I’m sitting here on Sunday morning in my La-Z-Boy recliner with a heatpad strapped to my upper back and a coffee in hand (er, close by). Ahhh, this is the life I think, except I can’t think of anything to write about for today’s Sunday Salon. I keep a notebook in my purse where I jot down ideas as they come, and I asked around on Twitter earlier this week for prompters, but as of yesterday when I sat down to type up my post nothing felt right. So I set up shop and hoped something would come to me overnight. Nope.
Since next Sunday is the day after Christmas and I’m not sure what my schedule will look like next week (so far busy as Scott and I hop around to all of the parents’ homes), I’ve finally settled on the obligatory End Of Year Review post. I wish I could do a full report–such as vacations taken and adventures encountered, but just like I haven’t blogged about every book I read, I kind of lost track of the other stuff as well. Maybe next year, eh?
|Janus looking backward and forward|
2010 was a strange year for me. As 2009 came to an end I realized I was spending more time online than I really wanted to be. I was expecting a baby and preparing for a move to a new house and life seemed to have presented me with new things to focus on other than reading books and blogging. I didn’t want to find myself losing hours to the computer anymore but instead I wanted to focus on the here and now of life.
In January, right after the move, I had my miscarriage and for a while the last thing I wanted to be doing was reading and blogging. Looking back I’m not sure what I did with my “free” time but soon I was so busy at work that I couldn’t even think about “free” time. Gone went my morning and lunch reading/blogging times and since I don’t do a lot of reading at home this meant my reading time got cut significantly. As I type this I have no idea how many books I’ve read this year. Guessing between 20 and 25 but I won’t find out until I get up out of this La-Z-Boy and move to my regular computer. And even then, I’m not sure how accurate my records are since I haven’t blogged about every book I read this year and didn’t keep diligent lists like normal.
Not knowing how many books I’ve read is actually very liberating. Since blogging I’ve been so caught up in how many books I’ve read, how many I need to read to fulfill challenges, how many books I haven’t read yet that I want to, how many I’m acquiring, numbersnumbersnumbers, Ineedtoneedtoneedto. I’ve learned this year that I don’t want to go back to that. Because what was happening was I was letting go of other aspects of my life so that I could finish one more book. Please understand this is my own personal thought–I’m not saying that reading lots of books in a year is bad–but it was bad for me and I don’t ever want to go back to the mentality of “I can’t do that because I need to finish this book” or “I can’t because I need to catch up on bloghopping.” Reading is a very important part of my life, but it is not my life and I don’t want living an active life to come second to reading just one more book.
Whew, I’ve been blogging this for over an hour yet and still haven’t gotten to my list of 2010 reads! Coffee needs a refresher anyway–so up I get to face the numbers.
Books Read in 2010 (to the best of my memory)
1. The Puzzle Bark Tree – Stephanie Gertler
2. One for the Money – Janet Evanovich (mini review)
3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
4. The Night Gardener – George Pelecanos
5. How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly – Connie May Fowler
6. Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show – Frank Delany
7. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
8. Will Grayson, Will Grayson – Green and Levithan
9. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
10. Admit One – Emmett James
11. Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor E. Frankl
12. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
13. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher – Kate Summerscale
14. Just Listen – Sarah Dessen
15. Animal Farm – George Orwell
16. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Alan Bradley
17. Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostovesky
18. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – Jonathon Safran Foer
19. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
20. The Book Thief – Mark Zusak (re-read)
21. The Odyssey – Homer
22. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho (graphic novel)
22 books. We still have 11 days left in 2010 but there’s a book for work I need to read, so it’s possible this is it. And you know what, I’m OK with that. I’ve read some fantastic books this year. Favorite book of 2010?? Easy. Dead even toss up between Les Miserables and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Both fantastic books that I simply can’t stop thinking about.
I don’t like to make New Years Resolutions because you never know what the new year will bring you. In my case, the New Year is bringing me a new baby. My life will change drastically and its impossible for me to fathom what that means exactly. There are so many things I’d like to do in 2011: finish a quilt for Scott and make one for the baby; read 24 books next year (2 a month); cook one new recipe every month; continue learning more about photography; exercise regularly (which might only mean 3 times a week); spend more face time with family and friends; finally blog about that trip to Europe–but mostly, I just want to live a full life and not be bogged down by this, that, or the other. Life’s too short and moves entirely too quickly. What does this mean for my blogging? Nothing really. I love blogging and I’ll do it when I can. Simple as that, right?
Alright–two hours later I’ve got to hit that publish button and get off my rump.
What thoughts do you have as you look backward at 2010 and look forward to 2011?