I know it seems like I'm posting things in rapid succession, but I swear this is the last post until I actually finish a book. So, here are my reading goals for this year:
1) Read all the books that I own that I haven't already read
I have this really bad habit of never reading books that I own because there is no due date on them and therefore library books always take precedence. So this year I'm determined to make a concentrated effort in reading them.
2) Read more Faulkner, Hemingway, and Twain.
As some of the BIG NAMES of American literature, I'm kind of embarrassed to say, especially having been an English major, that of the three, I've only read one book by Faulkner and...none by the other two. Whether you like them or not, it's always good to have read SOMETHING by them. Especially if you're like me and like to act snooty and well-read. I think at least one of each should qualify for meeting this goal.
3) Read The Silmarillion
I've only ever gotten through about half of The Silmarillion, which is another embarrassing secret of mine because as a massive Tolkien nerd it really is just something that I ought to have read five times by now. Also, I own a really nice copy which means it also falls under my first goal of reading everything that I own.
Last year I had the simple numerical goal of reading 50 books, which I met. I was thinking of upping the ante this year and challenging myself to read 75 books, but between work and school, I don't think I'll have the time. Also, I'm afraid that if I do set a numerical minimum I'll start picking quantity over quality and I don't want to shy away from some books (coughcoughKENFOLLETTcoughcough) just because they have massive page counts. I suppose if I can just get up to 50 again I'll be pleased with myself.
That should be enough to keep me occupied this
year. Especially as I am gazing at my bookshelf and realize that I own a
lot more books than I recall owning...
Stay tuned for whenever I finish the First Book of 2013! And honestly, I'm not sure what it's going to be yet because I started about 3 these last two days.