Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New Year's Resolution

I started this blog a year ago because I'd entered a "52 books in 52 weeks" challenge and wanted a place to put my reviews.  Well, for the 3rd year in a row I read fewer than 52 books (I should finish #35 by Thursday) and have given up on catching up on my reviews.   I don't regret it - I fell behind because the Phillies played to well for me to turn off the TV or try writing with the game on in the background - but it's time to start again.  I've signed up for the 2010 challenge, so this year I will

  1. Read at least 52 books
  2. Not buy any new books until I've read 10 unread books lying around my house (I bought at least 10 more books than I read last year)
  3. Make a conscious effort to never have more than two books waiting for a review and to post at least three reviews each month.  
  4. Be less self conscious about what I'm writing.  I started posting reviews so I could get used to having others read what I write, and I've been debating whether I should continue posting my thoughts 'as-is' or if I should put more thought and editing time into them.  Both methods have drawbacks - when I spend too much time editing, I feel like discarding the post, but if the only editing I do is a quick grammar check, then I feel that I could have done a better job.  I've decided that the lesser evil is to just post, and (I hope) my reviews will just get better with practice.

Happy New Year!