Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Goals For 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2013

I recently did a blog post about my bookish resolutions for 2013, and at first thought this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic would be a bit redundant. But thinking about it further, goals and resolutions are not necessarily synonymous. After all, a resolution is something that I’m committing to seeing through, generally something that’s a stretch or that takes real effort. (I know, I know, resolutions are make to be broken. How well I remember those pounds I was going to lose last year…) But goals? Goals, to me, represent attainable results, maybe more of a work plan than a grand ambition.

So, in no particular order, my bookish goals for the new year:

1) Concentrate on reading books that I already own. Do less buying and borrowing. I love my public library and the wonderful used books stores in town, but really, I have plenty on my shelves to keep me busy. Time to tone down my obsessive need to get my hands on every new book that comes out.

2) Purge! See # 1 — I have plenty of books on my shelves (and spilling off my shelves…), but let’s face facts: There are books in my house that I picked up years ago, and every time I think about reading one of them, my first reaction is “nah, not in the mood”. When this continues happening with the same books for a really long period of time, it’s time for those books to go! One of my big goals for 2013 is to pull out all of those books that I’ll never get around to reading and find them a new home. If I donate my unwanted books to our local library sale, I’ll be doing a good deed as well as improving my overly-cluttered habitat. Two birds, one stone!

3) Organize! I bought beautiful new bookshelves earlier this year, assembled them, shoved lots and lots of books on them in an initial frenzy of moving books off the floor and out of boxes and bags… and I’ve done nothing since. My shelves lack any semblance of rhyme or reason. I look forward to a few leisurely afternoons of taking books off the shelves, figuring out a system, and reassembling my little personal library. Preferably while holding  a nice, hot cup of coffee. Or maybe something a wee bit stronger.

4) Find new ways to engage my child in reading. My adorable, smart, funny son practically runs in the opposite direction whenever I ask him to take time to read. He loves stories, loves being read to — just doesn’t want to sit and read himself. I think we may have achieved a bit of a breakthrough recently: I downloaded a book for him on my IPad, and suddenly reading became fun! I hate the idea that technology has to be involved, but I suppose I should count my blessings and be glad that he’s reading at all. Still, I know the newness of the IPad will soon fade and I’ll have to find new and creative ways to get this kid to read.

5) Read a classic that I’ve never read before. I’ve read all of Jane Austen, but only one book by Charles Dickens. I’ve read Jane Eyre and Vanity Fair, but I’ve never read The Grapes of Wrath or The Sun Also Rises. I don’t know what it will be, but I do know that I want to read at least one classic book this year. Which fits in with #6…

6) Read outside the box. I’m a fiction-lover, through and through, deep down to my bones. But I do enjoy other genres when I read them, even if I really have to force myself to depart from the fiction world. I’d like to branch out a bit, maybe read a little history, a science book, maybe some social commentary, a biography or two. Again, I haven’t picked anything in particular yet, but this is a good “note to self” to remember to make time to branch out a bit.

7) Attack the fairies! OK, that’s my cutesy way of trying to force myself to commit to reading the book I was so excited to get a couple of months ago: Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman. I have a well-documented problem with short story collections, and despite the fact that I love fairy tales and I love Philip Pullman, I still haven’t been able to sit down and open this book. Perhaps I need some serious psychotherapy to figure out why I have such a problem with stories… or perhaps I just need a good list like this one to force me into action. Time will tell.

These next two are really more blog-related than specifically bookish, but since I blog about books, it works for me.

8) Explore the blogosphere. My blog was born in 2012 and I’ve spent the first several months of its life just feeling my way forward. Now it’s time to reach out a bit more, try to connect with other readers and bloggers, and expand my reach and my online community. My goal is to participate in more blogging events, challenges, bloghops, etc. I hope to meet some cool and interesting people along the way, get some great new ideas, and really get a better sense of what’s out there and what I can do with a blog.

9) Get techie with it. Again, in the world of blogging, I’m sure there are a lot more resources and tools than what I’m currently using. My other bloggy goal is to explore the technical resources that can help make me a better blogger. (Ideas? Suggestions? Referrals? I’m all ears!)

Finally, the one that really matters, probably more than all of the above:

10) Slow down. Stop focusing on the numbers. Stop worrying about stats. Read for pleasure. Pick books because they’re what I want to read. Take as long as it takes to read, savor, enjoy, contemplate, consider, ponder, and reflect. Remember that I read because I love it, not because I have a challenge to meet or a blog post to write. When I stop enjoying my reading and start finding it more of a chore, I know I’m doing something wrong. READ FOR LOVE. That is all.

26 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Goals For 2013

  1. What a great list. I particularly relate to number 4 – I haven’t tried e-books with my son yet but I think I’d give it a go if it would get him more interested.

    Like you, 2012 was my first year of my blog so I too have a lot to learn. I hope this is a productive year for you in both reading and blogging.
    My list is here: http://annabelsmith.tumblr.com/

    • Thanks, Annabel! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my son will keep reading, but even with a shiny new piece of technology to lure him, it’s tough! Good luck with yours!

  2. I have a really bad habit of not finishing books that I am reaaaaaaaaally enjoying because I don’t want them to end. They’re lingering on my “currently reading” shelf on goodreads, so I really should finish them!

    • Thanks, Jessica! I love Goodreads and the yearly reading challenges, but it can be daunting to see the numbers and think about what % ahead or behind I am. Must remember to relax a bit…

  3. Great list! I’ve actually been confronted with your #2 recently. With all the books that I currently own, they somehow start stacking up on my desk and I need my desk to write now that I’m going back to pick up another programme and I’m editing for some of my drafts. But then it’s so choose what to keep and what to perhaps let go so alas…xP

    I totally agree with #10, I should’ve mentioned that on my list too. I actually decided not to put down a number this year for the GoodReads reading challenge because I don’t want to think about that, I just want to read at my own pace and not think about it…so yeah, I’m with you on that one 😉

    Best of luck with your goals this 2013, it’ll be an awesome one 😀

    • I’m not sure if alphabetizing is the system for me — I tend to have one set of shelves just for my favorites, then start grouping by genres, themes, or just by a general feel. Call it the intuitive method of shelving, I suppose. My books are my babies too… except I feel okay about parting with the ones I’ve never read and no longer remember why I picked them up in the first place. 🙂 Thanks for your visit!

  4. I love the way you have differentiated between goals and resolutions. About number 5, my kid too is not very fond of books. But the iPad has really helped. It’s been two years now and she is much more enthusiastic when I get her book apps on the iPad rather than actual books. Your kid may also enjoy it even after the novelty factor wears off.

    • Oh, I hope that’s the case! It kills me to have a kid who doesn’t want to read. (Of course, I love him for all sorts of other reasons — but seriously, kid, pick up a book!). We’ll stick with the IPad and hope for the best. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Your last one applies to me. I’m aiming to be smarter about reading challenges this year so that some books can overlap. I find challenges fun but can get a bit stressful toward the end of the year when you feel you ‘have’ to read particular books.

    • I know the feeling! I started an ABC challenge this past year, and quit when I realized that I just didn’t want to go out of my way to read a book just because the author’s name started with Q or X!

  6. This is a great list that has made me realise that there are even more goals I’d like to achieve this year that weren’t on my own TTT list. By the way, I hope you defeat those fairies!

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