Tuesday, January 01, 2008

2008: A Look Ahead

Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. ~Hal Borland

And yet, I still set goals that begin on New Year's Day. Or, rather I set reading goals. January 1st is a natural starting place for these sorts of things. If the calendar began on another day and ended somewhere else, I imagine many of us would shift in that direction. I considered last night creating my own year. Maybe January 21st to December 21st, just to be different. I would leave a few free days in between just for the heck of it. I am too much of a traditionalist for that, I suppose, and so onward I march.

First to the good stuff! Thank you to all who participated in my little Guess My Favorite 2007 Book Contest. I wish I could offer all of you who played along a prize, but unfortunately I think the plumber might expect to be paid. The lucky winner gets her choice of one of my top 10 books that I read for 2007.

And the winner is . . .

Jaimie from Bell Literary Reflections

Congratulations, Jaimie!

My reading was overtaken by reading challenges last year and will be influenced by them again this year. While I am tackling less challenges this year, I am taking on more long-term challenges, ones that extend over the course of the entire year. I wonder if this will make any difference. I think what made last year's challenges so easy to work my way through was the variety and the short deadlines, which leads to a quick turnover rate. I was only involved in three year long challenges, and two of those were very flexible.

I like a certain amount of routine, I admit, but I also like change. I get bored quickly if things remain too constant. While the basic outline of routine can remain the same for comfort's sake, what fills the routine needs to fluctuate. Otherwise I lose interest, grow weary and get restless. Fortunately, the books themselves will be the change agent, each one taking me to new destinations and surrounding me by new literary friends. I am confident this will be enough to carry me through the next year. It will be a challenge all its own just the same.

Along with the the reading challenges, I am taking on another project the beginning of this year. No, that is completely the wrong attitude to have. It is not so much a project but a journey I have been wanting to take for quite some time. I began last year by reading Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, and this year, I will be reading War and Peace. I am not alone in my endeavor and am quite grateful for the opportunity to share this experience with others with a similar goal.

I am looking forward to seeing what magic and adventure this new year of reading will hold for me as well as for all of you. I hope to see you along the reading trail!


  1. Good luck with the long-term challenges. I know that I suck at them! I am good with about a six month time frame, but then after that I get bored and want the challenges to be over already!

  2. Happy New Year. I can't wait to see what books we all read in the coming year.

  3. Good Luck with War and Peace. I'll be interested to read your posts about it. I've always thought that one is probably not for me as the historical time-period does not appeal to me. Anna Karenina, on the other hand, does appeal to me very much. I'm going to go back and read your review of that as I don't belive I've read it yet.

  4. Congratulaltions to Jaimie.

    I look forward to your reviews and progress with your goals for the new year, Lit.

  5. Thanks Wendy! I'm so excited that I won! Of course I want Broken For You, your fav. I'll send you my info. Thanks again!

  6. Congrats, Jaimie!
    Happy New Year to all! ;)

  7. Kailana - Thank you. I am hopeful I'll do well, but we'll see. :-)

    Kookie - Happy New Year to you as well! I'm looking forward to another year of reading and blogging.

    Nicola - Thanks so much. I'll need it!

    Booklogged - Thank you. I have really come to enjoy the blogging community. You all have been such a big support and encouragement. Not to mention a great resource for new book ideas. :-)

    Jen - Happy New Year to you too!

    Jaimie - You are so welcome. My husband was actually the one who drew your name (or number in this case). I don't think he had any idea what he was drawing for, but I appreciated his help nonetheless! Haha

    Broken For You it is. I hope you will enjoy it!

    Melody - Happy New Year to you too!

  8. Congratulations to Jaimie!

    All the best in your reading challenges, Wendy!

  9. I met my goal of 52 books this year but don't think I will be trying that again for this year, seeing as how I will have a new born to attend to. I am planning however, to read some big heavy classics before he is born

  10. Congratulations, Jaimie!

    Happy New Year, Wendy. I hope 2008 brings everything you wish for. I look forward to one more year of your eloquent and beautifully written posts!

  11. I'm that way with challenges, too, so just the one long-term challenge is *it* for me. Where do you get all those great kitty pics for your headers?

  12. Alice - Thank you. I will need all the best wishes I can get, I think! ;)

    Kelly - A newborn can crimp the reading style. You'll be spending your time doing something more important though. :-)

    BookGal - Thank you so much for the blessing! That's so sweet that you would think of me!

    Nymeth - Happy New Year back at you! And thank you for the kind words. I'll try not to let them go to my head. ;-)

    Nancy - It will be a true test for me, I can tell you.

    The photos are ones I've found here and there. Some have been in a file on my computer so long I don't quite remember where they came from originally.

  13. I'm going to create my own challenge I think. I'm going to call it "Read a book a month" because I got next to NO reading done last year and that's just not right!

    Good luck with this "chunkster" challenge, if anyone can do it, you certainly can!

    Happy New Year! :D

  14. Haha I bet you'd have lots of people signing up too. :-) I hope you can fit a few more books in this year than last year.

    And thank you for the good luck wishes--I'll need every drop!

  15. Good luck with reading War and Peace. That's a project I'd like to do someday too but not this year. I did really enjoy Anna Karenina when I read it a few years ago.

  16. Thank you, Tanabata! Right now I'm feeling like I need all the luck I can get. :-)


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