Saturday, January 2, 2010

2010 Reading Resolutions

I’m not much of a resolution person, but I do like to set reading goals for the year. I’m not going to set a number of books, because frankly, I don’t know what curve balls await me for 2010. I would like to read MORE than I did last year, but we will wait and see what happens. Sometimes quantity isn’t necessarily quality.

1. Finish all challenges: Since I’m still a relatively new book blogger, the world of book challenges is new to me. There are SO many challenges out there that are tempting, but I’m only officially participating in one – The Women Unbound Challenge. Surely I can finish the 9 books I’ve selected over the course of 11 months.

2. Read more local authors. This is an “unofficial challenge” – but I do plan on adding more Arkansas authors to my reading list. The one book I’ve committed to read is the juvenile novel, The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart. I thought it would be fun to read aloud with my daughter. Also, I will be having an Arkansas author giveaway in the coming months in honor of my local literary masters, so be ready to imbibe yourself on some Arkansas literature.

3. Finish all book club books. Normally I don’t have a problem with this. In the course of 6 years, I can count on one hand how many books I haven’t finished. Still, I feel deprived when I get to book club night without completing the book. I regret not being able to participate in the conversation. The Omnivore’s Dilemma is going to haunt me until I finish. One day.

4. I will read one biography of a major historical figure. This is a carryover from last year. I had on my “to read” list John Adams by David McCullough. Oh, it’s soooo long! But I’m determined to complete it this year.

5. I will read a classic book that I've never read. This is a carryover too, but I think it’s a good one to have from year to year. This year my classic was Persuasion, which I hadn’t read before. . My 2010 goal is to read The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck. I am an Okie after all.

6. Host or co-host a challenge or read-a-long. Leah at Amused by Books and I have talked tentatively about having a Wolf Hall challenge sometime in the future. We both received copies for Christmas and think having a reading buddy would be the motivation necessary to keep us reading such a massive tome.

7. Continue our Mother/Daughter book club throughout the remainder of this school year and the next. What a blessing this has been.

I think these are attainable, realistic goals. I better get started!!!