Setting Reading Goals for 2013

With every new year I like to think back on my previous reading year and try to figure out what worked for me and what did not. Did I read all the books I wanted to read? Of course not, I never do. But how many of the books I read were ones I really wanted to read? Did I have a good reading year? Did I find a balance between fun and challenging? And perhaps the biggest question of all, how do I want the upcoming reading year to look? ...more
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Reading Tidbits

Hmmm, I started writing a slush of gibberish and it was HORRIBLE. I deleted it all! That doesn't happen often but I did not like the way it was going. This past weekend I finished two books in my quest to read 5 a month and 60 this entire year. I read Zero Day by David Baldacci which I like but was surprised a bit by the ending, not what I expected, or did I. Then I read Darrell Hammond's book God, If You're Not Up There, I'm F*cked: Tales of Stand-up, Saturday Night Live, and Other Mind-Altering Mayhem. I saw him on Dr....more

2011 Reading Challenges and Goals: Are You Ready?

As 2010 winds down and I start looking towards 2011, I am thinking about reading goals for the coming year. For me, reading goals are about more than just what books I want to read. No, what I'm really thinking about is how I want to spend my time. When I look back at 2010 I can see that I read less than I did the year before, and that I blogged about books even less. I sent a lot of books back to the library unread. I didn't lose my reading spark but it got dimmed. I need something that will help me find that spark again. Looking at the reading challenges out there and setting some goals can help me with that. ...more

To share what you've read? Some of my reading challenges are actually related to my blog. To me ...more

Making Your Reading Resolutions and Challenges for 2010

This is one of my favorite times of the year. I have a clean and shiny year of 2010 reading stretching out in front of me. What do I want to do with it? ...more

I feel that it's a year to revisit old book friends. I'll be rereading my beloved The House ...more

Celebrating the Holidays with Book Bloggers

It's the time of year where you to do list gets longer but filled with fun. Holiday decorations? Check. Baking? Check? Book blogging holiday events? Check. Yes, the holidays wouldn't be the same without the book blogging events that I participate in, even when my participation is that of a lurker. I've always liked things that combine real-life celebrations with my online community. ...more

I just need so much more time in the day to read and comment on them.

Wishin' and ...more

Thankfully Reading

There are always two things that can help make a perfect weekend - a stack of books and the time to read them. While a stack of books isn't always hard to come by, the time to read them can be. Sure the holidays can be hectic but once the turkey has been cooked (and the leftovers conveniently stacked in the fridge), sometimes the holiday weekends are the best time to hunker down and do some stress-relieving reading. ...more

Darn it. Wolf Hall is not supposed to sound interesting. ;-)

We went out ...more

How Many Books Did You Say You'd Read in 2009? You've Got Seven Weeks ...

The beginning of a new year is a wonderful. It's bright, shiny and full of possibilities. So we dutifully fill it up with hopes and goals. There's just under seven weeks left in 2009 which makes it a good time to check in with your reading goals. ...more

And I collect them too. If I'm reading a book that makes me feel like I must write down ...more

Dewey's Fall 2009 24 Hour Read-A-Thon

I should be reading right now. No really. I'm supposed to be reading right now. Yes, it's time once again Dewey's 24 hour read-a-thon challenge. ...more

I think the next one should be in April. You and @thatwoman would have fun with it. Of course ...more

Do You Wanna Be Scared? Join The RIP Challenge

Is there really anything better than scaring the pants off yourself when you know you are absolutely and perfectly safe? By day autumn is beautiful as is the crunch of dried leaves under your feet, by night it is spooky and the crunch ominous. There is no better time of the year to hold a scary book reading challenge, which is probably why, now in it's fourth year, Stainless Steel Droppings' Readers Imbibing Peril (RIP) Challenge, is such a success. ...more

It's lots of fun. I swear you could spend days just checking out everyone's blogs and what ...more

Reading Once Upon A Time

Spring is a magical time. It's a time of beginnings and new awakenings, of possibilities and dreams. It's really no surprise that this is the time of year where one finds the Once Upon A Time Challenge at Stainless Steel Droppings. Now in its third year this is one reading challenge that never fails to please. ...more

I always like to start my Spring Season off with a great, inspirational more