2013 Reading Goals and Challenges

Happy New Year! Before the first day of 2013 officially ends, I thought I’d put this post up now before I work on my 2013 wish list and my first Required Reading for 2013. Oh, and of course, catch up on the reviews. :) I still plan on writing reviews for the other books I read in 2012, promise!

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The start of the year is always the best time to join challenges, yes? 2012 saw some sort of change in my reading habits, so I’m adjusting my goals for this year to fit those new habit and preferences more comfortably. Because I believe that there should be no pressure when it comes to something like reading, plus I feel that 2013 will be a busy year for everything else in my life. I’m taking advice from people like Dr Hauschka…no wait, I meant, general advice from everyone else to take it easy and just enjoy reading. :)

So! Here are my reading goals and challenges for 2013. :)

52 Books

I am lowering the number of books I plan to read this year significantly because like I said, I’ve don’t read as fast as I used to. I blame my social life for that. Also, I’m starting to venture to other genres, and I tend to read and absorb instead of just read through. So I’ll take it easy with the number and just aim for 52 books — 1 book a week. :) Should be easy enough.

5 Classics

As usual, there’s the 5 classics book goal for the year. I only got to 2 in 2012, but I hope to finally reach 5 this year. Well, okay, I got to 5 in 2011, but three of them were children’s classics and two were rereads, so I hope this year, I would tackle new ones. :)

4 Chunksters

I’m trying to embrace the reality of doorstoppers, and you know, not fear very thick books. Heh. I read 2 of them last year, and I want to read more of them in 2013. I intend to read one every quarter, and so far, here’s my list:

  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  • Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet
  • The Passage by Justin Cronin

20 Filipino Books

I was surprised that I got to more than 20 Filipino books this year. I thank the Filipino ReaderCon and author friends and friends from local publishing houses for this, because I got access to more local fiction. I look forward to more of that this year. :)

Required Reading 2013

I will still be doing Required Reading for 2013, especially since other friends have started doing it, too, with their own variations sometimes. It helps me when I plan what books I will read in the month. Watch out for my first Required Reading post this week!

The Reread Factor

I enjoyed rereading several books last year, mostly because they’re less pressure reads and I find that rereading old favorites give me comfort and fresh insight on why I liked the book when I first read it. I will still do this every now and then, but I won’t be setting a goal or counting them anymore. I will probably post about them sometimes, though.

I thought of setting some blogging goals, but quite honestly, I think the blogging has taken a bit of a back seat in the past year. I will still post reviews and some of my features, but there are no specific goals for the blog just yet. I think, in 2013, I will just enjoy my reading and not be too pressured to always blog. :)

Are you planning to join challenges this year? I’m curious! Share them in the comments so we can encourage each other as 2013 unfolds. :) Happy new year, everyone!

8 Thoughts on “2013 Reading Goals and Challenges

  1. I just read the Book Report and I’m surprised by the number of books you are cutting from 2012’s goal. I feel affected because after scanning our friends’ goals (Goodreads Challenge), I haven’t found anyone except you who has the same exact goal as I do. :D But yes, quality over quantity. And those chunksters should count as 4 books each!

    Happy New Year! 2012 was great! :)

    • Oh, don’t worry about it! I really meant to make it lower this year because I have a feeling 2013 will be really busy and I didn’t want to pressure myself with a huge number. Plus, like what my friend said: The key to happiness is lowered expectations. Hee. :D

      And yeah, the chunksters will probably eat up a lot of time. :) Happy New Year, Angus!

  2. Yay to Pillars of the Earth! When I read that in 2010, I didn’t even realize how thick it was. And I read the mass market because I couldn’t find a trade paperback – all 1,000+ pages of it. It’s worth, I promise. :D

    • I meant to read PotE last year but I never picked it up. :D I have the trade paperback but it’s kind of heavy, so I will probably read that simultaneously with the Kindle. Once it arrives, that is. That’s why I’m scheduling it for the third quarter, since we have Jonathan Strange by 2Q. :)

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  4. Woot, Tina! buddy read on PotE and The Passage? :) matagal pa naman eh. hehe. Happy reading this 2013!

    • YES, buddy read! Haha 3rd and 4th quarter na. :) I’ve had The Passage for almost 2 years, might be time to finally read it :D

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