I had my list of "books I want to read this year" all typed up and ready to post. I already shared its prototype over on the Forum, and I've revised it several times in the attempt to have something to share here. But I'm not going to share it.
Truth be told, there are about a million books (okay, so I exaggerate a little bit, but there really are lots) that I want to read. Some of those I will get to this year, some of those I won't. The list I had typed up was my attempt at narrowing down the choices to a select, high-priority few. But the problem was that I kept thinking of more and more that I wanted to add in each category. And as the year goes on, there will be other books that come up that aren't even on my radar right now. Hang out with Ambleside ladies for any length of time and that's what'll happen. J I don't want to box myself in. So I will keep some loose personal lists of things that I would like to read sometime, and then see what happens this year.
I think perhaps a better goal than a list of 20 or 30 or 40 or more titles that I want to try and tackle this year is a goal to read slowly, read thoughtfully, read carefully. That's probably more realistic. It means being a little less enthusiastic about joining every new book discussion that pops up over at the Forum. It means rather than having 3 or 4 titles going in all the various categories that I like to read, I probably ought to limit myself to 1 or at most 2 in each, depending on the depth and complexity and pacing of the book. It means taking the fact that this year is likely to be a very full year seriously – 2 weeks in and I'm already realizing that the amount of time I have for reading isn't going to be as much as I had last year. Family needs and dynamics are changing. We're headed to the States in a few months…that'll really shake things up. (Oy, will it!) It means limiting myself to the best, and letting the rest go. At the same time it means setting aside the heavy books for some occasional 'just for fun' reading when it's called for. It means not buying every interesting title that presents itself to me, but making purchases judiciously and carefully.
So, there you have it, my reading goals for this year.
Something tells me that this is going to be a good year in books.