Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sunday Salon- Trying to Get Back in the Swing

So as you can probably tell, 2013 has not started off well for me in blogging! Reviews have been few and spotty, and last week was like Unofficial Meme Week here, never a good sign. For the time being I'm going to put myself on a regular blogging schedule, starting with a return to Sunday Salon. It's good for my blogging soul to have deadlines and concrete expectations for myself, so there you go.

Offline I've been slowly getting back to "regular time." The Christmas decorations are coming down this weekend for one thing. Our house is pretty much fully decked out from Thanksgiving to New Year's, which means that taking it all down can seem like an onerous task. But it goes down the same way it went up- little by little. First the Christmas village, then the Santa and reindeer over the fireplace, and so forth.

I'm also trying to sort out my reading goals for 2013. I stated my explicit goals and those are helping shape my choices but I never seem to want to do what I "have" to! There are, sad to say, not many 2013 releases I'm dying for, save Margaret Atwood's new book coming in the fall. I have a few galleys to be sure, and I'll get to those just because there aren't that many of them. Otherwise I think this is going to be Year of the Backlist. For the past couple of years I've read around 30 new releases; I expect that number to be substantially smaller this year, and I'm OK with that. What counts is that I keep reading!

What about you? How are the early days of 2013 treating you, in and out of the pages?

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13 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I need to have blogging goals too and getting enough read to blog about these days is proving difficult, so I know where you're coming from.

Care said...

Keep reading! I never know or remember new releases so I think you might be quite glad to read those 'old' books. :D.

Booksnyc said...

Good luck with the deconstruction of Christmas- I have a couple things lingering that I need to get flame down today.

Sandy Nawrot said...

When I make goals, I just blow them so I am laying low. Going dark in January is helping me get caught up and hopefully it will stay that way, but we will see. I've had a hard time lately. I think the only goal right now is just to try to keep my blog live!

Alexia561 said...

Tried not to make too many goals, as I didn't want to set myself up for failure. I'm trying to catch up on my review titles, then will concentrate on my TBR pile. I like the sound of Year of the Backlist!

Space Station Mir said...

I feel the same way about the 2013 releases, but I'm actually really excited for that, since it means I can concentrate more on all the older books I've missed!

Michelle Shannon said...

We still have Christmas decorations up too, although to be fair, they are the outside decorations and my husband hasn't been home to attend to them.

I have a few implicit goals that I am on track to meet - even though we are only on day 13 of the year. I'm enjoying the lack of ARCs I have, which means I might actually be able to get to my personal TBR pile too. Good luck with your goals!

contemplatrix said...

I keep Natalya's reading tracked for her using Springpad and was entering a book and thinking: I'm not off to a promising start number-of-books-wise this year. still I am reading 'grown-up' books and that feels like a good start to my 2013 goal that way.

I'm with Alexia in thinking a limited number of 2013 releases could make for a good excuse to catch up.

~L (omphaloskepsis)

Lindsey said...

The reading is going alright so far but the rest of life seems sort of lethargic!

I think goal-wise, I set a goal on Goodreads for the number of books and I'm going to try to read some PEN/Hemingway Award winners this year. Other than that, we will see where I end up!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I was thinking the same thing about 2013 coming releases -- not many I am dying to get to. Of course I always read the new Picoult book, but other than that nothing seems to call out to me right now. I have plenty to keep my busy though.

Jenners said...

It happens! You'll get sorted out and back into it soon I'm sure.

stacybuckeye said...

I never feel pressure to read new releases. Of course that's probably due to the thousands of backlisted books waiting to be read ;)

Kathleen said...

I've had a slow start to 2013 as well. I've been reading loads of books so if I ever get my writing mojo back, there will be lots to say!