Anyway. I am not one much for making formal New Year's Resolutions. This is partly because when I call something a "resolution," I seem to think it is carved in stone and can't be readjusted. Which then of course means that if I miss out on it, or deviate even one bit, I consider the whole thing ruined. But I do like to think of things I can try to concentrate on each year, if nothing else for the whole idea of self-improvement. I think everyone has some part of them that needs at least some work. So instead I think of goals for myself. "Goals" are not - for me at least - final. They are things that can be reinterpreted, revisited, and if necessary, abandoned, without the feeling or moral failure associated with a New Year's Resolution.
All of that is my long and roundabout way of sharing one of my goals for the year with you. As you probably know, I love to read. I'll read just about anything, but like most people, I like it a lot better when I'm the one to decide what I will/will not be reading. According to Goodreads, last year I read 31 books. Which is not bad, considering that for one reason or another, I had a few dry spells, when even reading a take-out menu seemed like a chore. I always like to challenge myself with my reading endeavors, and a few years back, I joined a couple of online challenges, which were fun and introduced me to some new writers. Last year I tried one, which I didn't complete, mainly because the remaining books on my list before the end of the year no longer seemed appealing.
Browsing around the other day, I came across this, and decided that it might be just the thing for me.
I like the idea of trying to read eleven more books than last year, and think that 42 books in a year is possible. The thing that particularly appeals to me is that there are no specifics, you just decide for yourself. My reading tends to go in spells - you know, sometimes I'm all about historical fiction, other times I like some of my old favorite authors, and I've even been known to venture into things like science fiction from time to time.
Feel like joining me? I think you should. I'm pretty sure that all of the cool kids are doing it ...