Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, participating bloggers respond to the given topic with their own top 10 list. I participate as time allows and as the theme appeals to me.
Running a little late on this one today. Good thing none of my resolutions have to do with doing things on time.
I’m not that big on making resolutions. However, I already have several goals in mind for what/how I want to read this year. All of the goals kind of mingle together, with the general theme being that I want to become more familiar with common authors and genres.
The ultimate goal is to improve my skills as a future readers’ advisor librarian. Reading across the board is just the first step.
- Read (in general). When I was younger I used to read all the time. You would rarely find me without a book. Entering adulthood, I was overwhelmed with other responsibilities (mostly involving choices that make it seem like I have been in school eternally). I turned to other methods of decompressing. As I near graduation, though, I want to return to enjoying reading as a hobby.
- Read outside my comfort zone. I know the authors and genres of books that will be an easy, entertaining read for me, without too much brain power. These books have fulfilled a need: rest, relax, don’t think too hard (usually after a semester has ended). But I want to expand my reading selections. I want to discover new authors and was recently surprised by a book outside my typical genre choices.
- Complete the Literary Exploration Challenge. To complement the previous goal, I want to read from a variety of genres. Following the Literary Exploration Challenge, I am going to attempt the Insane Challenge to explore a multitude of new books. I may even throw in aspects from a couple of other reading challenges I have seen, such as choosing a book that meets a certain theme or whose title includes a certain keyword.
- Read 50 books. That number is a little intimidating to me, but I do not think it is unachievable (particularly if I complete the Reading Challenge). In fact, I hope to read more than that, but I want to aim for some number. I have seen people participating in the Goodreads challenges in the past. This year I have pledged my number. Apparently Goodreads will tell you when you are falling behind (or so I’ve heard; I have yet to experience the “friendly reminder”).
- Read new books. This probably seems ridiculous for most people who keep up-to-date with all the new books. Honestly, because I have been so removed from most books for what feels like so long, I would not feel comfortable talking to people about books, particularly new books. If I was to go through the “Must-read” and “Best of” lists from the last, oh… 10 years, the number of “Read” books would be very, very low.
- Catch up on old books. There are household names whose books I never read. One of my goals this year is to fit some of those books and some of those authors into my reading.
- Learn to write book reviews/annotations. Many of the reviews I read seem to contain the majority of the book review clichés contained in this Examiner article (thanks to Molly at wrapped up in books for sharing this). I need to find examples of good reviewers and learn what works and what does not work.
- Learn appeal factors and what makes a good read-alike. I follow Becky over at RA for All and plan to use the categories from the reviews on her students’ blog as a guideline for information to include in my practice reviews. I also love the way Becky chooses books as read-alikes. She does not just use the theme of the book or the genre (which is an easy trap to fall into), but rather the tone, pace, setting, etc.
- Learn to speed read/skim books. These books will not be included in my total of actual books read for the year. This will just be an exercise as a method of becoming familiar with more books and authors very quickly, learning the writing style, pacing, and basic format. There is certainly no replacement for actually reading a book, but there is also no way to read every book ever written.
- Don’t stress out about not completing any of the above. I do not need to be perfect. I do not need to achieve everything. I have a lot of other hobbies and still at least one semester left of graduate school. I need to make sure I give myself a break.
What are your goals for reading this year? If you met your goals last year, share them in the comments.