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2018 Reading Resolutions

January 1, 2018

Nothing says “plan grandiose reading resolutions” like January 1st. Read classics! Don’t buy any books! Read the books that have been languishing on the shelf! Read more diverse authors! Read more poetry!

Over the years I’ve done all sorts of ambitious variations, with admittedly patchy success. I did manage to churn through the complete Sherlock Holmes stories, so there’s that.

I set the bar pretty high for 2017’s total reads. But shooting for 200 did a number on me, as it were. I got to 196, with a good handful of shorter graphic novels and middle grade fiction. In November and December, I felt twitchy about making the numbers, and chose shorter books to read.

This year, I’m going to set the goal at 150, to encourage myself not to choose books as an excuse to churn through them faster. I might exceed that number, who knows?

And I’m modifying my No Buying Books resolution. Because yes, I have a definite need to read the books I’ve accumulated over the years, and I know that my library can keep me well stocked with new titles that catch my eye.

All of that said, I’m not going to penalize my favorite bookstore, Burton’s Bookstore, with my self-restraint. And, I like that buying books from Housing Works Bookstore helps a good cause. So this year, I’m modifying the resolution.

Image result for Burton's bookstore greenport

Image result for Burton's bookstore greenport

If and when it’s time to buy a book, I’m ordering it from Scott at Burton’s, or picking it up at Housing Works. For me, or for gifts.

As for reading challenges, I think I’m only going to do two:

The Mount TBR Challenge is a way to read books I already own and have been meaning to read for ages.

Challenge Levels:

Pike’s Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR piles/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

And the rules:
*Once you choose your challenge level, you are locked in for at least that many books. If you find that you’re on a mountain-climbing roll and want to tackle a taller mountain, then you are certainly welcome to upgrade.  All books counted for lower mountains carry over towards the new peak.

I’m going to sign up for the first level, Pike’s Peak, with the hope that I can read a few more than that.

I’m also signing up for the Hub Challenge when YALSA posts it next month, reading from a selection of award-winning YA and middle-grade titles. Because I feel like that gave me a good grounding in what’s out there in YA, and pointed me towards some titles that I might not have found on my own.

Seems like a good place to start.

Happy New Year, and Happy Reading!


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