Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2013


So I guess I wrote half of this entry already when I posted my Reading Resolutions last week. But I said I reserved the right to add goals, so here is a more complete list now that I’ve thought on it some more:

1. Read at least 60 books. I read 52 in 2012, so I think I could read 60 on 2013, yes?

2. Read at least 30 new-to-me books. I love to reread, so making half of my 60 books in 2013 new reads might not be the easiest thing for me.

3. Read at least 10 books released after 2010. I’m not very good at keeping up with newly released books and I KNOW there are some great ones. This is my resolution to try to read more of the fantastic new releases out there! I’d love to get some recommendations so please comment with new releases you’ve loved

4. Read at least 7 new-to-me Stephen King books.

5. Read the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I know, I know, how could I have not read Lord of the Rings? But this year I WILL read it. Or at least I’m going to try it again.

6. Try these four books again (I’ve started them all but not finished):

  1. Moby Dick
  2. Villette
  3. Cecilia
  4. Lisey’s Story

7. Read The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I started series years ago (Andrew has the volume with all 5) but I think I only made it through…2 of them? I’m not really sure. But I’d like to try them again. And it’s separate from the above list because I’m counting it as a series.

8. Get over my avoidance of e-books. As much as I love my iPad, and as excited as I was to download all the free classics that I’ve always wanted to read, I’ve run into some problems with e-books keeping my interest, and I’m not sure if it’s the fault of the books themselves or of the medium. I’m still plodding through Dracula and The Passage (which was SO GOOD in the beginning and now seems to draaaag), and I want to finish those before starting any other REAL books. But I’m dying to hold and read a paper-and-ink book…

9. Read at least 5 e-galleys from NetGalley. I don’t necessarily think this will be a difficult goal for me, but I tend to read my paper-and-ink books first because they’re constantly in front of me and forget about my e-books. I’ve already got at least 5 galleys downloaded that I haven’t even opened yet.

10. Read 10 books from my Classics Club list. I can’t believe I forgot about this one when I was first making my goals buuuuut I did. So this is a reminder to myself.

Now that we’re a week into 2013, have you decided on any more goals you want to complete this year?

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15 thoughts on “Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2013

  1. I really want to read the Lord of the Rings, too, and also The Hobbit. It’s just these books are sooo big, kind of intimidating. So I hope to read at least one of them this year.

  2. Good luck with all your goals this year. I have troubles when it comes to reading e-books too. I couldn’t even stick with a book that I wizzed through when I got my mitts on a paperback copy. Also with you on The Passage. From what I remember, it does get better but it takes a while…

    • It was SO GOOD in the beginning, I couldn’t put it down! And now I’ve avoided it for a few weeks because the exciting part is kind of over. Hoping there are more exciting parts, haha.

  3. Your comment for 8 is really interesting. I also have a pile of books on my kindle that are still just sitting there a lot of them free and a lot of them classics. Like you however I also seem to be avoiding them. I’m not sure if its that they are classics or just that its just not the same as a real book. Think I should be inspired by your motivation and try get through mine this year too.

    • I have a variety of things on my iPad between my Kindle app and iBooks, and I’m struggling with all of them. I’ve been reading a few pages of Dracula every day at lunch but I just haven’t been putting in the time I need to really bang it out.

      • I think that’s the thing with ebooks, they almost need to be read in one sitting because its so easy to forget about them if you can see the whole book sitting waiting to finished

    • Thanks! I made it about halfway through a few summers ago before deciding I had burned myself out on classics and needed to take a break…and then I never went back. Oops.

    • Thanks 🙂 I used to be totally anti-ebook and then I got an iPhone and started using iBooks on there, which made me really want to get an iPad…and now I feel like all I do on the iPad is play Fruit Ninja and ignore my poor books 🙁

    • Thank you! As far as the e-reader goes, I knew I didn’t want a Kindle after using one and not being totally thrilled with it, so I got the iPad…partially because I’m a Mac person and partially because I wanted it for other things too. And I don’t MIND reading books on it, but just recently I’ve been feeling almost a physical withdrawal from paper-and-ink books. I feel like a junkie who has gone cold turkey for 3 weeks and is about to fall off the wagon, haha.

  4. I’m also reading The Lord of the Rings for the fist time this year – as well as the hobbit – and I’ve never quite finish Hitchhikers either, although not for lack of quality, they’re hilarious!

    Lisey’s Story has been sitting on my shelf for a few years as well, maybe I’ll attempt that one as well this year, but maybe not. I am a big fan of Stephen King, though I haven’t read any of his ‘scary’ novels. I like ‘The Stand’ ‘The Eye of the Dragon’ and ‘The Green Mile’. I want to read The Langoliers this year, if I can find a copy.

    Good luck with your goals, that’s a lot of books!

    • Yeah, I bought Lisey’s Story several years ago and started to read it, but just couldn’t get into it. My fiance read it about a year or so ago and enjoyed it, but not as much as other Stephen King novels I’ve made him read 🙂 It’s actually easier for me to get through the scary ones because I want to know what happens!

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