2011 Reading and Blogging Resolutions

We are not going to discuss how much I sucked at my 2010 reading resolutions. It was a difficult and much more busy year than I was expecting and reading often went to the bottom of the list. Anything having to do with a resolution went even further down the list.

I wrote a much longer (and reading challenge link heavy) post over at BlogHer but I'm going to reproduce my conclusions here.

Sassymonkey's 2011 Reading Goals:

1.Read more in 2011 than I did in 2010. I might join the Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge but I haven't decided yet. It's something that I want to do anyway and doesn't hold me to a specific number, list or a bunch of rules. It's a well-known fact that I suck at challenges. ;)

2. Be smarter about how I request books from the library. I'm not going to stop requesting books (I briefly considered it and then declared the thought crazy) but I'd like to request them with more care so I don't always feel so overwhelmed when they arrive for me. Often I'll have no idea why I requested the book or remember anything about it. That can be fun (I've read some great books that way) but with my reading count already down I find it more overwhelming than exciting when I end up with a huge pile of requests. I'll need to use the "save for later" more or maybe just suspend some of the holds until I really ready for them.

3. Read more of my own books. When I do downstairs and look at my shelves it makes me sad that I haven't read more of those books. Enough already. So what if my library books have a due date? I can renew them or re-request them. I care enough to bring home the books I buy, I shouldn't feel guilty paying attention to them. I'm not giving myself any lists or limits, but I'm also going to try to find some of them new homes after I read them so I can bring more books into the house.

4. Find the fun in book blogging again. Book blogging and reading go hand-in-hand for me and sometime this year blogging about books became more of a chore than a pleasure. I need to remember why I started doing it in the first place and find that fun again. I know I can do it.

And one that I didn't put over there but I really should have:

5. Comment on book blogs more. I've gotten out of the habit. I'm reading, just not commenting much. My bad.

Have you made reading resolutions for 2011? Leave me a link in the comments so I can check them out.