Resolutions: How'd I do

This morning,  I thought it would be fun to look back at the reading resolutions I made at the beginning of 2010...

Goal #1 - To do something about my TBR shelves (and by something, I suspect that did not mean to increase...)  Evidently at the beginning of 2010 I had 171 books marked as "TBR" via my Library Thing account.  The number I'm at now....*drum roll* 387.  Er, I would say that's a MAJOR FAIL.  I might have to spend a good couple of days perusing through the books that I've deemed to read.  And thank god for James's Reading Dare.  (Have you signed up for it yet?  No?!  Well, run on over there and get to it!)

Goal #2 - To re-read some of my favorite or long forgotten books.  *deep breath*  This is not good because I think the only book that I re-read was a childhood book that I had memories sobbing over - Foxy.  I will have to say that this one, too, is a MAJOR FAIL.  One book is not sufficient in terms of "some".  Boo.

Goal #3 -  Poetry, poetry, poetry.  Ya'll know it has been difficult for me to get into poetry.  I struggle with it because quite honestly it does not interest me.  At. All.  So let's see, how many poetry books did I read this year? (I'd also like to note that I knew myself quite well and added the stipulation that books written in poetry format does not count - so no, Ellen Hopkins. *wail*) Aiight.  I read 3 collections  of poetry:   Atlas by Katrina Vandenberg, 19 Varieties of Gazelle by Naomi Shihab Nyer, and Absolute Trust in the Goodness of Earth by Alice Walker.  I am going to count this as a WIN, even if it is a slight one at that.  Three books containing nothing but poems is a true accomplishment for me.  I don't know if I will do that again this year, or have any desire to.  Poems, I think, must sorta find me.  Plus, I have to throw myself a bone here.  I can't FAIL all of my resolutions.  :-/

Even though I failed at most of the resolutions, I can't help but love making goals and lists.  So you know I'll have some for 2011.  Post will be coming in the next few days.


  1. I failed most of mine, too. Especially that one that said to read at half the rate of 2009. *headdesk*

    Good job on the poetry!

  2. OH NO! I'm sorry but I can't help but giggle a little at this post. At least you're in good humor--I'd probably be kicking myself (which is why I DON'T make goals). Not only that, but I went all day thinking that 26 = 2 books a month. In what year is there 13 months? No one corrected me. ;)

    I do really like all these goals--especially the poetry one. I think you and I need to work on our TBR... I stared HARD at the shelves yesterday and could only pull 3 books to give away. Pathetic.

    Can't wait to see what you have in store for 2011!

  3. I failed most of mine too. So don't worry. I am not sure if I will make any this year.

  4. I love your humor about it. :)

    I am making some very big goals for the coming year, since I didn't live up to my expectations for this year. Hopefully we both do wonderfully in 2011!

  5. Bless your pea-pickin' heart for th at TBR pile of yours! I am groaning with the biggest my pile has ever been at 117 ! So I smiled big when I read yours! I needed that badly! You are a teacher, you have an excuse! But I still smiled. :o)

  6. I nearly always fail at my New Year's Resolutions. I feel so grandiose on New Year's because I have champagne, and then I think I can spend the next year DOIN EVERYTHING.

    I think poetry books are very frequently hard to get through. I like to read a few poems by an author at a time, not a whole book full. But maybe try CP Cavafy? The Poetry Foundation has several of his poems, and I think they're lovely.

  7. Amanda - You'll read less this year, especially since you're focusing on classics.!

    Trish - Heh, I didn't even notice the 26. LOL. Maybe it's a different version of leap year? And I'm just as a pathetic when it comes to culling the books I want to read.

    Viv - I'm still a sucker and will make more resolutions.

    Allie - I love your goals. :)

    Deslily - I wish I could blame it on my teachery habits. LOL.

    Jenny - Yay for champagne!

  8. I've yet to work on my goals for next year....or my list of favorite reads for the year....

    Here's the link for the group reading the Sherlock Holmes book: http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/1001childrensbooksyoumustread/

    We read some fantastic books there and we'd love to have you join us.

  9. This has been one of my favorite blogging months as I have really enjoyed reading everyone's lists of all kinds- what they read this year, what they will read next year, what their challenges are, what their favorites were. I love it! Don't be too hard on yourself for your "fails" either. Re the TBR list increase, just think of it as having "discovered" 150+ new books that you will eventually read. :-)

    I laughed when I read Trish's comment too. I do that all the time - I think it has to do with there being 26 paychecks a year... :-)

    Happy reading in 2011!


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