One 'New Year's Resolution' type of thing that I am definitely not doing this year is to make a list of the books on my tbr pile that I plan to read in 2009. I did this last year, full of enthusiasm, and ended up not reading ONE of the titles. I did continue with several series - Mary Russell, Armand Gamache, Sherlock Holmes etc. - but really and truly my efforts were feeble, so I'm not doing it this year.
Challenges. Well, I'm not quite the challenge junkie that some are *g* but I do suffer from a kind of 'initial enthusiasm' for them that, like my best laid plans for my tbr mountian, fizzles out the minute the books are sorted and sitting on the shelf. Thus, I failed miserably at two challenges last year: Annie's What's in a Name challenge and Becky's Cardathon challenge. For the former I only managed a pathetic 3 books out of 6, and the latter, 4, when 6 - 12 were recommended. I tried, that's all I can say.
I did however succeed at a few: Becky's Heart of a Child challenge, for which I completed 4 books, Stray Talk's Here be Dragons challenge (3 books) and Carl's Once Upon a Time and RIP III challenges.
So that was 2008 and this is 2009. I have two ongoing challenges. The first is The Book Awards reading challenge which finishes in June, requires 10 books read and I've so far read 3. The second is The Library challenge which runs all year and my aim is to read 25 books borrowed from the library. I just about do that most years so that should not be a problem.
Apart from these two and Carl's various challenges I probably will not be taking on any more. I really want to read what I fancy this year rather than give myself a list of required books to read.
One thing I do plan to do for the first two months of the year is have some fun with Carl's sc fi experience.
This is not a challenge, merely a 'if you read some sci fi, blog about it' kind of thing. And as I'm well overdue for reading some sci fi rather than fantasy, I shall do just that.
Right, well, having got all that off my chest I just want to wish all the people who stop by this blog a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. I hope 2009 will be a good year for everyone.