Well, it’s that time of year again. It’s when I sit down and start thinking about what I want to accomplish in the next year.
So here’s the deal. I didn’t do very well on my challenges this year. I don’t really care though. I have enjoyed what I have read thus far for the challenges. So what if I only *successfully* completed 1 out of the 6 I signed up for? I still had fun. I knew I was taking on too many that I had to go searching for books to fit. At the time I didn’t care. But when it started to get down to the nitty-gritty (August/September/October), I started to pull away from those challenges. I started reading books that I wanted to read. I do this every single time I start to feel the crunch of a challenge deadline looming. But like I said, I don’t care. I have still enjoyed what I have read for the challenges, and for the most part I’m pleased with how I’m going to end the year in the challenge area.
But this post is supposed to be all about next year. 2012. (Think the world will end, lol!?) And here’s the deal. Those of you who follow my blog pretty regularly know that 2012 is going to be an insane year for my husband and I. Why is that? Well, if you haven’t already seen this post … it’s because in June we are expecting our first child. So most of next year is going to be focused on getting the house ready (we want new carpet upstairs) as well as the nursery (paint, furniture, decorations, etc.). Oh and then let’s not forget that when the actual baby comes I’m not going to be doing much reading, heck I will be lucky to get any sleep for a while!
So in 2012 don’t expect to see me as regularly as I would hope. I’m already starting to fall behind. My reading is already hitting a slump. Most of that is due to the fact that I’m either so tired I can’t keep my eyes open or I’m laying perfectly still trying to keep the nausea at bay. Although that latter part, it’s starting to (slowly) disappear. YAY!!
I would like to think that my reading is going to pick up a little bit here in the next few weeks, but the truth is, it’s only just getting started around here for us. See the abovementioned sentences about preparing for the baby.
I may sign up for a few challenges in 2012. There are a few that have already caught my eye. But I’m not entirely sure I want to commit to something officially when I know that I will have trouble completing it. However, I also know that it might help me get back into the swing of things after the baby and once somewhat of a schedule has been established. I’m still on the fence regarding this. But probably look to see some challenge sign-up posts from me in the coming weeks. I just can’t help myself, haha!
I also think I will be stepping back from accepting review books. The fact of the matter is that I just don’t enjoy it like I used to. It takes the spontaneity out of my reading and I tend to rebel against that. I have 2 review books that I need to get to ASAP and I’m just dragging my feet about getting them read. And I know I am going to love one of them.
So reading back through this it sounds so rambling and non-sensical in places. I apologize for that. I’m kind of writing it on the fly. But I wanted to put some of my thoughts to paper (so to speak) about what I wanted out of my reading in 2012. I’m not going to put a number on how many books I hope to read. I just know that after June I hope to read at least 1 book per month. I don’t think that’s too much of a stretch for me.
Oh and I also need to lay off the Paperbackswap and Bookmooch. Stay out of the bookstores. And get my grandmother to read slower, haha! Like any of that will ever happen 🙂