We’re almost halfway through January already, so I thought I would take some time to talk about the New Year. I don’t really make resolutions, but the beginning of a new year always seems to signal changes in our lives. With that in mind, I wanted to share some of my goals for 2013.
The first challenge I have set for myself is to read all of the books on my to-be-read pile before I buy or acquire any new ones. I actually made this decision in the last couple months of 2012, but I had a slight hiccup when I was given books for Christmas. Since then, I’ve become more adamant in my goal. There are about twenty-five books on my list, which is nowhere near as high as some other bloggers, but the idea that I might not read every book I own is a little frustrating to me. Hopefully, I can enjoy books more without the guilt of two dozen other novels looming over me.
In a similar vein, I’m participating in the 2013 Reading Challenge at Goodreads. Goodreads runs this challenge every year, with each reader choosing the amount of novels he or she wants to read in the new year. It’s more of a personal quest than a competition, but I haven’t done it before so I wanted to give it a chance. My goal is 30 books, which is pretty low compared to others, but I can be a slow reader sometimes. Luckily, I’ve finished two books already, so I’m ahead of schedule at the moment. I have added a new section to the right, just above my Twitter feed, where you can track my progress.
My other goals for the year involve writing. Last summer, I finished the manuscript of my first novel and I’m still working on revisions for that story. I have been developing ideas for other novels I want to write, but right now my main focus needs to be completing that book. Aside from creative writing, I also want to maintain this blog, even if it’s just for one post a week. I haven’t been consistent enough, but I would like that to change. I want writing to be my career in some capacity, so I need to continue to develop my skills.
How has everyone’s year been so far? Are you looking forward to any books in 2013? Have you set any challenges for yourself?