So, first, there is the matter of 2012. That which came before.

Always flipping pagesMy spreadsheet lists 240 books, my GoodReads shelf 247 (it’s an imperfect, yet perfectly bookish world) and I’ve updated the pages of Books Discussed and added a list of favourite titles.

My reading year ended in a burst of indie-press love. (Yes, there is still a giveaway to sort out: I haven’t forgotten!)

There were a lot of challenges and events (all listed under Reading Projects if you’re curious), all of which were finished successfully, with the exception of the TBR 2012 Challenge. And I’ve realized that my habit of making a list of Must Reads for each year belongs to a time when I was mostly reading by whim, whereas now I nearly always have a more-demanding read on the go. So the Must Reads have taken a different shape.

But there will be more similarities between my reading in 2012 and 2013 than differences.


This year I hope to read more of my MRE (Must-Read-Everything) Authors as well, including filling-in-the-gaps with Elizabeth Taylor (last year was her Centenary, but there were some that I didn’t get to) and Barbara Pym (with the added incentive of the LibraryThing celebration).

And I’m still targeting my old favourite categories too (short stories, continuing with series, re-reads) as well as making a point of tackling some larger books (thanks to last year’s Chunkster Challenge, which reminded me that this is possible) and more often including the works of Quebecois, aboriginal, Jewish and African authors (aiming for 6 of each).


I’m playing Reading Bingo and tracking my 50 Book Pledge with my shelf here.
I’m watching the Stella Prize and the Orange/Women’s Fiction Prize and anticipating The Rosalind Prize and this year’s ReLits and other Canlit prizes.
I’m joining Melwyk’s Postal Reading Challenge, the Global Women of Colour Challenge, but I haven’t made my joining-posts yet.
I’m planning to participate in Once Upon a Time, Readers Imbibing Peril (R.I.P.), Mel’s Irish Short Story Month (March) and Kimbofo’s Australian Literature Month (April), but I haven’t made my reading lists yet.

And, yet, my GoodReads challenge tracker informs me that I am 22 books behind schedule. I currently have 50 books on loan from the library (ok, some of these are family reads, but, admittedly, most of them are mine), but the three books I am reading most often these days are from my own shelves. I imagine spending ten hours a day reading, but I seem to spend ten minutes instead. I’ve only just begun to think about 2013’s reading goals and challenges and we are nearly a quarter through this reading year.

Could be that my read-o-lutions are a bit out-of-joint with my reading reality. Could be that my more general resolutions for this year are more time-consuming than I expected.

How is your reading year so far?