Tuesday, 6 April 2021

2021 READING PLANS


More for my own amusement than anything else and a bit behind the times - 2021 Reading Plans

(note to self - find 2019 or 2020 post of same, copy and paste, change dates and images, job done)

Ambitious or more likely ridiculous setting reading plans for a whole year, when I can't stay on track for more than a book, maybe two before getting my head turned by something else. Oh well..

1. Finish an intended TBR Mountain reading challenge that's been on the sidebar since 2014. I have actually made progress on this with only one book to go.



2. Ditto a USA State reading challenge. I've probably read more than half the states in the country but am too idle to keep things up to date. I would like to finish it in 2019 - err, 2020, or even this year. More likely 2022

 


3. Catch up with my wife and son - I'm a list of books behind on the sidebar. So far behind I've not listed what they've read in the past couple of years that I haven't looked at.


4. Ditto - an author catch up list.... Charlie Stella, Anthony Neil Smith, Michael Connelly to mention a few...... probably 30 books to catch up on this sidebar irritation.


5. Try and complete several book series I started running through some years ago, at a pace of one a month before getting distracted - Matt Scudder by Lawrence Block, Travis McGee by John D. MacDonald, Elvis Cole by Robert Crais, Quarry by Max Allan Collins and Nameless by Bill Pronzini.

I might start these in the second half of the year and can at least dent them by 6 books in each.


6. Complete the 2019 European Reading Challenge run by Rose City Reader, aiming for at least 12 countries in the year. If I count the UK as four separate countries, I could feasibly get to 24 different European venues. Possibly rolling over to 2022 then.

7. More blog related than reading - finish cataloguing my books - the physical ones at least. I've been a bit slack regarding this! When I get caught up on my blog posts - I'm about a month behind I'll have to get back on the horse. 

I think I'm upto 86 tubs recorded with about 20 still to do - another 1000 books!

I might try and log the books on the kindle as well for a sense of completism. Plus I have another computer app that stores books on the laptop.


8. Try and keep on top of any freebies/review copies that might come my way. Probably not so many these days.


9. Stop browsing Net Galley and Edelweiss early reviewer sites. The world won't end if I don't get my hands on every new crime fiction book published! Try and get my percentage up on Net Galley from 39% to at least 50. Preferred feedback level is 80%.


10. Stop buying books or buy less books maybe.


11. Try and catch up on the TV and Film backlog listed.



12. I do have a somewhat ambitious goal of trying to read a complete Indie publishers output - All Due Respect. I bloody love them. I think since 2012/2013 they've published nearly 70 books. I've maybe read 20 of them give or take. I probably have 40 in the TBR pile. I just like what they do. So why not aim high?

I've created a page for All Due Respect so at least I have made a start.



13. 120 yearly reading target as per usual. I read about 190 last year, so maybe I ought to set my sights a biit higher


14. Read more female authors than in 2019/20 - I might need to actually find out how many that was first. 


15. Enjoy the books 

2020 READING PLANS

2019 READING PLANS

Expect 2022's Reading Plan post sometime May 2022.

5 comments:

  1. Great plans. And all due respect on your All Due Respect ambition, they won't let you down.

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  2. I think reading goals can help a person focus, Col, and I give you credit for setting yours out. Even if you don't achieve them, it helps to plan. And the most important goal you have here? #15!

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  3. I should do something like this. Because then I could use it as a template for the next year and add and subtract.

    I don't think I have made as much progress on the USA states as you have, but I should keep my list up to date.

    #5, Keeping up with some book series is a great idea, and I should pick some authors for that. Top of the list would be Bill Pronzini and Bill Crider.

    I really wish I could cut back on buying books, but that has only worsened in the last year.

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  4. I can relate so much to 9 and 10 on the list!

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