Musing Mondays – Reading Goals

Musing MondaysMusing Mondays is held by Rebecca over at Just One More Page.

Today’s Musing Mondays post is about New Year reading. With the New Year here already, do you have any reading resolutions or goals (challenges aside) for 2010? Perhaps a new author? Genre? Want to read more non-fiction? Write more reviews?

Besides the resolutions that I have already posted about, I do have one desire/goal for the upcoming year: to find “collectable” editions of my favourite books.  I don’t mean that they have to be valuable, but I would like to own copies of my favourite books that will last me another few decades.  Hardcover, first edition and preferably signed!  I don’t really care if they are worth anything (and hopefully my favourites won’t be, as I am not exactly rolling in money) but I love the idea of having a book I love that I can plan on having for a while…

It is something that I have wanted to do for a while, but have never been too willing to part with my cash.  But lately I have started to think of it more as an investment in my future.  Also, a lot of the books I want can only be found used or in some warehouse in Kentucky – and are actually a lot cheaper than I expected!

I also want to plan out my reading time more efficiently… okay, plan my reading time, full stop.  I am currently a bit of a spontaneous reader – which is great, but it also means that I never really get the opportunity to put everything on hold and just read.  Could planning my reading time fix that?  I don’t know… but it is worth a shot!

As for genres… I really need to read more popular science for my degree.  It will be tough for me, but as I do believe that non-fiction can be amazing, I need to practice what I preach!

Musing Mondays – Series-ly!

Musing Mondays is held by Rebecca over at Just One More Page

Do you prefer to read stand-alone books, or books in series? Do you stick with a series the whole way through or stop after the first installment? Are there any particular series you enjoy?

I have always been a fan of series and firmly believe in sticking them out. Even when they start to run dry. However, I do prefer to know when the end is in sight. If there are going to be 13 books in the series, I would hope to know that by book 6. At least then I know that the author really does have an end in sight, and isn’t just screwing with my emotions for the fun of it.

But because so few authors actually have the ability (aka permission from their publishers/guarantee that X number of books will published), they are bound to either drag a series out or cut it off too short. So, I keep a policy of forgetfulness. If there is a book in a series I hated – I just block it from my mind, and move on to the next. Writing a series is just not the same as writing a single novel, and a bit of leeway should be given because of it.

As for series I am reading, I have a whole list – along with my list of series TBR.