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Subject: Reading Plans/Goals for 2010?
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 10:45 AM ET
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We all have been known to set New Year's resolutions for one thing or another, but is anyone setting any "reading resolutions" or goals for 2010? Last year I had a few:  1.  To read at least 25 books (met this one easily and then some!); 2. Read something spiritual every day (did great on this for about six months then it totally went by the wayside); 3. Complete the 2009 Historical Fiction Challenge (which I did, thank you very much!); and 4. Complete Bernard Cornwell's "Grail Quest" series (which I am just about done with but am saving a bit of the last book Heretic to finish tomorrow so that I can count it toward the 2010 HF Challenge). 

This year I'm not quite sure what reading goals I'd like to set other than "Read More Books!"  Anyone have any plans, hopes, goals, dreams, whatever for 2010 with respect to reading?

Date Posted: 12/31/2009 11:32 AM ET
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Shelley - I love your idea of reading something spiritual every day.  I think I may steal that for one of my 2010 goals!  Although every day may be alot for me to stick to - I think I'll say every week. 

I also would love to complete both HF challenges and read at least a few books that teach me something new.

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Date Posted: 12/31/2009 12:05 PM ET
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I have joined the historical fiction and mystery challenges will definately finish those. In games challenge forum for  reading challenge I will read at least one book in series I have already started (I must have 20+ series started). I don't count them because I would be horrified to know the answer. I will also read my monthly book club book.  I generally read 8-10 books/month so I should be able to fit in a few more too.

Alice

Date Posted: 12/31/2009 12:21 PM ET
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I was thinking along these lines last night as I was wrapping up a list of "must see" old movies that I've yet to see, and thinking "I should make a real plan to see all of them--such as two or three a month, minimum."  And from there, I started thinking about reading plans.

1. Reading challenges:  I joined the Classical challenge and both of the HF challenges.  I orginally figured on using a lot of overlap (particularly using books from both of the 12 book challenges in the HF alpha challenge), but as I've refined my list, I decided that with no overlap at all, it would be only 50 books, which is WELL within what I will read.  So what the heck, I started elminating duplication.  I may not end up with only  48 or so, but we'll see.

2. Read more classicals, including completing Dante's Divine Comedy.  There are many that I've always intended to read, but never gotten around to.  In the past two decades I've been fixated on all things history: non-fiction, HF, and for a few years, HR.  No doubt HF will continue to be my favorite genre, but I'm definitely going to start back to the classicals, too.  Particulary the rest of 19th C British and American authors that I didn't get through during the classical stint in my mid-to-late teens.  I think I will probably re-read quite a few, also, as I'm likely to appreciate them even more now.  OTOH, maybe I will dislike them now, when I didn't before.  Back then, I liked most of them, and I liked some more than others, but I didn't PERMIT myself to dislike anything. I felt like, who was I, a mere American teen, to pass judgement on the great literary works that have been deemed so for over 100 years?  Now, I may just shrug and say "not my cup of tea" to some of them.  We'll see.

3. I'm going to add "something spiritual", too.  Every week.  Every day is just not going to happen; an average of every other day is probably feasible, but I'll stick to the "certainly attainable" of "every week".  I'd rather aim a little low and exceed it most weeks, and stick with it, rather than aim too high, miss frequently, and then fizzle out.



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Date Posted: 1/1/2010 8:38 AM ET
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I hope to spend more time reading and less time at the computer.

Date Posted: 1/1/2010 11:16 AM ET
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Valerie, That is a goal for me as well. 

Date Posted: 1/1/2010 1:30 PM ET
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A week or so ago I read on someone's blog about a goal, or challenge, to read 12 books that have been on the TBR pile for 6 months or longer.  I have created a list of 24 such books, and set myself a goal to read at least one book each month from that list. 

The past couple of years I have read just over 100 books per year.  This year I will try to read an average of 10 books per month, and like others, if I spend a bit less time on the computer, and more time with a book, that should be an easy goal to reach.

Linda



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Date Posted: 1/1/2010 1:38 PM ET
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I am going to try really, really, REALLY hard to not buy more books. I want more books going out than I want coming in. ;-)

I'm also going to read more of the books that have been here for ages and get rid of them if I don't think I want to read the whole thing.

I don't do really well with other reading plans because of the way I read, by subject.

Date Posted: 1/1/2010 6:08 PM ET
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I'm not going to acquire any more books this year. I have tons already & plan to plow through a box or two. Either the HF challenge or Classic Lit challenges will have to give way to that because sticking with awful books just to complete them for a challenge doesn't make much sense. (4 out of the 5 HF books I've read have been mediocre at best & awful at worst.)

