Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Sunday Salon: End of the semester joy!

It's finally here, fellow bibliophiles: the end of my semester. Bring on endless time to read, catch up on my DVR, see more movies and play board games! This week I'll catch up on reviews of books and fall television, prepare my Best of 2009 list and, of course, read. It looks like I will make my goal of reading 100 books this year, even though many of them were children's and young adult. Next year, I'm shifting my focus to quality over quantity. Several book bloggers have coined 2010 The Year of Deliberate Reading. I first heard it from the Literate Housewife on Twitter, and I'm using it too. I'll be focusing on reading the finalists in the awards I enjoy the most: the Newbery Award, the Booker Prize, the Orange Prize, the National Book Award (fiction), the Pulitzer (fiction), and a few of the "best of the year" lists from publications I trust the most. I also hope to read more classics and more of the books I've been meaning to read forever.

As I mentioned last week, I am taking over the Art History Reading Challenge for 2010. The sign-up post is up, so head over to the challenge blog to sign up today! This year, you have your choice of 3, 6, 9, or 12 books (either fiction or nonfiction). Non-bloggers are welcome too! Questions? Ask me!

I have also been blessed with a few blog awards this week! Amused By Books, which has become one of my favorite book blogs, awarded nomadreader the Over the Top award.

In the Hammock awarded me the One Lovely Blog award. I recently discovered this blog, which is mostly devoted to historical romance. I'm trying to read more historical fiction, and she has some great recommendations!

In lieu of passing these awards on to the many worthy blogs, I've decided to add a blogroll to my blog. Soon, you'll be able to see my favorite blogs displayed in the side column of this blog!

Happy reading everyone!


  1. I think we're all going to have a great reading year in 2010. So long as we think about what we're picking up, we've done what we've set out to do. I did start a (Google) Wave about this goal. Please let me know if you'd like to join. We'd be happy to have you join in on the conversation.

  2. So glad you get a nice break for the holidays! And I'm definitely going to consider the Art History Challenge - now that there is a lower level of commitment available. Enjoy your break!

  3. I plan on joining the Art History challenge. It's an area I rarely read in. I heard about a few great books that I want to read that fits with the challenge.

    I'm reading deliberately next year also. I want to slow down and enjoy more of the books I love.

    Happy fun reading during winter break. It just started for me too and I'm so excited.

  4. How fun that you are hosting the Art History Challenge. I plan on joining that one as well, but i have to figure out my books and I figure I did enough spamming people with challenge posts today.

    Congrats on the award. Amused By Books is a great blog and she gave it to another great blog.

    Enjoy your new found freedom.

  5. Congrats :) On to a great 2010!


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