Thursday, January 02, 2014

2014: New Book Resolutions and the Secret Resolution

Here's how the deal went down on 2013's resolutions.

2014 New Book Resolutions

1. Eyeballs to the wall:  Read 138 books in 2014.*

2. Powdered wigs and the like:  Read some 18th century books.  I read one.

3. Long arm:  Reach back before the 18th century and read some of that.  Didn't do it.  Short arm.

4. French connection:  Read more Zola and say bonjour to Balzac.  Non.

5. Do you hear what I hear?:  Get more into audiobooks.  I listened to 2 audiobooks.

6. Get it on, bang a gong:  Participate in both Readathons and the Readers of Kindle Books challenge on Goodreads.  I did both Readathons.

7. Keep your hands to your shelf:  TBR Challenge.  No books but mine till April 1.  I lasted until January 6th, when I read a book borrowed from my mom, but I tried to get back on task as often as I could.  Mixed results.

8. Hunting and gathering:  Resist the new book itch.  Yeah, right.  January 8th found me ordering Hyperbole and a Half.

9. Roam if you want to/ Roam around the world:  More books by non-USA authors.  37 out of 138 authors were from other countries.  Not very well armchair-traveled.

10. Blog better:  Fewer lists, more thoughts, and more often, but don't get windy. I think I got listier and less thoughty.  Not to mention less bloggy.  Just the opposite.

11. I wish I could quit you:  Give Henry James another go.  Still trying to get the momentum to read Washington Square.

*The Secret Resolution:  I believe that I can get to 150 books this year.  The conditions are favorable.  All signs point to yes.  TRY AGAIN LATER.


Care said...

woo hoo! Happy New Year! Do you have a Kindle E? (I have questions)
I won't set a book goal again. It usually kills my motivation and makes me discouraged. I would love to read 100 books in a year but I don't think 2014 is the year.

Unruly Reader said...

Woohoo! I'm pretty darn sure you'll hit 150 this year.