Friday, 31 December 2010

New Year's Resolutions & 2011 Challenges

Happy New Year, everyone! I know I'm a few hours early, but hey. In some ways, 2010 has been a great year, in other ways it hasn't. I'm looking forward to seeing what 2011 holds, though I still don't know where this year has disappeared to!

As always, here are my blogging resolutions for 2011:
  • Read more, tweet less. (Damn you Twitter for being so addictive!)
  • Discuss things more. One of my resolutions last year was to post discussion posts, and I don't think I did a single one. I just don't think I'm a very discussion-y person.
  • Write my reviews in a more timely fashion, eg. the same week I finish the book. I'm leaving them too long and forgetting things!
  • Try to comment on every blog on my blogroll at least a few times a week. I used to do this, but I started a new job and it zapped a lot of my time. I will make a conscious effort to get back to it ASAP.
  • Not really a resolution, but at some point in 2011 I want to dedicate a week to my favourite thing *ever*: Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I'm considering this my reminder.


2011 Challenges

I'm participating in at least 3 challenges as of now, and I'll be updating the page on my 'Challenges' navigation bar with books I've read. Here is more information on each:

  • 2011 Debut Author Challenge (DAC) - Kristi at The Story Siren is hosting this again, and I really enjoyed it in 2010. It's a great way for debut authors to get their work read and voices heard. I hope to read a lot of debuts just like last year, fingers crossed!

  • 2011 British Books Challenge (BBC) - I'm British, I read a lot of our fiction anyway, and my friend Becky at The Bookette is hosting it. What else is there to say? Here are some of the books I plan to read for the 'Home Grown' level (there are far too many to mention):
  • 0.4 by Mike Lancaster
  • Artichoke Hearts by Site Brahmachari
  • Small Blue Thing by S. C. Ransom
  • The Iron Witch by Kaz Mahoney
  • The Medusa Project: Hunted by Sophie McKenzie


A.M Bells said...

May all of them come true. And good luck and happy reading for the Challenges
Happy new year

Lauren said...

I am *hearing* those resolutions. Seriously, I absolutely love discussion posts on other people's blogs, but I barely do any. I think it's because I don't realise the potential for a subject that's on my mind to *be* a discussion - I just assume I'm the only person thinking about it.

I need to comment more too. I read way more blogs than I use to every day, but I comment less as a result. And I am definitely leaving some reviews *way* too long between reading and writing, although I'm usually fine if I remember to take a lot of notes.

Oh, and Buffy week would be fab. Do it!

Alice Dwyer said...

Happy New Year! Good luck with all the challenges. I'm doing the British Books Challenge too. Thanks for a couple of suggestions!

coypatalagsa said...

Good luck on your goals and on your reading challenges. May 2011 be a happier reading year for you. Will be looking forward to more of your posts. Happy New Year! :)

Book Chick City said...

Thanks for signing up to my 100 Books In A Year Challenge! Happy New Year to you too, Jenny - I hope 2011 is full of happiness and good times :) x

Book Monster said...

Happy New Years!! And Good Luck With your resolutions!!!

Mel said...

Buffy week *Sqeee* with glee - yes please!! :)

Happy New Year!

Laura said...

Anything with Buffy is a good thing! Good luck, Jenny! You can do it!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I think I might do the Debut and British Books challenges too.

Good luck, Jenny!

Becky said...

Jenny, Happy New Year! I think your resolutions are good ones except for the Twitter one. I can't imagine tweeting less. It is like coffee for the fingers or something....

Thanks for signing up to the BBC. I definitely want to read 0.4 and Iron Witch. Best of luck with all your challenges.

Luisa at Chicklish said...

A Buffy week?! I am jumping up and down in anticipation!
Happy Booky New Year, Jenny!

asamum said...

Ohhh I am with Luisa on the jumping up & down for Buffy Week - super exciting.
Commenting - I read more than I comment on because sometimes I just feel as if I have nothing to add to the conversation :D
Happy New Year Jenny may it be filled with book fabulousness for you :D Ohhh and maybe some hot men ;D