End of the year stuff!

I’m on another blogging break at the moment, mostly because I haven’t been reading books! It’s like as soon as I hit my reading goal for the year I lost any interest in reading until January and now I’m spending my time obsessively organizing my postcard collection and playing the new Zelda video game. *cough* But actually, you know what? I don’t feel that bad about not reading as many books as I can during my break. It’s okay to not read books sometimes, and I get so much reading done when I’m not on vacation that I don’t even have to feel guilty about the piles of library books I have hidden away in my room.

Anyway– I’m not going to do a big end of the year review, but I will do something. So, I’m going to to talk a bit about where I plan to go with my blog in 2010 and what I plan to do in my reading life. Plus, stats!

In 2010, I will…

  • Read at least one non-fiction book a month.
  • Finish at least half of my reading challenges (because it’ll help me branch out into other genres and that’s a good thing).
  • Not let my reviewing get behind more than three books’ worth.
  • Use the library more, read ebooks more, and try not to get so overwhelmed with paper books my room becomes impossible to live in.
    —> Likewise, I’ll cut down my paper library by at least 100 books. I am NOT paying to move that many books when I finally graduate from college!
  • Make an effort to get to more author/book events, and to get more involved with authors in general.
  • Get involved more with book blogging community stuff!

I will also…

  • Not feel guilty if I don’t read the same amount of books I read this year.
  • Not feel guilty if I occasionally take breaks from reading and/or blogging.
  • Give myself permission to read larger books, even if (or especially if!) they take more than two days to read.
  • Try not to compete with other bloggers about the number of books I read, what sort of books I read, or how fast I read. Or how many subscribers I have, or how many comments I get compared to other bloggers. It’s not a contest!
  • Stop worrying about how popular my blog is, how popular I am, or how I compare overall to other bloggers.

So I think basically my wish for 2010 is that I stop worrying about other people and let me be me. 😀

Stats & Stuff

Total books read: 250 (8 rereads)
Reading challenges: 8/12 finished (1 ongoing, 2 dropped)
Friends made: a bazillion 😀

Top rated books (not including rereads):
The Stars’ Tennis Balls – Stephen Fry [rating: 5/5]
Cart and Cwidder – Diana Wynne Jones [rating: 5/5]
Theater Shoes – Noel Streatfeild [rating: 5/5]
Down the Rabbit Hole – Peter Abrahams [rating: 5/5]
Nation – Terry Pratchett [rating: 5/5]
The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan [rating: 5/5]
The Escape From Home (Beyond the Western Sea #1) – Avi [rating: 5/5]
Lord Darcy – Randal Garrett [rating: 5/5]
Interstellar Patrol – Christopher Anvil [rating: 5/5]
Unexpected Magic – Diana Wynne Jones [rating: 5/5]
Power of Three – Diana Wynne Jones [rating: 5/5]
Feathers – Jacqueline Woodson [rating: 5/5]
Going Solo – Roald Dahl [rating: 5/5]
The Monstrumologist – Rick Yancey [rating: 5/5]
Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld [rating: 5/5]

The book you should all read NOW: Lord Darcy! It’s much more “Harry Potter for grownups” than The Magicians was, plus it’s got mysteries and action and a bit of romance!

Happy New Year, y’all!

Thanks for sticking with me through 2009, and here’s to a great 2010!

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10 thoughts on “End of the year stuff!”

  1. I am so happy that I’ve found your blog this year. Your reading goals for next year are great. They’re fun and helps you move along in your reading and blogging instead of feeling guilty and comparing yourself to others. Have a happy new year!

    1. Aw, thanks so much! 😀 I definitely found myself falling into the “I have to be the BEST” mindset, mostly in the number of books read area (“this person read 200 books? Well then I’ll have to read 201!!”) and that’s not really where I want to be. So hopefully by telling myself take a chill pill, I’ll get some quality reading done and I’ll have fun doing it. Of course, it’s super easy to tell myself that, and another thing entirely to actually go through with it!

      Happy new year to you, too. 😀

  2. Sounds like you had a great year! I loved Leviathan too, and I really want to read The Monstrumologist and The Lightning Thief!
    I have only recently discovered your blog, but I love it. I cannot wait to follow it and read your reviews next year. Happy New Year!

  3. Happy new year. I love your resolutions. Especially the “it’s not a competition” one. I have to remind myself of that all the time.

    I’ll be back to Thursday Tea this week.

  4. Great resolutions for 2010! Your bottom line goal sounds like mine — not worrying about being a “great” blogger like everyone else and just letting my (new) blog reflect me. That contest you talk about is what led me to leaving my old blog behind and starting with a clean slate where I don’t have to worry about stats, comments, and having a certain # of posts.

    I’ve read books by both Roald Dahl and Scott Westerfeld, but I’m off to check out your other favorites of the past year as I’ve never heard of any of them before.

    Happy New Year, Anastasia!

  5. Hi! I found your review of The Escape From Home while looking for a different one. I was wondering if you have one of Lord Kirkle’s Money because I’d love to hear your thoughts.

  6. It’s hard to fight the competitive thing isn’t it, I’m thinking about disabling my stats finder widget but then I’d miss the link backs unless I set up and checked google alerts (effort). I’m so glad I found your blog in 2009, especially with your link round ups.

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