Now that we are in the final months of the year, I’m staring to look back at the resolutions I’ve had for the last couple years. Last year, it was a different resolution a month. That lasted through April. This year my goal was to learn something new every day. That was WAY too hard to manage – some skills take more than a day, and when they were small little things it felt too scattered to have meaning.
Strangely enough, the resolution I set for myself this year that I didn’t make public is turning out really well: I joined the GoodReads 2013 Reading Challenge.
In my head, I view myself as a reader. I’ve been so pleased that my words and actions are lining up! I vowed that I would read 26 books this year. I am definitely on track for that.
I’m actually facing a dilemma: Do I count books on tape? My commute is about 30 minutes, so I have been listening to a lot of books this year. I’ve discovered a new-to-me author that I adore (J.D. Robb), and two of my top five books of the year have been listened to and not read: Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice and Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist.
I have discovered that since my goal involves quantity, really long books have been giving me pause. Right now I am on page 450 of a book, and I have no desire to find out what happens.
I loved the first third of the book. I was flying through it. Then the second section started. It is a parallel story line, that I really don’t care about. The two sections just connected where I am in the book, but I’m not even at the half way mark and I can’t bring myself to carry on. I normally have a 50 page rule for quitting books – okay, it is more of a guideline than a rule, but you get my drift. What I really want is credit for the book, but I won’t cheat myself on the annual goal. Dang, I really need to get a life!
I was hooked from the beginning. I was with the characters for so long that they felt like friends. It was for that reason that I felt so disappointed by the ending. It had a tacked on feel, almost as if the author got tired and just threw something on to be done with it. I felt the characters deserved better!
I am so glad that I was introduced to GoodReads by Keena over at ProfKRB, who I discovered during my grammar days, but I have stuck with her for the fabulous book suggestions. She has a goal of 100 books this year! Many of the books in my queue were suggested by her, and she’s talked me out of some I’d heard about. I definitely plan to set another goal for next year. This has been such a rewarding challenge!
How have you been doing with your goals for the year? or Should books on tape count?