Good morning, fellow Salon Members! Huzzah to a new year and fresh starts! After what proved my most challenging year in so many respects in 2011, I'm looking afresh to 2012 and feeling good about it. I just squeaked by in 2011 with 75 books, only because I chose to re-read several favorites at the end of the year, just so I wouldn't have to think about them too hard. I have also moved this year into a new place, and in packing and putting my hands on each of my 1500+ books, I've realized how many great books I own and haven't read yet, so to that end I'm going to attempt to read more than I purchase this year. I know I say the same thing each and every year, but in truth, I'm spending more on my new place, so my disposable income for books is a little less than it has been in years past, so this is going to work in my favor. I'll simply have to read what I've got on my shelf, as I won't be able to buy as usual. Of course, the same exceptions as always hold: graphic novels, my Oz books and books picked up at book signings.
The only "challenge" that I'm participating in this year is one of my own making. 2012 marks the 100th birthday of one of my favorite authors, May Sarton, and I have decided to do a Sarton Centennial Reading Celebration. By my count, I have 56 books to read. I'm going to skip the collected books of poetry as they will already have been in other volumes and I'm skipping an anthology of previously released works. I figure if I read one volume per week, and some are slim so I can double up in a couple of weeks, there's no reason why I shouldn't be able to finish them all by the end of the year, in addition to any other reading I want to do.
As for my reading so far this year, I've finished 5 books and will hopefully finish the sixth today, but I may end up unpacking all day, so I'll see how that goes. I have high hopes for my reading this year and have set my reading goal a little higher than I ever have at 120 books. I may just be setting myself up for failure, but I want to give it a try.
Well, that's all for this week from my little corner of the blogosphere. I hope everyone is staying warm on this chilly winter morning and as always, happy reading!