I don’t usually set specific books as part of my reading goals for a year — most of my goals have to do with numbers read and proportion non-fiction. With this in mind, here are the goals for the year:
1. Read at least 10 books/month on average (ie at least 120 books for the year).
2. Attempt to read 1/3 non-fiction.
3. Read some of the books on the True Confessions lists.
4. Read poetry more regularly.
I try to keep things general instead of specific, because I find that enjoyment of a book has a lot to do with timing. If I’m not in the right space for a particular book, if something doesn’t click, then I have to try again later. If I have an inflexible reading list, it tends to feel like school and I lose all desire to read books I acquired because they looked appealing to me. Once the Norwegian, the Playwright and I attempted a reading group. We had a terrible time because everyone reading the same book felt too restrictive. Finally we gave up on that and got together, drank tea, and talked about what we’d each been reading. That was much more fun.
What are your reading goals for 2012? Do you set any? Or do you just read as books come along?