Yeah, and not so much time at the computer when I'm at home. Work is fine. ;-)

Plus, I miss writing my fanfiction. Got to work that in there too! Is there a way to squeeze more than 24 hrs into a day? Live on Saturn, maybe?

Date Posted: 1/2/2010 11:42 AM ET
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Fanfiction -- I beta read for a fanfic writer for five years or so.  Much fun.  What universe(s) do you write in?



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Date Posted: 1/2/2010 12:01 PM ET
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I'm going to show my ignorance and just ask - what's fanfiction?

Date Posted: 1/2/2010 2:54 PM ET
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I've set myself the challenge of 100 books for 2010.  Fifty ot those have been assigned to the HF and Classic challenges.  The rest are left to whatever mood may strike.  And I agree with Valerie and Karla, to not let the computer take precious time away from reading.  Perhaps that's the greater challenge!  

Date Posted: 1/2/2010 6:56 PM ET
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I'm with Shelley...If you are writing in another universe, then do tell us about that! What is fanfiction?

Now I'm picturing Karla twirling through the Milky Way while happily typing on a cute little typewriter shaped like a comet. So, uh, is that what you do? Please say yes! LOL!

Date Posted: 1/2/2010 8:10 PM ET
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Ooh, now I don't feel so dumb if even Valli doesn't know what fanfaction is!  Whew.

I've finally set some reading goals for 2010.  They are -

  • Complete both HF challenges.
  • Read at least 50 books.  This might be quite lofty.  Last year my goal was 25, and I surpassed that by 11. I'm hoping by setting the bar high, I'll make myself relax and read more often.
  • Complete Bernard Cornwell's "Aurther" trilogy.  I figure this is a good follow up to last year's goal of reading his "Grail Quest" trilogy, which I did. Besides, any excuse to read Cornwell. 


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Date Posted: 1/2/2010 8:58 PM ET
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Fanfiction: it's when fans of a TV series, movie, or even a book write stories within that setting or "universe".  Fanfic writers typically want more story (such as when a TV show gets cancelled); or to develop side characters and plot lines they liked or were intrigued by, but "the powers that be" let go; or to develop alternate plot lines to "fix" TPTB plot "mistakes".  It started decades ago with Star Trek fans, originally printed in "fanzines".  With the explosion of the internet, it's gone on-line and you can probably find fanfic for just about any show or series out there.  There are many fanfic archives, some specific to a single "universe", others free-for-all.  Some of it is short stories, vignettes, or even full length novel. The writing quality varies dramatically, of course.  Some of it is garbage, but some of it is really superb.  The writer could clearly write publishable fiction.. Fanfic, of course, is not publishable.  It's playing in someone else's sandbox rather than building your own.

I have no talent for creative writing, but I really enjoyed editing and proofreading (called "beta reading") for a very talented friend who used to write in the Highlander and LOTR universes.

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Date Posted: 1/2/2010 9:44 PM ET
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I've thought for a long time I should be able to read at least a book a week easily, but I always fall short. I think it's because it's easy for me to become lazy & to fall out of the habit of reading every day. So in 2010, I want to set aside time most days (say 5 out of 7) for reading. Like others, I plan to use computer or TV time to read instead. I also want to participate more in the "What are you reading" monthly threads here as a way of keeping myself on track with the reading habit.

Like Tracey, I'm in the midst of a book purge - only keeping books I really want to read and getting rid of those that no longer spark my interest.

I'm still on a Georgette Heyer kick, and I really want to get around to reading Dumas's five Musketeer books this year. I bought them all a couple of years ago in the Oxford editions, and they've been sitting on the shelf since.

Date Posted: 1/4/2010 10:46 AM ET
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LOL, although all those Pride & Prejudice books, Scarlett & Rhett Butler's People, Mrs. deWinter, Reader I Married Him, Wide Sargasso Sea, and countless other books are technically fanfiction. :-P  All depends on if you have permission of the estate or copyright has run out so you can play in the sandbox with no legal repercussions. :-P

Sharla, I've written fic for Lord of the Rings, Homer/Troy (had to put my Classic Civilzation degree to some use!), The Office, Sharpe, and Broken Trail. Currently working on a fic for that Steve McQueen western, Wanted Dead or Alive. I've been writing since 2002 & always (hopefully) improving!

Oh yeah, book purging is fun! Got rid of my Nigel Tranters with no regrets. Though The Wallace wasn't one of the WLed ones. Hmmmm, wonder why? Word get around on what a parched read it is? LOL



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