Weekly Geeks’ 10 Things, plus Top 10 Book-Blogging Things!

Weekly Geeks’ 10 Things, plus Top 10 Book-Blogging Things!

The current Weekly Geeks theme revisits one of Dewey’s original topics for the meme: Ten Things About Books and YOU. Here are mine: The current population of TBR Purgatory is 326. I give up book-buying for Lent every year, and this year it’s been surprisingly easy to stick to it. For one thing, I’m getting better about wish-listing books so I won’t forget I’m interested in them, but I think the bigger factor is that I’m really aware of how big TBR Purgatory is now – and feeling the weight of it! There really aren’t as many books in the various TBR stacks around my house as there are in the bookcases, but sometimes it feels that way. What I’d really like for my birthday (next week!) is a new bookcase or two, but I don’t know where we’d put them, so I think the stacks are sticking around. I don’t think I’ll ever manage to […]

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2010 in Review – ‘Riting: Here and There…

2010 in Review – ‘Riting: Here and There…

Image via Wikipedia (If you think you’ve read this post before, you may be right – it accidentally got published a couple of weeks ago, and got into the feed before I could pull it back to the correct date. Oops!) Total posts in 2010: 305  – includes 11 guest posts, 10 progress updates during two 24-Hour Readathons, and 30 daily posts in November for NaBloPoMo Most-viewed 2010 post: “My Festival of Books Report, 2010 edition”, 4/27/2009 Most-viewed older post: “Vacation Books and Beach Reads”, 8/6/2009 I’m always curious to see which posts get the most reads during the course of the year – and then I try to figure out why they drew so many eyeballs. Sometimes I think I know, and sometimes I have no idea…but, of course, I’d like to think it’s because they’re particularly good. On that note, here are 2010’s most-viewed posts, and I’m pleased to see that some of […]

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The Meme Thief brings back the old year for New Year’s!

The Meme Thief brings back the old year for New Year’s!

Since we’re barely into 2010, I don’t think the statute of limitations for reflecting a little more on 2009 has run out yet. The Meme Thief stole this “New Year’s Meme” from Jo-Lynne at Musings of a Housewife, but other bloggers have posted it too. 1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before? I went to my first conference of any kind – how nice that it was a blogging conference! I also made my first visit to Chicago, and hope it won’t be the last. 2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions, since I don’t see anything sacred about January 1 as a day to change habits or make improvements in one’s life. But I did accomplish a couple of my goals for 2009: I read more books, and I met more blogging friends […]

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The Year in Review: Reading – 2009 Final Bookkeeping, and my Books of the Year

The Year in Review: Reading – 2009 Final Bookkeeping, and my Books of the Year

Before getting into the discussion of the quality of my reading this year, let’s run some numbers: BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report Number of books read and reviewed in 2009: 47. This is an improvement over my 2007 reading, and a nice return to form from the dismal 35 I read in 2008. Given the pace at which I usually read, which isn’t aided by big chunks of reading time (other than my “Starbucks hour” most weekends), and the types of books I prefer, I really don’t see myself exceeding 50 books a year at this stage of my life, so I’m not displeased with the 2009 total. I don’t really track my reading by sub-genres, but the major breakdown was 33 fiction, 14 nonfiction; 11 of the 14 nonfiction reads were memoirs. Review copies read, from all sources: 23. I’m fairly satisfied with that. With a nearly even split between books sent to me […]

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