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Resolutions

10 Jan

Of course I’ve been thinking about new year’s resolutions. It’s that time, after all, however cliche it might be. I like beginnings, and I like choice. We have this whole new thing that we get to choose how to begin, how to fill . . . well, not to be too Hallmark card-y, but how to live.

A lot of the resolutions that have been bouncing around in my head are personal and uninteresting to anyone who isn’t me. And some are resolutions that I realize I make every year. Not necessarily because I fail to keep them in the previous year, but because I like to remind myself to keep going with them. Nothing’s ever really finished. One of those is not to shy away from making eye contact with people I walk by. (Unless they’re obviously crazy people, clearly.) The other is to continue to work on balancing my friends, my work, my family, and my alone time in a way that makes me feel that I’m doing my best by everyone.

But this year I’m also resolving to make time for some of the books that I own and really, really, really want to read, but haven’t yet. So here’s the list. I wonder how I’ll do!

-The Children’s Book by A. S. Byatt

-Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

-Marcelo and the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

-Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier (I promise, Angie, this is the year!)

-Bonk by Mary Roach

-Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (if I wait much longer, I think the shelf life of this one might expire)

-The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

-Jacob Have I Love by Katherine Paterson

-Ulysses by James Joyce (I read this one nearly 10 years ago in college, and am curious to see how a second time might go.)

2009 Reading, by the numbers

4 Jan

Books read (for pleasure, not work!) in 2009:

1. The Woman Who Rides like a Man by Tamora Pierce

2. Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce

3. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

4. Asta in the Wings by Jan Elizabeth Watson

5. What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

6. Paper Towns by John Green

7. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

8. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

9. Fire by Kristin Cashore

10. Hate List by Jennifer Brown

11. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

12. Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner

13. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

14. The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen

15. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

16. The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L. J. Smith

17. Winter Dreams, Christmas Love by Mary Francis Shura

And that’s it. Which is less than half of what I read last year. Five were re-reads, so twelve were new to me. And only one grown-up book! You might ask why the number went down so drastically. Well, my submissions went up pretty drastically this year. Those numbers?

I counted 427 manuscripts in my submissions log for this year. (Of those, 196 were agented, and most of the rest were from writers who attended conferences at which I spoke.) Thank the technology gods for my Sony Reader!

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