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Subject: Early Reading Resolution For 2011
Date Posted: 11/6/2010 2:17 PM ET
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Each new year I try to have a reading resolution. This year's is to read a Harlequin Presents as every other book; was doing well til mid-year then had a lot of PBS books to read for mailing so the HPs fell by the wayside.

I'm cataloguing some books right now and had one of those "ah-hah" moments. I've bought a short ton of anthologies through the years - not much of a short-story/novella fan but bought to support fave authors or the genre (trad Regencies) so I've decided to read at least one anthology per month, doing a short story wouldn't take long and one could be read each week or so, or as an "every other book" thing if that makes sense.

Don't want to donate the lot of them so this might be a way of reading them, or tossing them if the book doesn't work. Gotta do SOMETHING to whittle down this mountain.

Gail

Date Posted: 11/6/2010 3:00 PM ET
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Just curious- why have a reading resolution? Doesn't that make it seem more like work and less like fun?

Date Posted: 11/6/2010 7:15 PM ET
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I usually make a reading resolution too.  It only takes the fun out of it for me if I make a specific list of books to read. 

My resolution this year is to track every book I read whether I get from the library or I own it and mark them as read on PBS and Goodreads. I'm really bad about that and then I lose track of where I am in series. 

My other resolution is to get back to reading old favorite authors for which I have multiple books of in my TBR. I have a whole bookshelf full of Dorothy Garlock, Christine Feehan, Catherine Anderson, Cindy Gerard, Cherry Adair and several others.  All authors I loved but keep setting aside to read new to me authors.  I really want to get a good chunk of them read this coming year. 

Date Posted: 11/7/2010 12:29 PM ET
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Mary - one of my best friend's 2011 resolutions is like your 3rd one: going back to reading old favorite authors that she hasn't read in a while or has a slew of their books.

She LOVES Catherine Anderson and wants to assign her to me as reading 'homework' for next year. I've read some of her earlier Indian romances ("Comanche" ones) and they are keepers but I haven't read any of her newer releases. This kind of falls under your first item, having a specific list of books to read, so I'm not sure if it'll work for me. It didn't THIS year. I fell flat on my face with the books she assigned to me. Just wasn't in the right mood at the right time.sad

I'm gathering anthologies, all genres; and I've decided on an Author Of The Year, Susan Mallery, for '11. She's auto-buy for me but I haven't read anything of hers in ages. Time to get to them.

Gail 

Date Posted: 11/7/2010 1:48 PM ET
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I am working on just doing TBR piles from 10 to 12 books and so far it has worked out. I include romance (historical and contemporary) and mystery/suspense and I try to make sure I have at least 2 NTM authors in each pile. That way I am reading old and new books. Like my next TBR coming up I have the following:

Cindy Gerard, Linda Ford NTM, Michale Palmer, Elizabeth Hoyt, Susan Andersen, Madeline Hunter, Miranda Neville NTM, Lisa Kleypas (an oldie), Julia Quinn, John Lescroart and an oldie from Loretta Chase.

This allows me to buy 1 or 2 new books and slip them in the pile without feeling overwhelmed. So far that is my system and I am sticking to it. :-)

Date Posted: 11/7/2010 6:03 PM ET
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Its not a set goal, but I'm going to try to read 1 new book, 1 old book, 1 new book etc etc next year.

Date Posted: 11/7/2010 8:19 PM ET
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That's how Catherine Anderson is for me. She's an autobuy but then I keep putting them aside.

One of my goals for 2010 was to read the 1st books of a lot of the series I've collected.  So I can get the ones I'm missing or purge the ones I have.  I did a good job with that this year. But for 2011 I want to pick up old favorites authors that I've been neglecting.

I have to say so far my idea of not bothering to organize most of my books and just just keep a bookcase that has my immediate TBR (next in series, 1st in series, anthologies and stand alones) is working really well.  I'm not constantly wasting time rearranging books to fit one in on the right shelf.  As I come across ones I know I can read when I want-I add them to the TBR case.  The others go wherever they fit until I get to that part of the series.

Date Posted: 11/8/2010 9:28 AM ET
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Not sure if anyone has heard of it but there is a website www.fictfact.com

It tracks series for you and lets you know what your next book is to read and which ones are coming out on what dates. Works great, I found out I have like 62 series in the process right now lol.

