Reading Resolutions

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Any reading resolutions for the new year? Reading more? (Reading less?) Reading better books? Bigger books? More series? More relaxing books?

It’s been a while since I wrote a Booking Through Thursday post – this week’s question seems appropriate.

This year I’m aiming to read as slowly as possible to try to absorb more of the book, because I often race through, eager to know what happens and after a day or two I can’t remember much about it. I want to take time and think about what I’m reading.

I also want to read as many books as I can from my own shelves, because I have a lot of unread books. My difficulty with this is that I’m always tempted by new books, or books other bloggers recommend.

In 2012 I read 105 books but this year I’m undecided about setting a target (such as the one on the Goodreads Reading Challenge which I did last year), because although I like keeping records and statistics, I think they don’t actually mean much €“ it’s the reading that counts for me. Setting a target makes me anxious especially when Goodreads tells me how many books behind my target I am. So my target at the moment is to read what I feel like, as and when I want and never mind the numbers.

I began this blog to record at least a short note about each book I read, but that doesn’t seem relevant to me any more, and it has become a chore, so this year I’ll only write about a book if I feel like it.

In short, I’m looking forward to a year full of lots of carefree reading.

14 thoughts on “Reading Resolutions”

  1. I’ve always tried so hard to review every book, and yes, it does become more like a chore. That’s why I decided to make 2013 a year to read only the books I have on my TBR shelves.

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  2. Do you know, Margaret, I agree with everything you’ve said. I could easily have written this (apart from the Goodreads details) and maybe will in a day or two. LOL.

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  3. Margaret, I’d love to know if you stick to your resolution. I keep saying There Will Be No More New Books, then fall by the wayside… and second-hand volumes don’t count, surely… and nor do free or very cheap Kindle downloads…

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  4. I’m not thinking of only reading from my own unread books – that would be impossible! There is no way I could do that – for one thing I’m in a local book group so each month there is a new book to read 🙂

    And, Christine, I’m not even counting the ones on Kindle 🙂

    And of course, I’m still going to borrow books from the library – we’ve got to support them.

    Looking forward to your post, Cath!

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  5. I am planning on being more relaxed about my reading this year also. I still like to write my thoughts about a book I read, but they are very brief, whether I enjoyed the book or what I thought about it. Would I read this author again, etc.

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  6. Margaret – Good on you to take a more relaxed attitude towards your reading. Reading shouldn’t make one feel one’s fulfilling a duty all the time. I’ll look forward to reading the reviews you do write.

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  7. I used to review every book but I now tend to review the ones I’ve learnt most from or reacted most to, they reveal more about me as a reader to anyone following and I’ve got more enthusiasm for the writing. 🙂

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  8. I’ve noticed several book bloggers are cutting back on reviews for this year. I’ll still review everything I read because I enjoy the discipline of organizing my thoughts about what I read. I’ve never committed to writing a post every day and I’ve never joined a challenge. Maybe that’s why it doesn’t seem like a chore to me. I’m looking forward to being able to read more books this year.

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  9. I can’t help but join challenges, though half-way through the year they start to feel onerous to me. I do end up reading out of my comfort zone, though, which is why I’m attracted to them. That said, I agree with most of what you’ve written here – I already don’t review everything I read, though I find if I’ve really liked a book, I do review it. It’s part of why I have a blog (for me, anyway). I also like the relaxed idea you have, as it seems you, and I, and Cath, and many readers here and in the blog world, want to enjoy what we are reading. It’s not a contest, it’s a deep pleasure to read. So I want my year to be mostly about that, reading for pleasure.

    Good post, Margaret, and I hope you have a very enjoyable year of reading ahead of you.

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  10. I think you’re right. In a moment of madness I signed up to try to read 100 books this year but in reality there’s no way I’ll manage to read that many, especially as some of the books in my TBR pile are over 800 pages long! I’m looking forward to seeing my Goodreads statistics at the end of the year though.

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