Friday, December 18, 2009

2010 at Library Girl Reads

2010 is right around the corner and I've been thinking about what my reading and blogging will look like in the new year.  I would love to say that I'm going to be more consistent with The Sunday Salon posts and having regular content during the week.  Unfortunately, I know that I cannot make that promise.  As a stay at home mom, much of my reading and blogging time is determined by my daughter.  When she naps, I get things done.  When she is awake, I want to spend all the time I can with her playing and exploring the world through her eyes.

In 2009, I only signed up for two reading challenges.  So far I've finished one of them and that was earlier this month.  I have one book left to finish the second challenge and it is sitting next to me, waiting to be picked up.  I really want to get it finished by the end of the year but I'm in the middle of two others so I don't know if it will happen.  There are so many absolutely fantastic reading challenges out there.  They sound so wonderful and I want to sign up as soon as I read about a new one.  I've been holding off though and haven't signed up for any for 2010 yet.  I just don't know if I can make that kind of commitment to focus my reading that much.  My 'to read' list is huge and there are books sitting on my own bookshelves that I haven't gotten to yet.  So I'm still undecided on what to do about reading challenges in 2010.  If I do sign up for any, I'm going to be very selective and only do a few.  If you are interested in reading challenges for next year, check out A Novel Challenge.  The blog is great for finding many of the challenges that are going on and there is also a Yahoo! Group with information on the challenges and people providing lots of encouragement.

I've hosted very few giveaways on Library Girl Reads in 2009 but I plan on changing that in 2010.  My stack of books that I've read but don't want to keep is growing and I want to pass them along to other readers.  These are mainly books I've enjoyed but that I know I won't read a second time and I need all the space on my bookshelves I can get.  I'm hoping to be able to host a giveaway monthly from my own collection and to possibly host some giveaways from authors, publishers, and/or publicists as well.  So if you would like to give something away on my blog in the next year, please contact me!

I'd love to have more content from authors on the blog too.  I'm not great at coming up with questions for the author interview type posts but I'm sure we could agree on a general topic and time line for getting a post up.  Authors, publicists, publishers, please contact me if you have content I can post.

As for my reading, I would love to be more organized.  In recent months, I've been very scattered with my reading.  Even when I'm enjoying a book, I'm having a hard time focusing.  I think I've been overwhelmed with other things and it has really affected my ability to concentrate.  I've been trying to fit in review books, books I own, and all the great books I keep adding to the 'to read' list and it has gotten out of hand.  In 2010, I will probably be accepting fewer review copies so that I can catch up a little bit on the books that I own.  Of course, if it is already on the 'to read' list, I'd be happy to accept a copy!

Every year, I say that things will settle down after the holidays are over.  Every year, I am wrong.  There are always going to be big changes coming and things shifting.  The best I can do is try to focus and take each day as it comes.  Some days, I will have the time to read and blog and some days, I just won't.  I'm going to accept that and not pressure myself to get content up on a regular schedule.  That would take the enjoyment out of blogging for me.

So what can I say for 2010?  I will still be here, writing book reviews and doing more giveaways.  I hope that you will take the journey with me and we'll just see what happens!

What are your reading and blogging plans for 2010?

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  1. I am going to kick back as far as blogging goes. I have no goals, only to blog less and enjoy life more. I plan to put way more time into novel writing. That will be where my priorities are for 2010.

    Enjoy time with family. :)

  2. I'm going to sound like J.Kaye when I say this, but I'm taking a step back. I want to read more of my books, no more review books and no more author interviews/guest blogs. I've had a huge year and enjoyed the ARCs and interviews, but want to take time away for me.

    I can't wait to see your books next year Angela!

  3. I really, really try not to make plans of the blogging/ reading variety because 9 times out of 10 they tend to blow up in my face lol. I do plan on getting completely caught up on my reviews by 2010 though!

  4. Ladytink, I agree that plans tend to blow up in faces and that is why I've been rather noncommittal here. I can't say for sure there is anything I'm definitely going to do (except try to get rid of some of the extra books).

    I can't really say that I'm going to take a step back either since I've been totally sporadic with blogging since I started. lol

    My guess is that the randomness will continue no matter how organized I say I'm going to be.


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