Saturday, January 4, 2014
I have several small reading challenges(improvements) that I hope to work on in 2014. Among them:
-More Bible study! (which should always be my #1 reading goal)
-Read more classics.
-More diversity in my reading AND in the books I read to my children. (covers included here!)
-Read history and biography type books.
-Finish books I start(only the ones I'm actually enjoying...I let too many books I'm enjoying go unfinished due to review book needing priority!).
-Read more non-fiction with things I'm struggling with and/or want to know more about(social phobia, depression, autism, SLEEP)
-Take on fewer review books. (I still want to figure out a set number of books a month I'm willing to take on, and be strict with that. I haven't picked a number yet, though.)
My big challenge for 2014?
I challenge myself to not buy books!
-I can't buy a book for myself under any circumstances.
-I can only buy books as gifts for others.
-I can only buy books for my children in relation to a holiday/birthday type gift.
-Paperbackswap/trading DOES count as buying books, because I still have to pay for shipping. I do have 3 credits left at PBS, and I plan on using them very wisely through this year. I can't buy or trade for anymore credits after that, though.
-I can receive books as gifts. Amazingly, I did get a book for Christmas! :)
-Free e-books don't count as buying, 'cause they're FREE!
I'll still be supporting authors/books, because I DO plan on giving them as gifts, and I'll work harder to promote those books I really love.
My contentment with books is just not at a good place. (My contentment isn't at a good place, period!) I keep adding more and more books into our home, and they sit too long unread. We're attempting to fully embrace a lifestyle somewhere between minimalistic and simple this year. I think this challenge will go a long way with working on my contentment in all areas. (I hope, anyway!) My goal is to read what I have on my shelf and only keep the ones I love. (My goal is to only surround ourselves with things we love, period.) The others will be passed on. I also plan to use my library(both physical and e-books) for a great deal of my reading, along with netgalley. Of course, I'll still be reviewing books in physical form! I'll try to pass most of them on, though.
By posting here, I know I'll be held a little more accountable. Keeping it to myself would be a setup for failure, I believe.
So, what's your big goals this year(reading and/or otherwise)?