The Broke and the Bookish.
So the topic this week is regarding bookish goals for 2013. Oh boy. I can think of plenty:
The Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray within the month of January. Ever since I absolutely fell in love with the series when I was eleven, I've read Gemma's full 1500+ page story at the beginning of every year. Thing is, sometimes I let this rereading project slip into February...and March...
Re-visiting Gemma is a key part of my year, but I have to make sure I actually read it in a decent amount of time. With January being my exam month, this can be pretty difficult. I'm going to make sure to do this time, though. Else I won't have as much time for new books!
2. Read 52 books within the year. I wish I could keep up with a more impressive number, but with all my projects, school, and my love of sleep, a book a week is the best I can do.
3. Get my fiction TBR bookshelf down to three cubby holes.
My physical TBR bookshelf is organized into six cubby holes. One of these cubby holes is filled with non-fiction books, but the other five are full of fiction that I haven't read yet. My goal, once again, is to focus on reading the books I own.
4. Visit the library once a month, just to read.
While I love shrinking my TBR pile, I miss the amount of time I used to spend at the library. It would be nice to regularly spend a Saturday picking out one book to indulge in for the afternoon. Nothing wrong with spending more time in one of your sanctuaries, right?
5. Read at least six non-fiction books this year.
I love my novels, but I'm also fascinated by the non-fiction world. Good non-fiction has been known to help me out of a reading slump, and it helps make me more creative. If I could raise the bar from two to three non-fiction books a year to around six or seven, I would be happy.
6. Read more Sylvia Plath.
In 2012, I fell hard for The Bell Jar. All my friends say I'd love Sylvia's journals and poems, but I haven't gotten around to reading more. I vow to do that this year.
7. Read at least two books that have been abuzz in the blogosphere.
The problem with focusing on reading my TBR shelf is that I miss out a lot of blogger favourites. I've been dying to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Girl of Fire and Thorns based on friend recommendations. It would be nice to be more current in my book choices.
8. Participate in two readathons this year.
I love the idea of readathons, but I never seem to make time for them. I'm changing that this year, and going to invite my IRL friends to join me.
9. Let people borrow my books more.
I get really obsessive about the pristine nature of my books - I've shrieked at more than one person for just touching my copy of The Sweet Far Thing. However, I do love it when people borrow books lower on my favourites list, and I always love encouraging people to read good stories.
10. Restart book club.
I used to run a teen book club at my local library, but it ended up dying out. I plan to resurrect it and make it a lot more successful.
So that's my list! What are your bookish goals this year?