The Sunday Salon: End of the Year Reading

The Sunday Salon

As the end of the year approaches, I find myself thinking about what will make “this year’s” list and what book will begin next year’s list. I’m not talking “best of” lists quite yet, just thinking about what books to end the year with. Are you thinking about that too? I set a goal for myself on Goodreads, to read 60 books this year. I am at 75 right now (not yet recorded) but will probably read at least three more before the year ends, maybe more. Since I didn’t get to that King book over Thanksgiving, that is probably what I will end the year with. How about you?

For me, that last book should be pure fun. However, the first book of the year has the potential to set the tone for the rest of the year. Maybe I am being too anal about it, but this stuff is fun to me. I guess that is what sets me (and the rest of us) apart from the average reader.

Enough about reading. Ha!

Last night, we met-up with friends, ate cookies to our heart’s content, listened to Christmas Carols and cruised around to look at Christmas lights. It was a beautiful, mild evening and it was nice to spend some time with friends.

Today, I have to hit the mall to finish-up my shopping. I went yesterday but the mall had a “snow” day and it was packed. I couldn’t even get into the parking lot so I am hoping that today isn’t as bad. Later, we are hitting my in-law’s to watch football. I may bring my Christmas cards with me because I forgot to send them out last week and they haven’t even been addressed.

Tomorrow, the long-awaited review for 1Q84 posts. It took me forever to write it because it was so hard to convey the feeling that I had while reading it but I think it’s finally the way I want it to be.

Right now I am helping The Girl write a Cereal Box book report. It’s mostly fun, but takes quite a bit of time. I am so glad it will be done and turned in BEFORE winter break. Nothing worse than having homework over break.

Have a great Sunday!! Hope you are enjoying a nice breakfast and some delicious coffee or some other yummy drink.

21 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon: End of the Year Reading”

  1. I am sipping yummy coffee after a hectic day yesterday but tons of things are done and it feels good to take today “off”.

    I know..I am contemplating how to finish off the year and how to start a new one…that Janury 1st book is very important!!!

    I used to do cereal box book reports with my second graders…they are fun!!

    Malls are my goal this week but hopefully weedayside will not be as crowded !!!

  2. I am noit nearly as organized as you when it comes to my reading. One thing I want to do in 2012 is keep much better track of what I read.

    I cannot imagine how crowded the mall must have been if you couldn’t even get into the parking lot! Good lucj today, I hope everyone is shopped out from yesterday and you aren’t over-run at the mall!

    I love to drive around at look at all of the christmas light displays. There’s an area in Brooklyn, Dyker Heights, where the houses are big and many ostentatious and they go berzerk with the lights and santas and sleighs and snowmen. It’s fun to see.

    Love that it’s snowing on your blog!

  3. I’ve been looking at my stacks of books I would like to get to yet this year, realizing there is no way to get all of them done I’d like, and needing to prioritize. I’ve also thought just a bit about my “bests” list from 2011 and which books I want to read next year….now I’m off to Wal-Mart against my better judgement. The stores were so crowded yesterday that I had no desire to go there.

  4. 75 is a great number of books read in a year! I’ve lost track on my reading list but it’s not near 75. I’ve had a sluggish year with reading and blogging and hope that 2012 is a better one for me. I am behind in my Christmas shopping and hope to get it done this week. Have fun with all the festivities.

  5. 75 is great number Ti. More than what I read so far. This year is worse than the last 2 but I congratulate you for coming this far and also finish 1Q84. Don’t know where you find time with two grown up children who needs help on their homework. Well done. πŸ™‚

  6. I am ending the year by reading Nefertiti by Michelle Moran. It will be the book that makes me just reach my Goodreads target for the year. With 300 pages to go I will make it just under the radar!

    As for the first book of the new year goes, I have no idea. I have been pretty spontaneous in my reading this year.

  7. I’ve been taking my time with S. King’s, 11/22/63, but so loving it. Right now I’m 85% through. I have to read Girl With the Dragon Tattoo next as my husband and I want to see the English version of the movie releasing on 12/21.

    Have a great week.

  8. I cannot wait to see what you have to say about the Murakami book. I Would love to read the king book, but I haven’t bought it yet….I’m holding out for someone to get it for me for Christmas! πŸ™‚ Is that a terrible thing?! I want to see The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo as well, but I have to read that book….first. I hope to get to that trilogy this month before the year is out.

  9. I don’t know if I will be compiling a list this year, and if I do, it will be very brief. For some reason, I feel that I didn’t read all that many amazing books this year, and most of them were sort of blah. I am hoping that the new year will be a stellar reading year for me, as I am planning to read more of what I want, and less of what is expected of me.

    I did do a little shopping this weekend as well, and was overwhelmed by the crowds. I get anxious when there are that many people around me, and everyone seemed to be on their worst behavior for some reason. We witnessed fights over parking spaces, shouting and screaming in the stores (by adults) and just general meanness all over the place. It’s enough to make you want to order all your gifts online!

    I hope that you have a really great week!

    1. That’s how I felt about my reading last year. This year though, I feel as if I read a lot of really good books. They may not be books that everyone else reaches for, but they were perfect for me. I am more than satisfied with what I’ve read this year. I hope next year is even better.

      The people I encountered at the stores were in good spirits. No bad behavior. But the store security, in nearly every store I visited seemed to be on edge. As if they were expecting fights, etc. I suspect something happened or because of all the pepper spraying and fighting that took place on Black Friday, security was kicked up a notch. 

  10. This is the second post I have read about book selection at the end and beginning of the year. πŸ™‚ This is something I’ve never thought about until today.

    You and I read about the same quantity of books every year. I have reviewed 61 books and have about 10 to post.

    I haven’t started, or thought about shopping for Christmas! I need to get started… ugh

  11. I definitely set my bar too high with my GoodReads reading goal this year. I went for 100 and am at (I think) about 68. Next year I may try for 75… I was over-zealous. πŸ˜‰ Good for you for making your goal though!!

    1. If I counted all the kid/YA stuff I read then I would be over 100 but I don’t record all of that because that’s just to make sure the kids are reading carefully for their reports, etc. 


  12. Eating Christmas cookies sounds like heaven. I don’t really put that much thought into what book I start the year with…..hmmmm….now you have me thinking about my little piles I have going on in my book room!! πŸ˜€

  13. So the last book of the year should be ‘fun’? I think I did that yesterday. Since I’m waffling between Moonstone and Guns Germs Steel just so I can be legit with the What’s in a Name challenge – but both books are Looooooonnnnnngg, that I picked up a Helene Hanff and fell right into her delightful memoir like surrounding myself with a comfortable soft blanket. I finished late last night so now I’m back to waffling between the chunksters.

  14. Since I am so close to 100 books, I’ve become obsessed with reaching that “magic” number before I can just relax. I’m almost there so I think I’ll do it. Oddly, two of my top 10 books of the year were ones I just read!!!

  15. The King book continues to stare at me from the screen of my kindle, much like 1Q84, just haven’t been in the mood to read such whoppers lately.

    Yeah for beating your goal on the GR challenge! I knocked mine out of the water too, which scares me. Every year, I set the bar a bit higher and eventually, I am not going to be able to do anything but read. Sleep will even fall off of the priority list!

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