HPIM1517 In my work life, I couldn’t survive without being relentlessly organized. My office bookcase is alphabetized and arranged by subject. My home? Um, not quite so orderly. The books in that picture on the left may not have been stacked up quite like that until right before I took the picture. Also, Laura Lee Guhrke and Cheryl St. John apparently have a feline fan who needed to be flushed out of the TBR, where she was curled up around their latest releases. So, while I’m not normally into New Year’s resolutions, I did find myself getting very into the idea of reading resolutions. Here are mine:

1. For every book coming in, one will go out. Sounds simple enough; I’ll just have to learn to be a more ruthless weeder.

2. Read a book that I haven’t read for at least 10 years and see if it stands up. This might help with the weeding. Also, I tend to get sentimental over books I loved in high school, and I’m not sure they deserve it.

3. Read a ginormous doorstopper book. I love big sagas, but taking that initial plunge is tough for me. I haven’t decided which big book to read yet, but I’m leaning toward either The Name of the Wind or Into the Wilderness.

4. Read a non-historical Blaze book. I keep hearing how awesome this line is, but I haven’t read any modern-day Blazes. I don’t have anything against the line; I just don’t know much about most of the authors. If anyone has suggestions, do tell!

5. Read an author that fits into the “should have read this author by now” category. There are some authors whose books get raved about that I just have never tried. Confession time: I’ve never read Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

6. At least one bookcase in the house will be organized. It may not be properly catalogued to the satisfaction of a librarian, but we’ll go for some basic alphabetical order, or at least organization by subgenre.

7. Get caught up in at least one series. I have a tendency to read a few books in a series and then fall hopelessly behind. There are so many different series out there, and I can’t keep up with everything I want to. I don’t know if the series I pick will be romance, mystery or fantasy, but I will catch up on one!

8. Read something random. The TBR is overwhelming. I just need to reach in there and pull out something and read it, no matter what it is.

9. Read something in a subgenre I don’t read very often. For me, that would probably be single-title contemporary. I read a fair amount of category romance, but most of my single title reading tends to be historical or paranormal. My contemporaries tend to have some type of suspense plot in them. So, for this year, I’m determined to try more single-title, non-suspense straight contemporaries.

Those are my great big goals for the year. Do you all do New Year’s resolutions? What are your reading resolutions or goals this year?

Happy 2010 to everyone!

-Lynn Spencer

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I enjoy spending as much time as I can between the covers of a book, traveling through time and around the world. When I'm not having adventures with fictional characters, I'm an attorney in Virginia and I love just hanging out with my husband, little man, and the cat who rules our house.