I finally got around to writing up some reading and book blogging goals for 2012. I think the theme this year is freedom! I'm staying away from obligations ~ both in terms of reading and blogging. So here are my goals:
1. Read all book club selections ~ This is the third year that this goal tops my list. I've done well with this in previous years, so I hope to accomplish this goal once again in 2012.
2. Successfully host a reading challenge without stressing ~ This is the first year I'm hosting my own year-long challenge, the Non-Fiction Non-Memoir Reading Challenge. I want to engage everyone who is participating throughout the year, but I hope to do it in a non-stressful way!
3. Limit participation in challenges ~ I love the idea of challenges (after all, I'm hosting one myself) but I think 2012 is going to be a year of freedom from these sorts of commitments. I'm obviously participating in my own challenge, and I've joined a Chronicles of Narnia reading challenge, but I think that's going to be it. While I want to support my fellow book bloggers, I just need a break from *having* to read certain books or genres or formats or whatever the case may be. I want to pick up a book when I want to read it, not worrying about whether it helps with a challenge or not.
4. Be more selective with review books ~ I tried to do this in 2011, but I'm going to do it even more in 2012. I have many contacts among publishers and authors, and of course there is the irresistible NetGalley. I am going to be much more selective this year with the books I choose to read. While I want to support authors, I just feel like I need a year of reading only books I really, really want to read. There are so many bestsellers that I haven't gotten to because I have too many other books that I have committed to reading. In 2012, I want to read whatever I feel like reading at any given time.
5. Read more middle-grade fiction ~ I usually stick to adult books and picture books that I read with my kids. But as my son is getting older and wanting to read more on his own, I'd like to start previewing more middle-grade books for him. I have a couple I'm scheduled to read for reviews already, and I plan to read others as well. I'm hoping to find some good options for him this year.
I guess you could say 2012 is going to be all about me. And hopefully by choosing the books I really want to read, I'll be able to offer you many more recommendations throughout the year.