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How is 2013 treating you so far? This has been a great month for me, reading-wise and career-wise. I’ve completed five books to date and will probably finish 7 or 8 by the time we hit February. And I’ve renewed my passion for my job and for librarianship in general that was sadly lacking in 2012. I hadn’t thought about any reading goals for this year as I’ve been focused on my job and very busy -until a few days ago when I realized I do have goals and that putting them in writing will help me to clarify them for myself and to give you an idea of the direction Gudrun’s Tights will take in 2013.

  • I will continue to read classics, but probably not as many as last year.
  • Barbara Pym and Mary Stewart will make several appearances.
  • You’ll see a lot of contemporary fiction featured.
  • Young adult novels will comprise half of my reading as I am a youth services librarian and need to keep up. (though I won’t subject those of you who dislike YA with constant posts – maybe just a monthly round-up post)
  • I want to read more non-fiction.
  • I probably won’t join any challenges or events.
  • I’m going to try to read more American authors.

I hope you’ll continue to read along though the content here will be slightly different than it has been in the past. I value each and every comment you leave – let’s keep the conversation going!

Here’s to a fantastic 2013!

Oh, and have you seen that Open Road Media now has several of Barbara Pym’s novels available in ebook format? This is such exciting news! I hope her work will be discovered by a whole new set of readers now that it is accessible electronically.

14 Comments

  1. Claire (The Captive Reader)

    Wonderful to hear that 2013 is off to a great start for you and I love your reading goals! I don’t believe I knew (or remembered? My memory is lamentably short when it comes to personal details) before that you were a youth services librarian so I’ll look forward to seeing what YA books you read and review. (Have you read Michelle Cooper’s Montmaray Journals?) I am also staying away from challenges this year and so far it has been a nice, relaxing break.

    • I have read the first in the Montmaray books and loved it. I need to get around to reading the other two soon. I am kind of an accidental youth librarian – I started out as an adult librarian and got transferred when my library system needed a supervisor at one of the branches. It’s been a great learning experience for me!

  2. I’m so glad that your year is off to such a good start. I knew you were a librarian, and I’ve seen your comments/tweets about younger people in libraries, but I didn’t make the connection that you’re a youth services librarian. I’ll look forward to hearing about your YA reading as well as your “regular” books. And I like your reading goals!

    • I’m glad that so many people want to see what YA books I’ll read! I was afraid that you’d all be disinterested. It is really hard to keep up with YA reading, but I’m going to try really hard this year to spend at least half my time with youth books.

  3. I’m glad you’re having a great month, Anbolyn, and it’s good that you have such clear goals. I’ll continue to read your posts whatever you choose to read. And your enthusiasm for Barbara Pym has made me determined that this will be the year I finally read one of her books!

  4. jessicabookworm

    I’m really glad to hear January has been such a good month for you. I too have read a great deal, a lot more than I usually do. I am on for about 7 books by the time we reach February. I wish you luck with your goals for 2013. I am also aiming to read more non-fiction and have not joined any challenges.

    • January is such a bleak month, but it is perfect for reading! I always read more books in January than I do in any other month. I’m glad we’ve moved on to February, though!

  5. A really good list of goals, and interesting as a reader of your blog. Glad you’re back and you’ve got your motivation back, especially for your job. Your list reads as very focused and determined!

    • I’m glad that my goals sound focused because I would not describe myself as a focused person at all! But I’m going to do my best at sticking to these simple goals.

  6. That’s great news, I hope the rest of 2013 goes as well for you. I’m looking forward to all of your posts, including any YA ones. BTW – amazing photo!

  7. Oh that is exciting about Barbara Pym! I can’t wait to hear what you will be reading. I am almost done with “The Imperfectionists” by Tom Rachman. I love it! You might want to try it.

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