"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Thursday, January 01, 2009

50 Books Challenge in 2009!

Happy New Year! My kids had a blast drinking sparkling wine and sharing the Polish tradition of Oplatki (which we did on Christmas Eve as tradition dictates, but the kids really wanted to do it again last night while sharing the sparkling drinks).
Thanks to cousin Anna for sending it!

We also got the entire season of Star Trek: The Next Generation on DVD for Christmas and have made it to episode 10 by now.
New Year's Resolution - Watch them all together.

My son's reaction on watching the ball drop - "That's it?"
Yes, I remember that being my reaction, too. I thought the giant ball would smash and make a grand explosion, and apparently he did, too.

Our annual New Year's Eve picture (we take one every year. It's our top priority for New Year's Eve. I need to Photoshop the tortoises into the picture so they make it into the album, and also need to Photoshop the dog so we can see her face):

So here we go with the 50 Book Reading Challenge for 2009!

I started my list of books in the sidebar
(in alphabetical order, not reading order).

Yes, I know some people read way more than 50 books in a given year. Me, with all else going on...this seems just the right number. There are a few I know I need to add, and it will be evolving.

My rules
(and seriously, if you're doing the challenge, change these in any way you need and feel good about):

  • Cannot count anything you've read before (which is why I didn't add any books on writing craft I've already read. I plan to reread many of those throughout the year.)
  • No picture books.
  • Reading my own books doesn't count. Even if I read them 50 times during revisions.
  • Reading critique partners manuscripts doesn't count.
  • Mix it up so it's not all YA. I've listed some classics, some adult, and I plan to add some non-fiction.
  • When making my list, leave room for spontaneous reads, new releases that are "must reads", and anything I happen to pick up at the library during a given week.
  • Record what I read on Goodreads.

Currently, I'm reading The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I started it a couple days ago, but hardly got a chapter in, so for me, it makes the 2009 list.

Hope everyone is having a great new year! I've been a bit sparse on the blogging and commenting over the holidays, but it's only because the kids are home and computer time is few and far between. I'll be back at it full time on Monday!


Christine M said...

Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Tricia! Love the family photo! Also thanks for putting CROSSED OUT on your list.

Kim Baccellia

beth said...

Happy New Year! And I am SO signing up for the fifty new books in the new year! It sounds like a lot of fun, and I am going to work on that on my blog over the weekend.

Also: I did not know until reading your list that 39 Clues book 2 was being written by someone other than Rick Riordan! When did that happen?? And looking further down the list, it appears that all the books are being written by a different person...?

Jim Danielson said...

I found it interesting about 39 Clues too....I actually asked for #1 for Christmas and got #2 too (and discovered it then). Since then I believe I saw that Judy Blundell is doing one (#4??)

lotusgirl said...

Happy New year! I'm hoping to get that many in, but I'm guessing most of mine will be YA. I do have some grown up ones on my list but not many.

Feywriter said...

I do have some YA on my to-read list, but most will be adult fiction. I'm going to list mine on Goodreads as well. Created an account after following your link the other day. :-)

adrienne said...

Happy New Year! What a great family photo. LOL at your son's comment - mine also thought the midnight thing was anticlimactic.

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Chris! Right back at you!

You are so more than welcome, Kim! I'm totally looking forward to it!

Great, Beth! It should be a blast! And I know (on the 39 Clues). I figure I'll give Book 2 a try and see if it makes me want to continue the series. If they were all written by RR I'd read them no question.

Yes, I saw that too, Jim! Number 1 was really good I thought. It will be interesting to see the different author's perspectives on the story.

Yeah, I hear you, Lois! Mine will be mostly MG/YA, but I am trying to catch up on some of those I've wanted to read forever.

Great Mary! I actually love adult fiction, too, but don't get around to reading it as much as I used to.

Thanks, Adrienne! Yes, my son kept thinking people should get out of the way. LOL :)

Happy New Year, and thanks for visiting!

Kimberly Derting said...

OMG, thank you so much for putting The Body Finder on your 2009 list! I am SO honored!!!

Happy New Year (and what a great tradition to do a family picture!)!!!

C.R. Evers said...

Happy New Year! I'll take the challenge too!

And the Emearld Tablet is on my list! :0)


PJ Hoover said...

You are more than welcome, Kimberly! I'm psyched for it to come out! It will be a huge hit!

Yay, Christy! And thank you for putting The Emerald Tablet on your list!

Thanks for visiting!

Barrie said...

Happy New Year, PJ!! I can't believe 2008 is over!

Beth Kephart said...

A gorgeous looking crew you have there, PJ! Happy New year!

PJ Hoover said...

I know, Barrie! It was a great year!

Thanks, Beth!
Happy New Year to you guys, too!

Keri Mikulski said...

Happy New Year, PJ! :)

Great challenge. Sounds like a blast.

