Final Thoughts on 2011 and Looking Ahead to 2012

First, a HUGE thank you to all of you out there reading my blog. What began as just another thing on my To Do list has become something that I love and look forward to doing. I have a few new ideas for this little spot in the new year, so stay tuned.

Now, on to the goals. I have given this a lot of thought and I have decided not to join any reading challenges in 2012. I will continue to set reading goals for myself, but they won’t be anything that I obsess over. Sad, but true, my lists and goals make me a little nutty. This year I read A TON. I read some awesome books, but somewhere along the way it became more about meeting my goals and less about just enjoying the book in front of me. I was always thinking ahead to what was next. With this in mind here are my reading goals for 2012:

1. Read from the shelves and discover “new to me” authors.

Why? I love being the one to order the new (YA) books and then getting to read them first. In the library world this is a.) part of the job description to keep current with new releases and b.) cool. There is a problem with this. The hot new releases that everyone wants are rarely on the shelf so people need to know what to read while they wait their turn for The Next Big Thing book. I short, I want to beef up my list of “go to” recommendations and read more of the gems I may have missed. The key here is to find a balance between old and new.

2. Read a variety of formats and genres.

Do you see how I am setting myself up for success here? This will be a piece of cake! Audio and graphic novels? Check! E-books? Apparently this is not a fad! I struggle with nonfiction and historical fiction, so I will need to make an effort to read genres. I need and want to read both YA and adult books. Basically anything I read in 2012 will meet this goal. Clever, no? Again, it’s all about balance in the new year.

3. Read only things I enjoy.

I will not waste time on books that are just ok. If I am not hooked, I will pass it along and not feel guilty about it.

That’s all. I want to reclaim reading from the land of “work-related” and return it to its rightful place as a pleasurable escape. Wish me luck.

What are your reading goals for 2012?

Happy Reading and Happy New Year!



One response to “Final Thoughts on 2011 and Looking Ahead to 2012

  1. Good luck – you can do it!

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