Goal #1 - Read lots of books I already own
There will not be a book buying ban, but I will be trying to read as many books that I already own as possible. This could actually keep me busy for about a decade since I have so many. It is really quite embarrassing when I look at the number of books I own and haven't read. See that picture above? Those are just some of the books that need read. They are also occupying my breakfast nook. Have I mentioned this as a problem before? Why, yes! Yes, I have! Maybe I won't have to repeat myself next year? Ah, well, I can at least try.
BTW, I don't impose book buying bans on myself because they work to opposing effect with me. I will just feel an inordinate NEED to buy more books if I do that. A book buying ban is negative, but a "read what you own" tactic is positive. I know I'm not the only one who plays mind games with themselves. Right?? *smile*
Goal #2 - Join a limited number of reading challenges
Yeah. I don't do well with reading challenges. I join and then read the books but never write any blog posts. That rather defeats the social nature of reading challenges, yes? I will be joining a few anyway. All I can say is, "I will try to actually participate." Here are the ones I know I will join:
Merely Mystery Reading Challenge 2012 - hosted by Literary Feline at Musings of a Bookish Kitty
I have tons of unread mysteries. My problem will not be finding enough mysteries on Mt. TBR, but rather choosing which ones to read.
Once Upon a Time Reading Challenge (Spring 2012)
R.I.P. Reading Challenge (Fall 2012) - Both of these challenges are hosted by Carl V. at Stainless Steel Droppings
These challenges have not been announced yet, but I'm hoping! I just can't imagine not participating in these two challenges. I should be able to draw from Mt. TBR for titles to fulfill both of these challenges. I already have plenty of fantasy/folklore/fairy tales for OUT as well as lots of "spooky reads" for R.I.P.
Japanese Literature Challenge - hosted by Bellezza at Dolce Bellezza
This wonderful challenge generally takes place June through January. I haven't heard if there will be one this coming year or not, but I hope so!
Goal #3 - Clarissa Read-a-long
I've been meaning to read this 18th century epistolary novel by Samuel Richardson for decades. I mentioned this as a personal reading goal on Twitter (and previously here on the blog), and found that others are also interested. As of now, I will be reading Clarissa as a read-a-long with JoAnn at Lakeside Musing beginning January 10th. A few others have also expressed interest over at her blog. The plan is to read the letters on or around their corresponding dates of January 10th through December 18th. It's not a firm schedule, but we are leaning toward monthly progress posts as well as chatting on Twitter. Do you want to join us?
As of now, these are my goals. The biggest one is to try and read down Mt. TBR. The reading challenges can all be accomplished by reading from Goal #1 and the Clarissa read-a-long is based on a personal reading goal but should be more fun with company!