We’re almost at the end of the first month of 2013 and, hopefully, we haven’t all called it quits on our resolutions already. I personally set goals for myself for the upcoming year and, usually, kind of fail at making them all come to fruition. However, one set of goals that I tend to take rather seriously are my reading goals – or, rather, my hopes and dreams – for the year.
As mentioned in my final post of 2012, I didn’t hit my goal of overall number of books to read last year. I have my reasons for not hitting that number, but I’d like to accomplish my goals for this year as a way to make up for last year’s shortcomings. But we’re only 26 days into the year and I’ve already tweaked some of my goals. Oops.
Let us start with the number of books that I would like to read this year. On GoodReads, I set myself a goal of 35 books. I think that I can do this. Two years ago I read just over 40, so my hopes are high.
In conjunction with the total number of books that I’d like to devour, I originally set a challenge for myself to read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I was ready to go, high on the excitement of watching (re-watching when it comes to the trilogy) the films, cracking jokes about Gandalf and tricksy hobbitses. While I read The Hobbit for the second time in my life, however, I realized that it’s exceedingly difficult for me to get into third person narrations. Especially when the fact that it is written in this manner cannot be escaped. Basically, if it reads too much like a storybook, I wind up getting bored and struggling.
I haven’t abandoned the hope of reading Tolkien altogether, but I’m not maintaining this goal for 2013. INSTEAD I want to challenge myself to read primarily historical fiction this year. So, let’s say, at least 75%. Pair the fact that I am admittedly obsessed with the Tudors and Anne Boleyn with my never tiring of these books, I think that this is a very feasible (and enjoyable) goal.
What are your reading goals for 2013?
Perhaps while I read these books, I will wear my new Anne Boleyn hoodie, bought from the tartx shop on Etsy. It arrived last night and is beautiful, comfortable, and warm. If you’re a fan of the Tudors or anything historical and classy, check out her shop. You shan’t be disappointed.