As I said in my previous post I limited my reading challenge participation last year and made more room for spontaneity in my reading. It was a huge success and I plan to do more of the same in 2010.
I never set reading goals for number of books or pages. I do keep track but that’s just for information and because I’m a total statistics dork. I do love me a spreadsheet. Reading books isn’t a contest. I don’t care how many books I read, I just want to read what I want to read and enjoy most of what I do read. I know not every book will be a winner, but since I don’t pick up a book blindly I tend to have very few duds, a lot of books I like and a few extremely excellent books.
I do expect that in 2010 I will read less total books than I did in 2009. I might read more pages, however. The reason is that I have several very big books that I want to read. I may not read all of these, but the first few are definitely in the plan.
East of Eden (600+ pages) – I’ve never read it but will be reading for a group discussion.
Jacob’s Ladder: A Story of Virginia During the War by Donald McCaig (528 pages)
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (600+ pages)
Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (900? pages)
Dawn on a Distant Shore by Sara Donati (642 pages)
I used to read a lot more Chunksters like this, but I’ve discovered that since I started blogging about my reading I tend to keep deferring the big fat books. Part of the reason is that it makes for long breaks between posts about books. I’m working on what I can post about when I’m reading a book that’s taking me more than a few days to read. I don’t like leaving the blog looking abandoned, but I also don’t want to post a stuff just to have a post. I’ll work on it and you’ll have to let me know what works and what doesn’t. I’m not a fan of posting a bunch of weekly memes and having the blog be mostly memes. The only one I do consistently is Wordless Wednesday and I plan to continue that one but not add a bunch of others. It’s just a process of finding what I’m comfortable posting.
I’ve also been working on a new format for my book posts. I don’t really like calling them reviews because what I do is not a formal review. It’s much more casual information about the book and my thoughts. I started using this new format at the end of December and so far I like it. I hope you do too.