Reading and Blogging Resolutions

Normally, I’m not a fan of making New Year’s resolutions because I never stick with them.  But when it comes to reading and blogging, I KNOW I’ll be able to stick with my goals.

1. My biggest goal for 2011 is to read at least 100 books.  In 2009 I read close to 40 and felt that was a big deal (for some that is!).  This year (2010) I’ve read 76, and I know I’ll have more done by the 31st 🙂  Teaching and keeping up with reading can be difficult, but I’ve obviously found a way to accomplish both because my number has gone up.  I definitely think I can make the 100 book mark!

2. I didn’t really start to seriously blog until July, so my blog has been a work in progress since then.  I love writing reviews, but I want to start including more author interviews, giveaways, and discussion posts.  Right now I have an interview with Denise Jaden (Losing Faith) set up.  I’m also putting together a cool new feature on my blog involving my students and 2011 debut authors 😀

3. I need to subscribe to more blogs.  I’m following a few, but I haven’t commented on them enough.  I love getting comments, so it makes sense that I should comment on blogs as well. 

4. And this is probably dorky, but I want to create an icon/badge for my blog.  I’d like to jazz up my layout too.  We’ll see…

5. Lately I’ve been reading a bunch of new titles.  I love keeping up, but I have a bunch of older titles waiting to be read on my shelf at home.  I also have quite a few half-read books (The Rules of Survival and Fire for example).  These will be read and moved to my bookshelf at school.

That pretty much sums up my resolutions for 2011.  What are your reading/blogging resolutions?


  1. I need to do a better job of less fb/twitter and more reading. I also need to find a better balance between reading YA and contemporary fiction, as I love the former, but also do it for my craft (that’s selling now) but I also write women’s fiction, and there is a difference to me between most YA and adult contemporary fiction. And I need to get to some friends’ manuscripts that are sitting in my house. But of course, none of those are my resolutions. Instead, I made mine about doing burpees. 😉

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      I need to balance my time between reading and FB/Twitter too. It’s difficult sometimes 🙂 The last time I read something non-YA was in the spring when I bought The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks (really good BTW). I have a coupe Jodi Picoult novels I’d like to read this year. My big thing is reading more graphic novels and NF. I just ordered three GNs today!

  2. Schuyler Esperanza says:

    Here’s giving you a cheer for 100 books in 2011! Great goal.

    You’ve got me thinking with this post. I’m going to be starting up a blog this year, and already it’s been a challenge. I began a couple of blogs earlier in the year, then found it difficult to continue. Now I’m excited again, but got hit with a minor crisis and then a horrible holiday flu, so can’t do the writing I’d hoped to do.

    I think my resolution is to realize that my goals for reading and blogging aren’t cement-encased! Life is going to get in the way, lol. Will try to take it wasy on myself in this new endeavor.

    Supporting you in your resolutions, and looking forward to new features from YA Love! 😀

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      Hi Schuyler 🙂 I’m excited about your new blog! It’s a bummer that you got sick during the holidays though 🙁 I started this blog a couple years ago, but I didn’t use it that much. I would put a couple posts together for my students to comment on and that was pretty much it. I turned it around in July b/c I was taking a Masters class that required me to write every day. I wanted to start reviewing books on here, so I ended up hitting two birds with one stone 🙂

      I know what you mean about life getting in the way! This past month has been crazy, so consequently I haven’t been reading and blogging as much as I’d like. What plans/ideas do you have for your new blog?

  3. Great resolutions! Mine are similar but not exactly the same. I’m hoping to read more than the almost 40 books I have read this year, and to use my blog more and have more reviews on it. I also want to try IMM this year. My final resolution (so far, I still have a few more days to think) is to be a better me. (since you know my last few months, you know what i mean) oh, maybe i should do better in my classes this year too, last semester didn’t go too well.

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      I like your goals, Caroline! You do a good job writing reviews, so I’m looking forward to reading more of yours. And I think with you focusing on you, your grades will improve right along with everything else.

  4. Tristan Bishop says:

    This year I have read 63 books and my goal was 100 but I started that a little to late in the year :/ So next year I’m going to really try and get 100.

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      That’s impressive, Tristan! Part of the reason my number is higher is because I read so many picture story books for my Masters class. I still think I can make 100 in 2011, which I’m sure you can too 🙂

  5. I’ve loved your blog since the day I found it – especially as a fellow teacher/book blogger myself! I was going to do my own resolutions post, but then got too busy with holiday travel, so instead I’ll just comment here 🙂

    Since I just started my blog in August, my biggest resolution is to manage review writing better by getting my book posts written right when I finish a book-before I start my next one. I’m finding that if I don’t do it right away, it gets much harder to write well. I also really want to try to read & review at least one book per week at an absolute minimum. I think if I can stick to those resolutions, it will make me feel more confident about my blog and my reading!

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      Thank you for such a nice compliment! I need to do the same thing with my reviews. I too often start a new book before I write my review; I think I’m two reviews behind :/ I’m looking forward to watching your blog grow!

  6. I just discovered your blog and I love it! I teach 9th grade! Good luck with your resolutions.

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