Top Ten Bookish Goals of 2013

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You know that I have a good list of goals that I want to get at least 1/3 of the way through this year. Here are 10 particularly bookish goals that I have for 2013 (all directly derived from my 101 for 1001 list…I don’t need to make any more goals!):

1. Read about 100 books.

Notice I didn’t say *at least* 100 books. I’m actually trying to put the brakes on my reading. Crazy, right? In order to make room for the good things I want to do (exercise, making more of my own food, helping others), I have to find time somewhere. The easiest and best place to cut is from watching TV, but I think I’ll need to “rob” some reading time, too. Not that reading 100 books is by any way shabby! Just trying to add a little moderation.

2. Read the 5 books that my friends recommended to me.

Recently, I asked 5 friends to recommend books to me. I’m working to get my hands on them now. I put no conditions on what they recommended to me, allowing them to choose any book. This is what was recommended to me:

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper – recommended by my mother

Not My Will by Francena Arnold – recommended by my friend, Jessica

Loving Well Even When You Haven’t Been by William P. Smith – recommended by my friend, Lauren

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce – recommended by my SIL

The Biblical Counseling Movement after Adams by Heath Lambert – recommended by our children’s minister

3. Reread at least 10 books.

On my 101 in 1001 list, I have the goal of re-reading 20 books. Really, that’s a pretty low goal. I love to re-read a good book. I think that we need to do this. I’m thankful for audiobooks, as they allow me to guiltless re-read books.

4. Listen to the Harry Potter series (again) starting in March.

This is becoming an annual tradition. Why March? Well, I first listened to Harry Potter starting in March 2011. That’s the only reason. I try to wait a year between re-reads.

5. Read 3 scholarly works.

I love to read, and I love to read “smartly,” but sometimes the junkier stuff is just easier. I want to consciously read more intellectual reading on any of a number of topics. I’m starting with a book about the French Revolution…as a history major I know way too little about this important part of history.

How am I defining scholarly works? I’m not. I’ll have the final say as to what is “scholarly” for this goal. But if you press me, an easy definition would be something I would have had to read in school.

6. Read 5 articles from a national news site at least 52 times.

Really 52 is only once a week, which is not as often as I’d like, but I’m giving myself grace. For the past year (or more), I’ve paid very little attention to the news. I see stuff on Twitter and hear things here and there, but that’s not excusable. I need to know what’s going on in the world around me.

I’ve been working this into my life and have appreciated knowing more about what is going on. So far, I haven’t committed to any one news site, and I probably won’t.

7. Memorize William Knox’s “Mortality.”

I’ve already memorized the first stanza of this 14-stanza poem. I appreciate it’s message and it’s rhythm.

8. Blog 156 times (or 3 times a week).

I want to blog more. I like blogging and writing is good for me. I would like to incorporate more book reviews into my blog, as they’ve been missing for a while. Sadly, this has mostly to do with the fact that I’m not reading as much that I would want to spend the time writing a review about.

9. Read the Bible twice through.

I’ve begun reading the New International Version, and I hope to have most/all of the New Living Translation read this year, too.

 10. Spend an afternoon reading outside.

Looking forward to doing this the first available spring afternoon!

For more bookish goal lists, check out The Broke and the Bookish

8 thoughts on “Top Ten Bookish Goals of 2013

  1. We have a few similar goals. I too want to start reading some articles on a national news site and reread some books. I am unsure how the whole news thing will go. It hasn’t been something I have been good with in the past!
    Hope you achieve your goals!

  2. Maybe I’m just selfish but I love number 8. Great to see that you’re going to keep on blogging regularly. And, of course, all the reading you’re going to be doing will only ensure more quality content. Brilliant.

    • I have a goal to read it through 5 times in my 101 in 1001 goal list that I just started. In order to do so, I need to be on pace to read it twice through this year. For a couple years now I’ve been following a plan that has you reading 10 chapters a day from 10 different books, and this plan gives me some grace from that plan.

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