Monday, July 1, 2013

New Year's Resolution Update

Earlier this year I shared how one of my new year's resolutions was to read all the books I currently own by the end of 2013.  I started out with 53 and considering that I've read approximately 100 books each year for the past couple, I thought this would be doable if challenging.  After all, I still have my book club books plus any new books I'd discover this year.  And I can tell you that this resolution has not stopped me from buying new books...that's an addiction that just can't be much as my husband wishes it could be.

Well, in some ways I'm doing well and not so well.  I'm well on my way to having read 100 books, total, again this year.  However, thus far (as of June 30th) I've only read 20 of my books.  To be caught up, I would have needed to read 26.5 halfway through the year.  Oops.  Oh well, at least my goal is still within a reachable range!

I've already decided to "re-up" this resolution again next year...listing all the new books I've purchased within this calendar year to be read within the 2014 year.  I'm also toying with the idea of adding a book club resolution that I've already halfway started.  You see, I tend to borrow books and then hold on to them for a few months before finally getting around to reading them, then passing them further along our club.  I have a relatively strict "first borrowed, first read" rule, which keeps these books moving pretty well.  And I've even started trying to be the last one to get a popular book, so that at least I'm not holding up anyone else who wants to read said book.  I decided to mark with tabs which books I take at each book club meeting.  In a perfect world I'd return each borrowed book the following month...but, this isn't a perfect world and I know that.  I'm going to aim for a max borrowing period of 3 months starting next year.  We'll see!

Cross you fingers that all my 53 will be read by December 31st!

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