In 2014, I hoped to read at least 70 books (I read 81, without counting the many short stories I read and the picture books I read for work). I participated in the Debut Author Challenge, where I was supposed to read a total of 12 2014 debuts from YA and MG authors (I read 11). I also gave myself the personal challenge of reading more books over 500 pages (I read 7). I’m satisfied with what I did manage to read, even if it didn’t all fit nicely into the categories I had created.
This year I’m still going to give myself a few challenges. I find that I read more and a greater variety when I am working towards a particular goal, after all.
Read 90 books this year. I read 81 books this year and totally think it’s possible to push myself a bit more this year. The number of books I want to read will only continue to grow, and I need to try to make some dent on it.
Read a wider variety of books. It’s so, so easy to stick with what I know I like, but my job at a library working with kids and the #weneeddiversebooks campaign have both really made me reconsider my book choices. I don’t want my reading experiences limited by genre, age level, gender (author or character), or race (author or character).
Take some time to re-read older favorites. I used to be such a re-reader, but I’ve had a difficult time justifying re-reads since I started blogging, unfortunately. Fortunately, joining the Re-Read Challenge should provide me with some great encouragement.
In a similar vein, take some time to read more classics and other books that I may not necessarily want to review here on the blog. I want to keep in mind that reading for personal interest is just as important as reading for my blog.
Continue to read lengthy novels. It can be so easy to bypass a longer, more complex book for a few shorter ones that will not only raise my read book number, but that can provide content for review posts. I love lengthy novels, however, and will not let length interfere with reading choices.
Basically, this year I resolve to read what I want, when I want to. It’s far easier said than done, but I plan to make 2015 the year in which I not only embrace my personal reading preferences, but also read with intention. I'll still read some of the popular releases, of course, but perhaps not as many as I have in the past.
I wish everyone a successful year of reading!