2012 Reading Resolutions

So last year was pretty much a bust as far as reading and blogging went. So many of the year was spent in turmoil with living arrangements being uncertain, moves happening, new jobs, new cities, our very first house and not even having access to my books at all for at least half of the year and being forced to part with well over 100 of them in the course of things, many unread.

All of this has given me a new appreciation for the escapist, the centering and the often soothing effect reading has on my life. It also has led to a new appreciation for beautiful, meaningful books in gorgeous bindings for my permanent collection. I am more open than ever to passing over books that don’t add true joy in my life and that includes letting go of some real duds in my collection that I know I will never read again.

In the same vein, I want to focus this year on re-reading books that brought happiness to my life in the past, to get my groove back and really embrace reading and blogging again. Towards that end I have only signed up this year for group reads of books that I really would love to get another chance to read with more adult eyes and with friends. So I have signed up for the Harry Potter Reading Challenge and the Narnia Reading Project.

Separate from group reads I would like to also re-read Anne of Green Gables, preferably in audio book form, and potentially even tackle Redwall likewise, though I don’t expect to read every book in that (huge!) series. I would love to settle in and re-read all the books in the Bordertown series, but I’m giving myself wiggle room there as well as I don’t own all the books and actually most of them aren’t in print anymore, sadly.

My first re-read of 2012, though, is going to have to have to be my favorite book of all time: Pride and Prejudice. I have a new annotated version that I got for Christmas and I am really looking forward to the guided fresh perspective.

As far as new reads are concerned I think it would be a great deal of fun to read several post-apocalyptic style novels throughout the year, and I hope to fit those in as fancy strikes me. But, I’m not signing up for any sort of challenge for it as I feel that if it doesn’t happen I’m not going to make myself unhappy and force it to happen.

Last year was incredibly stressful reading wise as I felt obligated to try to read and review books even during times in my life when stress was through the roof and that was just crazy. No joy was added to my life and what’s the point of book blogging if there isn’t joy in reading coming to life through it? Here’s hoping for a much more calm and happy 2012.

May you take joy in everything you read this year. Happy New Year, everyone.

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