December 31, 2011

2012 Reading Resolutions

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1. Slow down and enjoy what I'm reading.
I set a goal to read 100 books this past year, and I loved having a goal to motivate my reading. However, I realize now that the only downside was that I was rushing through some of the books I read. Instead of savoring a book, I often found myself thinking about what I was going to read next and how close I was to meeting my goal. This year, I am making a promise to myself to give every book I read the time it deserves.

2. Read what I already own. 
I am a self-confessed book hoarder. A major bookaholic. I'll buy books that end up sitting on my shelves for a month or two before I ever get around to reading them. While I'm not completely banning myself from buying books in 2012, I am putting myself on a book-buying diet. I'm making it my goal in 2012 to limit myself to only reading books I already own. I just got a ton of books for Christmas, as well as numerous books that I've bought this year and years past, that are still sitting around waiting to be read. In 2012, I am going to read what I own.

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3. Re-read some of my favorites.
Along with my goal to read what I already own, I want to re-read some of my old favorites. I always plan on re-reading some of my books, but it rarely happens. I get so caught up in buying new books that I forget about all the ones I've already read that deserve some more of my time. Here are some of the books I'd like to re-read:
  • The Anne of Green Gables series - L.M. Montgomery
  • A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Running Out of Time - Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  • Persuasion - Jane Austen
  • Redeeming Love - Francine Rivers
  • The Opposite of Love - Julie Buxbaum
  • The Book Thief - Marcus Zusak
  • The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
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4. Keep a reading journal.
I have just started writing book reviews, but I really want to continue in 2012. Part of that plan involves keeping a reading journal. All the great thoughts I have about book while I'm reading it suddenly vanish when I try to write a review. My hope is that taking notes will help me improve my reviews and recommendations.

5. Get to blogging.
I'm just getting started with this blog, and I already love it. For as long as I can remember, I have loved to read. I'm so excited to be able to share that love here. In 2012, I want to really build this blog. Hope you enjoy!

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