Hi everyone! I hope your Christmas was as merry as mine. I ate a lot, laughed a lot, and got some lovely gifts. One of the best parts of the holiday? I finally introduced my dog to my sister’s dogs. It took a week of playdates, but they are all officially BFFs. Yay. I cooked, I cleaned, I wrapped, and I knit. I even read a teeny tiny bit-thank goodness for graphic novels! The latest Cirque du Freak manga (number 7) is available and I read that over the super busy weekend. Since I don’t really have any new titles to talk about, I think I will take this opportunity to revisit the reading goals I set for myself and see how well I did. Here are the goals I set for myself:
Goal #1 Read 12 debut authors in 2010.
Goal #2 Read a variety of genres in 2010.
Goal #3 Read more graphic novels in 2010.
Goal #4 Read at least 150 books in 2010 (audiobooks count!)
Kind of vague, huh? I will have to be more specific next year. Anyway, time to evaluate.
Goal #1: In 2010 I read 27 debut novels!
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy
All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Goal #2: I think I got a little bit more variety in this year, but still not great. The majority of what I read was still teen science fiction/fantasy (darn you dystopian/paranormal romance/vampire/zombie books!). I managed to read 8 historical fiction books, 15 mysteries, 9 plain-old, ordinary fiction, and 8 nonfiction titles. There is definitely room for improvement here.
Favorite Historical Fiction: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly with Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill coming in at a close second!
Favorite Mystery: 13th Hour by Richard Doetsch (not a YA title)
Favorite Fiction: The Cardturner by Louis Sachar with The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen coming in second!
Favorite Nonfiction: Letters to a Bullied Girl by Olivia Gardner
Goal # 3: I read 18 graphic novels this year, which is a huge improvement for me, but I’d like to read even more next year.
The Big Book of Barry Ween by Judd Winick
Cirque du Freak, the Manga by Darren Shan
Nightschool by Svetlana Chmakova
Goal # 4: I have read 159 books so far. I have 3 days left to read. I just got the newest book in the Drake Chronicles today and I am confident I will finish it in the next three days, so I am going to say 160 books read/listened to in 2010.
My Favorite Audiobooks:
Bloody Jack (the entire series!) by L.A. Meyer
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Allen Bradley
The Hunchback Assignments (1 & 2) by Arthur Slade
Phew, that’s a lot! Overall I think I did good job meeting my goals. I can see where I need to improve and my 2011 goals will address those areas. Stay tuned for my 2011 list!