Dec 16, 2009

2010 Reading Goals

Read ALL of Neal Shusterman's books, excluding Unwind and Everlost which I read this previous year. (At least ones I can easily access.)

Read 5 classic science fiction novels:
(tentatively)

1. Dune
2. Foundation
3. Minority Report
4. Martain Chronicles
5. 2001: A Space Odyssey


Read 2 Classics:

1. The Bell Jar
2. Wurthering Heights

Read 5 classice young adult novels:

1. Little Women
2. Wizard of Oz
(suggestions welcome)

Read 20 books released in 2009/2010

Read 10 books from the YA dystopian list

Finish The Iron Heel

Read Utopia and The Tempest

Dec 14, 2009

2009 Reading Goals

I have once again failed in my goal of having a more diversified reading list. I read about 95% YA which is the nighest percentage since I was in elementary school!

I wanted to read more classic science fiction novels and I didn't finish very many. I wanted to read more classic YA and I read 2. Reading is so personal it can be especially difficult to set goals ahead of time. It has been effective for me in the past but it completely backfired this year.

I did reach my goal to read 100 books twice over. That's including bother paper and audio books and even the occasional picture book.

While I enjoyed reading that many books I don't think I could handle any more and really enjoy the experience. Even as it was I am not sure I did as much as I would have liked to. I did a horrible job blogging but also had little desire to. Blogging should fun and I try to remember that and not force myself to do it.

Some of my personal goals were reached, like spending more time focused on my kids and volunteering at the school.

Overall I am only slightly disappointed in the achievement of my goals.

Dec 13, 2009

The Sunday Salon - Not Reading in Dystopia

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Lately I have just not been in the mood to read. And really I don't like the feeling. Sometimes I am okay with not reading and being busy and enjoying life. But there are too many things around the holidays to distract me. Also, my mp3 player broke and I used to listen to books while doing things around the house. I do keep picking up books and trying to read them, but I can't stay focused. I can feel my eyes trying to dart around the page. The library called with two books on hold I was really eager to read.

I have been wanting to read Gone for a while and when it showed up on eldritchhobbit's list of young adult dystopias I knew I had to read it. The weird part is that we recently got the second book, Hunger at the library but we didn't have the first and I had to do an interlibrary loan. I HATE when the library has the second book in a series but not the first.

The Hourglass Door was recommended to me by my librarian and is by a Utah author. I read just a few pages but I am completely in love with the writing style of the book. I want to read more but I am having the same problem of not being able to keep my eyes on the page.

Last night I was up late checking eldritchhobbit's list again my local library. It is a lot more time consuming than you might think and I am happy to have it off of my to do list. I knew I would find some books off the list, in part because I have already read and borrowed some. But I found over 20 books from 2000 on that I will be slowly working my way through. I have more dystopian reviews I have to write and a few more books I have to read for my challenges.

I am going to try and get started on Rebecca Stead's First Light. I am so, so, so, excited to read it because I am completely in love with When You Reach Me. I am interested to see how I will feel about a book that is more in my genre preference (it is on the YA dystopia list). I am in the middle of a bunch of other dystopic YA right now too. I am working on the second book in the Tripods series called The City of Gold and Lead. It is in that really boring part of the book where it is just recapping the previous book. I like that authors have found a better way around that now. I am also working on Cherry Heaven still. I have made NO progress on it sine last weekend.

Here are some of the YA Dystopian novels I may be checking out soon:
(be sure to point me to one you really liked or recommend a new one!!)
The Rule of Claw
The Inferior
The Lost Art
Firestorm
Siberia
The Secret Under My Skin
True Sight
Epic

For my birthday I want to try and get a few more YA dystopian novels that my library doesn't have now. I am building my wish list ahead of time and cross checking it against the library.

When you are in a reading funk, how do you break out of it?

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