Kelly Hoeckelberg-Young said...

Happy New Year!! What a lovely picture of your beautiful family! Thanks for posting your book list ... I may 'borrow' a few! :-)

PJ Hoover said...

You, too, Keri! It's going to be a great year!

Thanks, Kelly! And borrow away! I'd love to see your list, too!

Vivian said...

Love the family photo!

And good luck with the reading challenge! You're so good at organizing it so quickly! BTW, I'm committed to War and Peace. Just got it today, so there's no turning back.

Christina Farley said...

What a fantastic idea! I'm in. I love reading and sometimes that's a problem with my love for writing.

I must check out your book.

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Vivian! War and Peace is on its way to me.

Great, Christina! The more the merrier! And thanks for checking out The Emerald Tablet!

Hope everyone is having a great day!

Jeanie W said...

I read about 50 books in 2008, so I suppose I could handle the same in 2009. But not if they're as long as WAR AND PEACE. Couldn't you count that one as 4 or 5 books?

I'm reading ENDER'S GAME right now. Just started it a couple of days ago, read about 25 pages before the new year, so I'll count it as my first book of 2009.

I read THE GRAVEYARD BOOK in November and loved it. I'll be eager to know what you think.

PJ Hoover said...

LOL, Jeanie! War and Peace should count for 4!
And I loved Ender's Game. Great, great book!
Thanks for visiting, and I'm so glad you're up for the reading!

Anonymous said...

I just read The Graveyard book too! Interesting. But before that I read UNWIND. Fantastic and puzzling. I can't stop thinking about it.

Jen Taylor

PJ Hoover said...

Hey Jen! I should finish up Graveyard today. It's different, and reminds me a bit or Coraline, but not quite the same.
I have shied away from Unwind, not because I don't think it's a good book, but I can't imagine wanting to get rid of my kids.
OK, in truth, I am looking forward to their return to school on Monday :)

April Afloat said...

Hi Tricia. Thanks for the comment! Your kids are incredibly adorable. The Less-Dead should come out January 2010. Yes, it feels great to be done. Korina loved your book! When I get through my pile of post-apocalyptic novels, I'll be reading the Emerald Tablet for sheer fun. See you soon. xo ape

Carrie Harris said...

Heh, funny. I'm currently reading The Graveyard Book too. It'll be number two on my list. This is ridiculously fun; you know that?

Angela said...

Sounds like a great new year. I think the 50 book goal is a good number. I recently read 'The Glass Castle' by Jeanette Walls and I HIGHLY recommend it. Fantastic read.

Hope you had a great holiday, PJ!

PJ Hoover said...

You're welcome, April, and thank you! So I'll have to wait on Less Dead until 2010...unless I manage to snag an ARC along the way! And I'm so glad Korina liked the book!

It is fun, isn't it, Carrie! Thanks for spreading the word! And when does your book come out?

Thanks for the recommendation, Angela! I've heard great things about The Glass Castle. I may just go on the list!

Have a great week!

Jason said...

So doing this. I need to read more.

PJ Hoover said...

Great, Jason! Yes, it does provide nice inspiration!

Anonymous said...

I'm in! I'll sign up at GoodReads today. I love this challenge! Especially since I'm challenging myself to read several books outside the genre I'm writing in.

Amy said...

I'm in! I'll sign up at GoodReads today. I love this challenge! Especially since I'm challenging myself to read several books outside the genre I'm writing in.

PJ Hoover said...

I'm excited, too, Amy! I think this will totally keep me on track with making sure I read enough!

Hope all is going great!

Sheryl said...

Okay... I'm in, too. 50 books for 2009.

PJ Hoover said...

Great, Sheryl!!!!!

Tim Byrd said...

Wow, thank you for including Doc Wilde and The Frogs of Doom. It's humbling to scan the list and see all the wonderful writers on it along with me. Hopefully Doc and his kids can live up to their company. ;)

I'm about to start The Graveyard Book too, by the way. I don't think Neil's having problems finding readers.

PJ Hoover said...

You're welcome, Tim. Your book looks great, and I'm excited to read it. And I know my kids will love the cover!
Yeah, I heard so much about The Graveyard Book I figured I'd better read it.

Thanks for visiting!

sruble said...

I heard about your challenge on Christy's blog. One of my New Year's resolutions was to read a book a week, so I'm in :)

I don't know if I'll follow all the rules though. They might all be YA, or some graphic novels, or whatever I feel like reading that week. I'm not on GoodReads (yet), but maybe later this year.

I hope you like The Graveyard Book; I got it for Christmas. I'm looking forward to reading it.

PJ Hoover said...

Great, Stephanie! Whatever rules you want to use is perfect!
And I did really enjoy The Graveyard Book. It was totally worth reading!
Thanks for visiting!