Despite it being something of a traumatic one personally I didn’t do too badly with my reading-related resolutions last year and hope 2014 will be at least as successful. I’ll still basically read on whim but have added a long term reading challenge to my annual participation in the Australian Women Writers challenge and will be trying to reduce my TBR pile too.
- I want to continue to focus on Australian authors; aiming for at least a third of my reading each year to be from Australian writers. My participation in the third Australian Women Writers challenge will help me along the way.
- I’ll continue buying whatever physical or ebooks I buy from Australian shops even though I’m not convinced it’s really doing much to stem the seemingly inevitable decline of local book selling. It does however make me feel less personally responsible for that decline.
Reduce my TBR: It is ridiculous to own as many unread books as I do and still acquire more. In 2013 I only read 19 books I’d owned before the year began so for 2014 I’m joining the TBR Pile Reading Challenge and aiming to read 31-40 books that I owned on the 1st of January. So far I’m doing well, having just finished my second book from the TBR pile for this year…but I haven’t been near a bookshop or the library yet 🙂
Travel America Virtually: I have signed up for the Reading USA Fiction challenge which requires reading a book set in each of the country’s 50 states (and an extra for the District of Columbia) but I don’t plan to finish it in a single year, or even two. It’ll take as long as it takes, which might be a while as my personal twist will be to make all the books by new (to me) authors.
Get out of my comfort zone a little more I don’t have a specific number of books in mind and indeed some of my intention is to read things other than books as I try to re-connect with the journals I used to be able to access via my work’s in-house library which sadly closed about 4 years ago. But there’s no reason I can’t (and several reasons I should) subscribe to at least a couple of these all on my own. There is, I am sure, a world beyond crime fiction and I ought to venture there occasionally.
What about you? Do you have any goals for your reading in 2014? Have you successfully met last year’s goals?
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