Thursday, January 01, 2009

First of all Happy New Year!
It’s that time where we both look forward and look back and stock take isn’t it? At the beginning of last year when I start the blog properly one of the internal resolutions that I made in myself was to keep the blog up and not let it run dry. I didn’t do as well at that as I thought I would, I mean I reviewed every book I read but the blogs I had intended to write like ‘why I am obsessed with what everyone else reads on the tube’ and many more never got written but hopefully they will in 2009, I definitely improved toward the end of the year though! I also made some other resolutions on here…

The ones that sadly I failed at were;
- Read a Jodi Piccoult, I have always had something against her books and have absolutely no rational for this, 2008 wasn’t the year that I broke that habit
- The Odyssey, my mum would have been so proud if I had… but nope
- Read harder fiction, well am gunning through Anna Karenina at the moment and Will Self’s ‘The Book of Dave’ wasn’t easy but was extremely rewarding
- Hardy and Trollope, double no
- Revisit old favourites; nope sadly I was focused on getting through my huge TBR
- Give some books a second chance, no I wanted to have a second slog at Lionel Shriver’s ‘We Need to Talk about Kevin’ but I simply didn’t.

The ones I managed were;
- Read more short stories, I read two collections, maybe three but would have liked to read more
- Read a James Bond
- Read Tess Gerritsen, well I definitely did that actually becoming a big fan, managed to save some for this year though
- Read more non fiction, well with the Mitford Letters, a book on ghost hunting and the fabulous Kate Summerscale I did just that

So what about for 2009? What book resolutions have I got this year? Do I want to take any over that I didn’t manage this year? Well the ones I am setting myself this year are;
- Find a new favourite author I haven’t read before but can’t get enough of
- Classics, I want to read a lot more classics both classic classics and modern classics if that makes sense
- Try stuff I wouldn’t normally, this means joining some more book groups me thinks
- The Man Booker-a-thon, I would really like to give this a go this year especially now I know more publishers
- Possibly re-try a few books like ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’ and ‘Company of Liars’ the latter I really wanted to read but it didn’t grab the mood I was in, oh and Kate Atkinson's 'Behind The Museum
- Not buy as many books; I think this one is unlikely.

I think that’s enough? Is anyone else making any book resolutions this year?

2 comments:

Bluestocking said...

I made some resolutions. They are on my blog.

http://web.me.com/bluestocking_bb

Simon Savidge said...

Where on the site I had a look but can't find it! Eeek!