I’m not one for goals or challenges or 5-year plans. They tend to make me feel anxious and guilty, whether I meet the imagined standard or not. I also read recently that people who don’t set goals are happier in general than those who do. Interesting, eh? So: this isn’t a list of ‘goals’ so much as a list of bookish things I’d do anyway (hopefully. if i get around to them).
Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2013
1. Read happily – I often feel an enormous amount of guilt if I’m not reading that thing I promised to read or got in the mail. I’d like to let go of some of that and remember to simply enjoy the book and the story.
2. Cull my bookshelves – I think I’ll be able to fulfill item number one if I decrease my physical to-be-read pile. This means giving away books I haven’t touched and won’t get to in this lifetime, and being realistic about that.
3. Focus on middle grade books in March – Last year I participated in Jill of the O.W.L.’s Middle Grade in March, and found that I had fallen in love again with books for younger readers. I plan to make this March all about MG for a second time.
4. Catch up on recent young adult science fiction releases – I like YA sci-fi, so I’m going to read more of it, especially the new stuff. Maybe I’ll find another Ender’s Game, maybe I won’t – but it should be fun.
5. Read more adult fantasy and more anthologies of short stories – In the years that I’ve been blogging I’ve neglected adult fantasy for its YA counterpart. Not a bad thing, but I’ve read a few books lately that made me long for more. And short stories are undemanding and guilt-free, so why not?
6. Mail myself the fourteen boxes of books that live under the stairs at my parents’ house – This isn’t a ‘must do soon’ task, but I’ve been thinking I should ensure the survival of my library before my mom decides to donate it on a whim or it's damaged by flooding or some such.
7. Attend book events – I attended Book Expo America for the first time last year, and I enjoyed it enough that I think I’ll go again (speaking of, anyone need a roommate?). Also on the agenda: book signings, the National Book Festival in September, and bookstore tourism while I’m on vacation.
8. Be a regular at book club – I’ve been participating sporadically in the DC Forever Young Adult book club, and I’d like to attend more often in the coming year. Friends who like reading young adult books are made of awesome.
9. Match my non-blogging friends with books – What sort of friend would I be if I didn’t try to make all of my acquaintances fall in love with great books? The wrong sort of friend, for sure.
10. Begin volunteering at my local library – Because you save the world a little at a time through personal responsibility. Or something. Okay, close proximity to books wouldn’t hurt.
What are your bookish goals for 2013?