Friday, January 08, 2010

Resolutions

I don't make resolutions normally but if I do, I make them small and totally do-able. So my resolution was to step on the scale. That's it. I hate stepping on the scale but on Monday I took the plunge and what a fright I got! That number was way too large. So I immediately started on the Weight Watchers program online. Which wasn't easy considering I still have candy and cookies left over from the holidays hanging around the house. So about day 2 of the plan I get this massive sugar withdrawal headache. I have no exact goals as to how much weight I want to lose. I just need to get my eating under control. No sugar! Smaller portions. Few carbs. More vegetables and fruit. I've done well so far but I'm not stepping on the scale yet. Headache is gone and I'm on my way.

Another sort of resolution is to be a better blogger. What that will entail, I have yet to work out but it will be something not too grand. Maybe just show up here once a week. Writing reviews has gotten to be a struggle because I put a lot into them. I hesitate to do any challenges because I suck at it. I only posted 4 times for Keishon's TBR Challenge, but it could have been worse. I also want to do Nath's Re-read Challenge. I think what I may have to do is write mini-reviews rather than the epic's I tend to write. With school and all it's just too hard to do much review writing but not impossible. School started Monday and I already had 1 assignment and 1 quiz. Got perfect scores - you see how obsessive I am about school. Anyway, there's no reason I can't squeeze in a review some time.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Recap - 2009 Reading Log


KristieJ inspired me to post a recap of my 2009 reading. It turns out I read 125 books this year, the least amount since I started keeping a reading log in 2002. This sort of surprised me since I have been unemployed this year, but looks like I spent more time job searching and attending school than reading. Go figure.

Here's how it breaks down by date published:

2009: 37
2008: 25
2007: 8
2006: 5
All the rest: 75 (ranging from 1982 - 2005)



58 out of 125 were from my TBR pile. The rest were newly bought and immediately read (I don't count these toward my TBR) or were library books. I don't buy hardback so I must get them from the library.

I don't have patience with books I hate so I mark them as DNF. One surprise: I really disliked Beth Kery's Wicked Burn which lots of bloggers loved. I love erotic romance but this one did nothing for me. Not sure I'll try her again.

My favorite 2009 books were all historical romances:
The Madness of Ian MacKenzie by Jennifer Ashley
Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas
To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt

I start back to school tomorrow for Winter Quarter and it's going to be hard to keep up with my blog and reading. I'll try to keep you posted.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

iPod Touch 8GB


Yup, got one for Christmas. I asked for the much simpler iPod Nano, but Bob got me the more expensive iPod Touch. It's very pretty and shiny and I have been spending hours figuring out how to use it. You can download and read Kindle ebooks with it but I haven't tried it yet. I'm not really an ebook reader. It's not as easy to use as I thought it would be. I really wanted it to download music.

I hope everyone had a great holiday season.

Happy New Year too!