Date Posted: 11/8/2010 11:22 AM ET
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My reading resolution for 2011 is to finally read the whole Outlander series.  I have all six books and they have been sitting on my book shelf for over 6 months.  The reason why I haven't even started reading them is that their size is intimidating.  I'm a rather obsessive reader and can disappear for days at a time reading a riviting series.  I fear that's what will happen once I start reading the Outlander series. 

Date Posted: 11/8/2010 12:32 PM ET
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I also set goals at the start of the year but with enough flexibility that half the time I can pick a book I'm in the mood for.

My goals this year have worked well for me. I've read some of the oldies in my TBR and have found some gems I neglected, so I'll do something similar next year. I also decided to abandon books I'm not enjoying. There are just too many good books waiting for me to discover them for me to waste my time in something I don't like. I also challenged myself to read some lenghty books on my TBR. I'm never in the mood to read long books but end up loving them anyway so by challenging myself to read them, they don't linger in my TBR for too long. :)

Some other things have happened organically this year that I will continue to do in 2011. I'm not participating in as many games so mostly I'm reading what I want. I also stopped reading as much erotica. I still like to fit in one now and then but I prefer stuff with more meat er...substance. cheekyAlso, I'm reading books I want to read and not worrying about the WL.



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Date Posted: 11/8/2010 2:56 PM ET
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I love fictfact.com - I think it was someone here who recommended it. I have a slew of series set up there already, more than I'll ever get to but it's a quick way to see what book order is. I have a library book here and just checked there to see what book it is in the series - it's #1 and only two are out so far so I'll have thae series completed in a flash.

They even send you an emails when the next book in a series has been uploaded to the site. Great site - I recommend it to everyone. AND they're great about adding a series if it isn't there. All genres of series, too.

Guess you can tell I'm a fictfact fan.

Gail

Date Posted: 11/8/2010 6:12 PM ET
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I love Fictfact!  I'm behind in my updating there. 

I cut way down on the games the last half of 2010 and dropped out of 2 of the virtual boxes that I was doing.  THey were taking the fun out of reading for me.  I've also stopped paying attention to if a book is WL or not.  I'm just reading what I feel like reading. 

I like challenges that are pretty open as to what I can read for them.  I do a lot of goodreads challenges. But they're just for fun and if I don't finish them it's no big deal.  I signed up for one on goodreads called The Dirty Dozen Clean UP (TBR) Challenge.  Most of which were things I wanted to do in 2011 anyway. 

12 books from series already started

12 first in series books

12 Stand alones from ANY genre

12 contempory fiction/chic lit/ regular romance NOT PNR

12 public domain books (I changed this one to books I've owned for over 2yrs). 

Date Posted: 11/8/2010 10:08 PM ET
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I don't set any specific goals.  I just read what I want to read when I want to read it.  Really, my serious TBR pile is under 25 books.  Yeah, I have about 40 or so small romance novels around to read but I can take them or leave them.  Been keeping a book at work to read on my lunch and breaks and whittling down that small romance novel pile.

I need to set a goal of posting a bunch of the small romance novels I have around since I haven't been motivated to do that in a long time.  Maybe 5 every Saturday.  That'd help me clean off my bookshelves, I certainly don't reread much of them anymore.

Date Posted: 11/9/2010 12:10 PM ET
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I'm trying to read books that have been in my TBR for a long time - I tend to want to read the new book that I've just gotten and forget about all the great books that I have. What I started doing a couple of years ago is track all of my TBR books (I have about 200) in an Excel spreadsheet. I track the author, book title, and the month and year I got the book. I use one tab for my TBR books and then a couple of tabs for books that I have read (and leave a column for comments if I want to remember something about the book or author) and books that were DNF.

I guess that sounds pretty compulsive, but I find that when I started doing it, there were a ton of books that I had no idea when I got them and here it is, 2 years later and I still haven't read some of them. So, what I started doing a couple of months ago (and plan to continue into 2011), is read at least 1 older book whenever I read a newer book. It doesn't always work (sometimes, I just want to read the series or author and I do it). But I've found that it's helping me read some books that I've totally forgotten about.



