I realize that it’s only September and there are still over three months left in 2013. However, I’ve already been thinking a lot about next year.
First… I am already starting to schedule reviews for January 2014… That’s right! My personal review schedule is pretty much set through the end of this year. Earlier this week, I received an ARC for a book that comes out in January. I also sat down and looked at the upcoming release schedule, adding in slots for “must read” books that I auto-purchase.
Second… I just completed my GoodReads book challenge this week. I finished my 75th book – and my goal for this year was to read at least 75 books. I really hope to read 100 books – I’ve never done it, but I also don’t want to make it an “official” goal, because I know that I get really busy during the fall and winter. I don’t want to set myself up for failure, but also, I don’t want to have a challenge that causes me to “just read to hit the mark.” I select each book because I WANT to read it, and I would hate to just start grabbing books to meet a goal (not that there is a shortage of books I want to read!).
Each of the past two years, I’ve made it a personal goal to read new-to-me authors. This has been a great unofficial reading challenge. I only need to read one more new-to-me author to meet my goal of 15 authors in 2013 (and I already have two on my upcoming schedule!). Last year I met my goal as well. It’s been a great opportunity for me to try out authors that I’ve been eyeing for a while, or catch something new I’ve not heard of before – like meeting someone at a con (which happens to me all the time!).
However, by reading all of these new authors, I’m neglecting a huge pile (both real and virtual) of books that I own. That’s right… the TBR pile! I have so many books that I own and keep thinking “when will I have the time?!” So I’ve decided that for 2014… I am creating a goal of reading at least 12 books from my TBR pile. I’ll probably try to read a series or two. With that goal, I am also going to purposely limit reading any new-to-me authors and new series. It’s going to be tough, and the goal may evolve between now and the start of 2014, but I am excited.
What about you? Do you participate in reading challenges – either personal or organized? Have you thought of what you’d like to read in 2014? What are your favorite reading challenges?
Thank you for stopping by to chat! Happy Reading!