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?

Blogging :

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.

Reading :

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.

lutz of booksI 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?

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14 responses to “Looking Forward to 2010”

  1. Violet says :

    It really doesn’t feel like it’s going to be 2010 soon, it feels like I just celebrated the millennium new year πŸ™‚

    I’m getting married, so I don’t really know how much I’ll be able to read. I need to settle down into a routine before I can even think about it.

    Your 2010 is going to be great reading wise, I can see πŸ™‚ I gravitated a lot into YA this year too and the best thing about it is that they are quick reads. I’ll look forward to what you plan in Jan, can we get more of your adorable comics??? πŸ™‚

  2. bermudaonion says :

    I’ve been blogging longer than you and I still feel new at it too! I muddle through one day at a time and don’t plan too much in advance. I think you should draw a comic for your one year blogiversary and give it away!

  3. Amanda says :

    I’m moving more away from YA, too, but for me I think it’s because while the first YA I found had a lot more depth to it, I’ve run into a streak of really silly books and I’ve gotten jaded. I also plan to read a lot more GLBT stuff, and I’d like to increase my nonfiction reading, too.

  4. Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) says :

    I’m not sure what exactly is coming up reading/blogging wise. More of it, I hope. Next semester I only have to take 1 class to finish out my degree, so I’m anticipating more time to read and blog (which I’m excited about!). But, I’m also going to try and freelance a bit more, so that might take away some time too.

    Congrats on your upcoming blogiversay, that’s awesome!

  5. Steph says :

    I’m not sure that in the next year I’ll be able to do much to change the blog, as I expect I’m only going to get busier and busier, so I think I’ll largely have to keep the mix of posts as they are now. But, Tony and I are working on a site redesign to improve our aesthetics AND functionality, so that’s exciting.

    Reading-wise I’m pretty happy with what I’ve done this year, but one thing I think I will aim to do next year is to prioritize any authors who I own multiple books by but have never read! Oddly, there are quite a few that fall into that pile!

  6. lena says :

    i’m not ready for 2010 yet. it still feels like half of 2009 hasn’t appeared yet.

    i’m glad you’re ahead of the game and already have some goals set. usually during the holidays I look back over my blog and figure out what i liked and didn’t like and how to fix that. granted, i haven’t been doing this very long but it always feels nice to reflect on something you love so much.

    as for suggestions for bloggyversary – folks usually do a giveaway. but with your amazing comics, maybe you could draw something special for one lucky winner? i love love love that about your blog πŸ™‚

  7. Staci says :

    Blogging wise- it will probably be the same. But I really need to read my own books!! Why did I buy them if not to read, right? I love all the things that you do on your blog. It’s fun and fresh!! Good luck on the art books for next year!! πŸ™‚

  8. cutlex says :

    Oh for sure it would be hard to stop yourself from grabbing a new book. It would be hard to get your goal!

    In my case, my blog would still be the same. :] I’m kinda new so.. On my reading, I need to buy more. I’m still starting! And I don’t have the pile as tall as yours. :))

  9. Michelle M says :

    I agree, I think I’m going to try actually finishing a couple of series I’ve started in the past year, but never got around to finishing – too many new shiny covers catch my eye and I’m a goner.

  10. Bella says :

    I’m hoping to read more of my own books, no more arcs from January onwards and more YA. I feel like I’ve read a lot of adult books this year and want to read some more YA.

  11. heidenkind says :

    Reading Gombrich’s A Story of Art has been on my to-do list for quite a while. Did you know he originally wrote that book for little kids to help them understand art history?

  12. kay says :

    Violet : I agree, time goes by fast! I understand how your wedding will take up much of your time, and then after, too. Make sure to let us know when so that we can wished you the best! πŸ˜€ And yes, there should be more comics in 2010 : as long as I am inspired and as long as readers aren’t annoyed by them πŸ˜‰

    Kathy : I think the “one day at a time” approach is a great one! And thank you for the idea, that’s a good one!

    Amanda : I know what you mean about depth in YA lit. I have read a few of those “silly” ones too. I’m also feeling the need to read about different kind of people than teens. I think your GLBT goal sounds interesting; I’m looking forward to see what you’ll read for it!

    Kim : Congrats on getting to the end! You must be excited! I hope things will work out like you want for your freelance projects! πŸ™‚

    Steph : I love your mix of posts, so that’s great to hear. But now I am absolutely curious about that new look of yours! I’d love to get a new look too, maybe once the winter semester is over. And oh my, I should follow your lead and prioritize the authors I have many books of, too!

    lena : I know I’m soon, but I was suddenly inspired to write the post. I figured I would do it while it was on my mind! Also, thanks for the ideas! I guess that would be an original, fun idea!

    Staci : Lol! I completely understand : I need to read my own books too! I keep borrowing from the library AND buying, which does nothing for my TBR pile!

    Cutlex : Sometimes it’s good to keep things the same! And having a big pile is fun, as long as it doesn’t crush you – like mine threatens to do! hehe!

    Michelle M : That’s a good goal, finishing series. I’m easily distracted from those I’m reading by shiny covers, too! πŸ˜›

    Bella : Fun goal! I’m curious to see what you’ll be reading. I’m not leaving YA either so I’m always interested in discovering other books.

    Heidenkind : No, I didn’t know! I knew he wrote it with the idea it would be read by people who weren’t art historian, so the writing is “easier”. But I didn’t know it was for kids. I really can’t wait to get into it!

  13. Vasilly says :

    It’s funny. I’ve been thinking about what I want to do differently next year when it comes to life in general and also thinking it’s too early to be thinking about next year. This is a great post. I will definitely be writing down my thoughts and meditating on my answers before January.

  14. justicejenniferreads says :

    Wow, it is truly crazy to think that the end of the year is approaching ALREADY! What happened to my 2009? Anyway, I’m always excited for the dawn of a New Year. It means tons of exciting resolutions – some I will keep and others will fade away. Still, hopefully next year will be a better year for me and blogging. I’m starting to get a better grip on my studies and so it’s time to delve back into the reading and blogging world for me. I’m hoping to keep a tighter schedule on my reading and my posts so that my blog is more regular. Also, I’m hoping to start hosting some giveaways and some new, exciting features. More on that later though. I loved your ideas! And I can’t wait to see 2010 unfold on your blog. So exciting!

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