I was moaning earlier this week that I hadn’t settled on a workable plan or set of goals for my reading in 2010. I had vague notions, but every time I went to pencil something down, I found fatal flaws.
This morning, though, I’ve settled on a plan that is at least worth trying. I’m optimistic that it will serve me well through 2010. (And perhaps beyond — hey, I can dream, right?)
One of the big challenges as I planned my 2010 reading was the limited number of books I read in a month. In 2009, I read less than 8 books per month. If my plan was to be successful, I must stay within that parameter. That limitation is really difficult, because I want to read so much, so many books! I’ve ignored (out of ignorance; I’ve only tallied my reading for a couple years) this factor in the past, to my chagrin.
OK, enough introduction.
My (tentative) 2010 Reading Plan (all figures are on a monthly basis):
• Less than 3 review books / firm review commitments per month (This includes all books with time lines — not all of them are review copies. It doesn’t necessarily include all review copies I already possess, though.)
• 1 book from the Image Journal top 100 list (This is a perpetual challenge for me (well, perpetual until I finish all the books on the list, anyway.)) I aimed for 13 books from this list last year and only read 3, largely, I believe, because I over-committed myself in other areas of my reading.
• 1 book related to the Social Justice Challenge. I am co-hosting the challenge, and it’s something I feel is important, after all.
• At least 1 other (non-Image Journal list) book from my To-Be-Read shelves.
See that? I squeaked in at 7 books per month, which is perfect since I averaged 7.4 books per month last year. I’m sure there will be months I fail, but I’ve got a spreadsheet started, and it looks like a mostly workable plan. Oh, also? If a book fits multiple categories (except where otherwise noted), I’m counting it in multiple categories, which should give me a little more freedom in my reading while still maintaining the intentionality I’ve been craving. I’ve never been this
Do you have a plan for your reading for 2010? Does this seem worth trying?