Happy New Year, and welcome to the first Sunday Salon of 2010! A few days ago I posted my 2009 year in review, one of my last posts on LiveJournal. This is the first Sunday at my new blog home. If you are reading this in an RSS feed, I hope you’ll click over and check out my new look. Since it’s a new year, it’s time to share my 2010 reading goals. I’ve blogged for 3 years now (my blogiversary is January 7), and each year my reading evolves in some new way.
This year I am being more selective than ever about time-based challenges. As 2009 came to a close, my feed reader was overflowing with new opportunities listed on A Novel Challenge. There were a number of tempting gems, and I could have signed up for several with considerable overlap. But sometimes I find it overwhelming to keep up with all the challenge blogs and Mr. Linkys. So I held back, with only one new challenge and a couple of old favorites:
- The Women Unbound challenge is well underway.
- I’m hosting The Complete Booker 2010 Challenge, which is another way of attacking my perpetual challenge (more on that below).
- The Book Awards IV Challenge, which began January 1.
Perpetual challenges are really my favorites. These have no time limit, and allow me to pursue longer-term goals. This year I’m adding a personal “Belletrista Challenge,” to celebrate women writers from around the world. Perpetual challenges will make up most of my reading in 2010:
- The Complete Booker – 2010 Goal is to complete the winners list by reading 10 winners
- The Orange Prize Project – 2010 Goal is to read 8 (the 2010 winner and several shortlisted works)
- The Pulitzer Project – 2010 Goal is to read 6 winners
- Virago Modern Classics – 2010 Goal is to read 12
- Belletrista – 2010 Goal is to read 6 books from Belle’s treasure trove of reviews
- 1001 Books you Must Read Before you Die – 2010 goal is to read 10
- From my Stacks – read 10 books that have lain around my house the longest (based on LibraryThing data)
- Just for Fun – read 10 books for any reason whatsoever. These could be recommendations from friends, or new releases.
- The Classics Circuit – be an active contributor, celebrating the classics by hosting blog tour stops. On January 12, Edith Wharton will visit Musings. I’ll also be participating in the Harlem Renaissance tour in February with a post featuring poet Langston Hughes.
Whew! It will be a busy year, but having spent the time to craft these “New Year’s Reading Resolutions,” I’m really looking forward to all the great books and authors I’ll discover. On Thursday (my blogiversary) I’ll be announcing a giveaway related to the new year. If you’ve made resolutions for your 2010 reading, be sure to stop by and enter to win!
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