Sunday Salon ~ January 4th, 2009

2009!?!?!?  When did that happen?  I must have been strapped to a rocket pack because 2008 sure flew by at warp speed.  What did I accomplish in 2008?  Well, I had given myself a personal challenge of reading 33 books for the 33 years I have been alive and I did it.  I read 33 books!  I am very proud of myself and have decided to do 34 for 34 in 2009.  New Year’s Day marked my 34th birthday.  Having a birthday on the first day of the year is very cool and allows me to easily start resolutions and challenges as a way to mark getting older and the years passing all at once.  I really think that even though we will be moving back to the states from Okinawa this year, I will be able to accomplish reading 34 books. 

Hubby got me the Amazon Kindle for my birthday but because Amazon is currently sold out of the Kindle (thanks Oprah!) it won’t ship until March.  😦  I hope that they ship it out earlier but I do have enough books on my TBR shelves to keep me busy till the Kindle’s arrival.  I already have a list started of the books I will buy and download to the Kindle. 

Thanks to my parents and my in-laws birthday checks I was able to buy a Wii on Friday.  Hubby and I have been having fun bowling, playing tennis, boxing, playing golf and hitting and pitching baseballs all weekend.  He thinks I’m pretty pathetic because I have a bad case of “Wii Arm” due to the intensity that I play those games.  I’m feeling better today for the first time in two days, but I love my Wii. 

This week there are some things I have to work on for this blog, including a Top 10 list of books I read in 2008.  What were some of your favorite reads last year?  Are there any books you are looking forward to picking up when they are released in 2009?  I’m about three quarters of the way done with Tiffany Baker’s upcoming release of her debut novel, The Little Giant of Aberdeen County.  It will be available in stores this week.  You can check out updates on Tiffany Baker’s release week over at The Debutante Ball.