The Sunday Salon: 2010 Resolutions


It 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!

Author/Series Challenges:

The 2010 Debut Author Challenge (YA)

Kristi over at The Story Siren is hosting an amazing challenge next year – the YA Debut Author Challenge.  It is going to be super interactive: with lots of reviews, competitions and discussions.  I was reluctant to join a challenge that would require me buying even MORE books to add to my groaning shelves, but this one just looks to fun to resist!
The objective is to read at least 12 YA books from debut authors published next year.  You can sign up for the challenge here, but make sure to read through the guidelines before you do!
Here is my read list, according to release dates!
I have also created a Debut Author tag over on LibraryThing for the books that I am definitely getting/have already bought! Since I use LibraryThing to rate my books and keep track of my reading – it is there that you will find all my ratings for the Debut Author Challenge.

As I am still considering which books I will be getting for this challenge, I have also made a Debut Author Shelf over on Goodreads for a bunch of authors that I am still considering on buying.  (These are just the ones that look great to me – there is a much bigger list already on GoodReads!)

31/12/2010 – Nine out or twelve debut novels read in 2010.  Not too bad, but I didn’t meet the challenge – there’s always next year!

    Lord of the Rings Readalong

    lotr readalongThere are a lot of challenges starting up for 2010 – but this is the one I am most excited about!

    Starting January 1, 2010, we’ll be reading one book from the series (including The Hobbit) each month with a goal of finishing all four books in April. We’ll be taking turns hosting the readalong, so you can follow our intrepid fellowship of readers around the blogosphere. Here’s where you’ll find us each month:

    I have only read The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring – and that was years ago.  I had a lot of trouble getting into the rest of the books – despite a fierce desire to!  The films are some of my all-time favourite (I consider them “comfort films” as they never fail to cheer me up!) but the books have always seemed rather inpenetrable.  Hopefully this challenge will help me get through them!

    Sign up over on Shelf Love to join in the action!

    2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge

    YA_ReadingI have decided to join my first reading challenge in a looooong time – J. Kaye’s 2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge.  I took up reading a lot more YA books this year and have every intention to read more!  For now I am going to stick to the “Just My Size YA Reading Challenge” which means reading 25 YA books next year.  Check out the link in the image to join yourself.

    ETA:  Decided to up my reading plan to 25 books, as I am also taking part in the Debut YA Author Challenge. So along with those books (12), here is my preliminary list for 2010 YA Reading:

    (Books in Bold have been read!)

    1. Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
    2. Betrayals by Lili St. Crow
    3. Jealousy by Lili St. Crow
    4. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
    5. Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
    6. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
    7. Frostbitten by Richelle Mead
    8. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
    9. Need by Carrie Jones
    10. Captivate by Carrie Jones
    11. Shiver by Maggie Steifvater
    12. Linger by Maggie Steifvater
    13. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
    14. Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
    15. Fade Out by Rachel Caine
    16. Kiss of Death by Rachel Caine
    17. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
    18. The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
    19. Tempted by P.C. and Kristin Cast
    20. The Espressologist by Kristina Springer
    21. Firespell by Chloe Neill – 2010 Debut Author!
    22. Fallen by Lauren Kate
    23. Hearts at Stake aka My Love Lies Bleeding by Alyxandra Harvey  – 2010 Debut Author!
    24. Beating Heart by A. M. Jenkins
    25. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
    26. Ondine by Ebony McKenna – 2010 Debut Author!
    27. The Line by Teri Hall – 2010 Debut Author!
    28. Old Magic by Marianne Curley
    29. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
    30. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
    31. TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow – 2010 Debut Author!
    32. The Devil’s Kiss by Sarwat Chadda
    33. Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
    34. Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson – 2010 Debut Author!
    35. Stargazer by Claudia Gray
    36. Dark Life by Kat Falls – 2010 Debut Author!
    37. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting – 2010 Debut Author!
    31/12/2010 – Challenge complete!  I read 37 YA books this year, which even I am rather impressed by.  Some of them were beyond fantastic – others less so…