December 31, 2011

Pajama Musings - Bookish New Year's Resolutions

It's that time of year again. If you haven't already noticed, the end is near. Of 2011. Hopefully also the end of some book related habits I developed that can only be described with one word. Bad.

Obviously I've been a very good girl as far as reading is concerned. I managed to read tons of books this year, after all. On the other hand three books rolled in for every book I read, at least it feels that way. So, you see, there is room for improvement. A lot of it, actually. Think wide open plains.

Let me introduce you to my bookish New Year's Resolutions!
Yep, plural.

No eBook hoarding!
Basically this means no free downloads, no eBook requests on LibraryThing, no entering giveaways for eBooks and ... well, in case I have overlooked anything else that includes the words "free" and "eBook" let's just say, it is strictly forbidden!
Why? I've been stuffing my eReader that it's bordering on the ridiculous. While all those books don't take away physical space, if you saw my digital TBR list you'd question my sanity. Even I question my sanity in that regard. So, enough is enough!

Reading more books in the German language!
I realized that all through 2011 I only read English books. There was not a single book in German among them, neither original language nor translation. It's not as though there wouldn't be any on my TBR piles, on the contrary, but somehow I always felt drawn to the English ones. This shall change. I'm on the verge of forgetting my own mother tongue if I keep this up, in fact, I have this slight suspicion that my decision to write a short-story book in English instead of German is related to my reading habits. So from now on I want to read at least two books in my own language each month. Not the big leap you probably expected, but a start in the right direction anyway.

Reading challenges on a small scale!
I signed up for a Reading Challenge in 2011 with the goal to read 100 books. To my own surprise I already hit that number in August and ultimately I managed to read 162 books. To be honest with you, I rushed through a lot of them and in the future I really want to savor them and not just scoff them down like a hungry hyena. This means I'm not going to aim at reading a certain amount of books, because this evidently happens anyway. In fact, I'm going to take it a wee bit slower next year. What I am definitely looking forward to are my own two challenges though - the Dean Koontz one, and the one with the chunksters!

Book Buying Ban!
If you aren't impressed by the previous resolutions this one will knock you off your feet. I'm not talking about a month of buying no books. I'm not talking about two months. And, alright, I'm not talking about a full year either. My aim is not to acquire any new books in the first half of the new year. Yep, I'm talking about six months without book buying *gasp* I know this sounds as if I have lost my mind (again), but trust me there is no other way to diminish my mountain ranges of unread books. Does this ban scare me? Actually no. It would be a lot more scary if I kept up my book hoarding. Oh, and by the way, winning books in giveaways or receiving books as gifts will be allowed. I'm not that crazy!

So, you see, I thought long and hard and those are my New Year's resolutions. Have you got any bookish resolutions for 2012? Feel free to share!


  1. You are very brave, with those 6 months of book ban! I am planning to not buy more than two books a month, but I am not sure this is a resolution that will stick. Happy New Year! :)

  2. I'm still not sure if any reader can survive a six months book buying ban, but of course I hope that you will achieve your goal.

    Happy New Year!

  3. Oh, those six months will fly by! With your TBR pile you will be perfectly ok!!!! And who knows? The odd gift may come along!