On this, the second day of a brand new year, my thoughts are wrapped around this blog and my reading plan for the year. This year, there are but three goals:

Read 50 books.
At one point, not so long ago, I would have set this goal at 100. But, with my life the way it is at the moment, 50 is a goal that I will struggle to attain. I work part-time as a lawyer. I’m a full-time wife and mother to an almost-two-year-old. I have housework and a dog. Then there are the church responsibilities and eating and sleeping. And reading has to fit in with all of this. But I am determined to make it so. Reading is something that makes me happy. It makes me somehow free. So, this year, I would like to read 50 books.

Read both carefully and freely.
I know this sounds like an oxymoron. But I don’t think it is. Rather than box myself into specific goals (and thereby create the insta-feeling of suffocation), I want to be able to read whatever strikes me. And yet, I do want to read more carefully. There are hundreds of books on that darn TBR list. There are dozens of particular classics I’ve been meaning to get to. I’d like to read more widely, geographically speaking. I’d like to read more of those books that will make me feel more “well read.” And so, I’m going to read freely, but with an eye on those books that will truly enrich me as a person.

Write more personably – at least once a week.
Wordpress is telling me that “personably” isn’t a word, but I’m going to go with it. For the most part, on this blog, I’m not that personal. I post reviews and news items, but rarely share personal information. Now, I’m not going to be handing out my social security number or anything, but I would like this to be a more personal place. More in the vein of a reading journal than rote reviews.

In order to have a more complete record and a more meaningful conversation with you, I’m setting the goal of posting at least once a week. Again, not so long ago, this goal would have been as high as posting everyday, but reality is reality. So, I hope to see you here, once a week, while I practice being personable.