Friday, December 31, 2010

THE "NOT MY YEAR" IS OVER...BRING ON 2011!

TOP TEN BOOKS READ IN 2010, READING RELATED RESOLUTIONS, AND A WORD ABOUT READING CHALLENGES
2010 TOP TEN
(Except for #1 on the list, the remaining nine titles are in no particular order.  Also, I decided not to include rereads on this list)
  1. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  2. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
  3. Hush by Kate White
  4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  5. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
  6. The Sixth Surrender by Hana Samek Norton
  7. Virgin and the Crab by Robert Parry
  8. Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin (not yet reviewed)
  9. The Marsh King's Daughter by Elizabeth Chadwick (not yet reviewed)
  10. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (not yet reviewed)
This was kind of a tough list to come up with.  I read 50 books this year and there were several others that deserve honorable mention.  The Dark Divine by Bree Despain, Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show by Frank Delaney (not yet reviewed), The Queen's Pawn by Christy English (not yet reviewed), The Wives of Henry Oades by Johanna Moran (not reviewed), Arcadia Falls by Carol Goodman, and Dracula in Love by Karen Essex (not yet reviewed).

Good Riddance 2010!

READING RELATED RESOLUTIONS
  • The main thing will be to do more reading and less time wasting.  I'm an epic time waster and easily distracted from one task to something entirely different. 
  • My plan for Reading Deliberately...My Way.  As many of you know, I have over 1700 fiction books in my home library (I will not even mention my non-fiction)...a massive TBR pile.  And there are books that I really want to read in my library.  So, as I have every fiction title catalogued alphabetically, my plan is to plug the number of books for a particular letter into random.org and let it pick my read.  I will do this once a week, with the intention of reading one of these books a week, but will allow myself more time if it's a longer book or if I am swamped with review books.  Pretty soon, my entire catalog will be online.  I created a blog specifically for my library catalog, A Huge Library in a Small ApartmentIt is under construction, but I'm hoping to have it finished by the end of January.  *fingers crossed*
  • Cutting back on review books--I am SO behind on review books! I still have books from early fall that I haven't read or reviewed (so sorry authors/publishers).  Most of you know that I was very ill over the summer and this was the first of my setbacks.  Then I found out I had to move...during Christmas (now you know the reasons behind "Not My Year"!) and we're still not completely moved! That being said, I'm doing my best to limit review books in 2011 to one per month...hopefully.  There are so many good ones coming out.  It's hard to resist! The main thing in January will be to catch up on review books I already have.
  • Review EVERY book--either full review or at least a mini-review--and review it as soon as I finish it.  I'm such a terrible procrastinator!
A SPECIAL WORD ON READING CHALLENGES


Reading Challenge Overload?

I am a challenge junky.  I see all the new reading challenges and I'm like a kid in a candy store! I started my blog in August of 2009 and I had no idea about reading challenges.  I was beyond thrilled when I discovered them...too much so.  I signed up for 29 challenges and failed miserably.  When I found out in early December that I was going to have to move during Christmas time, I decided to take a fail on all the 2010 challenges I was part of....wipe the slate clean, so to speak! My challenge blog, Challenges of the True Book Addict, will have all 2010 challenges removed from the sidebar.  I'm going to attempt to limit myself to 10 maximum reading challenges (give or take 1 or 2...heehee) for 2011 plus the two perpetual challenges I host, The Michener Challenge and the 101 Fantasy Reading Challenge and the Goodreads group challenge, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.  We will see how it goes.  Wish me luck...I'm going to need it! I will be back this weekend with which challenges I'm signing up for.  There are some really great ones (I already have a few in mind)! Can't wait to go shopping! LOL!


Okay...enough of my rambling! Happy New Year to you all! Be safe and have fun!




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