As is my usual choice at the beginning of most years, I have set myself a reading target. It’s a tradition. This year I chose the total of 24 books, so roughly two per month. In an uncharacteristic show of realism, I went with the more likely result than a number that would stretch me.
Over the last three years I’ve been keeping track of what I’ve been reading here at the blog. Here’s a brief run down of that. Note: the totals don’t add up because many of the books read hit more than one category.
Books read: 52
Off the Shelf books: 15
Booklitzer books: 13
1001 books: 20
Random books: 19
Books read: 35
Off the Shelf books: 5
Booklitzer books: 9
1001 books: 20
Random books: 10
Books read: 16
Off the Shelf books: 3
Booklitzer books: 1
1001 books: 9
Random books: 5
I think from those statistics it is quite clear that as of last year I had hit a massive slump in my reading. I barely scraped together a book a month for most of the year. Producing reviews for the t’other blog was just proving too much to keep up and still enjoy the act of reading for pleasure. So, this year I scaled back my goals drastically with the intention of trying to get back that enjoyment. Luckily for me we have had another pair of eyes kindly offer to produce reviews over at the blog, and we have decided to post a review a fortnight between the three of us. This should allow plenty of leisure time to enjoy reading other books and still manage to keep up the 1001 reviews. Fingers crossed.
Interestingly, this mental shift and the fact that we have reviews available out till April seems to have taken the weight off my reading shoulders. In January I have finished 6 books; only one less than the total for the same month in 2012. That bodes well for the rest of the year.
I don’t have any specific books that I want to read at this point, other than a couple that I want to follow up on that have eluded my eye over the past two busy years. I want to find the follow-up books to Swallows and Amazons that I read back in January 2013. It was such a lovely, light read that I am looking forward to being transported back to a 1930s childhood.
In that vein I also want to read the Narnia series to my daughter this year but at the moment she is immersed in the Harry Potter series audiobooks, read by the wonderful Stephen Fry, and I don’t want to distract her from full enjoyment of them by whipping her off to another world as soon as she’s done.
I also have at least one Terry Pratchett that has languished on my shelves for far too long, and at some point I want to read his Tiffany Aching series to my daughter also. So many wonderful books to share and so little time to share them all in.
So, do you have any reading goals for this year?