Tuesday, January 8, 2013

2013 reading goals

This week's Top Ten Tuesday on the Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2013.

Normally, I don't like to make many reading plans. I enjoy striving for a yearly goal (50 books for 2013), but plotting out each title you hope to read seems against the point of it. If I assigned myself too many readings, I would ruin the fun of it. What I choose to read at any given point in time is very dependent on my mood and sporadic interests. That being said, I do want to make a few loose goals. If I make themfantastic. If not, well, there's no one around to dock my grade for it, is there? :-)


This year I hope to . . .

1. Read at least 10 nonfiction books. Some fun and some informative, because as a recent graduate, I still have that itch to learn in me and I'm not sure that it will ever go away. I don't feel productive unless I'm learning something new.

2. Read another book by Haruki Murakami. Because I really enjoyed Norwegian Wood and I can't wait to read another of his books, preferably one that exhibits more of his surrealistic style (or maybe the others are all like that? I'm not sure).

3. Read another book by Neil Gaiman. Because I loved his commencement speech last year and I've only gotten around to reading Coraline, which was great but clearly meant for children.

4. Read a book by Malcolm Gladwell. I started The Tipping Point last year, but due to library requests and due dates, I quit after twenty pages. Can't wait to get my hands on him again :)

5. Read some short stories by Amy Hempel. I've been meaning to do this a long time. She got rave reviews  from some of my favorite writing professors and classmates, but I never did get around to reading her work.

6. Don't finish bad books. This was a goal of mine last year too and for the most part, I stuck by it. It infuriates the list-maker/task-checker in me that wants to fully finish everything I start, but it felt great to set aside some books I just didn't like. And even better, it let me move on to books I truly enjoyed. Definitely want to keep this one up.

7. Conquer a few classics. Some of the classics are wonderful. Some are boring (or overrated). But no matter what, it feels so great when you finish a famous old tome. Forever after, you'll know what people (or characters on TV) are talking about when they reference it, and you'll be excited when the movie adaptation comes out (instead of feeling bad that you want to see it without reading it first). This year, I've got my eye on Emma, The Woman in White, and Anna Karenina. We'll see though. I make no promises. If it comes down to it, #6 (Don't Finish Bad Books) might outweigh this goal. (Not that they are bad, but they might be boring/overlong). 

8. Read more books about writing. They're the perfect nightstand companion. They inspire and they never need to be rushed.

9. Reread a favorite or two. Or at least skim through them. I have such a hard time rereading things. I always feel like I'm wasting time! Crazy, I know.

10. Buy more favorites. I've admitted before that I don't buy many books. I refuse to buy books I haven't read (unless they're on super sale or by a favorite author). However, I do love to own copies of my favorite books, and there are quite a few I'd like to add to my collection (The Age of Miracles, A Visit from the Goon Squad, and Where'd You Go, Bernadette, amongst others).

I'm most excited about #1-6, most intimidated by #7 (Anna Kareninaeek!), and most uncertain about #9. Numbers 8 and 10 will just be fun :-)

What are your reading goals this year? Do you have any recommendations for novels by Haruki Murakami or Neil Gaiman that I should have my eye on? 


  1. Nice to see someone else committed to reading nonfiction. I'll be rereading Lord of the Rings and adding a first read of The Hobbit this year. I've been going back into a lot of favorites.

    Woman in White is on my Classics Club list and I'll probably tackle it this year. Have a great year!

    My TTT goal list.

    1. I've actually never read Lord of the Rings, only The Hobbit. We read it in seventh grade and had a hobbit banquet afterward :) Good luck to you!

  2. I'm aiming to abandon bad books this year - something I NEVER do.

    Also considering a re-read of Anna Karenina - read it a very long time ago and with a new movie version coming out this year, it might be time to re-read.

    1. I'm glad to hear you're trying to re-read Anna Karenina. Makes it seem much more do-able to someone who's never read it before. :) Good luck with your goals!

  3. I have my eye on Emma. I want to read another Jane Austen book this year, and I am thinking of reading Emma, although many people say I should read Persuasion. Tough decisions. Maybe i will read both :)

    Good luck on your goals.

    1. I've heard Emma and Persuasion are both amongst her best (according to very critical readers), but I have a feeling in the end I'll still like Northanger Abbey best (which is often called her worst) :)

      Good luck to you!

  4. Anna Karenina and all of Jane Austen's books are on my list for the next two year's as well! Since I've been in college I've been so focused on reading things for school that if I have spare time, I usually read short, fluff fiction. And my goal is to change that and read more classics, non-fiction and just overall good writing. Good luck with your goals!


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