This is not to say I'm against living (reading, blogging) with intention. Looking back on your year and making sure you're on the path you want? Good idea. Planning ahead to make sure you continue on that path? Also good idea. Micromanaging that planning into I WILL READ X NUMBER OF BOOKS and they will all be by authors who were BORN ON A FULL MOON type stuff...doesn't work for me, though it seems to work for a lot of people. This is why I sign up for a million and seven challenges in December, only to forget they were A Thing come January 2.
So, with these personality foibles in mind, I've decided to set resolutions/goals/whatevers based on things that have actually been bugging me or that persistently have come up in 2011. They are as follows:
1. Figure out what to do with thoughts on contemporary literature. Based on my stats for this year, I actually read about half contemporary literature and half classics. I've just been throwing my reviews of the modern stuff up on Goodreads, but I feel like that's kind of the slacker way out. But I don't know if I have the steam to start a whole new blog in addition to this one. I dunno. *CLUTCHES PEARLS*
2. Read The Iliad. For reals, I'm doing this, starting January 4th. The Classics and the Western Canon Goodreads group is doing a discussion-readalong-thingy. The pace is nice- only two books a week- and the discussion over there is always fascinating. JOIN US. *sloshes Kool-Aid on your head*
3. Be more willing to DNF. I've started to master this in December. Since I started working at a bookstore and have access to all these ARCs, I have abandoned page-number rules and just give up when I start getting bored.
4. Let the haters hate. With an internet presence comes criticism. I'm just going to stop trying to answer all of it. There's a line between having a conversation and feeding the trolls. I think I found it this year, and I'm going to solidify it in cement.
I love this guy.
5. Continue the Summer of Rereading. I spent a lot of this summer revisiting classics that I Say I Love But Don't Actually Remember Anything About (including Anna Karenina, 100 Years of Solitude, The Great Gatsby, etc..). It was one of my favorite reading times of the year. I'm going to do it again.
Have you set reading goals for 2012? I would also like to participate in more events on other blogs, including Dewey's readathon, but I can't plan that far ahead. Tell me your goals so I can steal them.