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.
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).
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.