But today, it is back to the Monday Discussion, and it is time for our 2013 Reading Resolutions. I was so proud of how well I did on last year's resolutions that I am excited to get going on 2013.
So here are my 2013 reading resolutions. And like last year, I am putting them here in print so that I hold myself accountable to them.
- Genre Resolution: Last year I resolved to read 2 "new to me" contemporary romance authors. Not only did I accomplish this small goal, but by making the resolution, I also did a lot to educate myself on the newest trends in romance throughout the year. This year I am picking a new area to focus on-- Epic Fantasy. I am a big watcher of epic fantasy in TV and movies, but not a big reader. I love lighter, shorter single titles or series in my books. The big epic series are very popular though and I am not as well versed in them beyond George R R Martin. I am also currently working on a Game of Thrones readalikes list for the library, so a little more research will be helpful. Thus, I resolve in 2013 to read 2 first books in epic fantasy series that are new to me.
- Reviews Resolution: I am going to resolve again to get my reviews posted in a more timely fashion. I have already finished one book in 2013 (with 2 more about to be done), and I will try to get that review up this week. I read and reviewed 58 books in 2012, so it is important not to get too far behind or I feel like the queue of unreviewed books is going to smother me. So while last year I only resolved to do better, I am setting a more specific goal this year: In 2013 I resolve to do my best to never have more than 3 books waiting to be reviewed.
- Consulting Resolution: I traveled a lot in 2012. I did have a book come out, so it was important to get out and spread the word, but it was more than I like to travel for work. However, I do love spreading the RA gospel to those who want to improve their service. Thankfully, I am exploring new opportunities to tape webinars for library systems to use. I am doing my first two in March. I am excited about the chance to make it easier both for me to provide continuing education and for busy library workers to take part in it. I think this is a nice compromise. So, if you are interested in having me come to your library, near or far, contact me and we can talk about how I can film a webinar for you and your staff. I will even be using this technique to film an interview with a best selling author later this year.
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