2013 Reading Resolutions

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Happy New Year! It’s that time of year again. Where I make an intention (aka goal) for my reading for 2013.

This year I’m aiming for 100 books again. I ended 2012 with 80 books, so not bad. Last year I didn’t make a concentrated effort to read during the first couple of months and fell behind. Not so this year! I hope to sneak in at least 10-15 minutes a day reading. I want to create a bedtime routine so I’ll sleep better (and earlier) so I want to including reading in bed as part of it.

I’m using GoodReads again to keep track of my books. Again, I’m not including books that I read to my kids, unless it’s a book I would read on my own as well. I think once my daughter starts reading longer chapter books there will be some overlap.

Instead of just focusing on the number of books I want to read this year, I hope to focus on specific types of books as well:

  • Read more “literature” type books. The ones that receive award nominations and critical acclaim. I thought I’d start with Junot Diaz because I’ve seen his name a lot these days. On Twitter, Emily recommended that I start with The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Next time I head to the library, I’ll grab a copy.
  • Read more Asian-American and Asian-Canadian writers. As an Asian-American, I want to learn more about other Asian-Americans’ experiences living in the United States. How are they similar to my experiences as a first-generation versus someone whose family has been in the US much longer? I will probably avoid those that sound like coming of age experiences. I’m all ears for any recommendations.
  • Do more “popcorn” reading. By popcorn reading, I mean formula fictions like cozy mysteries, thrillers and maybe even some chick lit.
I think that’s about all I can manage. I read a wide variety of genres and don’t want to limit myself. It’s nice to take a break from serious literature for some popcorn reading and vice versa.
What about you? What reading resolutions are you making? If you wrote about it on your blog, please leave a link in the comments.
About Thien-Kim

Thien-Kim is Editor of From Left to Write. She sneaks in her reading time late at night after her family is sound asleep. She also writes at I'm Not the Nanny.

Comments

  1. Lovely resolutions that sound very doable! :) I do have a new reading philosophy for 2013: http://therelentlessreader.blogspot.com/2013/01/merry-christmas-happy-new-year-reading.html

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