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End of 2010 and Looking Forward to 2011

>> Thursday, December 30, 2010

This is not a “Best of 2010” post. Every book blogger and their third cousin is posting one of those between the middle of December and the second week of January so I’m not going to add to the pile. If you’re looking for what books I liked best check out the “my highly recommended shelf on Goodreads" widget or go to the ‘categories’ and select 4.5 or 5 stars.

What I am going to do is look back at my reading and blogging year and look forward to my reading and blogging for 2011.



Looking Back at 2010


I read fewer books in 2010 than I did in 2009 and you know what? That’s just fine with me. The number of books, pages, and hours of audiobooks really doesn’t matter. What matters is that I liked most of what I read this year. I joined fewer challenges and spent more time reading what I wanted to read whenever I felt like reading it. I did find myself getting sucked into a couple of challenges I hadn’t planned on and what I learned from that experience is that I shouldn’t do that. I enjoy the idea of challenges and find that making reading lists for challenges much more enjoyable to me than actually reading the books once the lists are made. A couple of those unplanned challenges ended up making me feel more structured in my reading than I would prefer to be.

I set a couple of specific goals about books I wanted to read in 2010 and only partially completed those. I did read some of what I’d listed early in 2010, but not all of them. The good news is that some of the books I read instead were great! (Lonesome Dove is a perfect example).




Looking Forward to 2011


So what are my plans for next year? I’m not setting ‘goals’ because even that is more structured than I want to be in my reading plans. I’m only joining one challenge (the What’s In a Name 4 Challenge) and that one is still on the table only because it’s my absolute favorite.

As for reading plans, I’m not specifying any numbers, hours, pages or even specific books. What I want to do in 2011 is read what I want, when I want, have fun with my blog and the people I've met (whether in person or virtually) because it exists.

In terms of blogging, one thing I am working on is a new template for my blog. I’ll be making that change tomorrow and will have the ‘new look’ up and public on January 1st. I do hope to get an index of books I’ve blogged about in place both by author and by title. I’m not setting a date for that, but I'd like to get that going sooner rather than later. There are a couple of changes with the new template that I’ll talk about when it goes live.

I also hope to be much more regular about my occasional feature “Confessions of a Serial Reader”. I’m still hesitant to call it a monthly feature, but that’s the interval I have in mind.

My bottom line is that this blog is something I do for fun, just like my reading. I want it to remain fun, because the minute it feels like work, I’ll stop.

Happy New Year and Happy Reading!!

9 comments:

Jen Forbus 12/30/2010 7:09 AM  

That sounds like an excellent plan!

gautami tripathy 12/30/2010 7:36 AM  

Well, I definitely don't have book blogging third cousin!

unfinishedperson.com 12/30/2010 8:11 AM  

I read less this year than last year also and that's okay. I read more of what I wanted and didn't get sucked into (too many) challenges. This year I only have two or three in which I am involved and a couple of readalongs. Other than that, the sky's limit. So in a lot of ways, I'm like you...and that's why well I like conversing with you here (from time tom time) and on Twitter.

Inside A Book 12/30/2010 9:16 AM  

You said it so perfectly!! Challenges and lists of goals are really not my cup of tea, but if they help some of us then go for it! The only goal I have this year is to read at least 8 of the book group books we've planned for. Beyond that it's my choice...and what choices they are. I would LIKE to read more from my own bookshelves and learn to find contentment there instead of being tempted to read what others have enticed me with by their great reviews - - hint, hint!

I love the idea of looking back to look forward! Awesome!

Trish 12/30/2010 11:22 AM  

Your reading goals sound a bit like mine--non-existant and to have fun. I only read 23 books this year (22 when I wrote my looking backward/forward post a few weeks ago) and like you, I'm OK with that. Reading and blogging shouldn't dictate our lives.

I hope you have a truly fabulous 2011!!

Mary 12/30/2010 11:50 AM  

I plan to review fewer arcs next year. I want to read the books off my shelves (and eReader) - and try not to replace them with new books. That's my biggest challenge, ha.

I'll come back in a few days to check out your new template. Happy New Year!

Kay 12/30/2010 12:35 PM  

I love your goals and attitude! Very sensible and fun sounding. Hope you have a Happy New Year! I wish you much joy in 2011 and a lot of good reading!

Bookfool 12/30/2010 9:37 PM  

I love it that you used a mirror for your "looking back" picture.

I read fewer books, this year, too. It was one of my goals to slow down and enjoy my reads more, so it was deliberate and my reading definitely was more enjoyable. As to being "out of there the moment it becomes work," I probably should have quit at the first of last year. At this point, I no longer feel burned out, but last year's burnout was my last. If I get sick of blogging, I'm done, period.

I wish I had your patience and knowledge; there's so much I'd love to change about my blog's look but it's such an effort that I tend to think about it and then tell myself, "Later, later."

SuziQoregon 1/03/2011 6:39 PM  

Jen: I think so too ;-)

Guatami Tripathy: LOL you cracked me up!

UnfinishedPerson: I love to hear folks talk about reading more of what they want to read. You and I do have similar goals and outlooks about our reading. That's why I enjoy talking books and reading with you!

Inside A Book: thank you!! I know lots of folks really enjoy participating in a lot of challenges and I've done that myself in the past. The good part is that it made me stretch my wings a bit in my reading choices, but I love being more spontaneous with my reading now.

Trish: Exactly -- have FUN! that's the most important part. Who cares how many books you read in any given time frame. We can still have lots of great conversations about books and reading.

Mary: I've never done a lot of review books and ARCs and I don't intend to change that. I only accept what I truly want to read and have time to fit in without becoming too scheduled.

Kay: Thank you!! Hope you have a great reading year in 2011 too.

Bookfool: ah - slowing down and enjoying your reads more is wonderful, but don't you dare stop blogging. There's a balance to be found between burnout and and shutting down, it just takes a while to find what works for you.

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