2010: The Sunday Salon – Happy New Year Edition

Maybe in 2010 I should resolve to actually post Sunday Salons on Sunday?

Happy New Year! It’s time for my little 2009 recap:

Books read: 133
Pages read: 34,645
Words read: 12,359,271
Audiobook hours: 14d 3h 11m

Blog posts: 216
Challenges attempted: 18
Challenges completed: 11

The challenge numbers are somewhat estimated… Some of the challenges listed under attempted are not supposed to be completed yet.

And now, my favorite books read each month:

January: Claus, A Christmas Incarnation: Vol I (C. John Coombes)
February: A Fistful of Charms (Kim Harrison)
March: Ok, I’m gonna list 3 for March, cuz these were all so good… The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson), In the Woods (Tana French), The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
April: Fractured (Karin Slaughter)
May: The Black Tower (Louis Bayard)
June: City of Thieves (David Benioff)
July: Naamah’s Kiss (Jacqueline Carey)
August: August was a mediocre month.  I’m gonna skip it.
September: Evil at Heart (Chelsea Cain)
October: Another multiple great book month! Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins), The Girl Who Played With Fire (Stieg Larsson), A Quiet Belief in Angels (R.J. Ellory)
November: The Maze Runner (James Dashner), Olive Kitteridge (Elizabeth Strout)
December: The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)

As for 2010, I don’t think I’m going to change a whole lot.  There’s a lot of bloggers discussing "reading deliberately", but this is something I think I already started about mid-way through last year.  I have a gigantic stack of review books that I *need* to get through, plus a lot of my own books that I *need* to read, so I’ve started up a rotation with the following categories: (A)mazon, (L)ibrayThing, (S)olicited, (U)nsolicited, (M)ine.  The rotation is ALSMM, ALSUMM.  So for every 3 review copies, I read 2 of my own books, and I only read an unsolicited book every other round.  I know I won’t stick to this 100%, because there may be a tour I participate in, or something I JUST HAVE to read IMMEDIATELY, or something I’m reading for my book club, but it’s a good rule of thumb for me.

I’ve also stopped accepting review copies except in very limited circumstances.  I *really* need to reduce the number of unread books in my house.  And I’ll be turning off my Box-o-Books membership on PaperbackSwap as soon as I complete my pending transactions… I’m finding that I’m choosing books just for the sake of completing the swap, not because I want the book.

So that’s it! If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Here’s to a great 2010!

5 thoughts on “2010: The Sunday Salon – Happy New Year Edition

  • January 4, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    I love your system and just may have to adopt it, although I don’t have many amazon books. You had a great year of reading!
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Mailbox Monday =-.

    • January 4, 2010 at 1:17 pm

      I don’t have many Amazon books right now either, just one outstanding. If I don’t have something in a category, I’ll just skip it!

  • January 5, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    That’s a great list of favorites. I don’t think I read enough to break mine into months, but it’s a nice change from “top ten”. I am determined to read IN THE WOODS this year, among others.

    Also, I have my paperbackswap account on vacation hold, where it’s been for at least 8 or 9 months. I built up about 20 credits, put the ones I REALLY wanted on Auto-request and let it go. I occasionally pop over to request something that I can order right then, but it’s so nice to not mail things out all the time. And now some of then giant lists are coming to the top, so it’s nice.
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..2009 Reading Recap, part one =-.


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