This week's Weekly Geek question asks what our reading plans for next year are, and what challenges we might participate in and/or host.
So here's the thing, I really love challenges. I think they are so fun... but it appears that I am a much more spontaneous reader then I originally thought. I like working from lists, which is what a challenge basically is, and I usually pick challenges that include books I figure I'll be reading anyway, but still, somehow, I rarely actually finish them! Other things always crop up that bump the challenge books to the side where they are totally forgotten.
So this year, unless there's something that completely entices me, my challenge participation will be much smaller. Instead, I think I'd rather have more general goals which will hopefully allow for the spontaneity.
Here's what I'm thinking:
** I really enjoyed the handful of read alongs I did last year, and I hope to be able to keep that up and join them at a moment's notice. This includes both online and off.
** I want to still participate in a few, just a few, blog tours including the Classics Circuit.
** I want to be able to read and review a small amount of ARCs, catch up with the ones I've got and then still be able to accept a few here and there, but definitely not have this be the bulk of my reading.
** I want to keep up better with the new books that are coming out and causing buzz, and not just the YA ones, but the ones for big people too!
** That being said, I also want to be sure that I'm reading a lot of classics.
** I want to continue with some series that I've started, and retry some that I've abandoned.
** I will for sure keep reading local authors... and I'd like to reintroduce Printz Award winners back into the line up.
** It doesn't really matter to me exactly how many books I read, but that nice round 100 number is sure fun to aim for.
** I may be really crazy and actually try an audio book next year! (Stay tuned for a post about my hang ups with this. Maybe you can convince me I can do it!)
** Even though I probably won't join a specific challenge for this, I will still be working toward reading all the unread books that have sat on my shelf forever.
Which is all to say that basically, I'll just keep doing what I've been doing!
I'm a little worried that forgoing most challenges will make me feel like a party pooper though. That's probably while I'll still end up reading along with Carl's popular challenges, so I can be part of the party! Or any other popular challenge that suddenly appears!
So anyway. I'm thinking that's a start for next year's reading goals. What plans do you have?