I have six more books on the way!) by reading more eBooks. I love paperbacks as much as the next person, but eBooks save money. As one planning to get married this year, I do need to do some saving!
7. I will write a review for every book I read, even if it’s just a couple of lines. Now that I have my book out there, I know how nice it feels to receive a review. A rating is nice, but it’s just the icing on the cake that is the review.
8. I will not to be lured by pretty covers and glowing reviews. I will not be lured by pretty covers and glowing reviews. I will not be lured by pretty covers and glowing reviews. Maybe if I say it enough it’ll become engraved in my mind! Just because everyone and their mother like something does not mean I will too, and unfortunately I’ve learned that the hard way.
Those were my reading resolutions for 2013. Are you planning to make any resolutions, reading or otherwise? Have you set any book goals for this year? Do you have any recommendations for me? I’d love to hear them!
Oh, and I may be late for the party, but… Happy New Year! I hope it’s fantastic for each and every one of you.