Looking Forward to 2010
It’s November already, and soon 2009 will be a thing of the past. Already! Time goes by fast, doesn’t it? Which begs the question : what’s coming up for next year, both on the reading and the blogging fronts?
That one is mostly easy. January will be the blog’s first year anniversary! Yippee! I can’t believe it’s been a year already – I still often feel new at this. Maybe it’s because I started blogging more seriously only around May or June. Anyway, I’m still trying to think about ways to celebrate it. Giveaways? Ideas are welcome!
Mostly I plan on continuing like I’ve been doing, mixing reviews, features, comics, and a few memes, and at about the same rhythm. I would love to bring back my only-done-once feature “The Fan Shelf” and interview more bloggers! I’m also thinking about adding a feature where I would present books I read in pre-blog era and that I loved.
Also, I have an urgent need to update my blogroll and, even more, by review database – which I want to re-organize completely.
First, I think there’ll be a return to adult fiction. Not that I will stop reading YA – I love it too much! But I feel like I have read maybe a bit much of it this year. I really fell into it and loved it, but I miss books featuring more “grown ups”. I have found myself wandering more and more in the adult fiction and, even more surprising, in the non-fiction the last time I went to the bookstore, so we’ll see where that gets us!
I also have two “pet projects” that are more related to my field of study. I would love 2010 to be the year I read both Gomrich’s The Story of Art and Hugh Honour’s The World History of Art. They are both very basic references (and very huge, too, respectively 700 and 1000 pages) that teachers often refer us to when we’re unsure about an artistic style, a period, etc. They both have a very clear writing, not too intellectual, so that should be good for general culture! I’m very realistic though, and I know chances are I won’t read both. So I’ll be happy to finish one or the other.
I also want to somewhat reduce my TBR pile, which means I’ll have to read more than I buy, or in other words, that I’ll have to buy less. (What an insane idea!) It also means that I have to slow down on the borrowing from the library and read the books I actually have.
I have already started limiting my buying without giving it too much thought, and I think I’ll keep with the few rules I set myself recently : less hardcovers, no more “first-in-a-series” until I finish at least a couple I have at home, etc. It’s that or being crushed by a giant pile of books – and I like to live, thank you very much!
So now, let me turn back the question to you! What’s coming up for next year, both on the reading and the blogging fronts? New projects or challenges? New genres you want to try? Some great author you’ll finally get to read?