That’s right, folks! 2013 is officially the Year of Reading Whatever the F*ck I Want! No challenges (with just a few small exceptions)! No heartache! No failure! JUST READING…whatever I want…whenever I want.
SJ and I decided a few months ago that we are done with reading challenges, at least for this year. So she came up with this most catchy title for our 2013 endeavor, which boils down to the best acronym ever: YoRWtFIW. I love it. SJ’s lovely friend and co-pilot at Snobbery, Meg, made us the most amazing banner (pictured above) and a button to go with it. She is AWESOME. Thank you, Meg!
Before I get into the details of my reading goals this year, let me clarify something. I liked the reading challenges I participated in last year. They were fun. They’re a great idea for people who are into that kind of thing. They just ended up feeling like more of a chore for me, and I never want reading to feel like a chore. Not ever. In 2012 I learned that I am not the challenge type (as far as short-term challenges go).
Here’s the deal: I’m really just reading whatever the f*ck I want this year. I’m still a member of The Classics Club (because I want to be), and I’m still working on A Non-Fiction Adventure (because I want to). I will also still be accepting review copies of books, but only the ones I know I really want to read. I’m also participating in the Goodreads reading “challenge,” because that’s actually more of a goal. I signed on to read 100 books in 2013, but if I don’t make it, that’s okay, too. I’ll be good with whatever I read this year.
I’m still participating in read-alongs (Project Read All Of Atwood, The EPIC Dark Tower Read-a-Long, etc.), and I’m still participating in my online book clubs (because I want to) AND…
…SJ and I have decided to start reading all of Stephen King’s books (with a few exceptions) in order of publication. Because we want to. She has already read all of his backlist, but I have not. Most of them will be all new for me. I am TOTALLY EXCITED about this project, and TOTALLY TERRIFIED at the same time. I don’t always do horror well, and some of King’s books traumatized me as a kid, so I’m slightly nervous about my already troubling sleep issues. BUT I’M MORE EXCITED THAN ANYTHING. This is going to be some serious fun. And because it’s the Year of Reading Whatever the F*ck [We] Want, we’re just playing it by ear. We’re setting a loose schedule for each book as we get to it, and if we get tired of the project temporarily, we’ll just stop for a bit. No big deal. Holla!
So, yeah. This is going to be a great year. Any of you are welcome to join us for #YoRWtFIW. Grab the button (in my sidebar) or the banner, if you’d like–the only thing I ask is that you thank SJ and Meg by giving them a shout out on your blog (link back to Snobbery, please) or on Twitter (SJ is @popqueenie and Meg is @Megiggleston). Meg put a lot of work into the graphics for us, and SJ deserves all the credit for the awesome title and acronym.