Sunday, January 18, 2009

TSS: Looking Ahead - Resolutions for 2009

For the past few years, I haven't made any New Year's resolutions, but I made an exception last year and made one: Read more books than I did in 2007. Since I only read 17 books in 2007, this was a fairly easy resolution to keep. (I surpassed my 2007 total in early February 2008.)

This year I've decided to expand on my reading resolutions just a little bit, with goals that will last a little longer than the first two months of the year. 2008 was a great year for me reading-wise, and I want to continue growing as a reader in 2009. With that in mind, here are my reading goals for 2009:

  1. Read more than 100 books in 2009. If possible, surpass my 2008 total of 125 books.
  2. Branch out into more non-fiction reading. I think non-fiction books accounted for roughly ten percent of my reading last year, and I would like to see that percentage rise in 2009.
  3. Finish at least three book series. I love reading books that are part of a series, but right now I have at least five series -- probably more -- that I need to complete (or get caught up to the latest installment, in the case of series that are still being written).
  4. Review most, if not all, of the books that I read. I started blogging in June 2008, and it's amazing to me how well I can remember books that I reviewed. It's also very disheartening how quickly the books that I read early last year (pre-blog) have begun to fade from my memory.
  5. Continue to expand my reading horizons. I stepped out of my comfort zone (classics and mysteries) a lot in 2008, and I'm a much better reader for it. I want to continue to try different genres and new authors throughout 2009.
What about you, do you have any specific goals for your reading in 2009?

13 comments:

  1. I definitely want to read more non-fiction!

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  2. Fantastic resolutions. I should really read more non fiction too.

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  3. I'm trying some challenges this year. The hardest ones for me are to read something in each major section of the Dewey Decimal System!

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  4. Good luck with all your resolutions! I'm trying to reduce my TBR pile and read more chunksters this year.

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  5. Good luck! My resolution is reducing my TBR pile. It's just excessive.

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  6. Good luck with your goals!

    I also agree with how blogging about books has helped me remember them better than books I read beforehand. :)

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  7. Wow, a plan to read more than 125 books? That's impressive :-) Good luck! I was not nearly so bold and just made a general "read more than last year" resolution. Though since I read about 18 books last year, it shouldn't be TOO difficult to beat...

    I also really should expand my reading horizons- so I'll be looking to see what YOU do. Hehe :-)

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  8. From 17 to 125...that is....interesting.

    But you have many good resolutions there that I would share if I made resolutions. Not so much quantity as quality is my aim. Variety, more non-fiction, and review, review,

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  9. It looks like you have some great goals for this year. I am going to definitely try to read more than I did last year. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Neat goals! I really tried to keep mine short too. Too many great things going on this year.

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  12. Those are excellent goals and I think they're doable! My retention for books is next to nil. I love that you can recall so well.

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