TSS (Jan. 2): New Year's Goals & IMM (10)

The Sunday Salon (January 2)

The Sunday Salon.com So it’s that time where I make a list of things I’m going to try to achieve in the course of the year, and where I look back at 2010’s resolutions and see if I did what I wanted to do. Huzzah! First, a look back at 2010’s goals:

  • Read at least one non-fiction book a month. I did this in essence– I read 34 non-fiction books over the whole year, so that works out to almost three non-fiction books a month.
  • Finish at least half of my reading challenges. I gave up on my reading challenges somewhere in March, I think, when I decided to focus more on my TBR books (that didn’t entirely work out).
  • Not let my reviewing get behind more than three books’ worth. Well, I’m never going to review EVERY book I read, but as long as I try I think I’m okay. I did get behind quite a few times, though, mostly around the holidays.
  • Use the library more, read ebooks more, and try not to get so overwhelmed with paper books my room becomes impossible to live in. I did use the library more (which didn’t help with the space issues in my room), I read a FEW more ebooks than I did the previous year, and I got rid of around thirty books. Still pretty crowded in here, though.
  • Make an effort to get to more author/book events, and to get more involved with authors in general. This is way too vague, and the author events around here are almost always for authors I’ve never heard of (and don’t particularly want to read). Impossible to achieve, I think.
  • Get involved more with book blogging community stuff! Also way too general, but I did try to participate more in events (I did the blogathon both times, for instance) and upped my Twitter usage (if that counts).

Not so bad! And after three years of making New Year’s resolutions I think I’ve finally figured out how to make ones that I can actually achieve. So:

2011 (Book) Goals

  • to read at least 150 (paper) books from my TBR pile.
  • to only buy ebooks (pbooks for review are allowed, possibly also special cases if wishlist books pop up on Bookmooch/PBS). Part of that whole have-less-stuff-to-move thing.
  • to read more audiobooks (at least one a month). I have a lot waiting to be read on my iPod!
  • to try to get involved more in the blogging community (again). Specific aims: comment on at least two blogs a day, listen in on That’s How I Blog episodes, go to Book Expo America, do at least one split review, host at least one contest.
  • to not go insane at BEA and take home a million books.

I also have a couple of non-book goals:

  • to leave Albuquerque by September 2011, preferably with a job abroad in hand.
  • to become more independent, by which I think I mean getting my own apartment/paying my own bills/etc? This is tied into the leaving Albuquerque goal.
  • to keep my room fairly clean/organized. It always got really gross during the semester when I was too busy doing school stuff to bother cleaning. Now that I’m not in school I should be able to keep it cleaner, right?

So those’re my goals! Do you make New Year’s resolutions? How good are you at keeping them?

Books read this week:
238. The Purloined Boy – Mortimus Clay [rating: TBD] %

Books reviewed this week:
222. The Amazing Maurice & His Educated Rodents – Terry Pratchett [rating: Buy it] %
233. The Fort – Bernard Cornwell [rating: Borrow it] R
234. The Romance Readers’ Book Club – Julie L. Cannon [rating: Bin it] %
235. Dr Jekyll and Mr Holmes – Loren D. Estleman [rating: Buy it] R
236. Psmith in the City – P.G. Wodehouse [rating: Buy it]
237. The End of the World Club – J & P Voelkel [rating: Borrow it] R

Currently reading:
The Whitechapel Horrors still! I’ve been really neglecting that poor book; I keep getting distracted by my computer and Google. I’m going to finish it this week though, for sure. Today, even! Today is a day of reading! Yes! (Just let me Google this one thing first…)

In My Mailbox (10)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren (who was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie‘s This Week in Books). Basically you just post about new books that came into your house over the past week, whether in the mail or by getting them at the library or by buying them in a store. Capiche?

Bought/Downloaded:

Also: Snowfall by Gavin Collinson and Mark B. Oliver. (Doctor Who!!)

Surprise Gift:

Thanks so much to Rob from Books Are Like Candy Corn for gifting me this book! I’m excited to read it. 😀

16 thoughts on “TSS (Jan. 2): New Year's Goals & IMM (10)”

  1. Ahhh so hard to keep the paper books owned down isn’t it? My room is also stuffed full. SO excited you are going to BEA – meet up there maybe?? 😀 All the best in 2011.

    1. It is! Having a good ereader is helping with that, though I still have a hard time keeping away from sales and used book stores and whatnot.

      And yes! We should definitely meet up! I’m really looking forward to meeting up with other bloggers– I’ve never been to such a big city or such a big convention before, so I’m sure I’ll be terrified. If I don’t have someone with me (or someone to meet) I’ll be wandering around wide-eyed and tongue-tied the entire time, haha. 😀

  2. I am super excited about BEA this year — now that I live in NYC and won’t have to pay for a hotel, it might actually be doable for me. I like it when I meet bloggy people and then they are no longer imaginary. 😀

    1. Yay! Please do come if you can, and if you can’t go we can still meet somewhere in the city if you want! I’d love to meet you in person. 😀

    1. I’m basically forcing myself to do it by not going to the library or buying any new books! (Though I know I’ll still have SOME new (paper) books trickling in, because it’s really impossible for me to cut myself off completely. I’m not overly worried about it.)

      Happy New Year!

  3. “Not let my reviewing get behind more than three books’ worth.”

    That should be my goal. I am currently 20 books behind (on books I want to review). Good luck on keeping that promise!

    And haha:

    “to not go insane at BEA and take home a million books”

    I wonder how you will do, I’ve seen the stacks people brought home last year, it is crazy!

    I am sure you’ll do great. And you are already pretty involved with the book blogging community, right? Happy 2011!

    1. I’m going to try REALLY hard to ONLY take books that I think I can read within a year or so. I know I’m going to have a tough time– but I did okay last summer at Bubonicon when there was a freebie table full of sci-fi magazines and books! I only took SOME, not all (although I did rifle through them all like I was a frickin’ raccoon or something). So maybe I’ll do okay at BEA?

      Re:community: I’m not involved to the level I’d like to be involved. I just want to amp it up a little bit more!

  4. I’m with you on the having less stuff to move. I have two bookcases overflowing with the books and just thinking about life post-undergrad reminds me That I’m going to have to move them all out of my parents house. And that gets expensive. So more ebooks for me too.

    I didn’t make reading off my TBR list a priority for the year, but thinking about it now I probably should have. Good luck reading 150 books off your pile.

    1. Yeah, last year I TRIED to only read books from my TBR pile, but back then I was working at a library and it was impossible. Now I’m not working there, and all the libraries are way out of my way, and I think I can do it! (Although it IS kind of sad that I can’t use the library any longer without a lot of fuss going into getting there.)

      Of course, after I read them all (and separate the Keepers from the rest) I’m going to have to figure out a way to get rid of them all. I want to do a yard sale, but we live in an apartment complex. Hm.

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