I’m not even sure if this will end up being a real post that I pay attention to – I know how I can be about resolving to do things – but I have definitely been chewing on some things in my mind about what I want my reading and blogging to look like this year. Two resolutions contradict each other, so I guess I will continue to think about that and see what path I take. I don’t know if I would have had ten resolutions, but they did over at The Broke and The Bookish, so I had to try to keep up.
- Read less books. 2010 seemed to be an unusually busy year for me, and there were frequent pockets of time when I wasn’t reading anything at all. I was thinking that it could be a good idea to just go with that. My official goal this year (and it fluctuates from hour to hour, day to day) is 104 books, which is just a couple of books a week.
- Read more books. On the other hand, I could just make reading the priority that it is and set aside an hour or two each day to do it, no matter what. That’s what I did the first week of this year, and so far I have read five books. But then, January is usually one of my strongest reading months.
- Review everything I read. It has never been a hard and fast rule that I review everything I read. I have reviewed all review copies where I have finished the book. Other books just haven’t inspired me to say much of anything at all, so I haven’t taxed myself to think up something just because. This year I would like to have a complete reading record. The good, the bad, the did not finish. You may see some very short reviews from me (say what?) if I come across a book that is just “meh”.
- Review each book as soon as I finish. I am not sure why I even wasted the picas typing this out, but I guess some resolutions should be a true challenge.
- Read only finished review copies (i.e. the actual book). Some of the ARCs that I have read this year have been horrendous in terms of quality. Rampant typos, grammatical errors, sentences that just end, huge narrative leaps, endings that are changed in the final copy. Speaking only for me, I don’t often receive a finished copy in addition to the ARC, even though ARCs invariably says that content and quotes are to be checked against the final copy. How much should I comment one what is essentially unfinished? I have no way of knowing what was fixed and what wasn’t, and I don’t want to have to try to figure it out. It had been my understanding that ARCs were pretty close to the done deal with minor punctuation to be corrected, but now I don’t know how true that is – it might just vary by publishing house. In any case, I will be reading through what I have, and setting aside any ARCs that just don’t make sense to me as a reader. I have already started putting the brakes on ARCs by either not accepting them, and when I do, carefully considering the source and quality of past ARCs.
- Read two non-fiction books a month. In other years I wouldn’t have had to make a resolution like this, but last year was pretty dismal in terms of how much non-fiction that I read. Again, I think a schedule much busier than normal and life events had an impact here. My comfort reads are fiction and cookbooks, so those proved to be my fall guys when I was ready to curl up with a good book. I suspect that this is naturally correcting itself based on what I have to read over the next couple of months.
- The buck stops somewhere between 50- 100 pages. I have a lot of books that linger around in limbo. I started reading them but for whatever reason I find that I haven’t been able to get back to them – lack of time, other commitments, boredom or discomfort with the story. It’s odd but sometimes no matter how good a book is, the more I keep not getting back to it, the less appealing it becomes. I plan on clearing out my limbo by reading 50-100 pages of each book and deciding whether or not to continue. That way I can at least put up a DNF review and keep the books moving on to people who might enjoy them.
- Mark as read. Every day. I love reading blogs but there are a lot more book bloggers, and bloggers in general, these days than I can keep track. I watch with interest as bloggers come up with strategy after strategy to manage their feed readers. Been there, done that, and I cry uncle on this one. I have about an hour in the morning and the occasional evening that I can spend reading blogs. If I can’t get to it in that hour, I have to let it go.
- Do Less. I am banned from having any more ideas. I can keep the projects I have, but for every new thing I take on, I have to relinquish something else.
- Have fun reading and blogging. I plan on following my reading and blogging bliss. Having fun with this is the order of the day – anything else will be adjusted accordingly.
No pressure or anything. How did this post get to be 944 words? It’s a list post for crying out loud. Sheesh! Some people.