Well, this is going to be interesting, I have never actively thought about my reading habits before, but after having had a look at my 2007 spreadsheet (from Excel goddess Rosario), I decided to change some things for 2008 and to try to get a little more structure into the whole .. urggg… system.
Ok, here we go:
- Post results of my 2007 reading spreadsheet. (Unashamedly copying from Rosario here, but it’s the first time I have filled out one for a full year, I only discovered them in the middle of 2006, and now I wanna, toooooo. *squeee*, I am a list maniac, did ya know?)
- Read and post review of Charlene Teglia’s book Miss Lonley Hearts. The poor woman sent me an ebook copy in October last year, and-uhmmm- yes, I didn’t even read the book yet. I am sorry, deeply ashamed. Slap!
- I will, will, WILL stay inside my set up budget for DVDs until May, after that all bets are open *g*.
- Research Burried-Treasures on AAR (you don’t want me to run out of books, nooo?)
- More re-reading. I only re-read twelve measly books in 2007, that’s by far too little! I would like to achieve between 35 and 40 re-reads this year, with the bigger part done during the second half of the year when I don’t have my lovely libraries anymore *sigh*.
- More reading outside my comfort zones. It is no secret that my all-time favorite genre is anything contemporary. Then there are historicals, and finally everything else with a paltry little number of reads each year. I have an aversion against spaceships and aliens, but I actually discovered that fantasy might, under the right circumstances, work very well with Yours Truly. Same goes for paranormals in a contemporary setting (assuming they don’t feature any fangs and fur), preferably with some witchy and/or druid plot (Karen Marie Moning, helllooo!).
- No buying, trading and mooching of books anymore which I didn’t research. I know, for most readers out there that sounds pretty stupid, but yes!, I admit, I belong to those who are easily seduced by gorgeous covers (it also works the other way around) and flashy advertising. I am not that bad as it sounds, BUT I want to avoid at all costs, those most horrible of horrible reads, namely C graded books.
- Since I started reading romance in 2001 I have come a long way. Whereas in the beginning I was happy for the book to have a .. uhh.. distinctive cover, I can honestly say that nowadays I am more discerning *g*. Yet still I sometimes feel myself pushed, forced (by the mighty unseen) to finish a book I find absolutely NOT engaging, and that hast to stop! I know this wish won’t fully come true, mainly because of my reviewing activity and work as an editorial reviewer, but at least where my private reading choices are concerned I want to have as little C to F graded books as possible. I would rather have an unholy amount of DNFs then to ever have to suffer through blandness again.
- Now to my lovely blog. Well yeah, as already mentioned, my staying power where reviews are concerned is not worth writing home about. But I discovered, that writing reviews is, indeed, an excellent way of preparing for the CPE. So I will try to write a minimum of five to ten “oevres” a month.
Ok, that’s all for now … but it’s already late. Who knows what I will actually think of when I am fully awake.