In terms of numbers, I usually average out at around 100 books a year. I've set my goodreads goal at 80 books for 2014, as I'm not sure how my reading will fare when the baby arrives in June. I'm not going to be upset if I don't reach my goal, I think I'm just going to have to play it by ear this year and see how much reading it's possible for me to fit in as my life changes. As for which books I will read; I think I will continue with my 'read what I want, when I want to' philosophy from the latter half of 2013. I'm going to carry on cutting back on review copies / book tours, to give myself more freedom to read for pleasure, without any guilt.
Having said that, I do have two bookish aims for the month of January:
1. Take part in Jazz Age January by reading at least one book for the event.
This will be no hardship as I love the Jazz Age. I've already started reading The Paris Wife, about Ernest Hemingway's first wife, and I'm loving visiting 1920s Paris. I'm also hoping to read The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald before the month is through, as it's the last Fitzgerald on my classics club list. As I've adored everything else I've read by him up until now, I'm 99% sure I will be reading this one soon.
2. Read exclusively from my shelves in January.
I have so many unread books on my bookshelves that I've decided that the time is right to make a bit of a concerted effort to reduce it a bit. This means no kindle books, no buying new books, no electronic review books and especially no trips to the library. The library is my biggest weakness, but trust me I have enough unread books to open a library of my own! I've got all types of fiction and non-fiction, so this should still fit in with my 'free reading' philosophy for 2014. If it goes well, I may even extend it through February.
So those are my bookish goals for the next month or so. I'm feeling really into reading at the moment, so I'm hoping to get a lot read and enjoy the experience of being absorbed in lots of good books.
What are your bookish resolutions for 2014? Are you taking part in any challenges you are particularly excited about?