Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Books Like Whoa: Looking Forward to the Bookish Year Ahead

Happy New Year, y'all!

Hope you and yours found a fun way to ring in the new year. As for me... well, you know how I roll.

Anyways, another year, another book plan. 

This year's plan is a kind of via media between 2012 and 2013. 2012 was a highly programmatized year, where I was trying to fulfill a bunch of specific challenges. Result? I felt frustrated that I didn't have as much freedom to choose what I wanted to read and disappointed when I didn't reach my goals.

2013 was much looser - I had overall numbers goals and wanted to make sure that I got at least some pleasure reading in. Result? I met my overall goal but felt too aimless and unsure about what I wanted to read next.

So for 2014, like the good Anglican that I am, I'm taking the middle road. 2014 will be the year of the big ol' book. I'm going to pick a few of the big classics that I've been meaning to get to and work my way through them. I'm sure I'll have some palate cleansers on the side, but I'm going to make these big books my project for the year. Some of them I've never read (like Anna Karenina), some I read when I was a kid and now have little or no memory of (like The Count of Monte Cristo), some I've read excerpts from but not the whole thing (like The Brothers Karamazov) and some of them I've read most of but it was so piecemeal and disjointed that I feel like I need to start again (like War and Peace). 

I know on the front end that I am not going to get through all of the ones I've pulled out from my pile as big ol' books. But that's okay. I like the idea of having a project I'm working on long term in the midst of all the reading I have to do anyways for school.

So that's my plan- I'll keep you guys posted on how it's going, but I probably won't be on here quite as much. I'm still figuring out what to do about Friends Friday (which I know a lot of people enjoy, but is a lot of work for me), and I may shade out from time to time, but I won't be a stranger. 

What are your New Year's resolutions?

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