Sunday Salon: Plans for 2011

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.

Other Challenges:

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.com 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.

11 comments

  1. It sounds like you know exactly what you can do while in school. Reading more translated works is also a goal of mine this year. I signed up for the Eastern Europe and Cinco De Mayo challenges, hoping to change that. Good luck on all of your goals. Happy New Year!

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  2. You’ve got some really good goals! I was wondering about chunksters on an ebook reader– it seems like there SHOULD be a way for an ebook to be counted as a chunkster, as just because a book is over 450 pages in paper books doesn’t mean it’s less pages on an ebook reader, right? But I’m not sure how to do it except finding out how long the book is in paper and going from there, because every ebook reader has a different way of parsing page counts. Soooo. Hm. What do you think?

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      • I’m sure there is a chunkster challenge out there that allows ebooks to be counted. For this particular challenge, though, the goal is get people to love and not be intimated by large toms, which I admit I do. I think the other problem is that I could increase the font size on my reader, which increases the number of ages and therefore make it count for the challenge. Plus, at least with the iPad, depending on how you hold ti the page numbers increase and decrease.

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  3. Like you, I want to read the Bible, but I am unsure how to go about it and even if I will post about it. You cannot really review a religious book like that, can you? Good luck on whichever way you decide to go about it!

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    • Nope, I don’t believe you can review a religious book because somebody is liable to get upset. I’m also worried that by just posting my own thoughts and reactions, it could upset someone and turn this blog into a religious blog, which I don’t want it to be. I might do a quarterly check-in to update everyone on my progress, but I’m not quite sure yet.

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  4. You structured your goals similarly to how I set mine up, with categories (mostly) instead of specific books. I’m finding I really like that structure, giving myself a direction to follow but not a specific list of books I have to read. Well, except for one…(the Bible for you, War and Peace for me!) Good luck! I know I’ll enjoy watching your progress.

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