Bookish Goals for 2012

It’s always good to have goals, right?

I tend to stay away from making “resolutions” in the new year because I think its silly to resolve to be better or give something up just because its January.  I’d rather make a goal to try to reach.  So I am making some bookish/blogging goals for 2012.

Now, as an educator I know a goal has to be specific, measurable, and realistic.  So, lets see if my goals fit the description.

2012 Debute Author ChallengeGoal #1: Participate in and complete the 2012 Debut Author Challenge

Kristi at The Story Siren hosts this challenge and it sounds like a good way to discover new authors and meet some new book bloggers. All I have to do is read and review a minimum of twelve young adult or middle grade debut novels between the dates of January 1, 2012 – January 31, 2013.  Sounds good!  NetGalley is helping me out with the Advanced Reader Copies  (thank you NetGalley!) so I can get my hands on some of these titles.  Here are the books I have e-book copies of and plan on using in the 2012 DAC:

  • Halflings by Heather Burch
  • Don’t You Wish by Roxanne St. Claire
  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
  • The Whole Story of Half a Girl by Veera Hiranandani
  • May B. by Caroline Rose
  • Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould
  • After the Snow by S.D. Crockett
  • The Edumacation of Jay Baker by Jay Clark

So, thats already 8 titles I plan on counting towards my goal. Specific? Yes.  Measurable? Yes. Realistic?  I think so.  That’s 1 book per month or more if I’d like. I can spread them out however I like. Don’t forget I have two and a half months of summer break to look forward to!

Goal #2: Read 90 Books

This sounds pretty big for some people.  However, I read 69 books in 2011 so I think that 90 is a pretty good goal.  I think I could have read that much in 2011 if I had started the year with the same momentum I have now.  At the start of 2011 I was just trying out this YA/MG book blogging thing and wasn’t as purposeful about it.   So, specific? Yes. Measurable? Yes.  I keep track of all the books I’ve read on my Goodreads profile. Realistic?  Possibly.  Can I increase the number of books I read by 21?  Hopefully!!
Goal #3: Host 1 Giveaway

I’ve had the chance this past year to win a few giveaways hosted on other blogs.  I’d like to be able to do something similar and give away books as prizes.  I would have loved to do one to commemorate the one year anniversary of BookTasty, but I don’t think I can get it all set up in three days.  So, I’ll wait until another opportune time this year.  I will need some help with this though, so any other book bloggers out there who have hosted a giveaway before please feel free to send advice!  Specific? Sure!  Measurable? Yes.  Realistic? I think it is.  Remember I have until December 31, 2012 to achieve this goal!

So, there you go!  My goals for the new year!  Will I keep you posted?  Oh most definitely!

It seems that everyone else is making goals for 2012, what are some of your bookish or blogging goals for 2012?

7 thoughts on “Bookish Goals for 2012

  1. Hello! I hate resolutions too, why can’t we just do great stuff all year long? Anyhoo, I think a great idea would be a book swap, like you have a list of books you have & join up with other bloggers & swap books throughout the year. It’s cheaper than buying more books & keeps the post office running :)

    • Oh! What a great idea! Sounds kind of like an ARC tour? Am I right? Are you interested in swapping anything? I don’t buy too much b/c I’m the librarian at my school, but I’ve received 3 print ARCS (hopefully more soon!).

      • I don’t have any pull anywhere to receive any ARC’s, but I have a terrible habit of buying too many books that I don’t have the time to read. I’m thinking if we get enough people on board, we could have some people who have access to ARC’s (or just lots of cheap/free books in general) and we could have like a phone tree but with books. I’ve been lending books out to friends (non-bloggers) for years and am trying to get started blogging about books, so networking is essential to keep up with this.

        • I don’t have too many either b/c I’ve been getting them from NetGalley so they’re ebooks, and whatever else I read is usually from my school library or the public library. I have some though…I’d love to maybe do something like this. What would be the first steps?

          • I think finding out any other bloggers who would be interested in swapping books would be a good place to start. Once we feel we have enough people to make this lucrative enough, then we can start setting up a system of making lists of books available, requesting ones from different people, things like that. If we find someone who has connections with publishers that can help with shipping, that would be even better. I think that contributing some money to shipping would be something I’d be okay with, even though some people might not be. Just thinking out loud…

  2. Good luck with all your bookish goals. They all sound really realistic to me and I’m sure you can get them done!!! Have you read any of Sonya Hartnett’s YA fiction? It’s pretty intense (as a lot of YA is) but she’s amazing. She’s an Australian author … not a debut author, but just in case you wanted to read something new and haven’t read her.

    • Thanks for the encouragement, I’ll have to check back at your comment in October when I’m feeling overwhelmed ! haha I haven’t read anything by Sonya Hartnett. Any particular title you’d recommend? :)

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