Friday, December 29, 2006

Reading Goals for 2007

The New Year is fast approaching and the promise of a new start. I suppose it's really more of a continuation of life, each year just building on the last, but somehow it always feels like a new start and a great time to set new goals, and, if a person dares, resolutions he or she may or may not intend to keep.

I know better than to beat myself up if I don't quite meet a particular goal (think of how black and blue I'd be if I did that!). I enjoy the challenge and feel an extra sense of pride if I succeed, but the fun and real reward is in the process.

First, let's review my 2006 Reading Goals:
1) Buy less, read more of the books I already own ~ A goal I strive to achieve every year and have yet to meet. Maybe in 2007.
2) Get caught up in the series I have already started ~ I made good progress and am satisfied with what I did accomplish. I definitely plan to continue with this goal into the next year.
3) Read more books than I read last year ~ The goal I did achieve, and then some. Last year I read 78 books. This year I managed to fit in 114 (closing in on 115 hopefully by the end of the year). I'm still not sure how I did it. I'm in shock. And I don't anticipate doing it again any time soon.

My 2007 Reading Goals:
1) Buy less, read more of the books I already own (you really didn't think I'd leave this one off, did you? I can do it this time, I know I can!)
2) Catch up on my series reading. (This could go one for years . . . )
3) Successfully complete the Winter Classics Challenge, The Chunkster Challenge, and the 2007 TBR Challenge (and any other challenges I decide to undertake this year).


Are you sitting on the edge of your seat, just waiting to see my Top Ten list? It's coming soon!

10 comments:

  1. I'm looking forward to that list! I'll be back. :)

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  2. Those are some good goals. I try every year to buy less books and I keep telling my hubby that I won't buy anymore but see I already have this list of new releases in my purse for next year and I just know that'll I'll have to at least go look at them...ahhh the temptation :)

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  3. Buy less, read more of what we have. It's just so hard!

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  4. Buying less books was one of my goals too... and what did I do today? Got 6 new books. Well actually they aren't new, but from the UBS and the thrift store, but new to me. I also went to the library. This with also 250 plus books on the TBR. Does it ever end?

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  5. Yes, it is VERY hard not to buy books! I'm going to try to think of my TBR room whenever I need a bookstore fix. Maybe I can have my husband set up a little cash register at the door and he can ring me up after I've made my selections. Nah, that won't fool anyone.

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  6. Wow, I love your great new look! The new page is beautiful and lends itself wonderfully to chatter about books!

    Great reading goals! I haven't consciously striven to buy fewer books, but I have found that since starting my blog I am less of a book collector and more of a reader....guess recording my observations on books read has helped make me a more discerning reader...hope it lasts! :)

    Good luck with goal#3, that's my goal, too!

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  7. Lotus ~ Thank you so much! I couldn't resist kitty template. A new look for the new year. :-)

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  8. That's alot of books!!! Good goals for '07!!!

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  9. Your reading tastes are similar to my own. Also your need to take control of your book buying. I'm hoping the reading challenges will keep me reading what I already own.
    I'll keep coming by to check on your latest.

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  10. Thank you, Sarala! I think your plan to read 52 books off your TBR shelves is ideal. I wish you luck with that.

    Carl - Yeah, it sure was a lot of books. LOL A lot for me. It probably won't happen again any time soon. I asked my dad what his average was this past year and he said a book a day. I can't even imagine! He is allowed to read at work, and since he works the graveyard shift, he has an entire night of reading he can get in. I sometimes envy him that!

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