Monday, January 3, 2011

Goals for 2011

I don't usually make official New Year's resolutions but this year I was making some lists and thinking of some goals and things I hope to accomplish in 2011. I tried to make a list of 10 things and I wanted to share those with you.

My Goals for 2011:
  1. Be more faithful in my Bible reading & prayer
  2. Follow God's leading for work (I have work possibilities to look into on Tuesday!)
  3. Keep my heart with more dilligence
  4. Get my driver's license
  5. Sewing & crafts (sew 2 handbags, 2 cross stitch projects)
  6. Write more (I want to finish 2 stories, write 1 new story and write 3 poems)
  7. Finish reading 3/4 of the 30 books on my reading list
  8. Blog more & more often (I'm making up lists of films to review and other delights to post!)
  9. Practice the piano more
  10. Cook & bake more

And for fun here's my reading list for 2011:

-20 Fiction & Non-fiction Books:
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (re-read)
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  • Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (re-reading, I will have to buy my own copy)
  • Deadly Disclosures by Emily Cave
  • The Shadowed Mind by Emily Cave
  • The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis (re-read)
  • The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
  • Villette or Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • another by Charles Dickens such as The Old Curiosity Shop
  • The Young Visiters by Daisy Ashford (re-read)
  • The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliff
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (re-read, after reading Udolpho)
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Jane and the Wandering Eye by Stephanie Baron
  • The Sonnets by William Shakespeare (poetry)
  • Thomas Hardy by Claire Tomalin (biography)
  • an Agatha Christie novel for fun, probably re-read Tuesday Club Murders

-10 Spiritual & Christian Books:
  • Boy Meets Girl by Joshua Harris (re-reading)
  • Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman
  • Footprints of a Pilgrim by Ruth Bell Graham
  • The Measure of a Woman by Gene & Elaine Getz
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis (I hope to buy my own copy)
  • Dating Mr. Darcy by Sarah Arthur
  • God's Priceless Woman by Wanda Kennedy Sanseri (Bible study)
  • For Such A Time As This by Lisa Ryan (re-read)
  • Passion & Purity by Elisabeth Eliot (or another book by her, I'd have to buy my own copy)
  • The Secret Keeper by Dannah Gresh (re-read)

Both of the Gaskell novels I'll be reading between January 1st - June 1st for the Gaskell Reading Challenge.
My goal is to read at least 3/4 of the books on this list. I'm not a great reader, sometimes it takes me a while to get through long books, so I'm going to stick to reading only the books on the list and try not to read other things. I'm really looking forward to getting some reading done and am enjoying Deadly Disclosures by Emily Cave which was a Christmas gift.

May the Lord richly bless you in this New Year!


Anna Olivia said...

Those are all wonderful goals! =) And I love your book list! I hope to read all the classic novels I can this year.

Charity U said...

You know, the last picture wasn't actually of a letter...;) But if I didn't know, I'd be tricked. :) Nice resolutions! I hope to get my license this year too.

Cecily said...

I love reading Thomas Hardy's novels! My favorite is "Far from the Madding Crowd". Emma was such a surprise to watch when it came on Masterpiece Theatre! I really had never expected it to be so engaging!
Gee, I have so many books to read, I don't think I'd have the time to make a list!! David Copperfield, I read, was very good. I think you'll like it :)

God's blessings in the New Year,

Melody said...

Hello! I just discovered your blog. You and I have so much in common!! It will be lots of fun reading it. I just started my own blog with the new year - about anything Jane Austen.

Glad to "meet" you! ;-)

Katherine Cox said...

So glad to have you joining the reading challenge, Laura! I've been following your blog for awhile now, you probably recognize me more as 'November's Autumn' but when I started reading Gaskell I had to create a blog for her too. W&D is one of my favorites. :)

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