2010 A New Year and a Fresh Slate

Happy New Year!!  Are there even people out there wanting to read this blog anymore?  I have been a horrible blogger.  Non-existent actually!  2009 started out strong with regular postings here and then our move from Okinawa to Virginia threw a huge wrench in that.  I have not had the drive to blog since moving in the house and to be honest with you, the only thing that has kept me reading regularly has been my book club (thank you ladies) that I started here in the DC area in August. 

So, with that all said, I am not going to try to back track and analyze the books I read in 2009 or even acknowledge the many reading challenges I attempted, including my 34 of 34 personal challenge (read 34 books for my 34 years).  I am going to start fresh and new and see where that takes me and you!  How does that sound?

Right now I am reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett on my Kindle for book club and I  just love it!  The character development is rich and full of great detail.  The story itself is riveting and keeps me guessing and on the edge of my seat.  Book club meets on the 24th and I am now 70% done with the book.  I am hoping to finish it by the weekend so I can get another book read before the next title is announced for book club.  Last week I had hoped to get more reading done than I actually did while we were at Walt Disney World and on the Disney Cruise to celebrate my birthday but I am catching up this week since I’m sick from all the weather changes between freezing Orlando, warm Nassau and cold/rainy Castaway Cay (Disney’s very own island). 

I will only attempt to complete one reading challenge this year.  That is the one I make for myself, which is to read a book for each year I’ve been alive.  So in 2010 I will try to read 35 for 35!  I have read your posts over the last couple of days and reading challenges are the hot topics among book bloggers now.  What will you attempt to do this year or are you putting reading challenges to the side and just reading?

OMG! Where DID the time go?

I suck.  I mean, I read all of your blogs when I get a chance but I have neglected Planet Books so badly that I feel guilty about it but still haven’t found myself inspired enough to post anything.  Well today that inspiration finally hit me.  My new and dear friend “LibraryLove” and one of her best friends, “Fa-book-ulous” have started a new blog called Year of the Bookworms 2010.  I met these two exciting and interesting book lovers at Jennifer Weiner’s book signing event over the summer and am so glad I did.  Their blog will focus on the personal challenge they have made for themselves, to read 52 books in 2010.  That’s a book a week! 

Well, for those of you who used to read my posts here at Planet Books before I seemingly fell off the blogging earth, I had challenged myself to read thirty-four books this year.  Last year I read the thirty-three books I had challenged myself to read for each year I had lived but this year I won’t be hitting that number.  I’ve only read seventeen books so far this year and though it is a lot when you think about it, it isn’t thirty-four books.  I will probably read another two or three before the end of 2009 but that will only put me at nineteen or twenty books instead of thirty-four.  Next year is 2010 and I will turn thirty-five on the first day of it.  Once again I will challenge myself to read thirty-five books to match my birthday number.  I welcome the challenge and though I won’t hit my number this year, I hope to have success again in 2010. 

What about you?  Did you make a reading challenge for yourself or with your friends this year?  Are feeling good about hitting your goal come New Years Eve or are you feeling down like me about not coming close to your set number?  No matter what your reading challenge may or may not be for 2009 or the upcoming 2010, be sure to keep reading.  It’s what makes us bookworms.  It connects us!