Plan Of Action

Posted: December 15, 2009 in Random Musings
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How much time do you take to write a review ,after you are done reading a book? I know that some of you  write it immediately on finishing the book while others take time. I come  in the second category. I have never been able to write a review as soon as I finish the book. I need the book to sink in . It takes me some time to be able to view it impartially. Once I have emotionally detached myself from the characters and the plot I write my review. Though I find my reviews better done this way, this method has a small glitch. I have loads of books for which I have to write reviews yet :)  Some really good books I read in 2009 are yet to be reviewed thanks to this week’s gap I give for writing my reviews and completely forget about it due to the number of books I read in a week . So I decided I need to take some discreet steps to tackle this situation at least for the coming year .So here it is :-

Plan of action :

1. Review of the books read , to be completed within 7 days of reading it ( I plan to use Google Calender to schedule this )

2. To take care of any back log on Sunday ,may be write short reviews for some books so that all my Read pile is covered for the week .

3. Immediately add the review to my Goodreads account ( I have been doing it but I think I need to be more systematic about this )

4. Update  the Spreadsheet of books read ,I have maintained for so quite some time now.

4. Maintain a Spreadsheet of my Challenges and  books read for those  and update it every week so that I know where I stand in respect to the numerous challenges I have signed up for 🙂

5. Also update my Ning Group Page

6. Lastly , I will try to stick to my present template 🙂 I know I pretty much changed it every alternate day for last few weeks but I was experimenting 🙂 and I think I have found the one I want to keep .

That must do well for the blog . I think I pretty much covered it all. Let me see how well I stick to these lofty goals 🙂

Now for some reading goals.

All the posts on reading goals for 2010 on various blogs I follow, got me thinking about my reading habits. I am very moody and choosy about the books I read and rarely diversify . I think it’s time I change that . I need to pick up some new genre for 2010. I discovered YA this year and let me tell you it is a wonderful genre  . Similarly I plan to add Memoirs , Graphic novels , Non Fiction and Historical Fiction in my Reading List. I am anti Vampire Zombie  books but I think I need to get over those prejudices . Yes Veens , I might actually read the whole Twilight series 🙂

 

So, how do you have any resolutions on your reading habits or blog improvements for the coming year ?

I discovered Graphic novels earlier this year and I was sucked in to this wonderful world. I did read a few books in this genre but I am still a novice.I need some recommendations people 🙂

Ana from things mean a lot and Chris from  Stuff As Dreams Are Made On are hosting this challenge .

Sign Up Page – Here

I am signing up for Beginner’s level where I will be reading 3 graphic novels . I might up the level if I achieve what I have already aimed at.

My List:

1 Emma – A Victorian Romance ( I have finished 4 books in this series , I think 4 more are remaining  )

2 Maus

3 Understanding Comics

Library Loot -Dec-14

Posted: December 14, 2009 in Library
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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva and Marg that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries!

So what have you got this week ?

I got  kind off carried away this week. I had a busy weekend as I had an exam to write and the minute I finished it I was off to the library to get some good books. I found some books which were there on my to be read list for quite some time now.

Away by Amy Bloom

The Sunne In Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

Peyton Place by Grace Metalious

About A Boy by Nick Hornby

Life Of Pi by Yann Martel

Enna Burning by Shannon Hale

For a readathon read Enna Burning was a quick and satisfying. It had the characters I had got to know through Goose Girl and the story was quite interesting. Enna , Isi’s friend from Goose Girl is the protagonist who gets the power of Fire Speaking. Enna can control fire . She thinks of using this against a neighbouring nation which is raging war against Bayern ,until the fire takes over Enna and she becomes controlled or should I say over whelmed by it.  Enna struggle to come to terms with her power and to understand the true meaning of  love and friendship ,form the crux of this wonderful story. Shannon Hale’s story telling was simple yet beautiful . I am waiting to read the next book in the series .Recommended to all those who love fantasy and fairy tales .

My Rating : 4.5 out of 5

Forget About It by Caprice Crane

Tired of a life where she is treated worse than dirt by her  family and a cheating boyfriend , Jordan decides to fake amnesia when she involved in a minor accident. She uses her amnesic phase to get the life she always wanted ,  until another accident actually puts her in a spot she least imagined .  I loved the book .It was funny and quite satisfying . Hilarious at places it made me laugh out loud . As a protagonist Jordan was quite a character  to read about though certain situations were cliques it turned out well in the end.I think that should pretty well summarize  it  . I am definitely on look out for other books by Caprice Crane. A definitely recommended if you are on a look out for a light read.

My Rating :4 out of 5

Bart’s Bookshelf is hosting the Twenty Ten Reading Challenge .

Here are the guidelines :

  • Read 2 books from each category, making a requirement of 20 books total.
  • The categories are intended to be loose guidelines only, if you decide it fits, then it fits. (Apart from those marked **)
  • Categories marked with ** have tighter rules, and these must be followed.
  • Each book can only qualify for one category.
  • Crossovers with other challenges are allowed.
  • Books read from 01/01/2010 to 31/12/2010 are eligible.

So, on with the categories

  1. Young Adult
    Any book classified as young adult or featuring a teenage protagonist counts for this category.
  2. T.B.R. **
    Intended to help reduce the old T.B.R. pile. Books for this category must be already residents of your bookshelves as of 1/11/09.
  3. Shiny & New
    Bought a book NEW during 2010 from a bookstore, online, or a supermarket? Then it counts for this category. Second-hand books do not count for this one, but, for those on book-buying bans, books bought for you as gifts or won in a giveaway also count!
  4. Bad Blogger’s ***
    Books in this category, should be ones you’ve picked up purely on the recommendation of another blogger count for this category (any reviews you post should also link to the post that convinced you give the book ago).
  5. Charity
    Support your local charity shops with this category, by picking up books from one of their shops. Again, for those on book-buying bans, books bought for you as gifts also count, as long as they were bought from a charity shop.
  6. New in 2010
    This category is for those books newly published in 2010 (whether it be the first time it is has been released, or you had to wait for it to be published in your country, it counts for this one!)
  7. Older Than You
    Read two books that were published before you were born, whether that be the day before or 100 years prior!
  8. Win! Win!
    Have a couple of books you need to read for another challenge? Then this is the category to use, as long that is, you don’t break the rules of the other challenge by doing so! ;)
  9. Who Are You Again?
    This one isn’t just for authors you’ve never read before, this is for those authors you have never even heard of before!
  10. Up to You!

This category being my choice I choose Graphic Novels (have grown fond of them after a good start in 2009 with this genre )

So are you joining in on the fun?