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Date Posted: 11/9/2010 12:45 PM ET
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Dagmar, I have a spreadsheet, too, but all of my books are just listed on one tab (with a column for read, wish list, borrowed, etc).  I'm going to steal your idea and separate it out.  One page for TBR, one page for books I want, one for books I've read but traded, etc. 

I also like your (and Sherri's) idea of reading one new book and one old one.  I do try to read older ones unless I'm running low on credits.  Then I'll read and post some WL books.  Lately I've been reading a bunch of different ones but they've been so good that I don't want to get rid of them!  It doesn't help the space issue if I'm reading books but not trading them afterward.  lol 

Date Posted: 11/9/2010 2:10 PM ET
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The new book/older book plan sounds good... not too rigid. I'm bad with rigid.

Date Posted: 11/9/2010 4:43 PM ET
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I used to have spreadsheets until I started using Goodreads again. Now I make sure all my 'to read' shelves show the 'date added' column so I know how long that book has been on my TBR. Of course, it doesn't work retroactively because if you just open an account today and add all your books, they'll show today's date but if you add your future books religiously once you acquire them, it really helps tracking them.

Date Posted: 11/9/2010 9:52 PM ET
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katiebegood said: "My reading resolution for 2011 is to finally read the whole Outlander series.  I have all six books"

I hope I don't overwhelm you when I say this, but there are now 7!! Just think of them as say, 3 books each, so it's 21 books to read...!! LOL!

I think a reading resolution/goal is a great way to keep on track - I find whole months go by with my hardly realizing it, and things I planned to do didn't get done. I don't have a resolution YET but I've missed several reading challenges I used to do, and lost track of series I was reading, so I think some organization is in order! It doesn't make it "work" - it keeps me from missing out! (Looks around for paper and pencil to make notes...)

Date Posted: 11/9/2010 10:09 PM ET
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Now to me Spreadsheets would suck the fun right out reading. 

I think what I might do in 2011 to get some books I've owned for a long time read and posted: is to sort my PBS TBR pile by dated added and make every 5th book or something one from like the 1st page.  Although just sticking with my goal to go back to reading old favorites next year will take care of lot of those.  Or maybe I'll go by the PBS transaction archive go back to when I first joined and read books I got when I first joine PBS and still haven't read.

One thing I've stopped doing is payign attention to WL when I read now.  I no longer try to get a book read while it's still WL.  I am just reading what I feel like reading and if it happens to be a WL book great and if it happens to have 300 copies in the system already, oh well.



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Date Posted: 11/9/2010 11:09 PM ET
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Yeah, spreadsheets and tracking books read and entering all that stuff on another website would suck the fun right out of reading too.  I do have a pretty good memory for the stories I've read.  Can't always remember the title of the book but I can always remember the story.

Date Posted: 11/10/2010 7:21 AM ET
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Well doing goodreads is pretty easy.  When you join you can import all your books from PBS. Then any acquired afterwards just had to be logged in as acquired which is usually only a few at a time.  I use it more for my TBR.  I don't even organize the whole TBR at once.  I make a few lists and then stop until I"ve read a bunch of those books and then I go through my general TBR and add more to the list. I only mark books read when I think about or I'm bored and jsut want to do something on the computer.

I tried doing the spreadsheet once for one of DG's challenges (someone else had put it up) and I couldn't get it to work. 

Date Posted: 11/10/2010 8:29 AM ET
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Date Posted: 11/10/2010 10:58 AM ET
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I think whether you like to organize your books in spreadsheets/log them in a website depends on your personality. I like seeing data - that's why I'm in love with the Stats page in Goodreads. It shows how many books you've read in the year and how many total pages, the breakdown of stars (books you rated 5 stars, 4 stars, etc.), the longest book you've read and the top shelves. I shelve my books based on genre so it's been pretty interesting to see the breakdown of genres over the years.

Date Posted: 11/10/2010 12:41 PM ET
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Mary, how do you import your books from pbs to GR? I've been wanting to do that!

Date Posted: 11/10/2010 12:52 PM ET
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Mine's pretty simple: FIFO. Next book that's one of a series, next book that's a stand alone novel, get one from the library list. Whatever pops up next is what I read.

Nancy - that's exactly how I read mine lol! Now decisions to be made, I read whatever is next in line. Helps me get the oldest out of there.

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