Around this time last year I started talking about blogging and reading deliberately. My ultimate goal for 2010 was to be sporadic, selecting books off the shelf at random based on my own personal level of interest at that moment, and (with the exception of school and other commitments) I think I really stuck to that. Not all the books I read were great books, but not all of them were bad either. And I felt very little pressure to read on a certain timetable. For 2011, however, I’m crave a little more structure and a little more “loftier” goals. With semesters of college under my belt I feel like I have a better understanding of what I can and cannot handle in terms of reading and book blogging. So, without further adieu, here are my plans and goals for this year.
Read More Classics:
I think this goal will be supported by my decision to join the Victorian Literature Challenge and the fact I received an iPad for Christmas, which means I can download classics for free and read them at my leisure without having to haul heavy tomes back to school with me. (Unfortunately, that means any of the larger classics I read on my iPad won’t count for the Chunkster Challenge.) While a part of me would like to set the “lofty” goal of reading one classic a month, I’m still trying to stick with last year’s goal of reading at my leisure.
Read The Bible:
I had a lot of fun reading about different religions around the world for the World Religion Challenge this past year. Even though I didn’t finish the challenge, I’ve added many more books about religions to my TBR list as well as the holy books of major world religions. The past two months, though, I realized I should start with the religion I (think I) know best. I haven’t decided how much of The Bible I want to read — New Testament, Old Testament, both testaments — and I don’t at all plan on “reviewing” this holy book in the traditional sense. I’m not even sure how much I’ll mention this project or if I’ll discuss it at length here. This is just something I’ve wanted to do for a long time because, while I can recite all of the books of The Bible in order, I’ve only ever read certain passages and the Gospels.
‘Visit’ More Countries/Read More Translated Works:
There were some blatant gaps in the countries I visited last year — Australia and the Pacific, Eastern Europe, South America, Africa, just to name a few. In the past, I’ve counted books set in and about a particulars country towards my visited countries. While I still plan on counting this, I’d like to read more translated works by authors from other countries in the new year.
I’ve already mentioned the Chunkster Challenge and the Victorian Literature Challenge, but I’ve joined three other challenges. For One, Two, Theme! Challenge I decided to read books about Queen Victoria, primates, natural resources, and Turkey for a total of ten books. For the TBR Challenge, I’ve listed twelve books as well as twelve alternatives to read in 2011 with the hopes of cleaning off my bookshelves. (I have also never completed this challenge so it would be nice to finish it for once, but no pressure.) The last challenge I’ve joined is the What’s in a Name? Challenge for which I will read six books, one for each characteristic — number, jewelry or gem, size, travel or movement, evil, and life stage. In addition, I’m still continuing with my personal goals of reading the entire AP Literature book list and the complete works of Jane Austen and James A. Michener.
The Sunday Salon:
The Sunday Salon encourages bloggers to get together –at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones– every Sunday and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another’s blogs. Salon participants are encouraged to blog about their time spent reading, pages read, information about current reading, discuss a reaction to a book, state what they plan to read the following week, or make suggestions for a group read.Photo © Me. ‘C’ marks the spot. Taken: December 20, 2008.