At the beginning of the year I made up a list of things that I wanted to achieve in 2012. And one part of that list was about my bookish life. My overall goal was to be more relaxed about what to read and when to read. Btw, I was inspired to do this post by Pretty Books.
Now I want to share with you what happened with my reading resolutions and if they worked for me or not.
- just read, not think too much about what to read next - I managed to do that ever since I started with my new reading system (read the books that have been the longest in my TBR pile at first). Now I just grab a new reading pile of 5-9 books and don't think much about it.
- don't enter any reading challenges - did this and it feels so good!
- don't look constantly at how many books I read - I know round about how many books I read in 2012, but not the exact number. It feels good to no longer care about the number.
- stop reading books I don't enjoy, I don't need to finish every book I start - I continued to do that, it's the only way of reading that fits to me and that makes sense to me.
- buy pretty much all of the books I want to read. When I read an eARC I always feel too much pressure to really have a great reading experience. And I love buying new books and supporting authors, so it's a win/win situation for me. Btw, I already buy more than 95% of the books I read, so not reading eARCs doesn't change that much. - I requested a few eARCs via Netgalley this year, but not a lot. And I like it that way. I still buy about 95% of the books I read and I want to continue with it. I feel less pressured to read books I bought with my own money and I like that.
- always read an excerpt before buying a book, in 2011 I read too many books that didn't work for me because of the writing style. - This is something I did at the beginning of the year but lately I have stopped doing it. Sometimes an excerpt will not tell you if the writing style is going to work for you or not, because sometimes you need a few more pages to get into a book.
- make sure that my TBR pile doesn't get too big, everything under 60 books is ok - I'm right now at under 30 books, so I definitely achieved this goal.
- make sure that books don't stay in my TBR pile for more than a few weeks - I also achieved this goal, right now my books stay about 3-4 weeks on my TBR pile before I'm reading them. I'm quite happy with that.
- read some more German books - I managed to read some German YA books this year, some were great, some ok. I plan to read more German books next year.
- share more books with my sister, I love talking with her about books we read - I gave my sis a lot of books to read in 2012, this will definitely continue in 2013.
- have fun while blogging and continue to blog about the things that bring me fun - this was one of the most important points on the list and I'm happy that I sticked by it. I'm right now very comfortable with how the blog is running and I hope it will stay that way.
Isn't it nice that nearly all of my bookish resolutions worked for me?
Right now I'm at a point in my bookish life where I read whatever I want, I don't let anybody make me feel bad about the books I like. I read whenever I want to, I don't let me be pressured any longer. And I stand up for my opinion on books and don't stay quiet because other bloggers or authors have deemed a book or a series as crap. I read what I like and I like it that way.
How was your bookish year 2012? Did your way to read make you happy & relaxed?