Phew! I'm finally back to Road Trip Wednesday! Getting back to a normal blog schedule now after NaNo/the post-NaNo recovery period.
This week, YA Highway asks: About how many books do you read in a year? Do you want to read more? Or, less?
Ok, tricky question. This year, I set a totally crazy-pants goal for myself of 150 books. If I had been commuting by train for all twelve months of 2012, I might have pulled it off, or at least gotten very close--I pretty much always read three books a week when I dedicated my commute to it. But things change, and in June when school ended, so did my commute--for good. And somehow, despite the fact that I no longer spend 8-9 hours a day at work, and despite the fact that my nights and weekends are no longer full of lesson planning and grading, that has translated into less reading time for me. I'm at 114 books so far this year, and now my "stretch" goal is 125. I definitely think I can make it to 120.
But next year? I actually want to read fewer books. I know that sounds weird, given the constantly overflowing state of my TBR shelf. But I think if I set a lower goal, I will give myself freedom to read different kinds of things. I've only read one adult novel lately, and I was impatient the whole time (even though I liked it a lot) because it took longer to read than I was used to. And there are a few long books sitting on my shelf that are probably going to have to wait until 2013 for me to pick them up, just because I'm trying to hit a number. (That's just kicking in now, though, because we're so close; I certainly read other long books this year.) Then there are books I want to re-read before reading their sequels or ones I just think deserve another pass through (I'm selfishly hoping that a few of them--I won't name names, I don't want to seem biased--make the Cybils shortlist, so I can justify re-reads soon!)
So next year, I'll be making some changes around the blog. I'll still do Sunday Sunshine--I just won't post reviews of every single thing I read. I'm going to try to read a craft book each month (although I may frontload that, since I'm planning to start revisions in February or March.) I'll be reading more adult and more non-fiction, although certainly my focus will still be YA. I've enjoyed this year's experiment, and it really jumpstarted my reading habits and convinced me that I could carve out time for reading. But I'm looking forward to making a few small shifts in 2013.
Any suggestions for non-YA I just HAVE to read? Already on the list: Girl in Translation, Cutting For Stone, Gone Girl, The Night Circus.
What about craft books? Already on that list: Bird By Bird, On Writing.