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Thursday, January 01, 2009

2009 Reading Goals

I'm making my 2009 reading goals with the thought in mind that I have also made a commitment to really make a go at my Etsy shop (New Shop announcement coming... soon?) Last year my goal was 60 books and I really tanked, so I think this year I'll say 50 books. Slightly less than a book a week. I'm not setting any goals like "5 classics" or "more non-fiction" and I'm probably not going to join any challenges beyond avidbookreader's TBR Day, if she does it again. I am going to do a personal TBR Challenge, so I might seek out that challenge to do. (This is slightly different from TBR Day, which requires posting on a certain day.) I would like to concentrate more on reading 2009 books IN 2009 (so that I don't get further behind) and not letting the incoming books outnumber the outgoing books (or rather, the read books. I don't care if they stay here, so long as I'm reading.) I'd like to review, really review, not just summarize, more books, which means I need to think a little more about what I'm reading (series books are really hard for me to review.)

So, to summarize:
  • 50 books.
  • Books published in 2009, read in 2009.
  • Better reviews.
My personal TBR challenge for this year, which I will use for TBR Day as well, in random order:
  • Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
  • Cathy's Book by Stewart/Weisman/Brigg
  • Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos
  • The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • Chill Factor by Rachel Caine
  • Anybody Out There by Marian Keyes
  • Heat by Bill Buford
  • ANYTHING by Jodi Picoult
I'd ask what YOUR goals are for this year, but most of you are posting your goals anyway.



  1. Fifty is a very good number to aim for, Lisa. That's quite a lot of books, actually.

    All of your goals sound very doable. :-) I want to be more critical in my reviews--something I am not always so good at. And I want to read more.

    Good luck with your goals for this year!

  2. Twisted is great. I've got Just Listen on the piles. I love Dessen.

    I think 50 is a great number to shoot for, especially with little kids and a business. You're doing pretty amazing, if you ask me.

  3. I haven't even thought about my goals yet!! I did write up a rough list of my 12 TBR books for the challenge--because it is one I will definitely be joining (in addition to the classics and non-fiction five that I'll be hosting), but I'm still trying to recover from this year! :)

    I've heard really great things about Love Walked In. Hope you enjoy the reading. Have you read My Sister's Keeper by Picoult? It's my favorite of the 6 or 7 that I've read. You realize, though, that a lot of her books are freezer books, though, right? :P

  4. Thanks, everyone.

    Trish, I KNOW. Why do you think I own 5 or 6 of her books and have read exactly NONE of them??

  5. This year I have set a personal goal of 50 books. I don't have a blog but I sure do enjoy a lot of them. I have set some 'goals' this year and I do hope to achieve them. I have a couple of books that you have on your list to read, so I might just start with them:) Happy New Year!

  6. I think this may be the first year I'll set up goals on what I want to read.

    "Love Walked In" is one of my favorite books that I've read recently (with "19th wife" a close second). I think you will really enjoy it.

  7. Good goals. Hmmmm. 50 is alot.

  8. I loved Thirteen Reasons Why. . .hope you like it!

  9. Melanie, check back in with me every so often and we'll encourage each other!

    Vicky, I'm kinda cheating. I've read the first couple chapters of Love Walked In! I think I'm going to love it too.

    Janssen, when I was making my list of 12 I kept finding books that made me think, "Hm, I think Janssen made me get this one" - Isn't the Boleyn book one you loved too? Or am I wrong? I just added Skulduggery Pleasant to my wish list too.

  10. I tried to get my son to read The Mysterious Benedict Society and he said it was not his thing. Then it hit me that it's more "my" thing so that is one book I wouldn't mind reading either.

  11. I have Loved Walk In in my pile too!

  12. I wish I had more time to read. There are a lot of books I'd like to check out. Good luck with your goals!

    Also, thank you for stopping by and for your kind words and support. I really appreciate it!


  13. Looks like you will be busy :) I think that it is hard to write reviews especially for series books so I know exactly what you mean. Hope you have a great and happy new year!

  14. I aimed for 50 books and exceeded my goal last year. This year I'm shooting for 75 books.


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