Setting Reading Goals for 2013

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Now, I just talked about a lot of challenges. Am I going to do them all? No, though I have to confess it is tempting. It did give me lots of ideas. My next step is to check in on my 2012 reading goals. I made four goals. Did I hit them? Nope. But I certainly had fun trying and you know, my goals in 2012 were really good goals. I didn't manage to do outdo myself and I didn't blog nearly as much as I wanted or felt I should have but that's ok. It's ok not to meet your reading goals. I am, however, still going to make them.

In 2013:

I will not outdo myself: At least, I probably won't outdo myself. In 2011 I read 150 books. In 2012 I didn't quite get there. I'm tracking to come in somewhere between 135-140 books. I don't see myself hitting 150 books in 2013. I am hoping to hit somewhere around 100. That is less than I've read in the last couple of years but more than I'd read the few years before that. And really, 100 books is still a lot of books!

I'll continue to give back: In 2012 I pledged to donate $1 to my local library for every book I'd read that year. I'll be writing that cheque in January once I get a firm count for 2012. I'd like to do it again for all the books I read in 2013. Most of the books I read each year come from the library and it simply feels right for me to tie reading and giving in this way.

Clear out the stacks: In 2012 my bookshelves overflowed. Well, truthfully they started overflowing the year before. As I've been reading the books I've gotten rather brutal about the books I'm keeping. More and more often the books get tossed into a bag when I'm done. I then take those books to dinners or bbqs and let my friends go through them. Anything they don't want gets passed on to my local library brach as a donation.

What are your reading goals for 2013? Are you joining any reading challenges?

BlogHer Book Club Host Karen Ballum also blogs at Sassymonkey and Sassymonkey Reads.

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