Sunday, January 2, 2011

Looking Back and Looking Forward

At the beginning of 2010, I published some goals for the year. It's interesting how things change over the course of a year. At mid-year, I was on track with all of my goals and thought I'd complete them. Yet, sometime after that, my priorities changed and I didn't end up following through with all of those original goals.

2010 Recap
Here's how things stand now that the year is over. I had four goals in 2010:
  • Get through my TBR pile ~ Joining the Read Your Own Books Challenge helped, but as I got further down my list, I realized that I was more interested in reading new books than the ones that were on my original TBR list. I ended up leaving four of the books that were on my list. I'm not sure if I'll read them in 2011 or not. I think I'll hold onto them at least, and perhaps I'll want to read them at some point.
  • Read all book club selections ~ This is the one goal I did achieve. I like to read all of the book club books so I can fully engage in the discussion, even if I didn't enjoy the book.
  • Complete challenges ~ Well...I didn't complete all the challenges I joined. But I'm okay with that. And I know now what sorts of challenges work best for me and which don't.
  • Write reviews on a regular basis ~ I've done pretty well with this. I've mostly written one or two reviews each week, which is pretty good for me.
I read a total of 65 books in 2010. Most were adult fiction, but I also read several memoirs and some nonfiction books.

2011 Goals

My goals for 2011 are a little different. I don't want to limit myself as much as I tried to do last year. I don't want to force myself to read the books that I have on my shelf now, because I know there will be many new books that I'll want to read instead. So for 2011, my goals are:
  • Read all book club selections ~ This is the only goal from 2010 that's being extended to 2011. 
  • Commit to only two review books per month ~ I want to limit my responsibilities this year, so I'm only going to offer to review two books per month. I figure with two review books and a book club book every month, that will leave me time to choose a couple books every month from my TBR pile or new releases as well.
  • Try new genres ~ I'm currently reading a fantasy book which I'm enjoying, so I'd like to try some other genres that I don't usually read this year.
  • Use the library more often ~ My last goal is to borrow more of my books from the library. Last year, I participated in the Support Your Local Library Challenge, but I didn't manage to borrow 25 books (although I did borrow about 300+ children's books from the library in 2010). I'm not joining the challenge again, but I do plan to use the library a lot this year, especially for e-books.
  • Complete two challenges ~ I've joined an e-book challenge and a challenge to read books from authors that I read once and want to try again. Since I'm being more selective with the challenges I've joined, I am hoping to actually finish both of these challenges this year.
I'm looking forward to enjoying new books and discovering new authors this year! What about you? Have you set any goals for 2011?

      1 comment:

      1. I don't usually set reading goals formally, though I suppose I had some in mind last year anyway. For instance, I quit accepting review books for adults all together, so I could just read what I want (reviewing kids' books is part of my paid job, so I still do that).

        You make a good point about the TBR piles - they taunt me, but there are definitely some that I should just give up on and get rid of. My tastes and reading needs change over time, and some of these have been on my shelf for years! And there is always a constant flow of new books that sound good!

        I've never tried a challenge because I don't want any other limits or restrictions on what I choose to read - my two book groups (and sometimes a third) provide enough of that!

        I posted my year-in-review today on each of my book blogs, too. Looking forward to a good reading year in 2011!

        Sue

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