Last week, I shared my writing goals for 2011 with you; this week I want to address something equally important--my reading goals. In On Writing, Stephen King discusses how reading is a normal part of his work day. He reads every day, in addition to the whole writing thing. I truly believe that reading helps you become a better writer, and teaches you about important things like pacing, characterization, etc. Like many writers, I LOVE to read but sometimes feel guilty doing it, because if I'm reading, it means I'm not revising/editing/writing/etc. I need to get over this...hence, my goal.
I know there are many people out there who keep track of how many books they read per week or year. I'm not one of them...if I can keep track of my two kids for an entire 24 hours, I consider the day golden.
So my 2011 goal is simple--to read more in 2011 than I read in 2010. I realize that's hard to track if I don't know how much I read in 2010, but I do know that I did NOT average more than one book a week in 2010. I'm going to shoot for at least one per week--and not feel guilty when I read blogs where people complain they "only" read 300 books last year. That may be, but do they know where their kids are?
My first YA of 2011 was NIGHTSHADE by Andrea Cremer. Holy great first pick on my part! I can already tell you that WOLFSBANE is one of my must-reads this year. Next up for me is THE GIVER by Lois Lowry, and then CUTTING FOR STONE by Abraham Verghese (not YA, but it's for my book club and I've heard it's amazing). My other YA must-reads for 2011 include POSSESSION by the lovely and awesome Elana Johnson, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis, and BAD TASTE IN BOYS by zombie queen, Carrie Harris.
What about you? What are your reading goals for 2011? Your must-reads for this year?