Sunday, December 27, 2009

TSS - 2010 Resolutions

The Sunday Salon.comIt is the last Sunday of 2009 - and book blogs are a flutter with challenge posts and blogging resolutions.  I seem to have joined in the crowd - signing up to the Debut YA Author Challenge, the YA Challenge and the LOTR readalong.  I have previously failed miserably with reading challenges, but I hope that by limiting myself to challenges that include books I likely would have read anyhow, I might succeed this time!

Then there are the more general reading plans that have made it into posts.  I was inspired by Teresa's post on Shelf Love where she described her reading plans for 2010.  There are a lot of posts like these out there at the moment - Jenny over at Jenny loves to Read is even hosting a Reading Resolutions Challenge where you have back up to help you follow through with your resolutions.  Anyhow, it all got me thinking about my own reading patterns.

I don't want to make these "official" by joining a challenge, but here are a few of my hopes for the next year:

  • Stop impulsive book buying!  I have mile long wishlists, but the often get laid by the way-side in favour of a bargain.  I find books that I really have no real desire to read, but buy them anyways because they are only 50p.  My shelves just can't take it anymore!  Just. Say. No.
  • Read the books on my shelves!  I have some amazing books on my shelves that I desperately want to read... until I get distracted by something new and shiny.
  • Not to let my reading slumps affect my book blog.  I occasionally get into a reading slump, where nothing I read is inspiring or entertaining.  It usually results in me not updating!
  • Read The Lord of the Rings! I have conveniently joined a readalong for this particular wish.  I have never been able to make it past the first book of LOTR despite my love for the verse (and The Hobbit!).  This will be the year that I succeed!
  • And, on a less literary note, give up paper cups!  I frequent a lot of coffee shops to read and snack - and I often get a to-go cup.  It is such a waste, and is so unnecessary!

As for the 2010 reading challenges - in search of challenges for myself, I stumbled on an awful lot of others that I could not commit to!  I thought I would share the list so that you could find your own!  These start Jan. 1st 2010 (except one) and there is still plenty of time to sign up!
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  1. Wow! Love the way you have streamlined your own goals while at the same time providing such a great list with so many options for others.

    I am especially interested in how you will not allow reading slumps to take their toll on your blogging. I feel some of the same pressure some time or I just don't write about books that I did not enjoy. Creates big gaps. Just recently, I posted about a book I really disliked and think I may continue to do this into the new year as the situation comes up. Creates a more accurate picture of my reading life I think.

    Happy reading!

  2. Wow thats a lot of reading challenges that you found around the blogosphere. I know what you mean about the reading slumps. Sometimes I can't find anything that will hold my attention and my blog suffers as a result. These are some great resolutions and good luck in the new year!

  3. Frances - Nothing says more about your reading life than the books that you don't like! I find I have problems with books that I find mediocre. It is kinda hard writing a review about books to which your reaction is "meh"...!

    Book Snob - That list actually did not take me too long to compile - it is kinda amazing how many challenges are out there!



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