The last couple of years, my boyfriend, a mutual friend and I have challenged each others with books. We each choose a book for the two other – a book, that we think the recipient will like but it a bit out of their comfort zone. We also each write our own individual goals and then we share them with each other on Google Drive and update them throughout the year, keeping track on how the other two are doing. Last year, the only one completing his goals, was my boyfriend – and I even bet him, that I would finish mine and if I didn’t, I would have to buy him a book… Otherwise, I would have received a book, but alas, I have to get him a book of his choice.
Anyway, one of the things I really liked about my goals last year, was that I read one book by each of my favorite authors. I so enjoyed it that I am going to repeat that this year. Also, I read one book by a Danish author and since I am Danish, I figure, reading one Danish book a year is the least I can do. Also, I want to explore some authors that I haven’t read enough – or nothing – by and since I get too easily carried away by lovely fiction, I also have to challenge myself to read some non-fiction.
And finally, I have a small list of 5 books, that I want to get through this year as well as the 4 books, I didn’t get to read from last year’s list.
So far, I am only signed up for one challenge – the epic readalong of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series – and I’m not sure if I’m going to sign up for any more. Last year I missed having more free room to read whatever I wanted and since I couldn’t narrow my list of reading goals further down than 24 books, I will only sign up for challenges I really truly will enjoy to participate in – one of these probably being joining up for at least some of the discussions in Caroline’s Literature and War Readalong 2013.
My 2013 Reading Goals
Read 52 books.
- Read one book by each of my five favorite authors:
- John Irving
- Stephen King
- Haruki Murakami
- Joyce Carol Oates
- Terry Pratchett
- Explore the following authors (ie read at least one book by each):
- Margaret Atwood
- Philip Roth
- John Updike
- Toni Morrisson
- Read (at least) one book by a Danish author
- The Christmas Classic: Alexander Dumas: The Count of Monte Christo
- Virginia Woolf: Orlando
- Richard Adams: Watership Down
- Evelyn Waugh: Brideshead Revisited
- Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
- Read 3 non-fiction books (at least one about parenting)
+ the books I didn’t finish for my 2012 list of reading goals:
- Don DeLillo: Underworld
- Finish Sherlock Holmes
- One non-fiction about collecting
- One non-fiction about philosophy: Coppleston vol. 1
Chosen by friends (2 books – 0 read)
Total: 24 books.