Happiest of New Years and new decades to all the hopeful souls out there anxious and needing a fresh start!
I never understood resolutions as a kid because my world was structured, but now that it isn’t, I like to think of how I’d like to best use the year of time ahead of me. I spend a good amount of time as the weeks close out thinking about what I’ll do with my free time especially in the soul killing eight weeks of dead winter coming up. The weeks that I also welcome a little bit, now, just because there is some slowing down that happens. Don’t tell anyone I said that.
I had this idea for my reading this year before it started to float around as memes on social media.
But for 2020, my reading plan isn’t lists, no BookRiot, no Popsugar, no Modern Mrs. Darcy (although all of these are lovely challenges) for me it’s getting my backlogged books read!
(Ugh I googled to see if Popsugar was doing a 2020 challenge and of course they have a Facebook group now that you can make recs and share ideas. So jelly. I wasn’t upset about skipping challenges this year until I saw the chance for FRIENDS)
Just on my Kindle app, I have 799 unread books and 421 read ones. And I’ve gone through them to make sure they are accurately marked in anticipation of this very thing. I get through about 100 books in a year so even just keeping to those (which I don’t mean to) I wouldn’t make a huge dent.
Audiobooks are over 200 but they are usually companions to what I already have.
I have paper books stored in three locations: my office in the basement, my she shed, and piled on and next to my nightstand.
I have a small collection of iBooks and Apple audiobooks I got with my Christmas gift card that I won’t use on music because I now have an Apple Music subscription, which I really like because I can access any song at any time and my son can add songs he sees on the radio and likes.
Finally wishlist items will be included. Anything that was on my library, Audible, or Amazon wish list when the clock struck midnight on January 1 is fair game. This is because I don’t know how long I can go without acquiring some new books or borrowing them. Especially with audible I love a companion to what I’m reading for craftery. Because craftery is life. And I want to listen to books on long runs, if I’m doing long runs, because I can’t get into a meditative state and I spend most of the run bargaining with myself to keep going. I know, I make running sound fantastic. But I waited for an iteration of the AppleWatch that does audiobooks. I really did.
I have dabbled in getting down my backlist in the past. I read some of the public domain stuff that I downloaded when I first got my kindle, which was good, but I have to switch it up with more fun reads, because if it isn’t fun, it won’t be sustainable. I might know a bit about starting a habit and I know that if it always feels like work, someone won’t do it.
I always liked being able to read something I have when I was doing list challenges, as well as my seasonal reads, scary and Christmas, and I am going to read what I have still for both of those. This may mean not as many Christmas books as I read down a number of them last year, but I still have some waiting.
I don’t know how much I want to structure it past reading what I have. I could rotate areas where the books are or how long I have had them unread, but the thing is, my intentions are to use and enjoy what I have, but also get back to joy. Part of that is reading what I’m excited about reading within the list I have. I acquired what I have because I anticipated joy in them, so I can unlock the joy I anticipated, the joy I have been waiting for. If I get through some of the year and I want to concentrate on a specific source, I can. It could mean a snow read, which I have not done in years, or it could not. I have some really fat books wanting my love.
Also notably, this challenge could get me back into my paper books a little more. I have wandered from them, because kindle books are backlit and have the excellent whispersync feature. And because I don’t have to hold it flat when I’m knitting, and because I don’t have to bring it with me because I have it downloaded on my phone to read anytime I want. I always have my book and you don’t know if I’m reading or doing something productive. So many benefits of kindle books, even if they don’t have a great smell or a sweet deckle edge. Or the gratification of watching a bookmark make its way down.
I mainly read in my bed in the dark. I have to dig out my reading lamp.
Another goal I want to be better at this year is doing better at reading what others post on social media. I need to read and comment on Wattpad to drive some traffic toward what I have posted. And I appreciate those who read my blog so I should read more of others blogs.
My goal is to find joy in what I already have and feel good about reading what I already have.
If I could muster up the motivation to get back to sewing the sew down would be amazing. If I was snowed into my house for six months I would have enough to do. Which is a blessing to be grateful for.
The point is joy and enjoying what I have. My intention for the New Year is finding my joy again in all domains. Joy!
What are your reading goals and resolutions in all areas?
Hoarded author binge reading posts begin next week!!