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.
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?