2011 Favs & 2012 Goals
We’re only 4 days into 2012, and already I feel late to the new year party. Oh well, here we go anyway!
2011 was an average reading year for me. I didn’t read as much as I did in 2010 (3 fewer books and about 2,000 fewer pages [actually exactly 2,011 fewer pages, if you can believe it]), but it was still a great bookish & blogging year. A couple of the biggest highlights were joining a book club & meeting other bloggers in the flesh (finally! bookish people to talk about bookish things with!) and hosting my first blogging event.
But even though I didn’t read as many books, that doesn’t mean that I didn’t learn anything about my reading habits and what works well for me. In the last year I learned that not only can I read more than one book at a time, I often read more when I have a couple books on the go. I didn’t start until the last bit of 2011, so I’m curious to see what this new reading habit will do to my reading stats by the end of 2012.
And, reading fewer books doesn’t mean I didn’t read some fantastic ones.
Favourite Books of 2011 (not necessarily highest rated, in no particular order [okay, in the order in which I read them])
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Anna & The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski
Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy
Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
At the beginning of the year I had set 3 goals for my 2011 reading:
1) Read down the TBR shelves
2) Read more titles from the Characters with Disabilities list
3) Don’t join any reading challenges
How did I do with those goals? Well, let’s start with number 1. At the end of 2010, my TBR shelves were sitting at 55 books. According to Last Year Alita, “on the 31st of December I would like that number to either be significantly smaller or to have been replaced with all new unread books.” Well, I read 21 of them in 2011, so that’s good right? But, there are currently 20 new titles on that list. I’m going to count this as a WIN, because my TBR shelves are at 54 books (SMALLER THAN LAST YEAR YAY!) and nearly all the books I read from them have been replaced with shiny new ones.
As for goal number 2, that was a bit fat fail. I don’t think I read a single title from that list all year. I need to rethink what I want to do with the list and whether it’s something I should continue working on. Thankfully goal number 3 was a rousing success. I didn’t join a single reading challenge all year, and it was wonderful to just read what I want, when I want. That’s not to say that I didn’t place any limitations on what I read (see: goal 1), but I didn’t feel the pressure that challenges usually put on me. Don’t get me wrong, reading challenges can be great and I’ve read a lot of books I wouldn’t have otherwise considered because of them. But they added some unnecessary stress to my bookish life – and it’s impossible to just join one! Once I start joining challenges, I seem to have to join them all.
So, my goals for 2012?
1) Read down the TBR shelves. More specifically, reduce the number of books on my shelves by more than one. Ideally, I would like to have the list whittled down to the point that all my TBR books fit on one shelf.
2) Don’t join any reading challenges. I think another year without specific challenges would do some good.
3) Read more classics. I have Sense & Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Treasure Island all sitting on my shelves – I could easily read all of those this year, right?
Have you set any 2012 reading goals for yourself?