I have known for awhile now that I will not end up meeting some of my personal reading goals for 2009. And while this saddens me, what am I to do? For now, I’m simply laying it out there, acknowledging in public where I stand.
Unmet goal #1: I wanted to read 13 books from the Image Journal top 100 list I’ve made a perpetual challenge for myself. I read 11 in 2008, and I thought one a month plus one wouldn’t be too difficult. Ha! I’ve read
2 3 so far this year. I haven’t picked one up since February.
Unmet goal #2: I wanted to read 100 books in 2009. (I read 75 in 2008.) Now, while I have already surpassed 2008’s total — I’m at 78 right now for 2009 or an average of 7.8 per month — it seems highly unlikely that I’ll get 22 read in the last two very busy months of the year. Sure, this isn’t quite as out of reach as the first one, but …
A couple other goals aren’t yet in quite so much jeopardy.
• I haven’t started working on the Harry Potter challenge, which I signed up for in early August (true, it goes through the end of July 2010, so I’m not out of time yet).
• I also haven’t read any books by Nebraska authors yet this year, something I agreed to because I really wanted to highlight local authors and learn more about my new home state besides. Although this is open-ended, I’m still a bit bewildered by my lack of progress thus far.
I think I still need to work on setting reasonable, attainable goals. That somehow don’t stress me out but still urge me on.
So, how are you doing on your (stated or unstated) reading goals?