Monday, January 3, 2011

2010 Review and Looking Ahead into 2011

Yes it's already the 3rd and this is my 2010 summary post - I've been off work and off routine, having a blast with my family for the last two weeks.  Now it's back to the grind of work, school for the kids and the fun of getting back to my blog.  Please forgive me for my spotty posting, but I figure I didn't have time to post and I'm betting a lot of you didn't have time to read blogs as well :)

So now it's the New Year, first let me look back and summarize 2010 in reading for me.

Total Books Read:  216
  • Books:  107
  • ARCs:  64
  • Ebooks:  22
  • Audiobooks:  23

YA/Middle Grade/Children's Fiction Books Read: 122
Adult Fiction Books Read:  90
Non-fiction Books Read: 4

Breakdown of Fiction Genres:
  • General Fiction: 73
  • Mystery/Suspense/Thriller: 45
  • Romance:  8
  • Paranormal: 42
  • Christian: 28
  • Romantic Suspense: 6
  • Fantasy: 5
  • Historical: 1
  • Women's Fiction: 1
Books from the Library: 56
Books from Home:  17
Books for Review:  143

So it was an interesting year - lots of reading.  I topped last years total number which was 208.  My Young Adult reading skyrocketed (something I did not notice until I put the numbers down) and my romance reading fell off.

So what are my plans for 2011?  To read and read what I choose to.  I will be accepting less review books as I have found I tend to overbook myself and there are some books I received for review in the past I really want to get to.  I also need to make a dent in my home shelves.  I will continue reading from the library because I enjoy it very much.  I also plan to read more from my Kindle this year. I have been stocking up on freebies and other specials along with books I am dying to read, so it's time to make time to read those as well.

January is pretty booked for review, but I plan to space it out more in the future, maybe only two review books a week.  I will continue to review books I read from other sources as well so I hope to continue around 2-5 reviews a week as well as meme participation. 

This year I also plan to be better about keeping up with my challenges.  I want to complete them and I want my posts complete.

And of course there will be giveaways.  I already have two piles of books ready for new homes, so look for giveaway hops I will be participating in along with author/publisher giveaways and other giveaways through the year.

Anything else you would like to see?  Just let me know and I will work on it.  I want to get back to my series spotlight as I am behind on a lot of great series and it's fun to talk about them with others who love and hate them.

As always please comment if you feel like it, even if you disagree with what I say, I don't mind - we all have opinions.  Let  me know if you read the book I am reviewing, whether you liked it or not.  I like hearing a lot of different opinions, it often shows me things I miss in the book!

I look forward to 2011 as another great blogging year, not just on my blog, but the whole blogging community and I can't wait to be a part of it.

Happy New Year!

New Year's Reading Resolutions Giveaway Hop

It's time for another giveaway hop.  This one is hosted by Candace at Candace's Book Blog.  What can be more fun.  This one runs from 12:01am January 3 - 11:59pm January 9.  Plenty of time to get to all 100+ blogs participating.  I know I plan on hopping.  I will announce winners (I promise) by January 12th.  I'm actually keeping things simple this time.

The giveaway is a choice of 3 books from the list below (plus more that will be added) and this giveaway is open to US/Canada only.

So simply fill out the form.  You don't have to be a follower, but I would love for you to be one if you like the blog.  I also love Goodreads friends, twitter followers and the like, see my sidebar.

Good luck everyone and Happy New Years!

List of books (and I'll be adding more over the giveaway time)

Christmas at Harrington's by Melody Carlson 

Casting About by Terri DuLong (ARC)
Last to Die by Kate Brady (ARC)
Running from the Devil by Jamie Freveletti
Lydia's Charm by Wanda Brunstetter
The Radley's by Matt Haig
Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow (audiobook on cd, unabridged)

and more to come when I get a chance to go through my pile more . . .

Fill out the form here.