Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Looking back on 2007...

Happy New Year!

I made a bunch of reading resolutions on January 1, 2007, and thought this would be a good time to revisit them.

(1) was to read more books. According to my ongoing list, in the left-hand sidebar, I read 78 books during 2007, including the one I just finished today (Mary Doria Russell's Dreamers of the Day, which was very good). That's a new book every 4.7 days, which isn't too shabby, despite my feeling that I'm reading more slowly. Whether this is more books than I read during 2006, I've no idea.

(2) was to buy fewer books that I wasn't able to get to right away. Well, this went out the window fast. Between free review copies, Amazon gift certificates, and other related types of book greed, I managed to acquire far more than I was ever able to read.

(3) was to write reviews quickly after finishing the book, rather than waiting and forgetting little details that matter for the review. For the most part, I've kept this.

(4) was to read at least one classic novel. Turns out I read two - The Sylph and Gone with the Wind. I'm not sure if Forever Amber counts (see previous post).

(5) was to keep an ongoing reading list, and this is done - and it's something I'll keep doing.

I'm going to try to stick to the same resolutions for 2008. A year from now, we'll see how well I did.


  1. Anonymous2:51 PM

    Happy New Year to you, Sarah!

    All great resolutions. Good luck with them in 2008.

    You mentioned in an earlier post about your NoveList column. Where is that? Or is it only for library professionals?

  2. Hi John, nice to see you here again!

    NoveList is a library subscription database, so I can't link to my column or post it online. But if you or anyone else wants to send me your email address, I'd be happy to forward a copy along.

  3. Anonymous3:52 PM

    Actually, I read your blog all the time. Just haven't made a comment in a while.

    Coincidentally, I read in the Guardian yesterday that the top-selling novel in the U.K. last year after Harry Potter was "The Interpretation of Murder," the book that I googled which brought me to "Reading the Past."

    Thanks for the tip about the NoveList. I will send you my email address.