I can’t even believe that we are in the year 2010. It has such a science fiction sounding ring to it, doesn’t it? I feel so futuristic. I hope that everyone has had wonderful holidays and a Happy New Year! I always love starting fresh and I take the opportunity to start over every chance I get. Every minute. Every day. Every week. Every month. Every year. There is always the opportunity to take stock and to make changes.
I am always thinking about reading. Buying books, talking to people about books, accepting review copies, coveting the new releases in the catalogs, attending author readings and book club meetings. All of this is fun stuff, but it also makes it really easy get away from some of my conscious reading goals. That’s not always a bad thing, but too much of that upsets the balance and is not a good thing either.
I have definitely expanded my horizons this last year and a half that I have been blogging. I have always been an eclectic reader and a lot of the genres that I have experimented with over the past year have been ones that I cut my teeth on in high school and when I was even younger, but then abandoned as I started reading increasingly more serious, dare I call it literary, fiction.
Reading Deliberately & 2010 Reading Goals
As always, the ubiquitous Twitter spawned a discussion on reading goals and taking more care in the choice of reading material for 2010. If there is a way to balance library books with review copies, classics reading with contemporary, and adult fiction with young adult and children’s fiction then several intrepid bloggers want to find it (Jen,Vasilly, Carrie). There are some books which I am committed to read for blogging projects I am working on, but other than those commitments I intend to choose with care and according to some guidelines.
- Continue to expand my reading to quality books in different genres – Last year I ended up reading 160 books. I think the uptick accounted for the fact that I expanded my reading to include some YA, middle grade fiction and revisited some fairytales and children’s books that I read growing up. This was also the year of the audio book. I love those things! They definitely helped quite a lot in allowing me to read a lot more while I was exercising, traveling and doing chores around the house. My apartment has never been cleaner and a lot of that is because I took every opportunity to listen to a little bit more of The Help, by Katherine Stockett.
- Continue to read fiction that includes a multitude of cultures and ethnicities – I read some really good fiction from other cultures in 2009 which really helped me to expand and grow as a reader. I loved different types of rich storytelling and the glimpse of mythology and style of writing which was outside the comfort zone of my normal fare. Complex and fascinating narratives have me hungry for more.
- Have less books going at the same time – I think that 3 needs to be my max at any one time this year. This last year I was so glad to have gotten past my year of monogamous reading (which was a goal of mine for 2008) that I went completely overboard. I am going to be working on a quarterly challenge to make sure that I am reading and finishing the books that I have in a more timely manner, and letting go of that which I am not going to read.
- Read and review more cookbooks & recipes – Candace, Dawn and I are already in the process of cooking up a little cooking project, but this year you will see a lot more food on the Blanket. I would like to do a progressive dinner party seasonally and have a lot more literary feasts. I had thought of starting a food centered blog as its own separate thing, but I am just not that talented. I can’t run more than one blog at a time, so I hope you like food.
- Don’t make so many resolutions – 🙂 I want this to be fun! I think I am off to a good start.
What are you going to be reading more of this year? Do you have plans to read more deliberately?