Reading Goals 2015
Jan 5, 2015
It's 2015, and I'm so excited to tell you about my reading goals for this coming year. I've been thinking about many of these goals for months, and I can't wait to finally get started on them.
1. Read a past Newbery honor and a past Newbery winner
In years past, I've made the goal to read some current middle-grade titles that are potential candidates from the upcoming Newbery award. While I still hope I have time to read some of the new titles 2015 will bring, I want to make a special effort this year to read a couple of the books that have won in the past. I can already tell that the hardest thing about this goal will be deciding which books deserve priority. There are so many awesome winners I haven't read yet!
2. Read two classics by female authors
I want to explore some older literature this year. For added fun, one of the books needs to be by a female author I've never read before (such as Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf, or Anne Brontë). The other book needs to be by a female author I have read before (such as L.M. Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, or Jane Austen).
3. Read a book I put on my to-read list in 2010
Goodreads saves the date of when you add a book to your to-read list. Last year, I focused on those woefully neglected books that I added in 2009. This year, I want to choose a book from the ones I added in 2010. If my records are correct, that means I have fifty books to choose from, and there are some good ones in this group: everything from I Capture the Castle to The Robe to The Potentially Sane Mother's Guide to Raising Young Children. Or maybe I'll finally have a chance to read The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, a book my mom has been telling me to read, probably since March 13, 2010 (the date I added it).
4. Read a children's classic
If you haven't noticed already, all of my goals are trending towards books of the past. I think it's because I know that my book club and friends and favorite blogs will keep me informed with what are the must-read books of today, but I don't want to focus on them so much that I neglect the really great books of the past. For this goal, I'm hoping to read Heidi or Little Lord Fauntleroy or The Jungle Book. What is your favorite children's classic?
5. Read a book on writing
It should come as no surprise that I love writing. This blog and my daily journal are both testaments to that. But I would really love to have some motivation to improve that writing. Last year, I heard about two writing books, both of which sound interesting: On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction and The Sound of Paper. I'm not set on either of them particularly, but I'll probably decide soon so that I can begin working my way slowly through whichever one I choose.
6. Read a short stories collection
I'm going out on a limb here. While I've read short stories before, my exposure is very limited--so limited in fact that I haven't even the faintest idea of what I want to read to fulfill this goal. I just know that I want to branch out and try a new genre. So obviously, I could really use your input and suggestions.
7. Read something of a religious nature
I read and study the scriptures every day, but I also love to read religious commentary as a supplement and a way to guide my study. I don't have anything specific yet for this goal, although Mere Christianity came immediately to mind.
8. Read two more installments in series I've already started
This goal is stolen from last year, but I wanted to do it again because it was so fun to have a reason to revisit favorite characters I'd left for too long. You know I'm not great about sticking with a series through completion, but this at least gives me some motivation to continue on with it.
9. Read a food memoir
Because I love them. And there are still so many that I haven't read but want to. My Life in France, here I come.
10. Finish a series
In 2013, I tackled The Chronicles of Narnia. Last year, I went with Little House on the Prairie. This year, I want to finish the Emily trilogy by L.M. Montgomery. It's less ambitious than the corresponding goals in past years (since I only have to read two as opposed to five books), but I've wanted to finish this trilogy for, oh, just the last 15 years. So yeah, it seems like unless I give it it's own goal, other books will continue to take its place. And that just isn't fair.
If you have any ideas for great books I should read to complete any of these goals, please tell me! Also, I would love to hear about what goals (reading or otherwise) you've made for 2015.