I’m only posting this because I need to remind myself to go easy on myself this year.  This year, I really would like to focus on reading whatever books strike my fancy.  I want to knock off quite a few books that have been sitting on my shelves for much too long.  I want to accept the review copies I’m passionately interested in and skip the rest (no matter how nice the author or publicist is!).  I want to go to the library and browse, and take home whatever looks good without feeling guilty that it doesn’t quality for a challenge.

So, with the exception of A Year of Feminist Classics (which isn’t really a challenge, more of a read-a-long), NO challenges in 2011!  If I like the idea of a challenge, I can simply read books that fit into it without committing fully to it – that way, when I inevitably don’t finish, I won’t feel so bad. 🙂

Also, I’m participating in the Faith and Fiction Roundtable this year, which I’m super excited about, and which also (in my book at least) doesn’t count as a “challenge”, it’s definitely in the category of read-a-long.

I do still plan on accepting review copies, but only the ones I’m extremely interested.  I will try my best to ease my guilty feelings at saying no so often to the same publicists…. If I’m not loving the idea of the book, I will not accept it!

I would like to set a goal of being better with keeping up with my reviews.  Reading over 200 books in a year was excellent, and I’m satisfied with keeping up with that pace this year, but I would love to make sure I tell you about all the books I read!  I got way too behind this year, several times, and had to resort to mini-reviews just to get my thoughts out.  I like the idea of mini-reviews, but looking back, several of my favorite books ended up being reviewed that way and I could have said a LOT more about these books!  So I just need to get more on the ball with my reviewing.

So that’s it!  I’m going to try my best to have a happy, carefree reading year in 2011.

What are your plans for reading this year?