Hello and welcome to my first Sunday post of the year. I hope 2014 is treating you well so far.
I want to take some time to share my goals and plans for reading and blogging this year so that I can refer back to them when I lose my way (which I somehow always seem to do). 2013 felt like a year of readjusting for me: to my cousin moving out and away to Colorado, to living on my own again, to beloved co-workers leaving the library due to retirement and promotion and to new job duties in my role as adult services librarian. I think I am finally used to all of the changes, but I hope that 2014 is just as challenging because I have learned that change is beneficial and can bring about much needed reflection and adaptation.
One thing that I’d like to see stay stable and consistent, though, is this blog. I had some lapses last year and many times when I thought I would quit altogether, but I just couldn’t because I knew that blogging is one of my joys and it would be unwise to scrap something that is so fulfilling. After much thought, I’ve devised a plan to keep myself interested and on top of reviews. I’ve realized that I like writing about three books at a time. I don’t know why, but it helps keep my thoughts flowing. So, I’ll share book thoughts after every third book I read. Since it can take me a long time to read three books, however, I’ll also share a post every Sunday, even if it’s just a photo and a quick hello. I’ll occasionally post thoughts about one book by itself (like I will for The Frozen Deep and The Woman in White for the Wilkie in Winter challenge) and I’ll continue to post a monthly Cover Collection. I love assembling those covers!
I’m going to participate in three challenges in 2014: Wilkie in Winter, The Great War theme read and the A Century of Books project started by Simon at Stuck in a Book. I’m a little nervous about ACOB, but I’ve committed to finishing in two years and will do my best to meet the goal.
Other reading goals for 2014:
- Read more Elizabeth Taylor novels
- Read at least two Anthony Trollope novels
- Read the two Sarah Waters books (Tipping the Velvet & The Night Watch) I haven’t read before her new novel comes out in the fall
- Read all of the Persephone novels I own (around 18 or so)
These goals are really ambitious for me, especially as I’ve decided to become a knitter as well, but I know I can make progress if I just TURN OFF the TV. I watch far too much TV these days and would like to decrease my viewing time so I’ll have more time for other pursuits.
I wish you all the best with your own reading and blogging goals, if you made them.
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful Sunday!