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Subject: Do you have any reading goals for 2012?
Date Posted: 12/6/2011 10:28 AM ET
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I've made a promise to myself to read WHAT I WANT TO READ and not what's immensely popular.  I'd also like to be able to cull a book fairly early if it's not interesting to me and  not feel guilty about it.

What goals do you have in 2012?


Date Posted: 12/6/2011 1:56 PM ET
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one goal is to manage my tbr somehow and also, like you, to read what I want though our reasons are different. I don't feel pressure by popularity but out of fear I'm missing something(though that may sorta be the same LOL!) I also feel pressure from the amount of books in my tbr - I'm not organized and I suffer because of it..I can come up with a 'loose plan' but then fall short in implementing it.

I also plan to use the library more including ebooks - I bought some books this past year but NOTHING like I was doing 2 + years ago and I've also cut back somewhat on ordering from here though obviously not enough!

I also want to keep a log of what I've read - I had been doing this up til Feb when my mom was really sick and passed away - I sorta miss seeing the huge long list LOL!

Date Posted: 12/6/2011 2:01 PM ET
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I also want to keep a log of what I've read

Join Goodreads.  smiley

Date Posted: 12/6/2011 3:59 PM ET
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Susanna, I agree with Sherri- get on Goodreads!  I spent a year+ keeping track of the books I read on my bulletin board here at PBS, and it just got too tedious.  Goodreads is SO much easier!  I sometimes have trouble remembering early books in a series when the author spaces them out, like Carr and Mallery do with their series, only putting out 3 books a year, and I find it very helpful to be able to go back to my review and refresh my memory about the earlier books.

I don't really have any goals of my own, except to maybe pare down my TBR a bit.  And maybe not go overboard on ordering books on my RL when I already have more WL books than I can handle.

Date Posted: 12/6/2011 4:03 PM ET
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Read what I feel like reaing. Request one ebook at a time from the library. Catch up on my series.

Date Posted: 12/6/2011 6:35 PM ET
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Thanks for starting this thread, Sherri. I've been thinking about what I could do in the new year but haven't come up with an eye-opener of a challenge. Maybe I just need a down-to-earth one like reading what I want to read. I don't follow what's "hot" per se but the forums (especially the mystery/thriller one) are deadly (excuse the pun) on my reading intentions. Someone mentions a book that sounds great, I get it from the library, am blown away, and I'm involved with a new author.

My library habit should be cut back a bit as they'll be closing the bridge I take to get there, it'll be closed for nearly 2 years, I have to go out of my way, so I have to rethink how I use the ILL. Maybe I'll do more audio books. I'm so hooked on audio now it isn't funny.

A local new/used book store will be closing in 2012 so I won't be ordering many new books, but will pick some up at WM, and probably have more books on my WL here.

I do want to continue with my Finish A Series challenge from this year.



Date Posted: 12/6/2011 7:16 PM ET
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Well I want to read 365 books next year, I came close last year, but didnt' even get close this year with only 250+ reads. I have a much more demanding job then I did, so that made the difference in my reading habits. I agree about getting on Goodreads, I have everything I have done throughout the year right there at my fingertips. I also agree with Gail about the darn Mystery suspense board...killer on my TBR. (but I came out with some hellacious good reads.) I already tend to read what I want and not worry about what is popular, but I do want to pare down my TBR. So I am going to try and do a better job of mixing the old with the new. I started out doing that last year, but it fell to the wayside as I just wanted to read current....bad me.  By the time 2011 is over I will have read almost 50 new authors for the year, which for me is saying something. So maybe I will have that goal of reading 50 new authors in 2012 and a goal of 275 books for 2012 and for every current book I read I have to read one from my TBR. Sounds good on paper...right??? :-)


ETA: I also want to finish out some series already sitting in my TBR: Loretta Chase, Cindy Gerard, Marsha Canham, Carl Hiaasen, Thomas Perry, Brad Thor, John Lescroart, Jeff Deaver and F. Paul Wilson...just to name a few...dang I better get busy or I will be building my list for 2013!!!! :-O

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Date Posted: 12/6/2011 8:01 PM ET
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My goals are a lot like everyone else's.

I really want to get TBR under control. I had no idea how many unread books I had, standalones and multiples in series. I am torn between reading the standalones just to get them out of the way and also catching up on series. I think in 2012 I will try and read some of the paranormal series I've collected and then get rid of them.

On a related note, I want to buy fewer books. I'm getting overwhelmed and it's getting to the point where I don't remember what I do have. So unless it's something I really want and not just maybe want, I'll be strong and say no.

I'm also getting better and culling books and not keeping so many. I want that trend to continue next year.

I also want to read more. This year I won't even make it to 100 books, which is pathetic for me. So I really want to carve out more reading time.

And finally, I don't have Goodreads, but I do LibraryThing. I thought I was pretty good about it, entering and tagging books as I got them. But going through my TBR boxes, I found quite a few that snuck in without being entered. But I do find LT a good way to remember and track books.

Date Posted: 12/6/2011 9:24 PM ET
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I want to get my TBR downto a level where I know I will be able to read it all in my lifetime lol

I want to stop worrying so much about reading review books first and read what I want to

I want to read more. Since I began working last year my reading has gone way down and I miss it :(

Catch up on all the series that I am way behind on.

Date Posted: 12/6/2011 10:39 PM ET
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I also want to keep doing the seasonal challenges on romantic times - I liked oing the 15 challenges picked for the 3 month periods.

yep the tbr is depressing big-time.

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Date Posted: 12/8/2011 10:43 AM ET
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It does help to keep of what you read, and is a huge help to what you want to read. Does anyone have the book vegas sunrise by Fern Michaels. That is my next book. Remember the word My next book......


Date Posted: 12/8/2011 12:29 PM ET
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Very worthwhile goals ladies!

A few years ago I decided to stop reading a book if I'm not enjoying it and it's been liberating, I tell you! The way I think about it, finishing a bad book is stopping me from reading a good right now!

Regarding my goals, I'll continue doing some stuff that I'll be doing this year:

  1. Read all my print book so I can migrate almost exclusively to ebooks
  2. Finish and/or catch up on series
  3. Read what I want
  4. Stop requesting so many library books at the same time


Date Posted: 12/9/2011 4:29 PM ET
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The other day I was feeling so blah about the review books I have to read and I finally said the hell with it and read the book that was most calling to me. And I loved it, and felt so refreshed, and was able to start a review book and enjoy it.  It reminds me of one of my most important rules for life, which is that when everything is terribly important and you absolutely positively can't stop to rest, that's when you *have* to stop and rest. Going to try to remember this for the future, because my ability to resist requesting netGalley and library books seems to continue to be extremely low. blush